Well, there’s no better way to get over a pity party than to do something that turns out well. I would have loved to have some time with my sewing machine but Papa is away and Tristan and Katie spend all their time bickering when left to their own devices in the playroom. And bickering leads to hair pulling and sometimes biting and then usually some yelling from me. So, sewing was out of the question. Knitting would be fine but Tristan has pulled the needles out of the sleeve I’ve been knitting on a sweater at least 3 time so that wasn’t feeling like a good pick-me-up either. Cue the arrival of a bushel of tomatoes.
I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon and evening hard at work in the kitchen preserving a bit of summer for the cold days ahead. I used the Relish, Sauce, and Chutney – All in One Day recipe from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Two things I remembered in the process — I despise peeling and seeding tomatoes; Peeling peaches is easy and I really need to can some peach preserves before the end of the season. I recently finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I am always on the lookout for new canning recipes. This one was pretty good. It took much longer for my sauce to thicken and I really think it could have been thicker still but I wanted to go to bed before midnight. It just means the sauces are a little thinner and that I had a lot left in the pot at the end. I took some of that to the farmer’s market today to give to the workers from our CSA farm — they also sell at the market. The rest is in the fridge next to a pork loin that is defrosting. Now I think those two might be a match made in heaven.