I recently finished a wonderful book called The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball.
A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can’t; is this: do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die. It’s blackmail, really. (p. 150, The Dirty Life, K. Kimball)
Beautiful writing, yes? Now imagine soaking in 273 pages worth.
I always been wired to work; always. I get a lot of satisfaction about completing a project and reaping the rewards. So for me, following a story about people who bleed, sweat and cry into the earth they’re working make me want to ruffle some pom-poms and cheer them along. And I absolutely related to the author, whose first year on the farm was glazed with plenty of “what the hell am I doing” moments. Because in the end, it was a conclusion of “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Finishing this book made me realize there were plenty of items in my bucket list I need to check off:
– Raise chickens, for eggs and for meat
– Drink raw milk
– Milk a cow
– Make homemade cheese
– Eat a bird (and wrap bacon around the breast)
– Try scrapple (mostly out of curiosity)
Stay tuned; rumor has it we’ve already checked off one of these items.
There’s a scene in the The Dirty Life where Kristin has no idea what to make for dinner. In the end, Mark shoots a dove, and they share a wonderful meal for two.
So… with an entire row of radishes at the RGB, we recently plopped a handful into a soup, and they turned out marvelously. Five down, about 45 to go…
What else could we do with radishes?
Source: Rustic Garden Bistro
Updated photo from April 2013:
RGB Reads is a collection of food-related books we’ve enjoyed. Click on this category to see what we’ve read.