Friday, 14 October 2011

Harvest.

Mother Nature is at her most whimsical, balmy sunshine days, mixed with rain showers, hail storms, and night frost. This means harvest. I have been digging up potatoes these past few days, and today I took in the pumpkins.

One single pumpkin seed grew and grew and grew, until it had outgrown its alotted spot, and invaded the neighbouring patch of mint and the potato bed beyond that. The end result was nine beautiful Hokkaido pumpkins. We've eaten two already, but here are the remaining seven:



I will have more time for harvesting next week, as it is autumn vacation, or potato vacation as we call it here because in old days the children would get off from school in autumn so they could help with the potato harvest. :)

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Home-made ketchup.

Two days ago, I plucked all the ripe tomatoes from our green house. Over a bowl full, much more than we can eat, so today, while my husband went fishing in the pouring rain, I made home-made tomato ketchup:

Cut a cross in each tomato and blanched them to peel off the skin:



Cut off the stem-part of the tomato and removed the seeds, added two peeled red peppers, and a finely chopped gently fried onion. Brought to a boil and seasoned with salt, brown sugar, vinegar, and seasoned to taste with various spices from my spice drawer:



Boil for 15 minutes and blend with hand-blender, taste and season again, and then simmer without lid until right consistency:



Pour in sterile jar, and voila, tasty home-made ketchup:



(I haven't tried, but I am sure you can used canned tomatoes and cut down on the preparation time)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Projects!

I have been rather quiet and occupied with classes and writing, so I thought I would share some of my projects with you.

The first is a painting I plan to hang in our bathroom. I have been working on this off and on for over a year now, the reason for it taking so long being me distracted by other projects.




Another involves these gorgeous Imperial Turquoise beads. I don't know exactly what to do with them yet, but I am thinking bracelet or necklace, maybe combined with silver?