Preserving Day

Today Robin, Stephen and Peter were getting together for another EDIT day. At the last day Robin had learnt all about Stephen and Amanda’s urban foraging undertakings. Check out their blog Gourmet Gatherer for loads of inspiration about what can be found all around us and some tips on foraging.
EDIT Preserving spinoff

So it seemed like a great idea to combine coding and preserving. After lunch on the deck in the only decent patch of sun all day, we headed inside to the kitchen and cooked up a storm. Amanda and I swapped ideas and recipes and tips. A jam tasting took place mid-afternoon – Damson Jam (which came with a cute Sesame Street fabric lid cover), Pear and Vanilla Jam and Quince, Cardamon and Orange Marmalade.
EDIT Preserving spinoff

This afternoon we made:

  • Mixed Berry Jam combining elderberries, blackberries and mulberries
  • Pickled Beetroot with Cumin and Dill
  • Spiced Apple Butter
  • Mexican Mince and Beans

I reminded myself of the need to have the temperature of the water in the pressure cooker the same as the jars going in. I lost two large jars thanks to not paying attention to that today.
We agreed there needs to be a repeat sometime for more of the same. Although next time we might attempt to keep the benches a little neater!
EDIT Preserving spinoff

Observing the garden

Sometimes in walking through the garden all I can see are overgrown plants needing to come out and gaps needing to be filled.

Other times I see abundance and raucous growth.

At the moment I am seeing tomatoes needing to be tied up, corn not quite ready to eat and patches scraped bare where the turkeys dug up my carefully-grown-from-seed seedlings.

Thank god for the seedling man at the market. I can at least fill the gaps while I ponder higher fences around the veggie beds.