Today was one festive day! Celebrations all around.
The garden beds are complete (yay Kanz!) We just need one more batch of compost soil.
The herbs are planted (basil, lemon verbana, thyme, rosemary, mint, and a very sad cilantro plant that needs sun + water!)
I ate grapes! Wheee! And some almonds. And then went for a short hike with Faith.
When I got back home, Hillary was in the neighborhood after a run at the park and dropped off a few of her birthday funfetti cupcakes leftover from the weekend!!
We had more than enough Easter ham, so we invited her to stay for a birthday dinner!
The two of us in our Sun-dy best : )
The grillmaster put dinner on the grill
This is a very special ham steak.
Shortly after we opened the bakery, Brian came through our doors and asked if we had any scraps he could take to feed the pigs he was raising on his farm. He said he would be feeding them a normal nutritious pig diet and then supplementing with real food “treats”, including our whole grain breads and sweets. All of our edible, day-old bread goes to families in need at the local food bank, but we always have broken sweets, half consumed bread-board bread, sandwich loaf end pieces, things that fall on the floor and general misfits that we aren’t able to donate.
Over the past year, “Pig Guy,” as he is now affectionately called, came to accept all of our misfits once a week and fed them to his pigs. According to Brian, the pigs absolutely loved our breads.
We knew the day would come when Brian was ready to…put his pigs to a different use. A few weeks later, he brought us some pork as a thank you for all of our donations. I have never been this close to personally knowing my farmer or this connected to my food before. It feels a bit bittersweet.
We decided on a ham steak to have tonight for the holiday. Matt rubbed it in Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze and then grilled it to a perfect char. It was simply delicious.
On the side we grilled bell pepper and butter Caraway Rye rolls
And Hillary and I made a Southern-style okra + tomato stew. This involved about half a pound of frozen okra cooked down with a can of seasoned stewed tomatoes plus a tbsp of brown sugar and 3 pinches of salt.
I can’t think of a better celebration than a birthday for a funfetti cupcake! This guy was a pure cloud of rainbow fun! Enjoyed with an episode of LOST : )