Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mother's Day Poem, 2013

How can I say,
what you mean to me?
You are why I am here
you are my reason to be.

To be happy to know
that you too are fine.
To be sad when you're down
your feelings are mine.

I am right at your side
although I'm not near.
It's what you've given to me
year, after year.

A Mother's Day Card, 2014


Friday, August 22, 2014

Sauerkraut

Here's what I started with:
  • A lovely cabbage from the farmers market (used 1.63kg of this mammoth 2.7kg beast!)
  • My cool, new fermenting crock from In Ferment
  • Salt, 36g
  • Juniper berries and caraway seeds, maybe 1tsp each




Here's a recipe I found, which I liked because it gave salt measurements as a proportion of the amount of cabbage.  We use a very nice, refined (wimpy) salt and I figured that following a volume measurement would not do.

I departed from the recipe by massaging the salt into the cabbage and then letting it sit in a large bowl for an hour to draw out moisture and reduce to a size that I could fit in my fermenting crock!


I was told that the crock could accommodate a 5 lb cabbage, which I never would have believed until my cabbage had reduced to a point where ultimately it filled only half the crock.




Here's what it looked like in the fermenting crock.


Two weeks later I had delicious sauerkraut.  Next time, perhaps I'll slice it thinner and let it ferment a little longer.  

Thursday, January 9, 2014