Food, Community And All Things Sustainable

September 28, 2010


Told myself as I was fixing breakfast this morning that I would take a photo and share.  Sorry, no photo. Got the the good food. When it was arranged so very prettily on the plate, I admired it, and then scarfed it down.  D.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. Yes that would describe it, purely d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

Locally raised eggs scrambled with cilantro
Prepared in a pan seasoned with olive oil and butter from local milk
Topped with my own salsa: tomatoes, scallions, peppers, lime juice, cumin (left out cilantro, it's in the eggs)
Sides: sliced dilled cucumbers, pickled roasted peppers, zucchini orange jelly.
Washed down with rosehip ginger tea, my own special blend.

I'm really wishing I'd taken a photo, it was so pretty!

September 27, 2010

Homecoming Week

It's Homecoming Week here.  I've been thinking of my own Homecoming Weeks and asking locals about this town's homecoming customs.

At my high school, the candidates were always a dating couple.  Not so here.  Folks here are fascinated to learn that. "Really? Wow, why?" is the usual response.  I just chuckle, and tell them I had the exact same response when I learned that it's not done that way here.  We had that extra bit of drama of making sure the couples did not break up before homecoming. Imagine the inconvenience that could be.

And we didn't just "burn the K", we had a real bonfire.  I think we took a couple days to build it. If I remember correctly, we saved stuff for it - like tree branches and cardboard, old furniture and odd pieces of wood. It was always topped off with an outhouse.  We'd throw an accelerant on it, light it somehow, and snake dance around it. I can also seem to remember lot's of hollering, singing and beating kettles with spoons. (As an aside, we'd be in trouble at home for taking the deer hunting kettles and spoons to the bonfire.  Folks in our neck of the woods would drive deer by walking through the woods pounding on kettles with spoons and hollering to scare the deer. But that's a whole 'nother story.)

When I tell that tidbit to folks around here, they are all wide-eyed about it.  I don't think the school district allows that bonfire business anymore.  I know they don't.  They don't want repeats of some of the antics of my classmates who threw gas bombs into the fire, or something equally, shall we say, s.t.u.p.i.d.

And the biggest difference, was that the King and Queen were not crowned until Friday, just before the parade.  I think the candidates were announced two weeks before, so there was some heavy campaigning going on.

The King and Queen for this year's homecoming will be announced tonight For the rest of the week they will reign over various activities, including the burning of the K tonight, and the homecoming parade on Friday.

September 22, 2010

Larder or Pantry, if you prefer, Chapter II

Moroccan cauliflower and carrots
Moroccan beets
Salsa, steaming hot
Curry pickle relish
Yellow tomato marmalade with lemon thyme and sage
Red onion relish

September 6, 2010

Larder or Pantry, if you prefer

Added to the larder this week:

Canned tomatoes, the yellow lemon boys get the award for eye-appeal
Christmas pickles using Grandma's recipe
Cherry Koolickles
Lime Koolickles
Caramelized onion relish
Dill pickle relish
Sweet pickle and pepper relish
Zucchini relish with a bit of a kick to it
Marinara sauce
Tomato juice
Armenian dill pickles

And there is still more produce hanging around the kitchen and pantry just waiting to go into a jar.

Need more shelving...

September 3, 2010

Fall Weather

Yes, thank you, I am enjoying the fall-like weather.  Had to rummage around last night to find a blanket for the bed.  Yes, thank you very much, I am enjoying the fall-like weather.

September 2, 2010

The KIP Ladies

It's always fun to potluck with friends and fellow club members.  It's even more fun to witness the free-wheeling yearly planning process of a group of ladies who've been doing this for a long time. In some cases over thirty years.

During introductions one lady said, "I'm Audrey, and I've been with KIP for over 32 years. Held every office at least twice, and nope, don't ask again."  That introduction drew simultaneous laughter and a round of applause. I think she's our Queen.

The best part of the evening was witnessing all the younger ladies freely offering ideas and signing up to work on events.

September 1, 2010

Canning Season

Are you in the throes of canning?   I am.  Using mostly variations of my grandma's canning recipes.  Written on index cards--some while I was still in high school.

Do you have a favorite canning recipe?