Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It’s raining, it’s pouring, this old girl is…..

I have been waiting for a rainy day, for weeks, so that I can stay inside and deal with the autumn abundance. As much as I love being in the garden, there’s nothing that makes me happier than a day in the kitchen but I cannot bear to be inside if the weather is fine!

The morning was misty, with clouds hanging on the hills, as we rowed and chatted and enjoyed the simple pleasure of being on the water in a beautiful rowing boat we helped to build. I never cease to be thankful for the day I found my home and moved to Cygnet, literally at the bottom of the world.

The minute we finished our rowing, it started to pour with rain. As usual we headed to The Lotus Eaters’ Cafe for coffee after which we all headed back to our various homes. I skipped in through the door singing with joy at finally having nothing better to do than cook and preserve and steep and brew and ferment.

Not a bad effort for one afternoon…. but I have lots of apples to box up for storage and plums to stew yet! I hope it rains solidly again soon!

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Carrot and ginger pickle begins its fermenting after a kg of carrots, a large knob of ginger and a tablespoon of salt (collected at a salt pan near the Coorong) have been pounded to release the juices.
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I add a bit of the liquid from a previous batch of fermented radishes, to the carrots.
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Then I start hand grinding 1/2 kg sprouted spelt, to make bread
imageI think of it as upper body exercise as I use right arm, then left, then stand one way then another!
Periodic rests are important so that the stones don’t overheat the grains.
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Meanwhile I make a marinade for some pork (from a friend) I have decided to roast for dinner on this chilly afternoon. I LOVE Tommy German mustard…. so flavoursome.
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I love the view from my kitchen window. The milk from these cows can be bought at the local butcher, who lives just out of view of this photo.
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Next it is time to start dealing with some of the quinces. These first, barely ripe ones, with plenty of pectin, are destined to be quince paste.
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A box of radishes on my doorstep, from a neighbour,  means I need to do more pickling!
imageHalf a kg of blackcurrants from the community garden and 10 blackcurrant leaves + a bit of
sugar, covered in a bottle of Brandy will make cassis for sipping by the fire over winter.
imageI bought a huge, organic celery from the market, removed some babies from the sides, put them in water for a couple of weeks and now they are ready to plant out.

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Wow, what alot of activity. Isn't it amazing just how fun it is to do all of this stuff tho. Nothing better than discovering some potential plants in the farmers market purchases! Happy Easter.