Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
1 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally. Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.
Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using.
Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.
Clouds to ride, beach treasures to be found, and jungles to be grown in your house, a visit to Moomin Valley is exactly what you need on a hot summer's day.
And take with you your pocket knife for whittling is the craft of the season, pointless and fun, and surprisingly artistic. I give you whittling:
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Making Jams and Jellies
- 5 Cups pitted, tart plums (about 2½ pounds)
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
Yield: About 5 half-pint jars
Procedure: Sterilize canning jars. Combine all ingredients. Bring slowly to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil rapidly over high heat, about 15 minutes, almost to the jellying point (which is 8°F above the boiling point of water, or 220°F at sea level). Stir frequently to prevent sticking or burning. Pour hot preserves into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; adjust two-piece metal canning lids. (recipe from here)
with beautiful lips touching the tips
of the cranberries, setting their hooves down
in the dampness carelessly, isn't it after all
the carpet of their house, their home, whose roof
is the sky?
Why, then, was I suddenly miserable?
Well, this is nothing much.
This is the heaviness of the body watching the
gliding just under that roof.