3 large tomatoes chopped
1 small onion minced
The juice from one half of a lime
A large handful of cilantro chopped well.
Many garlic cloves minced
Minced Jalapenos or hot pepper flakes to taste.
I just mix it all together. I used to add salt but then I decided the Lime was a way better addition. So I stopped adding the salt. This makes a chunky salsa. Of course if you like a thinner one, you can whiz it up in the blender. This recipe is my usual size if we have people coming over. For canning this fills about one quart so you can adjust your recipe accordingly. To can you can use a boiling Bath for 15 minutes
Bread and Butter Pickles
8 large sliced cucumbers OR Summer Squash
2 large onions sliced
1/4 cup salt
2 cups of Apple cider vinegar
2 tsp celery seed
2 tsp turmeric
1 cinnamon stick
Place your squash or cucumbers and onions in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then rinse and transfer to a large cooking pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients. The usual recipe calls for sugar. If you feel it needs it once all your ingredients are together I recommend adding evaporated cane sugar or something that isn’t a processed white sugar. Personally though, I don’t add the sugar and it still comes out fairly sweet. Bring this to a boil and cook for 30 minutes making sure to keep stirring. In the beginning the liquid will not cover all the fruit but eventually as it cooks down it will.
The original recipe uses the cucumbers obviously. I just tried the summer squash on a whim and it comes out pretty good. The squash stays a little more firm and you can’t tell it’s not a cucumber, except that it’s a little more yellow. In the photo the cukes are on the right and the Squash is on the leftIf you’re canning it, this makes 4 pints and the Processing is by Boiling Bath for 15 minutes.
Tart Blueberry Jam
I’m not sure why but I’m really into the tart Jams and Jellies lately. This one is a great tart one. Especially since the berries I started out with were a little tart to begin with.
2 quarts of tart blueberries
1 lime – zest and juice of
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
Put this into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes until it’s reduced and you thickens up into a Jam. If you’re canning it will make 5 half pints. The processing is a boiling Bath for 10 minutes in half pint jars.
I did absolutely NO canning over the long weekend. None, Zilch, Nada. I almost did some yesterday but then was tired and didn’t feel up to it so I sat back down and knit. I changed my mind about the cabled sweater I was working on. To do it in various sizes, I wanted to make a new chart for each size. I mean, why should the large sizes just have stst or something like that to fill in the sides? I wanted to knit instead of chart out the usual 6 sizes so I changed to something else.
I really like this new pattern combination I have in this sweater. I liked it so much I finished the back and have about 7 inches of the front done. You may be shocked that I didn’t start with the sleeves and I’m working this in pieces. Well, the pattern just came out better in pieces. As for the sleeves, it’s a modified drop shoulder. I’ll be picking up the stitches and knit the sleeves from the shoulder down.
As for the original cable idea I had, I’ll still do it. It’s one that’s been in my head for a long time. I saw a certain cable running up the middle of someones sweater at a hockey game last year. I quickly sketched out the cable. Her sweater of course needed more than just that one puny cable but it was the force that made me think of designing this sweater. It will get done eventually. It may just turn out that I’ll make the sweater for myself only so as not to lose the joy of knitting it. Sometimes coming up with a multi sized pattern is a good challenge that I readily welcome and sometimes it just detracts from the joy of knitting.
For now though, I’m thoroughly happy with the sweater I’m working on. I may have started other sweaters too. Indecision has a way of making me try to find something I love. I’ll talk about the other new projects soon.