I found my Smiley here and was told to pass it on. Ever the dutiful blogger here is my very own vegetable Smiley, from my very own garden (with a little help from the market…been a bad summer):
To see a hilarious slide show of Vegetable Faces (complete with music) check out The Great Big Vegetable Challenge.
And next time you're in the kitchen faced with an abundance of produce, go ahead and make your own face.
You know you want to.
It's really is okay to play with your food!
I spent the weekend playing with fruit; apples and pears to be specific.
I had no choice but to make jam.
I hate making jam. It's one of those precise kitchen things that just never seems to work well for me. It's Pear Ginger Jam in the photo.
Couple that with the fact that it's the end of August and it was not going to be good.
Allow me to explain what August has to do with it all for those who do not live in Europe, or, more specifically, the Mediterranean countries.
August is the month when factories and businesses shut their doors and all of the workers go on holiday.
Allow me to explain further: We were remodeling our bathroom and were in a shop looking at tiles. It was the end of May. We were told to have our order in no later than the first of June because everything closes in August.
In other words: If it wasn't in by June 1 it wouldn't be scheduled for shipment before July 15, at which time nothing is scheduled for shipment because that means the lorry drivers would be on the road on August 1, the day the holiday starts. So if it wasn't ordered by June 1 we wouldn't get it until sometime in October, because if it couldn't be shipped before August there was no sense scheduling it, now, was there? Got that?
Lids for the jam jars. You can reuse jars but need fresh lids each time you make jam and process the jars. There were no lids, anywhere. No pectin and very little sugar. Poor planning on my part. I should have bought the stuff in June…or I could wait until October. Tell that to my fruit!
Fortunately I had some left from last year and I found a good recipe for freezer jam…
This photo is for those of you who can. That is my canning kettle sitting on the canning burner attached to a gas tank. The set-up is in the outbuilding that also has the wine press – you can see it in the back corner. The canner is designed to hold multiple layers but I haven't figured that out yet. I can get one hell of a flame under it though, the burner is huge! The canner is too big to go on a stove top but having it out here keeps the heat out of the kitchen!
Lastly, but most importantly, Tanna, from My Kitchen in Half Cups, has very kindly given me the following two awards:
The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who
“effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly
trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit
their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello
to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful
conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello – all the while fostering
a sense of closeness and friendship.
The Thoughtful Blogger Award is for “those who answer blog
comments, emails, and make their visitors feel at home on their blogs. For the
people who take other’s feelings into consideration before speaking out and who
are kind and courteous. Also for those bloggers who spend so much of their time
helping other bloggers design, improve, and fix their sites. This is for those
generous bloggers who think of others.”
Thank you, Tanna. They really mean a lot to me. All of the food bloggers I have gotten to know in the past 18 months have been wonderful. I hope I can be as welcoming and gracious as they all are to me.
And in the same spirit I get to pass on the award…..Yay!
I hereby pass on both awards to:
Lydia at The Perfect Pantry
Chris at Mele Cotte
Mimi at French Kitchen in America
Wendy at A Wee Bit of Cooking
Nora at Life's Smörgåsbord
Now, I'm going to see if I have any ripe sweet corn…and say 'Hey' to Boris! (Yes, he's still there, hasn't moved more than 10 inches in any direction). We've had three days of summer this weekend…