Make 6 jars of jam
Freeze 1 tray.
1 full dehydrator.
1 batch, 1 gallon apricot wine brewing.
That's what you do.
I've been brewing a lot lately. I got this book True Brews and I like it. I've been messing around with ciders, wines, sodas and kombucha. I also just bought The Art of Fermentation, which is a very in depth look at the fermentation of just about everything (including meats).
First rack Sparkling Sour Cherry Wine
First batch= 9 bottles and a sample. Hard Cider from Apple Juice
Sweetened with Stevia
Kombucha (fermented tea)
Also presently brewing: Pineapple Brown Sugar Cider (tepache) and
sauerkraut. This is one, 3lb head of cabbage with salt and caraway seeds. I have the cup and saucer in there to submerge the kraut in it's own juicy brine.
Since I'm on food, I made this last week and it was a huge hit. Pita Pizzas. I baked pitas with smoked cheeses, jalapenos and green olives until bubbly and then topped with a salad of cucumber, red onion, avocada, tomato and romaine with a white wine vinaigrette. The recipe was modified from Fresh Food Fast, which is one of my fav cookbooks.
and Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Souffle' from the same cookbook
All of this rain is helping the maters grow quickly, although the very delayed spring and this crazy 70's and 80's (not complaining) are putting back ripening.
nasturtiums are loving the cool weather
Big Wet Kale
Cow peas look great, but no blooms!
lots of baby cucumbers
Friariello di Napoli
"famous frying pepper of Naples" from Baker's Creek Nursery
Sweet Potatoes- Georgia Jet
lots more to come
thought these lettuce flowers and hoverflies were lovely
Blanketflower from seed
Double Black Eyed Susan
Double Daylilies, Canna & Red Monarda
again with Miscanthus & Burning Bush (that I really need to get rid of)
Gray Headed Coneflower
False Sunflower (below)
Nigella (love in a mist) seed heads need harvesting
This is a new variety for me. I really like the small size and diversity of patterns.
Parsnip seeds almost ready for harvest
Cats in the Garden
Nya and Murl = best friends
Nya in the garden
Slime molds move.
Slime mold day 1
Slime mold day 2 (below)
Happy weather-that-feels-like-Spring in late June!