Sorry for the unintended blog absence over the last week! I left home last Saturday intending to buy a new laptop and took our old laptop along. Long story short I left the old laptop to get "fixed" and brought home a new laptop that didn't actually work. So for several days we had no computer access at all. Since we got the old one back and a working new one a couple days ago I have been transferring files and trying to correct some issues that were caused by the "fixing". Anyway, now we are back on track and I have a lovely new laptop that works great.
I had quite a bit of free time when I had no internet access so I have been doing some baking and a lot of preserving. The picture above are of the Ganachaud flute bread from the Local Breads book by Daniel Leader. These turned out pretty well I think for the first attempt. They have a bit of a different flavor because they have a small amount of corn flour in them.
I don't have any photos but I have added a lot of produce to the pantry over the last few weeks since I last reported my preserving progress. My mother-in-law gave me a huge box of home grown grapes on Thursday so I made grape jelly and 11 quarts of grape juice over Thursday and Friday. Below is my list for 2012. I could use some more tomatoes, my tomatoes haven't been producing much and now I think they have the blight so I probably won't get much more.
13 - quarts of dill pickles
3 - 1/2 pints of blackberry syrup
3 - 1/2 pints of strawberry syrup
6 - pints of strawberry lemonade syrup
5 - 1/2 pints of lemony strawberry jam
2 - pints of lemony strawberry jam
1 - quart of blackberry brandy
1 - pint of blackberry brandy (I used one full bottle of Korbel brandy)
14 - pints salsa
7 - pints sweet pickles
5 - quarts tomato juice
11 - quarts grape juice
3 1/2 - pints grape jelly
1 - gallon bag of strawberries
2 - gallon bags of blackberries + 1 gallon bag blackberries = 3 gallons total
10 - 10 oz bags of corn + 9 10oz bags = 19 10 oz bags total
1 - gallon bag of greenbeans
1 - 30 oz container diced tomatoes
1 - 15 oz container diced tomatoes
40 cubes basil pesto
1 - pint blueberries
2 - 1 lb bags peaches
2 dehydrators full - parsley
3 dehydrators full - basil
2 sheets cherry tomatoes
Now I have a photo for my mom, she always wants to see Oscar so here you go Mom! I am not sure how he finds this pose comfortable but he was quite sound asleep!