In my kitchen is a box of vegies that I’ve packed to send to the Bentley CSG blockade vigil. A small group of hardy souls are maintaining a vigil there, so as to be able to let us all know when we’re needed to stop the drill rig. It means all the rest of the 90% of the region’s population who oppose gas mining can get on with their lives meanwhile. It’s tedious work, just watching a gateway and I thank them for being willing to do it. Metgasco is imposing a huge cost on us all in making us do this – we have way better things to do than defend against looters.
In my kitchen is a big bowl of mixed tomatoes – cherries, Principe Borghese grapes, yellow cherries, and Yugoslavs. I’ve had a bowl of tomatoes on the bench for several months now. I’m lucky that there are some tomatoes in my garden most of the year, but this late summer peak of the season is such luxurious excess!
In my kitchen are this year’s olives, now in their brine solution for the next three months. We still have four big jars of last year’s olives left and they are perfect for eating now after three months in brine then nine months marinating in oil and spices. This year I held my nerve a little longer and we have more black than green ones so I’m very happy!
In my kitchen is a bowl of persimmons. There were more but my partner loves them. I thought for a bit too long about what I could make with them and now there are so few left that I don’t have to think any more.
In my kitchen are some pie dishes full of shelled beans drying. We’re at the stage in the year now when the bean jars start to fill up. The white ones are Blue Lakes, the mottled ones are Rattlesnakes, the brown ones are Purple Kings, and the black ones are Turtle Beans. All except for the turtles are tall climbers that we’ve been eating as green beans up till now, but now we can’t keep up so I let them mature, shell and dry them, and store them to cook over winter.
And in my kitchen is a sunflower in a vase, just for making me happy every time I look at it.
I love seeing what’s happening in others’ kitchens. Head over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for the list.