Lots of beautiful tomatoes and peppers from the garden...
we've had a pesto making night using up all the garden basil and now we're cooking up a huge batch of Tomato jam...I'd never had this before and the house smells wonderfully rich and exotic.
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly, perfect blend of hot and sweet. This jelly does not take much time at all to make, we made a small batch while the tomatoes were cooking.
5 lbs tomatoes, finely chopped
3 1/2 cups sugar
8 T lime juice
2 t freshly grated ginger
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1 T salt
1 T red chili flakes
Combine all ingredients in a large, non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce temp to a simmer. Stirring regularly, simmer the jam until it reduces to a sitcky jammy mess. This will take between 1 and 1 1/2 hours (we're making a triple batch and it's looking like 4 or 5 hours) depending on how high you keep your heat.
When the jam has cooked down sufficiently, remove from heat and fill jars, leaving 1/4" of head space. Wipe rims, apply lids and twist on rings. Process in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes.
Rebecca is in San Miguel so I'm not sure she'll be posting...but if she does, here I am...with some savory Postcards from my Paradise.
still no birdsong...of the little song bird type, only the now familiar sound of hawk talk
From spiritanimal.info....When the hawk is present in your life, it could signify that it’s time to take more initiative and being active.
Hawks symbolize the power of observation. This spirit animal’s guidance may also indicate that you have the opportunity to study a situation before taking action. Observe the situation and then act when the time is right.
that...and...I best cleanup before I grill the eggplant tonight...
A family garden dinner to celebrate my mothers birthday, it's a magical place, the door leading into the space does not give a clue as to what resides within
...everyone enjoyed walking around the garden and we discovered a HUGE eggplant hiding amongst the leaves. Menu direct from the garden included jalapeno poppers, cucumbers/tomato/basil sald, grill eggplant and a colorful centerpiece bouquet.
2016 is a potent year for me...sweet '16, it is my 60th year and since I made the decision to keep this blog going for at least another year I am going to use this as a daily gratitude practice. If you choose to visit and perhaps leave a comment I am grateful for that too.