Archive for October, 2011
October 23rd, 2011 We’re trying to make apple cider vinegar with the scraps from our apples. We’re following the instructions from Wild Fermentation as described here on 17 apart and here on A Somona Garden. We’ll let you know if it works, so far so good.
October 23rd, 2011 Purple Top Turnips at the Leslieville Farmer’s Market. I really like the charming tablecloths. We have some of these in the fridge and I better figure out what to do with them soon.
October 24th, 2011 Rebecca in the rain.
October 25th, 2011 A new roasting combination; Brussels sprouts from the farmers market and cauliflower from our good food box. It was pretty good.
October 26th, 2011 She paints every single day. Her circles are very impressive.
October 28th, 2011 Leeks! We had these on pizza with some Ontario Potatoes, feta, and fig salad dressing that I found in the back of the fridge. Inspired by tartelette’s gorgeous pizza.
Here’s a fun time lapse video showing all the apples and our process from yesterday’s apple cider pressing post. Hope you like it!
So jump ahead a month from our lovely and impulsive drive to Keswick, Ontario. We bought our amazing press from an Italian wine maker with a killer vegetable garden and now we’re at the farm. Sigh. The farm and its amazing apple trees that are having an amazing season in Prince Edward County. Sigh.
Two days before cider pressing day, piles of gorgeous crab apples showed up from our old Leslieville dog park friend Susan.
Then the organic cranberries went on sale post Thanksgiving. So I bought 8 pounds. Now we’re on to something.
So many apples. 6 bushels went towards cider, so 250 pounds in all.
Honestly, we didn’t have a clue what we were are doing despite two months of research now and a bad test run in September.
After a ton of trouble shooting, we have the first real flow of cider!
Another mistake I made was that I had froze some chopped apples to protect them from the beasts. The cold is supposed to help with the taste but they really needed to thaw before we pressed them, Frozen apples turn into hard masses that are colder than the universe when you press them. It’s dreadful.
And a good time was had by all!
October 15th, 2011 First spaghetti sauce of the season, using our very own tomatoes.
October 16th, 2011 Penelope has some pickled chioggia beets from her aunt’s garden.
October 17th, 2011 Watching the subway pull in to the station. This is shortly before realizing that we were underground. Oh! Poor underground two year old.
October 18th, 2011 Crab apples! Dropped off by Susan. What a love surprise to find in the porch.
October 20th, 2011 Finally it is cider pressing day! Check out the squish!
October 21st, 2011 Rebecca is hard at work making apple cider vinegar from the apple scraps. If it works, we’ll share our process. If it doesn’t we’ll have a very stinky basement.