This is the story of our adventures -- every day and extraordinary; our dreams -- tiny and grand; our gardens -- ornamental and sustaining; this is the story of our journey.  We are a family of four living a mindful, simple life here in Los Angeles County.  We are green, conscious, and forward thinking.  We keep an eye on the past because some of the best things have already been done and bear repeating.  Walk and talk with us, have a glass of wine, taste a peach or a tomato, blow some bubbles and watch them drift up over the canyon ridge.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Kitchen happenings

In many homes, like ours anyway -- where food is made from scratch, meals are important, the kitchen table is ample -- the kitchen becomes the hub of family life.  It also helps for us that the main door into our house enters into the kitchen.  And that the kitchen has a big East facing window and a big West facing window and a skylight!  I'd like to say that it is sunny and bright but it's not!  All those live oaks above keep it cool and shaded on all but the hottest sunniest day.  And then there are those weeks in Fall and Winter when the sun at a certain angle comes in every afternoon and illuminates every sunbeam speckle (aka speck of dust) and makes me feel like an inadequate homemaker!  I do know, however, that I am not!

On any given day, our kitchen is the scene of a myriad of cooking, fermenting, canning projects.  It is also almost daily the art studio for the Bubbles.  If you look through the old posts you'll see countless pictures of them busily creating at the kitchen table.

So, what is going on in my kitchen today?

Fairies and their accessories are taking a break from flitting around the yard.
Dinner is rising (pizza dough).

Corn relish is fermenting (this picture came out terrible -- see below for details).

Today's harvest is waiting to be put away or to good use!
Neighbor grown grapes are hanging out with herbal iced tea.

Clementines are occupying this vessel I really could have used for mashing my relish!

And Gregorie is enjoying some peaches.

So, about the corn relish.  I had purchased a bunch of fresh corn at the farm stand on Saturday for Gregorie's birthday bash.  But we had SO much food and everybody got to hanging out and talking and drinking Bubble Brew that the corn never got cooked.  I pulled out the Nourishing Traditions book and found a recipe for a lacto fermented corn relish.  I had most of what was called for and reasonable subs for what I didn't have.   I cut the kernels off three ears of corn
while Gregorie munched on a fourth raw ear.

I picked some chives and cilantro from the garden and peeled a fresh picked tomato.

I chopped those up and put them in the bowl with the corn, some sea salt, some red pepper flakes, and 4 tablespoons of whey.
I mashed it to release the juices, put it in a jar, and mashed it a little more (this is another terrible picture -- I'm treating myself to a new camera some day!).

Now we just have to wait about 3 or 4 days to give it try!

What's happening in your kitchen today?


Andi said...

Looks yummy!! I made sausage and peppers, onions, garlic and tomato for dinner.

Sherri said...

Very cool! Not much of anything over here, unfortunately. I'm in a food rut, for sure. And the budget is tight, for a few weeks anyway. Time to get creative - probably the best time!

Jaimey said...

Of coarse I read this on the LEAST kitchen productivity day of my life. I could lie and say I made three meals from scratch and each was no less than 5 ingredients. From my garden. And the my child did 2 art projects and each was a masterpiece awaiting his own galary...

but that would be a lie. :) I made Organic mac n cheese and hotdogs for dinner. We did have fresh snap peas but it was just one of those "What the hell! It's dinner time already?!" days and that was handy.

LOL. I can't wait to be in your hub for real! :)

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Erin said...

oh my... today? Well.... I have flowers on the table, making burritos from our eggs and home smoked bacon and fresh dug potatoes!

While I was mid-typing this I was brought and handfull of green beans by Colven and Savannah, so those are going in too :)

Rest of the day? No clue! LOL. Maybe we'll make pizza dough!

Kinda Like a Chef said...

How did the relish turn out? Sounds heavenly!

Oh, and I made butter today. lol. That's it! I just realized that it's possible Liam threw such a tantrum earlier today because I don't recall feeding him, he took a nap to make up for it!