In the kitchen today

23 01 2011

Today was a day spent mostly in the kitchen using up produce from the garden and fro our strawberry picking yesterday.

The strawberries went from this:

to these yummy products – low sugar jam set with a little agar and pectin (where low sugar means 1:2 ratio sugar to fruit instead of 1:1- let’s hope it doesn’t spoil too quickly), strawberry dessert sauce (the lighter coloured jar) and some others were frozen to save for smoothies (like the one we had for breakfast this morning) and other desserts later (like strawberry mousse that we’ll eat tomorrow).

Using up the plentiful cherry tomatoes – from one bush I picked 56 yesterday and over 40 tomatoes today – we had tempeh, basil and cherry tomato sauce on penne pasta for lunch,

and red lentil dhal with cherry tomatoes and beans (frozen, from the garden) for dinner.

But the best part of today is that despite making so many dishes, we’ve ended the day with all dishes washed, dried and put away leaving a clean and tidy kitchen. It must be a miracle.

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Peas and things

26 10 2010

The peas are being harvested while the sweet corn and beans are starting to germinate.





Sumo and Rice

10 09 2009

We now have tickets to the O-Sumo Grand Tournament in Tokyo this month. Yay! We have arena tickets for the 20th September. When we first bought our TV we watched a bit of sumo so it will be good to see it live in Tokyo. However we’d better be careful that we don’t get swine flu as many sumo wrestlers have come down with swine flu recently.

Also, I bought 2 winter jackets for under $30 total from the Second Street store which should keep me warm in the snow, ice and freezing wind that we’re anticipating over autumn and winter. Spring in April this year was cold enough, so winter is bound to be FREEZING, especially if we head to Sapporo.

The rice was all harvested in Kisarazu by the first week of September. Here’s what the fields look like now with the tops of the rice cut off.

harvested_riceAlso, more wooden-stump statues appeared outside the rice farm across the street from us. In addition to the big Totoro there are baby Totoro, Pooh, Anpanman and more!

The Totoro family, Pikachu, Anpanman, Doraimon.

The Totoro family, Pikachu, Anpanman, Doraimon.

totoro_and_friends

Doraimon

Doraimon

Anpanman

Anpanman

Pooh

Pooh

Pikachu

Pikachu