Monday, October 27, 2008

Autumn Harvest Time - an alphabetical tour of our larder at the richest time of year

Apples. Apples at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in all their many forms. Raw and juicy,
crispy tart, simmered sweet, sliced and baked with walnuts and honey, slow cooked into rich caramel coloured butter. A larder with enough apple goodness to last all year.

Butter. Homemade cultured butter, cold from the fridge, on ryebread.

Cabbage. Sweet earthy cabbage put up as sauerkraut, slow cooked with apples and a few cloves. grated raw with carrots and apples and walnuts.

Dinnertime in the dark - candles lit

Eggs for dinner cause we're so tired from putting up apples and the kitchen is too big a mess to cook anything else ..oh yes, those simple scrambled eggs were appreciated!

Freezer full of chicken, rabbit, clams and summer fruit horded away to savour on cold winter days.

Giving. Enough to share.

Honey - We'll be taking on a skip or two next year to help repopulate the honey bee population. Oh we're so altruistic!

Icebox - full of dairy right now.

Jam. From free food - wild blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Scrumped peaches and pears.

Kelp, dried and cut in 6 inch lengths, salty sea vegetables free for the taking

Links, homemade sausages - our first attempts are pretty funny looking!

Mushrooms, dried and waiting to remind us of dark earth in simmered winter meals

Nettles, dried and ready to nourish in broths and soups.

Oats, Staple breakfast on cold days, cooked overnight on the woodstove, with eggs and slippery elm bark so it'll carry us through a cold lunch and straight through to supper.

Pork!!!! It is butchering time and it's time for pork cooked with juniper berries, sage and apples!

Questioning our consumption and being healthier for it.

Rappie Pie from here and recipes from Germany - we always go back to our childhoods for comfort foods.

Spruce Bud Syrup, bottled last spring, and opened now to fend off coughs and colds

Tomatoes. Dried canned and bottled enough to get us through til spring.

Underground - potatoes still need digging up.

Veal. Humanely raised, carefully culled. Overwintering is expensive! Venison if we're lucky at our feeder.

Wise Woman Ways and Nourishing Traditions - old ideas for new threats

X-perimenting with overwintering root vegetables outside in raised beds and under an insulating layer of straw and tarps

Yogurt keeps and feeds children, adults and animals.

Zesty apple cider vinegar instead of lemon in all my recipes.

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