Today, we were supposed to go work in school (by the way, an average teacher donates $7,500 worth of hours to their profession), getting our rooms put together a bit because this weekend is Iowa Irish Fest and next week is the Iowa State Fair. However, my wife got an email about hallway cleaning or something to that so she decided against it today.
That was followed by messages from both our daughters, they’ve tested positive for Covid.
Not only that, the daughter who rode RAGBRAI, the friend of theirs we helped out tested positive and was in our truck for an hour on the way home. WE are close contacts as well.
So, we drive up to the pharmacy to get some Covid tests, got some soft serve frozen yogurt at the local dairy (best thing EVER), pick up egg roll wraps, four dozen ears of corn, and supplies.
It’s time to start putting some food away. We’ve gotten rid of our giant chest freezer, so this will be an interesting fall. Typically, we’d have bags of frozen tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, and peppers, along with pork and beef from our local farmer. I’m not sure how that’s all going to fit this year. I’d love to purchase blueberries, but I can only find them in 10-pound boxes, and I don’t need that many! 🙂 Our tomato plants went into the ground way later than usual, so they’ve not started really producing yet. Neither have our beans or peppers.
The only thing in our garden that is really producing is the zucchini plant, and I swear, I’m about done right now! 🙂
So, first on the docket, corn. We husked the four dozen ears, then started boiling and cutting, along with eating a few ears for ourselves as well (it was delicious). My wife has a creamed corn recipe that she’s basically memorized, so we cut 18 cups of corn, threw in some butter, some half and half (her mom used whole milk), and baked it for an hour. We put away 15 pints altogether and may go back for more corn tomorrow.
While we waited for the corn, the cabbage was shredded, along with ginger and carrots, and the sausage was cooked for egg rolls. As you can see, made a batch with half a cabbage, a pound of pork sausage, a pound of carrots, ginger, soy sauce, ground mustard, pepper, and a dash of salt. I fried them in olive oil (got a nice big blister on my thumb) and laid them out. We tried them in the air fryer, but they just weren’t the same. A light fry did well! 25 egg rolls later, we were done. We ate three cabbage rolls, then ran out of filling! So, my wife hops on the Internets and comes up with a “chocolate blueberry cheesecake egg roll”.
Oh. My. Goodness. My wife just leans over to see what I’m doing and said, “They were so decadent!!” And they were. They were egg rolls you could sell and make millions! Another reason I love my wife, she’s the brains of this whole operation!
We’ll do another batch of these as well because cabbage show up in 6 packs when planting and we have a bunch left to pick! 🙂 My daughters love them, as do my parents (the egg rolls), so they’ll go quickly!
Our garden will give us a bounty, there is no doubt there. It’s all about timing and this year, it will be a little later than in the past. But we’ll get there.
We always do! 🙂
August 2, 2022 at 10:44 pm
Darin, I loved hearing about your gardening and cooking feats. You and your wife are certainly a creative couple. Your creamed corn and egg rolls look delicious. I am sorry that COVID struck your home. I hope it is a mild case and everyone can enjoy the end of summer.
August 4, 2022 at 5:32 pm
Our daughters are tired and achy, but nothing too much else. One was able to take the oral pills, so that was a good thing. My wife is the creative one, I’m just the guy who weeds! LOL!! 🙂
August 3, 2022 at 8:09 am
Oh my goodness…that is a LOT of work, but what a wonderful idea to premake the eggrolls. And then you freeze them and pop them out as needed for a quick meal on a school night. But chocolate blueberry cheesecake eggrolls? Yes, I’m looking up that recipe! I hope y’all escape Covid…and have a smooth opening to the new school year. 🙂
August 4, 2022 at 5:31 pm
We threw in blueberries just for fun! 🙂
We buy a bunch of cabbage for that very reason, to make egg rolls. As time as gone on, they’ve become more of a hit with out family, so now it’s expected! 🙂
August 11, 2022 at 7:40 am
Hey, thanks for the recipe. I shared this idea of making a bunch of egg rolls and freezing them for quick meals with my husband and he said, “That’s an awesome idea. Let’s do it.” 😉
August 3, 2022 at 9:31 am
Amazing! Wish I were nearby to partake in those yummy egg rolls and beg for a jar of creamed corn. Love that stuff. My garden is a disaster this year. Critters early on and now relentless drought.
August 4, 2022 at 5:29 pm
Well, don’t think our garden is just a gem. So. Many. Weeds. I have a terrific (or terrifying) farmers tan because I’m out there constantly! 🙂
The creamed corn, yummy! That’s one of the requests at family gatherings: bring your corn!
August 4, 2022 at 5:34 pm
August 3, 2022 at 12:49 pm
Darin, that all sounds delicious. I love this little play-by-play of a day in your life. RAGBRAI, the corn, the egg rolls, “chocolate blueberry cheesecake egg rolls” all sound amazing–without the Covid, thank you very much. Hope it bypasses you both. Here’s to a great new school year!
August 4, 2022 at 5:28 pm
We are two days with two negative tests, so Iowa Irish Fest is on for us!
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂