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Sunday, August 30, 2015

And a weather eye

We are somewhat underwhelmed by the predicted and overdue "storm" so far. There have been only traces of rain.

What we are getting is plenty of wind, as we can see from various upturned leaves and trees leaning eastward.

Still hoping. It now smells like full-blown Fall.

Today, I chopped the last of the cornstalks, and selected an ear to keep for seed, but it is backup. We'll be looking for another variety of sweet corn.

Canning some pickled beets and apples and some tomato sauce while dehydrating kale, beet greens, squash blossoms, dandelion and false dandelion greens, and baking a deep dish frittata.

For those interested: take one green and one yellow zuke, grated; one large mangel beet leaf including its stem, chopped; one Stupice tomato, chopped; half a dozen duck and hen eggs, a small handful of dehydrated greens, powdered; a bit of olive oil. Salt to taste.

Stir/fold all together and pour into a baking dish. Cover with grated parmesan and local cheddar cheese. Bake at about 350 until it looks done -- I think this, which is rather a smallish dish, went around forty minutes.

Serve. Beloved likes it, which is a good sign, as I'm an on-again, off-again cook.

The runner beans are shelled and the pods went to the compost heap. Ordinarily I just throw them right on the garden but the heap looked hungry. Both the Jenny green beans and the runners were hard hit by drought but they made enough to save about a third for seed and the rest can go into baked beans.

I have taken down the burlap shades on the outside of south, east and west windows. The house looks odd with so much light. Buildings are shifting around a bit and I need to trim the bottom off one of the doors.

Birds are in the grapes in large numbers; competition is up because everything is dried out. Leaves are curling on the kale, heralding the arrival, later than usual, of aphids. Heavily infested leaves are particularly popular with the hens. Lightly infested leaves do no harm in your meals, but perhaps you should not tell anyone. If, like some, you're not into any aphids at all, switch to the beet or chard greens -- the kale serves as a catch crop for them.

Hopefully we'll be back to juicing tomorrow, which is heavier work and needs more of a block of open time. When one lives by the seasons, one lives a bit like a sailor. Hammock time, deck time, and a weather eye.


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