Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Olives - and limes

An oiled jar, lavers of olives limes and thyme. Then water to cover.



Chard

10 min from plant to pan. It can't get fresher without a stove in the garden!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Olives 5 cures

So I'm trying five different cures, in oxymel, in honey, in must, in brine, and with limes. Each jar is labelled and date on the lid and is accompanied by its recipe.

Olives- in honey

In putting the olives into the honey, I used a stray to let the air out, as the mass of honey formed a seal. Even so it took several pours with time for settling in between.

I did not cut them as I should have. It will probably take a lot longer for them to cure... Damn.



Olives

So the olive cures I have involve some ingredients that are recipes into themselves. One is grape must, and the other is oxymel. Grape must is the grapes as they are usually prepared for winemaking, that is, crushed. So I made two, with the two different grape varieties immediately available, red seedless and concord. Neither of these is really right, but it's close. These still have the skins and seeds all in them.

The oxymel is vinegar and honey. Dioscordes recommends 5 k vinegar, 1 k water, 1 lb salt and 10 lb honey. I wanted about enough for a qt so I divided that by 15. I used Braggs apple cider vinegar and raw honey from Dale B Hills Apiaries as they are both unfiltered.

So with my sub-recipes complete I'm getting ready to tackle the main...



Frost

The pumpkins have perished, and the basil mostly too, two plants have a leaf or two remaining. The transplanted chard is looking up, the volunteer tomato did well, whether covered by cloth sheet or plastic tarp. the deliberately planted ones survived as well.

I've built a small brick enclosure for the rosemary...





Frost

The pumpkins have perished, and the basil mostly too, two plants have a leaf or two remaining. The transplanted chard is looking up, the volunteer tomato did well, the deliberately planted ones survived as well.