Friday, January 16, 2009

Frozen Friday Florida Food Fest (with gratuituous Bear cuteness)

Last night at sundown, I went out to the garden and picked snow peas, lettuce, and collard greens in advance of some freezing temperatures that are forecast for tonight. The collards might have been fine through the cold night, but the lettuce would probably be mush, so I picked both.
We are looking at possible low 20's / high teen temps!

The lettuce went in the fridge, but the greens went into a wok with a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a splitz of Tony C's cajun spice.

These collard leaves were young with small stalks, so I just tossed them in whole and wokked their world.


The greens were scrumptiously fresh with a wonderful blend of tender leaves and mildly crunchy stems.

They were a great accompaniment to my homemade chicken noodle soup, because I don't put ANY vegetables in it.

Chicken.
Noodles.
Salt.
Pepper.
Thyme
Bay leaf ... not really a vegetable now, is it?
Splash of wine.

Simple fare.



Here's a gratuitous glimpse of Bear.

He is not food, just cute.

18 comments:

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Your dinner sounds like it wokked!

Debbie said...

Awww, Bear is such a handsome guy!

Lady Jane said...

Hope it doesn't get too cold for you. Meanwhile, I think I am going to try your soup recipe tonight. We are fairly (mildly) cool here in S.Fla, so soup sounds good!

Florida Beach Basics said...

how is Porki?

marge

Anonymous said...

FC-
You and Mrs FC up for a visit from Lightnin and STEB on Monday?
Let me know hope it works foy ya'll
Lightnin

Deb said...

I'm looking at possible low 20's/ high teen temps tomorrow. High temps, that is.

Pablo said...

When it gets that cold down there, do you put on shirts that have actual sleeves?

Sandcastle Momma said...

Those greens look tasty! Collards and good soup on a cold night - just what the doctor ordered LOL

It's supposed to go down into the teens here tonight and there are more articles in the paper about it and preparations being made than when a hurricane is coming LOL

Doug Taron said...

We had temps in the high teens and low 20s last night. Oh wait, you mean above zero.

Dani said...

The greens look great!
Seems like we're all getting a dose of cold this week. I had to cover my seedlings and bring in the tree frogs(I know they're fine outside, but it keeps me from fretting).

robin andrea said...

You're getting leafy green vegetables from your garden already? Sigh.

amarkonmywall said...

Leafy greens is one of the big perks in Florida during the winter. This cold snap is a bit much, though. You should submit that recipe to Real Simple magazine.

Bear. With chomping, slurping, slopping, dirt-licking sounds. Sweet.

TROLL said...

"Wokked their world".

Miz S said...

Oh, man. Those collards look good. I might have to stop at the store and see if I can pick some up for tonight.

I hope Porki is feeling better.

cndymkr / jean said...

How is the pig doing? And thanks for the soup recipe!

Aunty Belle said...

Heh. "Wokked their world" --very clevah, FC.

We had to cover thangs heah too--hope ya'll had a roarin' fire in that new fireplace wif the handsome mantle.

bluebird of paradise said...

I've never eaten collard greens, in Newfoundland we eat turnip tops! And to make you feel really good it's -21 in Corner Brook this evening .Celsius that is!

Floridacracker said...

Chris/Jon,
It did!

Debbie,
He's got it goin' on don't he?

Lady Jane,
I hope it went well!

Marge,
Porki is improving each day! Eating again.

Lightnin,
Terribly preobligated weekend ... sorry ... on a treadmill.

Deb,
Highs in the 20's? brrrrrrrrr

Pablo,
I did have a regular T shirt over my sleeveless one yesterday while working on the roof.

SCM,
Serious protein and green veggie vitamins in that combo!

Doug,
We don't do that subzero thing here!

Dani,
Do you realize how sweet that sounds to hear you fretting over tree frogs? You have a big heart.

Robin,
It's the only time to grow them here. The heat makes lettuc bitter and bolty later in the spring!

Vicki,
I had to pan to Feather who was making most of that racket ... I didn't want y'all to think it was me!

Troll,
I try.

Miz S,
Porki is good! Sorry you have to buy collards!

Jean,
The pig is looking back to normal!

Aunty,
Why thank you maam. The fireplace has been put to use several times this week!


Bluebird,
We eat those turnip greens here too! Love them!