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Snow Buckets

13 Feb

Wow!  A second snowstorm swept the city this week and unlike two weeks ago, I was totally prepared with wood, water and a whole lot of food.  There’s nothing like the winter wonderland of a white landscape to lift the spirits and kick the nesting instinct into high gear.  Luckily, we were all snug and safe and sound (again) and could simply enjoy the snowy fun.  Four inches in our neck of the woods is cause for celebration!

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Here’s what we were up to (other than sledding, snow hiking, snowball fighting, and snow fort building)…

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What you can see (clockwise top to bottom):

  • potato peels
  • lemon half
  • carrot peels & stem ends
  • eggshells
  • onion skins & stem ends

What I made with all of that:  Roast Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Ginger Chili Carrots, homemade toaster pastries with blueberry lime jam made from a summer berry picking excursion.

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The next day my bucket  looked like this:

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What you can see (clockwise top to bottom):

  • garlic skins
  • orange peel
  • lemons peels
  • egg shells
  • red onion skins & stem ends
  • dried out thyme stems

What I made with all of that:  Soft Boiled Eggs & Toast, Mujadara (basmati rice with pink lentils & crispy fried onions), Sautéed Spinach with Shallots, Roasted Cod.

And finally, the last two-day bucket looked like this (I remembered to set the bucket in the snow to photograph):

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What you can see (clockwise top to bottom):

  • eggshells
  • oranges skins (the most popular winter snack in my house)
  • onion skins
  • spent spider mums
  • tough spinach leaves
  • more eggshells
  • celery stem end
  • carrot stem ends & peels (underneath)

What I made with all of that:  Chicken Stock (from the roast chicken carcass), part of which I turned into Chicken Pot Pie with Rye Pastry Crust, Spinach & Weird Greens Salad (a French blend that one child loved because the lettuce looked like flowers and one child hated because the lettuce looked like weeds in the veggie garden) and Baked Cheesy Shells with Vodka Sauce.  Plus, Brownies AND Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies.  For the neighbors.  Really.

 

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