Monday, 25 October 2010

city poetry

the writing on these shutters says: I am not going to explain anything to anyone for a while, and it was written in my neighborhood where i past it month after month, and was intrigued by the person who wrote this. the owners of the building painted over it last year so i am happy i caught it on time

leek decoration & nutcracker bowls

leeks make a beautiful bunch of flowers and stay fresh
longer when they stand with their feet in a little water.
today they ended up in our dinner: pea soup.

cracking hazelnuts can be a messy job. 
we keep the nuts in one bowl and
stand it on top of another one
in which we collect the empty shells..

Sunday, 3 October 2010

rosehip experiments

after cooking the rosehips i blended them to pulp and found
the seeds floating on top of the mixture.
first used a skimmer and then diluted the pulp
with water to pass it through the sieve better.

the sieved rosehips
lots of messy work!

sterilizing the jars with hot water and soda and filling with
hot mixture of rosehips, 1 apple, lemonjuice and sugar.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

hunting and gathering

after picking rose hips we found large fields of chervil under the trees, and picked a bundle to make soup that we ate when we got home.
start by frying an onion in olive oil and add the chopped chervil, stir fry for a minute and add water and broth. chop with a hand blender and serve... we added a little bit of creamed coconut on our plates, it was a lovely soup!

Friday, 1 October 2010

hunting and gathering

today i went to the beach with my friend Marjan and her daughter to pick rose hips in the dunes. it was a lovely sunny day and we picked a lot! i am going to try and make rose hip jam with them for the first time in my life. at this moment the rose hips are soaking in a large tub of water with a bit of salt in it, to try and get every creepy crawly thing out of them (that will be the only hunting i am doing i must admit, the rest was only gathering), tomorrow i will be cleaning and boiling away... hope it all works out, did i already say i never did this before :-)

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