A new year, a new spiffier blog!
Hello hello! I joined tumblr two years ago and it’s been super but now it’s time to venture off on my own and create a big girl blog! I wanted more freedom to display my photos and recipes, as well as a custom design. I hope you will come visit me! I’ll still be keeping my Modernhippie Tumblr and I’m looking into a way to post simultaneously to both blogs, but my new one is a lot spiffier.
Making apricots into butter … well kinda.
Every Sunday I head to the Kitsilano Farmers Market to buy some food for the week (well it usually lasts a couple days), my new thing is to buy whatever is on sale and try to make something new with it … introducing Apricot Butter! It’s kind of like apple sauce but completely different, haha. Making fruit butter is like going a step past jam (less all the sugar), you simmer fruit with a dash or sugar or honey for a couple of hours until it because this thick flavourful deliciousness. I’m told you can make it in a slow cooker and then you don’t need to sit around for hours in the sweltering heat stirring it like I did. Canned and stored, booya apricots, see you in the winter when I need a summer reminder.
In other news - I really despise foodmills or (“moo-lays” as the kiwi boyfriend calls them - yeah doesn’t make sense to me either), I seem to get most of the food on the counter and walls. Le sigh.
Garden update - Day 101 (about time too!)
Summer was a little late to start but we had an amazing August, now the trees are turning, the fresh fall air is coming through and my garden seems to think it’s mid July! I’m sure I’ve got another month of beautifully fresh salads and veggies, then I’ll try my hand at some winter crops. Biggest accomplishment this season are the tomatoes I grew from seed, every single one survived and flourished in a garden that hardly gets any sun… so strange.
1 - Garden, small but full =)
2 - Baby french Leeks (from seed, sown in garden)
3 - Red and white salad Scallions (from seed, sown in garden)
4 - Parsley (gone crazy again this year, will probably last through the winter) & Baby Leeks / Red salad lettuce (all from seed, sown in garden)
5 - Cheery tomatoes, crawling across garden (bought as a seedling at the market)
6 - Basil / Heirloom cherry tomatoes (from seed, started indoors)
7 - Heirloom tomatoes, several varieties (from seed, started indoors)
8 - All my tomatoes started from seed indoors, cannot believe they survived!