After a tough year in 2012, starting our new life in our new home seems only fitting in this new year. I also have adopted a new look for this blog; please let me know what you think!
When we were harvesting (picking up off the ground, that is) the thousands of walnuts that fell from the neighbor’s huge old tree that dangles over our yard, B. made a new friend: a little goldfinch who didn’t seem to know fear of humans. He just kept approaching B.’s open hand, until finally at about 3 inches he turned around and flew up into the tree.
While the wintertime is cold and not yet a good time to plant seeds in the ground, we have kept busy with seed catalogs, exchanges, and utilizing our huge walnut supply. We’ve given many as gifts, donated a boxful to a local food bank, frozen some, and made some amazing recipes:
- Pesto with basil;
- Pesto with anchovies (& I added black olives to this, most excellent!);
- Pizza topped with anything and walnuts at the end;
- Walnut and banana bread;
- Apple-pear pie with walnut crust;
- Walnut soup; and on, and on, and on, from adding walnuts to oatmeal in the morning, to walnut butter on bread with jam. Thanks to all whose creative recipes we have used and adapted. If anyone has more suggestions for walnut recipes, please do share! This new experience, such bounty in our yard, is one we treasure.