Chou de Bruxelles

Our family lived in Brussels for several years to learn French and tropical medicine at L’Institut de M├ędecine Tropicale d’Anvers. Steve took the train everyday to Antwerp to study all the strange tropical ailments in French – he passed with his usual aplomb. I stayed at home with two cherubs and a sprout on the way.

The ‘sprout’ ended up being late by my midwife’s standards; they wanted to hustle me off to the dreaded hospital but we convinced her to wait. Having a doctor for a husband has come in handy in some instances. Our ‘sprout’ began his life at 11 pounds in a downstairs apartment. After all the hubbub, I stumbled up 4 flights to my mattress on the floor, passing out at each landing. We cleaned out a drawer for the baby bed and life’s adventures continued.

Brussels sprouts are tricky – even the spelling – the lack of an apostrophe throws me off. These tiny sprouts began their lives in Brussels, thus their name in English. In French, it translates to ‘cabbage of Brussels’.

Sprouts love northern climes, as do all types of cruciferous veggies. Delicious roasted, stir-fried, thinly sliced in a salad or sauteed with a sprinkling of cheese and herbs. Boiling them is tricky. If over-cooked, they turn grey and stinky which is probably the reason for their negative acceptance.

Along with Brussels sprouts there will be choices of onions, potatoes, cucumbers, garlic, peppers, melons, raspberries, spinach, broccoli and beets.

Amortization

I barely made a “C” in Accounting 101 thus ……..well, who really knows what amortizing means? Its roots relate to “killing it off” or reducing the cost or value of something. Choosing to live, eat and work close to the source has amortized bills for medical, gas and groceries. Is that all to life? Goodness, NO!

This precious planet seems to be up for grabs – who is paying attention to the ledger? If the principal is never amortized, and the pleasure of using “free” money, air, water, soil is not accounted for, then maybe we should repeat that accounting class for our children’s sake.

Inflation, as in a hot air balloon, will give a most marvelous ride, but not everyone will fit in the basket for the lift off. Then what? We are one family, one race – the only one. We need brain power to solve earth’s ledger mismanagement and thus we present: garlic, kale, lettuce, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, beets, Brussels sprouts and fennel.

May there be folks with better smarts than me for the amortization to come – I have the good eats and a perfect spot for the dinner table that we can gather around.

Judging

It is fair time with a competition for everything. Judges of every caliber are called upon to rate each entry, from how an animal poses to the best flower arrangement and all points in between.

I was called up to be on the list for jury duty from September through December. That put me in a complete panic since my work hours are ranging in the 14’s and longer! I wrote a letter to the folks to explain the current situation: that we would have to close the business and cut employee hours. After much thought a reprieve was given and I can serve my reduced time in January. Grateful to be judged fairly.

Judging by the variety of what is being harvested …there is to be a nice selection for farm share members: Brussels Sprouts, Fennel or Celery, Beets, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Cucs, Zucs, Onions, HEAD LETTUCE (consider yourselves honored) and Herbs.

Considering the mote in your eye, I need to remember there is a beam tucked into my vision – So, let’s keep our eye’s on the prize and that we all are walking this path together.

Rapprochement

Where there is communion, rapport, fellowship or a resumption of harmonious relations you will find rapprochement (a French word that I was surprised to see is accepted as English….. ). Say it in French and you have nailed it! (make the “r” at the back of the throat leaving the mouth open and the final syllable starting to say “mom” but quit after the “o”) Say it in English and it sounds like winged, skittering bugs that are never in good rapport with me.

Relations are coming this weekend – daughter, son in law, grandson, sister, uncle and aunt in law. Harmonious all. Fine fellowship is expected. A rapprochement! What if that circle extended out even further to cousins in law, friends in law, farmers in law, moms in law…that would be one rapprochement party!

The word is out – we are to be in MN Cooks on August 25 at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Most honorific with a large scoop of anxiety – hey ho. We will be making our Super Berry Smoothy and Take 10 cookies for all the onlookers and the panel of distinguished guests. Join us! Make sure to get a MN Cooks 2020 calendar with our pics in it – the first time that a farmer and chef are highlighted from the same family and business. We are unique and VERY crazy….

May the box of zucs, cucs, tomatoes, onions, kale, herbs, green beans, beets, celery and fennel bring us all closer to a rapprochement around the table. Make it tasty and of course good for body and soul.

Precious in sight

Eat your colors and be resplendent! A meal should always look like an artist’s palette – not the white square on a white background type but more like Millet, Monet or even mine..hey (ho).

There will be large sweet candy onions, cucumbers, summer squash or kale, pounds of tomatoes, herbs and a choice of pickled radish/dried tomatoes/ cabbage or cauliflower for the larger shares. Make it colorful!

We are all called by name, precious in the Creator’s sight – an artist pallette with reds, yellows, blacks, whites and all the other mixtures. Artists have created colorful seesaws to give sight through what was dividing us to bring forth precious childhood memories of fun and laughter. Precious in sight.