Hi Friends! I’ve been a little ‘MIA” lately, but as some of you may know, I’ve been busy catering for tuna charters. Since September, I’ve been cooking meals for the “Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters” every day and finish up October 15th. I love doing this each year, but holey moley, it’s a lot of work! It’s so rewarding and worth it though, to know that the charter’s clients have been raving about my food – such a good feeling! To see more about the charters (owned by my sweetheart’s sister and brother-in-law) click here.
In amidst the cooking, I’ve been canning pickled onions and putting up jars of salsa and chow-chow with the tomatoes from my garden. Chow-chow pickles are a very Maritime condiment and they’re absolutely delicious! I had also planned on making some green-tomato mincemeat, but as we’re adding fish cakes to the charter’s menu next year, I thought I’d best use all my green tomatoes for chow-chow, which is a ‘must’ have to eat alongside the fish cakes (as well as baked beans).
I still have carrots, beets, turnips and celery in my garden, which I’ve been covering up on the nights with frost. I think I’m going to freeze the turnip – not sure if you can? Otherwise, I’m going to keep them stored outside in our woodshed while we eat them up – nothing beats turnip cooked with a bit of apple! The beets and carrots are going to cut up and popped in the freezer to be enjoyed alongside meals this winter. Oh my goodness, I just LOVE my garden!!!! I’m not looking forward to waiting months and months before I can plant my next garden in the Spring. Oh well, that’s just the way it goes, right?
Yesterday I took a break from cooking (freshly baked cornbread was cooling and chilli was simmering in the oven) to cut our lawn. I needed some fresh air and time out of the kitchen, so I slipped into m’gumboots, fired up the ride-on mower and went round and round our 2 acres of property and a couple of hours later, the lawn was lookin’ fabulous and smelling divine (don’t you just love the smell of freshly cut grass?).
Today I’m going to make Steak & Ale pie (for Friday’s charter) and then get to work on organizing my little ‘craft studio’. My craft room has been taking FOREVER to set up since I moved it from downstairs to an upstairs room. It’s really coming along though and I promise to share photos once it’s all done. I also hope to get another video filmed and posted for you in the next couple of days, featuring a technique that uses our Pigment Sprinkles.