Saturday, 13 September 2014

Everything stir-fry

It's so great to be able to take fresh veggies out of your fridge and throw them all in a stir-fry. There's really not much limit to the variations you can create. Lettuce might be the only thing I wouldn't recommend stir-frying. Even beets can go in!

Here's a delicious stir-fry we made today...


First we browned some sliced mild Italian sausage. Then put in a large diced onion, then sliced 1/2 green cabbage (unused from a stir-fry I made last week), then a whole bag of de-stemmed and chopped kale, then chopped sweet pepper, then chopped broccoli, then quartered and sliced yellow zucchini. Almost everything from RJR Farm. I could have put Swiss chard and beets but I didn't want to go overboard, the pan was getting pretty full even after the greens cooked down. I try to guess the longest cooking ingredients to the fastest cooking and put them in that order (eg. mushrooms always last).

For the sauce I made my mother's specialty, and my favourite. Take a couple spoonfuls of vegetable or chicken bouillon (powdered broth), a couple spoonfuls (roughly the same amount as bouillon) of corn starch (or corn starch alternative), put several glugs of soy sauce, then add cold water and whisk until it turns a light brown colour. Adjust to taste, and quantity can be adjusted depending on size of stir-fry. Generally you want just enough to coat the ingredients and maybe a bit extra for your rice or noodles.

Season as you like, there's fresh garlic in this version, fresh basil, pepper. Then we served it over brown rice with sesame seeds sprinkled on top for an extra health boost.

With the time it takes to cook the rice - about 45 minutes, you can do all your chopping and frying and even clean some dishes.

Ingredients summary:
  • 1/2 small cabbage sliced
  • 6-8 oz of kale with stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper chopped
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small zucchini
  •  1 small broccoli head chopped
  • 4+ sausages (optional)
  • For sauce
    • soy sauce +/- 1 tablespoon
    • cornstarch ~1 tablespoon
    • broth powder ~1 tablespoon
    • water ~1.5 cups
  • Season to taste
Served over rice and garnished with sesame seeds.


What's your favourite stir-fry recipe?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Strawberries!

Our strawberries that were planted have been coming in over the past couple weeks. Despite the tropical storm we seem to be getting a good harvest of some beautiful juicy berries.
 


Sometimes the chickens like to help....



If you want a quart of strawberries, make sure to come early to the market. $4.50 per quart. They sold out very quickly last week. If you want a crate for making jam, we'll negotiate a price. We would also welcome a phone call if you want us to make sure to set some aside for you.

We now have a Monarch Butterfly Way-station....

Several environmental and watershed groups around PEI are creating Monarch Waystations as a way to help the endangered butterfly species. They include the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, Wheatley River Improvement Group, the Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group, and the Cornwall Area Watershed Group.

We had their crew out July 8th planting trees and flowers in an unused piece of land at the farm as a way-station for the butterflies. We'll have a visit again later for some some butterflies in various stages of development to be put in.



James helped transport some of the transplants as they had hundreds and it was quite a hike.





 An old stream bed runs across the farm, they planted trees throughout this.

The group with Rita and Marylynn holding our way-station sign. The crew included: Donnie Sonier, Max Hammer, Brittany MacLean, Jerrica Cormier, Jiselle Bakkar, Ben McCarvill, Jason McNeil, Chad Curtis, Dave Allen, Chris Newell, and Michaella Donovan.