Friday, August 03, 2007

One Local Summer #6

Due to arthritis in my hands, I have done next to no knitting or spinning for a while.

But we have been gardening, visiting farms, doing some experimental food preparation, and packing for a long vacation! Details about all coming soon. This summer has been busy and draining for me, and I promise to get back to blogging regularly as soon as we return from vacation.

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For our sixth meal of One Local Summer, we tried out our new, homemade solar cooker! After cutting out cardboard, covering it with tinfoil, and taping it together, we filled it with shredded newspaper and a painted-black cake pan sealed in a cooking bag. We checked the temperature after setting it in the sun: about 325 degrees.



We filled a mason jar with garden tomatoes, summer squash, and zucchini, and stuck the jar in the cake pan for several hours.





When it was finished, we had a summer stew to serve over rice, alongside garden kale and store-bought black-eyed peas. What a feast!


3 comments:

Sheepish Annie said...

Genius!!! And a great way to take advantage of the summer heat. I'm betting that even in the winter sun it would hold a good deal of heat. You'd probably lose more than in summer, but it might be enough to warm the rolls up for dinner!

Kim said...

Wow, that's amazing. I'd like to cook solar one of these days...

Terry said...

I just read your Aug. 6 entry after it popped up on my "eating locally-NC" daily search on Google. We are in Greenville at the other end of the state and are making a huge attempt at eating locally after reading B. Kingsolver's book. These restaurants sound divine and may merit a trip to Asheville this fall. Here is our local food blog if you are interested.


The Buff Orpingtons Arrive!!!!
By Terry(Terry)
After calling around the local area, we found a man in Ayden who raises and sells a variety of chicken breeds. We visited several times and put three Buff Orpingtons "on the chicken layaway plan" until we could build a coop. ...
Life at 303 Williams - http://303williams.blogspot.com/

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