Friday, 28 November 2014

Plaid Friday

I don't do Black Friday.  It's a ridiculous, imported, meaningless, ugly greedfest.

There. I'm glad I got that off my chest!

 

However PLAID Friday is another matter. I only just discovered it! And it's today!

(It's always today, George.*)

On PLAID  Friday, buy something local, buy something indie, buy something from a craftsperson, a farmer or a market.

So .... until midnight only .... two memberships on offer at a 25% discount (that's only £30 a month! Yay!)  - usual deposit secures.

*Fondly remembered Stuart Little joke

In the Winter...

It can be both a slightly depressing and amazingly uplifting time for those living on and with the land, this season.

The key is learning to let go, I think. The depressing part is being able to do so little. It's neither seed time nor harvest.  The uplifting part is enjoying the fruits of your earlier labours. I'm loving the non buying of tinned tomatoes. I canned so many this year I am happily adding my home grown tomatoes to sauces as at well.

It's a time to be by the fire, creating. I'm sewing Christmas gifts and crocheting decorations. You won't find us doing Black Friday. It's Friday, and any time after about 4pm,  it'll be black, I guess.

Be with the season. Hibernate a little. Only expect winter to be winter. Now is the time for bowls of soup, snuggling in blankets, dozing by the fire. Soon enough it will be spring.

 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Where there's a will ...

Today, I made cheese. Milk is in short supply right now, so fresh cheese is a luxury, but it came out well. I have a picture, but for some reason best known to WordPress, it's some  kind of security threat.

Fine.

Hand in hand with cheese making at this time of year, goes kim chi making.

Kim Chi is a lacto fermented sauer kraut, with ginger, chillis and garlic - it takes no prisoners!  - and is essential to health in the season of winter colds and bugs. I made two pint jars from half a good size cabbage, and to my immense delight, the chilli flakes were home grown and dried!

So this is all the good kind of stuff I'd like to be sharing and teaching in the CSA.

Come next summer, we could be cheese and kim chi making together!

Oh and WordPress is not liking my Kim Chi photo, either, but that I can understand. It's powerful stuff ;)