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Archive for August, 2009

Peaches

Time to can peaches.

The plan: make a simple syrup, blanch the peaches and skin them, slice them small-ish, put into jars with syrup.

Boil for the right amount of time in canning pot.

The result: delicious peaches all winter!

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Bad news: the garden store had no leeks.

Good news: they had red ginger.

And by garden store, I mean The Garden Path of this book which I adore here.

Other plants I bought: turnips, brussell sprouts, winter lettuce, walla walla onions, winter scallion-like onions, and a pretty January cabbage.

Time to go make some room in the garden!

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Winter veggies

Project for today: go to the garden store and buy some winter veggie starters.  I was too busy to figure out seeds for those this year.  Now I’m just hoping to get in some leeks or turnips or something.

What’s your favorite winter vegetable?

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Breakfast

Peter made me breakfast this morning and it was full of things that we had made or grown.

He made whey biscuits from the whey leftover from cheesemaking.

We had some of them with cheese, some with butter and the honey we harvested yesterday.  The butter was in a butter dish that I made in my pottery class.

We had a yellow tomato from the garden.

We had coffee from beans we had roasted with honey.

I felt so spoiled.

While a lot of work, gardening and being diy-ers has been lovely this year.

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Cheese.

Peter and Phil made cheese.

It started off as four liters of homo milk, a couple spoonfuls of yoghurt, and a few drops of rennet.

Then they prettied it up with some garlic, basil, chives and salt.

It turned into neufchatel cheese (aka farmer’s cheese).

It’s a very mild cheese with a great flavor.  We’ve been eating it on biscuits, on sandwiches, on bread, on crackers and I think it will be great in salad.

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Squeezing the cheese.  And a bowl full of whey.

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HONEY!

Peter and I harvested our first bit of honey yesterday!  Man-oh-man was it messy!  AND SO DELICIOUS!

I couldn’t stop taking pictures at first, and then I had too ’cause things were getting far too messy.

We didn’t have a centrifugal honey extractor, so we just squeezed the honey out of the comb.  Our hands were sticky and by the end I definitely had a sugar high.  So, we scraped and squeezed and strained the honey through a sieve and ended up with two mason jars of honey and one of wax.

When I got up this morning, a lot of the honey had settled out of the wax, which is good since I was wondering how to get that to happen.

I think we need to find ourselves an extractor.

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Just after we took the caps off.  The honey flowed out.

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The fresh honey tasted great!  Fruity and sweet but not too strong.  Bees wax sticks to your teeth, though.

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The final product.  A dark honey that tastes light and fruity.  Thank you bees.

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Off for a week.

Peter and I off sailing.

Garden, take care of yourself.

The chicken says: Have a good week.

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