The Home Farm Breakfast Game

by Daisy

This morning, after a couple of hours of weeding, I was starving so I decided to play one of my favorite games: Breakfast From The Yard.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: See how much of my entire breakfast I could harvest out of my suburban yard. Garden groceries. Metropolitan meals. Lawn licking.

Maybe not that last one.

I can only do this for certain times of the year, unfortunately. Big unfortunately. One day, maybe, I can dine from the yard year round. I’m always working on stretching that period of time, but, well, I’m not very good at it.

I’m a pretty bad gardener, overall. I have so much I need to learn.

But today (decades after first beginning to garden) here’s what I managed to harvest:


You can’t see everything very well in the photo, so here’s the list:

Homegrown eggs

Sweet potato greens (in the back)

Berries (late, tiny strawberries and blueberries and blackberries)



Tomato (Cherokee Purple!)



Sweet basil


I scrambled the eggs with some onion and garlic, sauteed the sweet potato greens with more garlic, sliced some tomato, and topped the eggs with basil.


I made tulsi tea, iced it (I was still hot from the weeding). Here’s how I make tea with fresh herbs.

I ate the carrot and the figs as-is. As-were.

Except for the oil, salt, and pepper, it was a from-the-yard success.

Then I blew it.

I haven’t acquired a taste for carrot tops, but I didn’t want to waste them. They’re homegrown and nutritious.

So I made a smoothie out of them with the berries and . . . a banana. And orange juice.  Flaxseed. Not from the yard.

I was aware of the irony of using electricity for all this, electricity bought from a company I’m in a legal spat with.

Maybe one day I can free myself from them, and my love of bananas and orange juice.



P. S. Any insights into solar power? Have you done it? What do you recommend?

P.P.S. The latest on the transformer saga is that I won my lawsuit, but they’re appealing. No date set for the appeal.






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Sallie June 27, 2016 at 8:27 am

We looked into solar. A bit expensive to install and there are Govt. grants to help with that cost.
Solar does well in Europe where families hand their farm/ land/houses over to the next generation and the cost is spread over a generation or two or three.

Virginia June 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

Ah, yes! Eating from the yard. One of my favorite things…no matter the meal. But mornings are my happiest foraging times. Eggs from my (shhhh! They’re illegal in my town) chickens, chard, summer squashes, tomatoes, green beans, garlic, onions, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, (occasional) raspberries, and on and on…so satisfying, especially since I can see a large grocery store from my back yard. A rather smug feeling takes over as I look across the street and eat something I didn’t have to buy! (That feeling disappears, though, when I DO shop there for the many things I can’t grow). I actually can eat SOMETHING from my yard pretty much year round. This time of year is about the best. But, boy, do I have a long way to go before I can boast self-sufficiency! Still, I am easily amused and enjoy home-grown grub! Garden on!

Sunshine June 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

So why don’t you have an orange tree? That would help with the oj fix!

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