Monday, March 7, 2011

Few week wrap up


It's been quite a busy few weeks! Mid-terms are coming up with all the little projects I've had going, I thought I'd do a wrap up. If there's anything you would like me to expand upon just let me know!

Some recipes I follow call for whey to soak grains and make them more easily digestible, the nutrients more readily available, and cut down the various inhibitory components. I tried making crock-pot yogurt. SO easy! Straining yogurt provides us with whey for cooking and fermenting, greek-style (strained) yogurt, and the best cream cheese!

I've been eying preserved lemons for some time. I finally bought a few organic lemons and started a batch. You cover them in salt and lemon juice and let them sit for about a month. After that you can wash off the salt, discard the flesh and use the rind to add a wonderful lemon flavor - think tangine-style stews and so many other things! After preserving they will last six months or more in the fridge.

I also started another batch of lacto-fermented/probiotic ginger-ade. Like a lemonade only ginger. Slurp! Even better diluted with bit of seltzer for fizz.

I received a new addition to our fern family. Thanks mom!

I have deep love of ferns inherited from my grandmother in New Hampshire. In her window she still has a fern I pressed as a child and preserved for her between to pieces of glass edged with copper tape. We now have four different kinds of ferns gracing our radiators.

I finally made a fabric tissue-"box" to hold some boxless tissues leftover from one of my mother's work projects.

I must admit that although we rarely buy tissues and are making the move to cloth handkerchiefs,  I do buy tissues based upon the look of the box. Now I shall never have to make the sacrifice of an ugly tissue box again.

Last, but certainly not least, I started some seeds! Comstock and Ferre in Wethersfield opened up their retail store again (wahoo!) and I headed down. I picked out heirloom tomato, herb, melon, and flower seeds for my gardens this year.

With the help of a grow-light I am starting seeds inside and will be able to put the plants into the ground after the danger of frost is past, sometime in late April.

This picture is from March 1st and already most of the seedlings are a couple of inches tall! It is always so magical to see the growth from day to day. Dreams of blooms and juiciness brighten even the gloomiest of days.


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