CSA

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The latest CSA haul: lettuce, cilantro, Swiss chard and some gorgeous purple scallions.    We also got our first meat delivery, which is not pictured because hunks of frozen meat just don’t look that great.     That was mutton sausage (already that – it was yum!), pork jowl bacon and chicken leg quarters.

CSA

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This was this week’s haul – baby lettuce, regular lettuce, sage, and Tuscan kale.   I also added green garlic and some shelling peas.

I have never seen Tuscan kale that large – I was sure it had to be some other variety.    I’ve grown this myself, and it’s never come out with leaves that wide.

The shelling peas were great.    I’d gotten a pound.    When I started shelling, I felt like I should have gotten at least two pounds.   By the time I was done, one pound seemed just fine.    They were great, lightly cooked in butter, until they had just turned a brighter shade of green.

Harvest Hub Share

IMG_0161aWe started a new farm share of sorts – this one is offered through my job, and is a consortium of farms, so offered some more flexibility than my last CSA share.   (I still love that farm, and would recommend them to anyone looking to do a more traditional CSA share.)

We’re just doing greens this year, and their meat share.   Sadly, we were going to Montreal for the first meat delivery, so we have to wait until July to see that.    But the above is our first greens share.    I would not have expected kohlrabi, though I suppose it is more of a green than many other vegetables.

Further Adventures in Domesticity

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I actually had the whole week off after the Montreal trip off.   (We were supposed to both have it off, until the Great Appendix Caper in February forced the BF to have to give some time back.)     I have been slow in posting because our internet has been on the fritz for most of it.    Not to say this is a huge problem, as I’ve been keeping myself busy with other things, like this peach lavender jam.

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I was expecting the amount in the processed jars on the left.   I got double what I was expecting.    Fortunately, it’s delicious.

 

Further Adventures in Domesticity

I haven’t done any canning in ages – and still haven’t.   But my mother got two quart sized take out containers of sour cherries right before she was going to leave the state, so she left them with me.    I ended using David Lebovitz’s No Recipe Cherry Jam because I didn’t have enough fruit to make a full sized, cannable batch.

This stuff is amazing.    Like I want to buy a house so I have a yard in which I can plant a sour cherry tree because that’s probably the only way I’m going to be able to cook with these in any amount of bulk without spending tons of money, amazing.    The hypothetical orchard just got bigger…

Further Adventures in Domesticity

So what do you do when you have a batch of fairly tasteless apples, and you’d rather move on to the much better batch you bought at the farmer’s market?    Make applesauce!

This is using the recipe from Canning for a New Generation.   Sadly, I did fall prey to my occasional issue where I only get about half of the batch amount it says I should.    I started with six pounds of apples.     This is not six pints of applesauce.

At least it tastes good.