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Jeudi dans le jardin 4

The harvest has begun, at least of some garden (and wild) edibles. Elizabeth is hard at work bringing in produce, blanching or drying it or cooking with it and putting the results of her efforts into the freezer or on the pantry shelves for winter use. Some of the results are colourful, so we thought this week would be a good opportunity to show you. The gardens need some time to change before we go in and take more pictures.

We've cut the Bee Balm blossoms twice now. Here they are dunked in water (to eliminate insect life), spun dry and placed on the rack for the dehydrator.

We’ve cut the Bee Balm blossoms twice now. Here they are dunked in water (to eliminate insect life), spun dry and placed on the rack for the dehydrator.

After a few days in the dehydrator, we bottle the whole flowers and store them in a dark pantry. They make a good tea, especially when blended with the leaves of the same plant, which we will harvest a bit later.

After a few days in the dehydrator, we bottle the whole flowers and store them in a dark pantry. They make a good tea, especially when blended with the leaves of the same plant, which we will harvest a bit later.

Elizabeth harvests other flowers, too:

She hopes this year to get enough Calendula to make some ointment with it. It is very healing, especially for insect bites, rashes and skin conditions like eczema. Calendula is also nice fresh in salads. Looks pretty on the plate, too (the leaves when young are also great in a salad).

She hopes this year to get enough Calendula to make some ointment with it. It is very healing, especially for insect bites, rashes and skin conditions like eczema. Calendula is also nice fresh in salads. Looks pretty on the plate, too (the leaves when young are also great in a salad).

She's all finished with the clover now, which she also uses in tea. It adds a little sweetness to the mix.

She’s all finished with the clover now, which she also uses in tea. It adds a little sweetness to the mix.

Some of the herbs she hasn’t got time to use fresh, or has too much to use up, she dries.

Here's some of that French Tarragon she likes so much, all dry and ready to go on the pantry shelf.

Here’s some of that French Tarragon she likes so much, all dry and ready to go on the pantry shelf.

Last week a lady gave Kay a whole grocery bag full of Dill, so Elizabeth was busy all evening preparing it to dry or freeze to use when she starts pickling Cucumbers. If she ever gets any Cucumbers. Kay and I showed her a female flower that appeared yesterday afternoon, so maybe…

The beets are coming in now, too. these are some freshly washed beet leaves, which the two-leggers are preparing to blanch and freeze.

The Beets are coming in now, too. these are some freshly washed Beet leaves, which the two-leggers are preparing to blanch and freeze.

Elizabeth's newest culinary invention, Beet Leaf Rolls. They are just waiting to be covered...

Elizabeth’s newest culinary invention, Beet Leaf Rolls. They are just waiting to be covered…

...in a Tandoori fruit and yoghurt sauce before she pops them into the oven for a couple of hours.

…in a Tandoori fruit and yoghurt sauce before she pops them into the oven for a couple of hours.

Before you start wondering where she gets these bizarre ideas…

An old high school friend suggested she try using some of the bigger beet leaves to make something like cabbage rolls, offering the caveat, “avoid TOMATO-based sauce, a lot of the recipes you will find will offer to make a tomato based sauce that you pour over when you bake. This works much better for cabbage. With these tender and tasty peppery leaves, a lighter sauce I think works better.”

Elizabeth spent her formative first years among Ukrainian neighbours in the North End of Kenora. She loves Ukrainian food (she loves any food, really…) like perogies or cabbage rolls. So, she thought about it for a while…

Her ancestors also spent a good deal of time in India, and she’s grown up on the recipes they brought home when they returned. Et voila, as my friend Easy would say. Even so, she was really nervous about how this one would turn out as it was entirely invented and she’d never made cabbage rolls before and …

They were a big hit!

Elizabeth used one of the Hungarian Hot Peppers (the ones without the folds) in her Tandoori Beet Leaf Rolls. She hasn't tried one of the sweet Red Hot Peppers yet. Neither have I. She won't let me try either!

Elizabeth used one of the Hungarian Hot Peppers (the ones without the folds) in her Tandoori Beet Leaf Rolls. She hasn’t tried one of the Sweet Red Hot Peppers yet. Neither have I. She won’t let me try either!

She used other ingredients from the garden, like a Hot Pepper, for example, and she even used something her sister-in-law and brother made from Crabapples growing in their garden in The Yukon: Apple Butter. Truly a dish of many colours and flavours! She’s really proud of herself. So, I had to let her go on about it. Sorry.

Hey, Scribe. Could we maybe move along now? Thanks.  ~:o/=

 

The first of the Purple Tomatillos are ripe, now too. Soon Elizabeth will make some Mango Chutney using them.

The first of the Purple Tomatillos are ripe, now too. Soon Elizabeth will make some Mango Chutney using them.

While Kay and Elizabeth work in the kitchen, I like to supervise. Not only do they frequently need a taskmaster to fire them into action when they start focusing too much on chopping and forgetting things like pots of boiling water, but I also must ensure that nothing that inadvertently flies from the chopping block to the floor is trod upon or otherwise wasted.

Oops! [BUSTED!]

Oops! [BUSTED!]

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Thanksgiving Holiday

Elizabeth tells me that when she was a two-legger pup, she went to school. So did I, actually. But at her school, the teacher made students write essays on how they celebrated special days two-leggers have called ‘holidays’. Sunday was Thanksgiving Day, and two-leggers here get a holiday on the next day so they can travel back from home. They call it the ‘Thanksgiving Weekend’.

I find it rather awkward to hold a writing tool, but I have my faithful scribe who, by her own admission, has had a lot of practice with this sort of thing. So, today I thought I’d tell you how I spent my Monday off, seeing as I didn’t have to travel anywhere.

You’ve already seen how it started for Elizabeth yesterday. After photographing the deer, she took another picture of some trees I can see from my house:

I have a nice view from my house if I keep my head up. That's something to be thankful for.

I have a nice view from my house if I keep my head up. That’s something to be thankful for.

Then we went for our usual morning perambulation. That’s a big two-legger word that sounds like I walk – one syllable for each footstep and a fifth for a wag of my tail! BOL

The leaves are still pretty, but we did get a touch of frost for Thanksgiving. And when the breeze blows, the leaves rain from the sky. But it was calm this morning, and all day. Here are some views from along our walk:

Light at the End of the Tunnel mini

When we got back to the house, the mist was thinning quickly.

When we got back to the house, the mist was thinning quickly.

After breakfast, it was work hard all day in the garden. Well, it was for the two-leggers. They took me on a couple of walks through the day, but I mostly lay in my cone and sighed, got up, rattled the cone on a door or some furniture, flopped onto the floor (that’s much noisier than it reads), sighed again and slept for most of the day.

Elizabeth took me for a quick walk after lunch. She felt sad for me, so she decided to tie my leash to the post at the end of the walkway so I could hang out with her while she harvested the last of the carrot crop. Kay and Malcolm were working at the back garden, so Elizabeth took some photos to show me what they were doing:

Malcolm was dealing with the tangle of tomatillo plants...

Malcolm was dealing with the tangle of tomatillo plants…

then he'd hand the branches to Kay and she'd start plucking the fruit. She got nearly 2.5 gallons from four plants!

then he’d hand the branches to Kay and she’d start plucking the fruit. She got nearly 2.5 gallons from four plants!

The Kibble Snatching Flappers came by, and even though Elizabeth gave them some kibble to keep them busy, I thought I maybe should watch the carrots a little more closely… just in case.

Me guarding the carrots while they dry.

Me guarding the carrots while they dry.

But I'd really rather be chasing deer....

But I’d really rather be chasing deer….

Elizabeth thought she’d cheer me up.

Elizabeth stuck this peculiar carrot in the walkway and said, "Here lies the road to Rome..." and looked at me for a tail wag. I don't get it. Sorry.

Elizabeth stuck this peculiar carrot in the walkway and said, “Here lies the road to Rome…” and looked at me for a tail wag. I don’t get it. Sorry.

But what about that view!

Even when it's cloudy out, it's just so beautiful here. And that's something we are all very thankful for!

Even when it’s cloudy out, it’s just so beautiful here. And that’s something we are all very thankful for!

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings we share: for beauty, for change, for safety, for friends, for food, for home. Please help us to share some of these blessings with all the two- and four-leggers we meet everyday. Amen.

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