Monday, October 5, 2009

the squash

Item 5 on my weekend list, which I'm happy to report I knocked out with gusto. Harvest the squash. Pumpkins, butternut, some undetermined hybrid that somehow manages to pop up every year... there are many. More than this photo. The hybrid vine (always a volunteer) is still going strong so no need to pluck those beasts yet. And there's a petit french pumpkin still turning color on the vine that I decided to leave for a little while longer.



But, um, what am I going to do with all of these? It's kind of a serious problem. Our house doesn't have a cellar to store the fruits of our garden for the winter. It has a laundry room? But if I stashed the squash there, it would be hard to access the washer. I'm pondering options. In the meantime, they're waiting by the back door. And the orange ones need to get out of the sun stat because they start fading. I learned that the hard way last year.


In other orange news, look who else is coming in nicely on the other side of the yard.



Oh I love you persimmons. Maybe more than the figs. You are so versatile and delicious. And we missed nearly the entire season last year while we were in Australia.



Actually, I think I just love orange food. The squash, for example. I cannot wait to start roasting those. I have plenty of stand-by fall recipes in my head, (remember that divine minestrone from last year?), but I'm thinking I'll get things going with Molly's recipe for savory bread pudding from this month's Bon Appetit. Must make a test batch before Thanksgiving.

(side note: just when I've given up on renewing my subscription, they come out with a great issue and I'm drawn in again. Blast. November is good.)

14 comments:

Denise said...

Congrats on knocking out item #5!! My to-do list went the way of "good intentions" this past weekend... Lovely pumpkins and squash. I need to try my hand at planting some next year. Are they difficult to grow?

Law of Attraction said...

I whipped my weekend list too. It feels good and the office is so organized now.

I am also a lover of orange food. I think it's from being born in the fall. My husband, a spring baby, hates it. Although he says it's not the color, but I disagree.

Johanna said...

Wow! Beautiful squash.

alyson. said...

I've got an amazing recipe for butternut squash soup. seriously, I think I'd make it at least once a week if I could!

butternut squash soup

bigBANG studio said...

The pumpkins are to die for! Can't wait to see what you do with them, and can't wait to see what you do with your *gorgeous* persimmons. That photo is really breathtaking, by the way. They look like polished orbs of coral.

Glad you renewed your subscription to BA- Conde Nast just announced they're folding GOURMET! I can't even believe it. First Domino, now Gourmet. Sniff sniff.

Melanie said...

i love living vicariously through you and your warm weather produce - a far cry from what i've got in wisconsin. we definitely don't have persimmons!

Caroline said...

Just made the best butternut squash soup the other day!! I love your photos and you could always send your left over goodies my way :)!! Have a lovely week!!

Secondstreetdesigns said...

mmm... i have a few squashon my counter, thanks for the great recipe ideas.

iheartkiwi said...

i would kill for that squash harvest! i just picked up the latest martha stewart living and now i've got pumpkin envy. bad.

Katya said...

darn it! Had I known, I SO would have taken some of them thar squashes off of your hands this afternoon. xo

melanie said...

i saw my first persimmons at the market yesterday. prepare for thy tree to be plundered,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! You can always contact http://www.foodforward.org/about_foodforward.html or a local food bank to donate your excess fruits and vegetables.

violarulz/ducksandbooks said...

you can peel, cube and freeze the squash. It's a LOT easier if you roast 'em first (cut in 1/2, place on foil in a 400 F oven for 45 min), but then you scoop out the flesh instead of cubing it and it's not as good for non-goopy uses.

Sprouted Kitchen said...

agreed. everytime i say 'Im over Bon Apeteite', they swoop in with something good. Must be part of their marketing tactics ;)