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Veggie Bread

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I just discovered Country Harvest whole wheat plus vegetables bread (carrot, celery and leek). It's 80 calories a slice and tastes great for a savoury sandwich. One slice is one serving of vegetables; very pretty with the bright orange and green flecks, high fibre too. Don't think I'd like it toasted with jam, however!

And: local Honeycrisp apples are in season. Yikes, $4.99 a pound!! I won't be buying these often, but what a delicious juicy crisp apple when freshly picked.

My home made turkey broth is repurposed into a turkey veggie wholegrain noodle soup with an Asian inflection . . . fresh ginger and Chinese five spice.

Big disappointment: for some reason my secret cache of gentians has not survived: there was not a single bloom. The small pond adjacent has been drained, and I can only assume that the microclimate needed for these rare blossoms is no longer available. Saw one or two plants (there used to be hundreds) which I could identify as gentians by the foliage, but none of them was looking robust. Oh dear. I was probably in my fifties before I first saw a gentian, identified by a song I'd learned as a little girl and sung as a round in Brownies. Just by the description from the song lyrics, I instantly knew what they had to be:

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.

Gentians (my wildflower app tells me) are biennials (meaning that they bloom only in their second year). Which generally means, for self-seeding biennials, that there are always "first season" plants not blooming and second season plants blooming and seeding for the next year's first season crop: like a relay race I suppose. I'm trying to imagine the gentians will resurge but frankly it's not looking likely: so few 1st season plants, no evidence of any surviving second season plants.

Oh dear oh dear. Consoled myself with the three glorious Heavenly Blue morning glories outside my back door! Nothing is the colour of a gentian -- but the morning glories are indeed heavenly.
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  • KULTJAM
    That bread sounds pretty good! I'll have to check it out...

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    1163 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Here's to finding the beauty around us in the landscape and the yummy food!
    1163 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Hope I can find that bread here. Sounds great! And your soup sounds yummy, too. Sorry about your wildflowers. Hope it is just a hiccup and they are dormant somewhere out of sight. Taking solace in the morning glories is a good, good thing. Those you can control and cultivate. We are blessed by the wild and the things we nurture. Take care and nurture yourself!! -Marsha
    1163 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I don't suppose I will ever see those precious flowers -I hope some manage to carry on! Morning glories are a delight to be sure! There are some flowers still alive here in spite of the high winds and near freezing temperatures.
    My Mom bought veggie bread but I have not tried it -not so sure peanut butter would go with that :P
    Soup sounds divine as usual! I saw a carrot, sweet potato, ginger soup recipe I may beg Mom to make for me (I don't have certain ingredients but I know she always has them on hand)

    1164 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    I am SO happy about the honeycrisps! I bought 3 pounds last night, at $2.99 at pound. Expensive but so worth it emoticon
    1164 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    The bread sounds delicious; I'll have to see if I can't find it. Love your soups!
    1164 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    I am so sorry about the genetians...have no idea what they look at but that's my next google search after this. In nature sometimes things look like they are on their way out and then the next season they break out again like gangbusters. That's what I am hoping for (for you)... emoticon
    1164 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Ah Honeycrisp! I found some apple cider made from them SWEET!
    Apples are truly nature's candy.

    Sorry to hear about the lack of gentians. It is disheartening when such beauty disappears.
    1164 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That bread sounds great ..plus it is a serving of vegetables. I am sorry you did not find your gentians..but loved the poem. I have been enjoying my roses which are still blooming.

    Honeycrisp apples are delicious and are much cheaper here.

    Have a great Monday.
    1164 days ago
  • DDOORN
    We are just LOVING our apples, finally IN, TASTY and best of all CHEAP! Only 79 cents a pound at our favorite produce store! Better yet, they have Cortlands, our favorite apple. They must not keep very well because they fade from the shelves by the end of the year and you don't see any coming in until the next season.

    Don
    1165 days ago
  • BOOKAPHILE
    That bread sounds tasty. I love honeycrisp apples! They were on sale here last week for $1.98 per pound. I got 6 of them :-)
    1165 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    I imagine that bread would be wonderful with chicken, tuna, or even cheese - with lots of lettuce and tomato and shredded carrot and oooh some avocado!

    But sad about the gentians!!!! Any chance you could grow some yourself?
    1165 days ago
  • LYNETTEMOM
    I've heard about that bread and wondered about it. Now I will watch for it thanks to your recommendation.
    1165 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Love morning glories, myself. Have never seen a gentian, but the poem is lovely... wonder how I missed it in Brownies? But I do love the milkweed, and how it brings the migrating monarch moths!
    1165 days ago
  • COCK-ROBIN
    Yummy!
    1165 days ago
  • SEAJESS
    Gnetian blue is special. emoticon
    1165 days ago
  • CRYSTALJEM
    Must try the bread. How sad about the flowers. Any idea who drained the pond and why?
    1165 days ago
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