I've been keeping myself pretty busy, obviously!
The strawberry season is winding down, but I was able to get myself going this past weekend and make TWO batches of strawberry jam!
That bumps our total to twenty jars of strawberry jam (since we opened one already and ate it). What does one do with that much jam, you may ask? I'm not sure, since jam is not one of those crucial staples here in our house, but as I was canning I kept hearing this voice in a very clipped British accent going through my head:
"Dear me, Jenkins! It's the apocalypse! Thank heavens someone thought ahead to make jam!"
I found it rather funny...
Anyway, like I said before, I'm doing this for the experience more than anything else. Now, if I had some massive garden out back and was able to can fifty quarts of tomatoes or something like that, THEN I would feel like I had accomplished something. We go through so many tomatoes each week, it would be a great help if I were able to can my own.
Oh well. Strawberry jam it is.
In other food news, after watching this video umpteen times (points if you see the picture of Madonna and Child!) **You may want to click through to see this on youtube instead... I can't get the width right..**
my kids started asking if we could ever have tabbouleh. I've made it before (from a box) and truth be told, they hated it. However, they asked several times, so I decided to do a "theme night." I got a recipe for tabbouleh, falafel, and pita bread, and started cooking. We paired it up with some Turkish music:
...and had a fantastic meal! I have to say, homemade tabbouleh and falafel (and pita bread) tastes a WHOLE lot better than boxed stuff...
Does anyone else do theme nights, or are we just a bit weird over here?