From the garden

We’ve had only TWO cherry tomatoes so far this year, but today we picked many cabbages, plus good quantities of cucumbers, peppers, beans, peas, and raspberries. Hooray for summer produce!

Tonight in a bid to use up some of that produce I made my own tweak on shepherd’s pie:
–a layer of shredded cabbage
–a layer of ground beef cooked with onions, fresh peas, garlic, plum chutney, and fresh ground black pepper
–topped with a layer of mashed potatoes (made with butter and sour cream) and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and paprika.
Even my picky 6 year old loved it– I’m really glad that I doubled the recipe and stuck the second one in the freezer for another day.


  1. Mmm, yum. That dinner sounds good.

    All I planted in my garden this year was one cherry tomato plant, one roma tomato plant, and a basil plant. The basil is the only plant we are enjoying. I have been babying along those tomatoes in this blasted heat we’ve been getting but I only have two tiny cherry tomatoes so far, and I don’t know if my romas are ever going to fruit out. 🙁

  2. Those rasperries really make me jealous! I’ve been planning berries in my garden for a while now… maybe next year!

  3. Yum! I read so many blogs of so many amazing women who have huge, successful gardens. I really want to start one, but I just don’t know where to find the time. I know my children would love digging in the dirt with me, and I really have no excuse not to start one. I hope next year! Your produce looks so good!

  4. Have you ever made Ethiopian cabbage and potatoes? Everyone but my pickiest loves it and it’d be a good way to use your cabbage! This is the recipe I use:

    • Julie, We make this too, but I hadn’t thought of it yet this week, so thanks for the reminder– I might just do it today!


  5. Heather says:

    Those raspberries probably represent lots of kiddos’ scratches! But YUMMMMMMMMM! Lots of cabbage- do you freeze some, or will you use it all fresh?