THIS IS GOING to be a very different summer.
Every year for the past 25 years or more, well, ever since my first child was born and he is nearly 27, I have planted a vegetable garden.
By now, the peas would be in flower, artichokes coming on and spinach would be showing up in our salads.
But this year due to a convergence of circumstances I am allowing my garden to go wild.
What happened, you ask? It started with a new job.
Then there was the southerly windstorm in November that blew down my deer fence, and then last month some low back pain grounded me for a few weeks, but perhaps the real reason I am allowing the garden to go fallow this year is the acquisition of our new truck camper.
Rather than weeding, pruning, tilling and planting this spring, my husband and I have been rambling around the Peninsula hiking and sleeping outside.
This of course has necessitated a shift in my culinary aspirations.
The camper is equipped with a mini fridge, a small two-burner stove and an even smaller sink.
This spring, I have been looking for minimalist cooking ideas that satisfy our preference for fresh and unprocessed foods but that can be prepared quickly with minimal equipment.
The following recipe includes a simple hack that saves time and clean-up: Cook the pasta along with the veggies.
Skip the separate pot and the colander.
Just be careful that you have enough water to cook the pasta, but not so much that you need to drain it at the end.
You probably already know this, but it has taken me all my life to appreciate simplicity.
Despite my neglect, kale, broccoli rabe, green onions, parsley and cilantro have reseeded themselves in my garden for this weekend’s adventure.
Feel free to use a wide variety of veggies such as asparagus, peas, sweet peppers, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower or carrots.
Betsy Wharton is the proprietor of the Clallam Canning Co., a local purveyor of artisan pickles and other farm to jar goods. You can find her and her products at the Sprouting Hope Greenhouse at 826 E. First St. in Port Angeles. Or contact her at [email protected] canningcompany.com.