Collander Girls

We went to the Kingston peninsula farmers’ market on Saturday morning and brought home some pickling cukes and fresh-grown garlic and two choice heads of broccoli. Then we spent all day together in the kitchen.

Treat #1.

Blancher (kills taste-distorting, freezer-surviving enzymes)

Broccoli, blanched

Broccoli in litre-sized milk bags

Treat #2.

Cutting off blossom ends helps keep cukes crisp.

Garlic dill pickles in 500 ml jars

Cai says, "Hi, Pickles! Hi, Cody!"

Treat #3.

Jalapeno peppers. Daring!

Peach salsa for movies-at-home nights

Free blogging tip:

Never tell your partner your proposed entry title in advance.

13 Responses to Collander Girls

  1. Christina Cronk says:

    That peach salsa sounds delicious!

  2. I’m always so impressed by your culinary efforts. Too cool.

  3. lavenderbay says:

    Cellofield, that’s like astroturf, isn’t it?

    It’s pretty good, Christina, just enough heat to satisfy us two wimpy gringos. 🙂

    Thanks, Barefootheart! It’s actually the first time we’ve made dills; I hope that cooking tip works, and they stay crisp.

  4. Jayne says:

    Love the pickling, I really must try to get some done this coming summer.

  5. lavenderbay says:

    It’s really satisfying, Jayne. I gloat every time I go down cellar and see all the jars.

  6. S. Le says:

    Loads of work but all that food will be so good this winter! Yum!

    Love the title and last frame. Hilarious. Calendar Girls is a fantastic film!

  7. goodbear says:

    hi cai!!!
    those broc bites look delicious!
    i’ll never can things. soooo much work and too much counter space needed.

  8. Tony says:

    We still have lots of tomato relish, pickled cukes & pasta sauce in the pantry from last years veggie garden crop. Definitely worth the effort & they taste so much better than shop bought stuff too

  9. lavenderbay says:

    Calendar Girls is an excellent film, S. Le; should be on our Christmas list as I’m sure it would get numerous plays. Mind you, when humming while cooking, I find Neil Sedaka’s “Calendar Girl” boppier than the hymn “Jerusalem”. 😛

    Ah. Counter space. When we made all those jams the other week, I emptied the kitchen of all extraneous matter. Still, I’d love to know what cactus pear marmalade would be like if you ever do try your hand.

    Pasta sauce! I knew there was something else we should make! We’ve got a few things left from last year, too. Do you do the canning, or does Michelle, or do you work together?

  10. Alyson says:

    Mmmmm peach salsa – I miss Summer!

  11. lavenderbay says:

    So will we, Alyson; better bottle a bit of it now!

  12. I love I love I love my collander girl …

  13. lavenderbay says:

    It’s just so catchy, isn’t it, James?

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