Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Strawberries! Strawberries!! Strawberries!

This posting is a few weeks late, but I thought I would share it anyways.

I work at a various farmer's markets throughout downtown, and for the past number of weeks I have had the pleasure of selling strawberries to people.  I watch as they approach our tents scanning our fruit... I love how much their faces light up when they spot the juicy red berries sitting so beautifully on the table in their quart baskets.

What I love most is how the children have no reservations in dipping their hands into a basket and popping one or two berries in their mouths.  This all happens so quickly that their parents can't stop them.  I think they must trade techniques on the playground, because these children are skilled.

Naturally, I brought home a huge basket of berries to do a couple of things:  crepes & freezer jam.

Teri-lynn joined Dan and I for a very yummy breakfast of Dan's crepes with strawberries and whipped creme.  Later that day, we made strawberry jam.

mmm mmm mmm

If you haven't tasted Daniel's crepes, 
you must come over one Sunday morning and join us. 

Daniel and Teri-lynn wishing I would just stop photographing 
them so they can enjoy their breakfast.

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Freezer Jam is the easiest jam to make.  It only takes thirty minutes, I promise.  
The most time consuming part of it is cleaning and de-stemming the berries!  
I used a 3L basket of berries for crepes and 12 - 125ml jars of jam.  Not a bad deal.  

I use Bernardin recipes, which are super easy to follow.  
Look for the Freezer Jam Pectin at the grocery store and try it... you know you want to!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Garden update.

A couple of days ago Dan and I made an exciting discovery... we had beans that were ready to be picked!  So, this morning, armed with coffee, we spent some time admiring and then picking our first crop to come out of the garden.  It was a lovely way to spend a Wednesday morning.


 Dan busy picking our beans

a very enjoyable morning in the middle of the week

Beautiful Zucchini!!

tiny little peas!

hot pepper!

a mysterious garden creature munching on our lettuce.. wait, it's only Dan!

You might be thinking that Dan did all of the picking and gardening while I did the photo-taking, but I just want to say that I did pick my fair share of beans!

He just happens to be very photogenic in the garden that I can't resist taking photos of him!