Archive for ‘Gardening’

June 22, 2011

Strawberry Week | Jam, Two Ways

As you might remember if you read this blog with regularity, I picked ten pounds of strawberries over the weekend.  This left me with plenty to jam.  Plenty.  Especially since I’m (gasp!) kind of a novice canner.   Between picking and managing a boisterous Cherub, I chatted with a very sweet friend, Jenn (editor of the tremendous Greener Grocer newsletter) and she told me she had recently made some great strawberry balsamic jam.  Well, that’s right up my alley.

She kindly forwarded me the recipe.  I decided I’d do that (a recipe that is pectin-free – Demeter is convinced I don’t need it) and a strawberry rhubarb jam using pectin (I’ve been told by Rachel at Hounds in the Kitchen that Pomona’s is the best kind to use).

The strawberry balsamic with pepper is a jam purist’s dream.  Lots of low simmering, pleasurable skimming, and

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June 3, 2011

Abundance

I almost can’t stand it.

I love peonies and their explosion of petals and entrancing fragrance.  So, so much.  I slog buckets filled to almost overflowing into the house to set on anything that will hold still.  They’re here for such a short time.  I am blessed.

Now to make peony syrup for cocktails and biscuits.

April 20, 2011

Backyard Foraging | Violet Salad with Goat Cheese in Phyllo

It’s early Spring, and there is an abundance of all sorts of young herbs, lettuces, and edible flowers.  They are tender, beautiful and delicious.  This is clearly the beginning of salad season.  Just pick, tear, and drizzle with the best possible olive oil.  Tonight I used dill, mint, picked thyme, parsley, baby lettuces and, as the pièce de résistance, purple and white violet flowers.

No need to source them, if you live in central Ohio and aren’t obsessive about weeding your lawn, you’ve probably got them snuggling in shady spots.  They are a most remarkable addition to a salad.  The ones in my backyard

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March 25, 2011

Backyard Foraging

Found a bit of wild garlic or onions in the back lawn.  They will taste fabulous, snipped like chives, over the top of the peasant chickpeas for dinner.

March 19, 2011

The Bees Knees | Little Garden Helper

My friend Kate took several pictures recently when we had a little playdate with Cherub.  One of the photos that struck me was this one of a bee with full knees.  I hope to welcome many of these little pollinators to my garden plants soon.  We need them.

Photo courtesy of Kate Djupe.

March 16, 2011

Gardening Experiment 23 | Will This Grow?

I had some ‘cress on a steak earlier this week.  It was hydroponically grown with the very clean roots still attached.  I wondered…

Will this grow in my pond?  I’ll let you know.

March 14, 2011

Spring is Coming | Rhubarb is Up

 

I know there will be at least one crumble and a cocktail or two in my future.

 

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