House cleaning all done.
Sipping an elderflower martini while the water boils for dinner. Making cheese tortelloni with sautéed corn, peas, butter & basil for #shabbat. Baked a blueberry pie this morning for dessert.
#elderflower #elderflowermartini #injennieskitchen #imadethis
The most grounding day of my week, filled with purpose and meaning in a way words can’t properly explain.
Shabbat isn’t always as ideal as I want. Some weeks it feels a feat just to get us all around the table but when the candles get lit, and we take a big deep breath in and cover our eyes to say our blessings, I know without a doubt I’m exactly where I’m meant to be at that moment in time.
I wish we could’ve shared these moments together Mikey. Next week marks the last date we had, walking hand-in-hand down Court Street. I would’ve never imagined you’d be gone 16 days later. Miss you, friend.
Homemade all-purpose cleaner.
First learned this method from someone who’s no longer on IG.
Fill a mason jar with cut up citrus (lemons, limes, orange). Stuff in some herbs that have natural antiseptic qualities: thyme, bay leaf, rosemary.
Fill jar with 75% vinegar and 25% water. Original method used all water (acid from citrus converts it to a vinegar of sorts). I decided to add vinegar as a big part of my cleaner to make it super strength and increase cleaning power.
Seal jar closed, gently shake to mix and let steep for one month before using. You can always add more water to dilute, if desired. I usually start a new batch as soon as I refill my spray bottle so I’m never without my homemade cleaner.
#allnaturalproducts #naturalcleaningproducts #naturalliving #injennieskitchen #diycleaning
Today’s tiny garden harvest.
Raspberries still coming in, though at the very end of their season.
Blueberries just beginning to ripen.
Found two surprise summer squash. I’ve been having the hardest time with critters this year, and they eat the squash before it even has a chance to grow. Snagged these two sooner than I would’ve liked but no guarantee they’d be there tomorrow.
Little green seeds in the bowl are coriander. This is the reward for letting your cilantro flower. Fresh cilantro seeds are incredible. Heavy with herbaceous citrusy scents. I’ll dry these out to use all year long. It’s a favorite spice to use in my sourdough seed crackers (recipe is on my site, tap my profile for more info).
#tinygarden #accidentalgardener #injennieskitchen #sourdoughclub #summersquash #blueberries #growyourownfood #eatlocalthinkglobal
Looks like someone went for seconds while the rest of us were sleeping 😴.
p.s. 50/50 filling to crumb topping 🥧is the perfect ratio.
p.p.s. cornstarch is the perfect thickener for berry pies. I like a firm filling. This was 1 quart blueberries + 2 TBS cornstarch (use less of you prefer a looser filling). Eyeballed the sugar but would guess it was 1/2 to 3/4 cup.
p.p.p.s. If you’re pie doesn’t bubble over the rim of the pan, it ain’t done. Trust me. Also, blind baking is a waste of time IMO. Just bake your pie on the lowest oven rack, and you’ll never have a soggy bottom.
Tending to some health issues last few days but the garden waits for no one.
Gardening should be a requirement for all school-age children. Science, math and writing rolled into one when you think of what it takes to plan, grow, harvest and then preserve your food. More applicable life skills than bullshit tests and textbooks, plus it teaches the important lesson of why ethically grown food is so expensive, why small farmers should get subsidies NOT Big Ag and why eating with the seasons is the BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR THE PLANET.
Admittedly, I’ve fallen off my own pedestal a lot the last few years. Slowly, buying berries out of my immediate growing season, justifying “they only traveled from Florida”. Truly shame on me. There are hidden costs, economically, environmentally and socially to eating subsidized Big Ag food, even the organic stuff.
I’m going to try and hold myself more accountable again.
So far my little garden has yielded 3 quarts of raspberries, all destined for jam. Fruit is in the freezer for when I can set aside time to do it. My first “haul” 😂 of champagne currants. One pint and should’ve been 2 but the critters enjoyed half even though there was netting AND a fence around the bush.
Lastly, are a bunch of unripe nectarines. The tree is besotted with brown rot, so I never get to enjoy juicy, ripe nectarines. Everything I read tells me I should cut the trees and start from scratch but I prize the shade and privacy they offer the front yard. So, I apply the “when life gives you lemons 🍋” philosophy and harvest them while still green and turn them in a kind of olive because why not?
#accidentalgardener #gardeninglife #growyourown #eatlocalgrown #eatlocalthinkglobal #injennieskitchen #raspberryjam #currants