It’s 40°F this morning, beef stew sounds good, so I go about gathering the ingredients for the evening meal. All the while I have in my thoughts a novel I just finished about folks who settled here in my town. Written by the great-granddaughter of the immigrants, the story tells of the hardships they suffered carving a farm out of tall timber in the rugged hills above the Columbia River. She weaves good fiction about real people and real places and makes me feel spoiled. Her great-grandmother had no freezer for beef, nor tractor to till the garden for vegetables or even a NOAA site for a pinpoint weather forecast. They walked everywhere. The author’s ancestors and mine settled here in the same time frame. I can only imagine the similarities in the two families and the situations they faced.
And I was whining about suiting up in rain gear to go move the cows. Gah. All I have to do is throw this together and put it on the back of the cookstove, and maybe whip up some biscuits at dinnertime.
Our stew ingredients do come from here, thank heavens for a farm pantry. Reading Juliana’s hardships as a farmwife though makes me feel a little weak in the knees. In the stew today (all easily come by I might add).
Beef stew meat – freezer (thawed out yesterday because I do have access to a weather report)
sweet corn – freezer
green beans – canned
carrots – canned
tomatoes – canned
potatoes – storage (optional here due to allergy, I cook them separate for individual addition at serving)
onion – dry storage
garlic – dry storage
herbs – dry storage