The heat has returned (though not viciously) and the AC is back on. The garden is brimming with tomatoes and beans and cucumbers and the next flush of raspberries is getting ready to explode. Oh, and if anyone needs horseradish, I’ve got you covered.
One thing I love this time of year is going to various fruit stands and roadside markets to buy what our garden doesn’t provide. This past weekend it was a place next to what may be the world’s smallest chapel. They had peaches galore (oh dear, that sounds like a burlesque performer’s name). I couldn’t resist picking up a mixed basket of white and yellow fleshed gems. The whites are firmer, with a more perfume-y flavour, while the yellows were exactly what you expect a freestone peach to be. Amazing. Continue reading →
It’s not the weather. It is gorgeous, and has been for some time. We had a brief blip of stupid hot weather earlier in July, but since then it’s been absolutely amazing. Open windows, cool breezes, warm sunshine, enough rain…. The perfect summer, in my books (assuming it doesn’t get stupid hot again).
I’m struggling more because I don’t have a tidy, cohesive post with a few relevant pictures and a recipe. I am reminding myself that I started this blog as a place to talk and share. The pictures and recipes were just a part of the process; not meant to be all-encompassing. But in the world of food blogs, it’s the tidy posts that get noticed. And I struggle with being a tiny, tiny fish in an enormous pond sometimes.
The edible seasons are flying by. While there are some late bearing strawberries to be had, the season is pretty well over. Berries will be finished soon. CSA baskets are now brimming with zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. But there are still stone fruits. Delicious, juicy, inspiring stone fruits. And to celebrate, I’m sharing two recipes plus a recipe idea that still needs tweaking. Continue reading →
To understand how happy I am that cherry season is here, you need to know what happened last year in Niagara. Last spring, actually. We experienced weather in March that was beyond balmy. It was downright warm. So warm that we planted radishes and peas and harvested both before we normally would have planted them. So warm that the trees were tricked into budding early. Too early. An unfortunate hard frost came through and wiped out the local cherry crop, along with a lot of the other tree fruits. Cherries were hardest hit, though. We managed a meagre basket, found early one morning at the market, and that was the beginning, middle and end of cherry season for 2012. Continue reading →