We are being held in the moist hand of a humid hot spell. It won’t last long. It is September after all.
But all the wearers of fur and feather and leather coats are panting.
Water is a dog’s best friend on days like these.
Though some are more dignified than others. Ton prefers the gentle sublime.
Not to be out done. I gave the piglets a bath too.
Soon I will have to stop calling them piglets!
The chickens in the Ark drink a lot of water and they are eating so much grass I think I should have put a little motor on the back of the ark, that could chug them along in teensy ever moving increments like a revolving restaurant without the revolve. They could just perch on roosts when they need a rest.
These last few days I have been shifting them four and five times a day so they don’t actually strip and over-fertilise the patches of field they are sat on. They have only another month to go so I don’t mind the extra work.
I made a batch of ketchup yesterday. Ketchup is derived from an ancient Chinese recipe that Indonesia evolved into Ketchup. Ketchup is an English derivitive of the Malay-Indonesian word Kechep. Many of the old Ketchups did not even contain tomatoes. Right up to the 1800’s the Americans believed that tomatoes were poisonous and were slow to trust the fruit. Few would eat fresh tomatoes but by the early mid 1800’s the tomato sauce was a widely used condiment. Heinz launched their version in 1876. Some later producers tried to call it the Anglicised Catchup then Catsup but the word did not catch on as well. In New Zealand we call it Tomato Sauce.
There is a rumour that a food blogging friend of ours is going to be sharing his Ketchup recipe soon, so I am eagerly awaiting that recipe.
Today I am making a Steak and Onion Pie and so I made a spicy Tomato Sauce (ketchup) yesterday to go with it. The kitchen got so hot I put it in the crock pot to finish cooking down.
Eggplant (Aubergine), charred and chopped, became a creamy layer in yesterday’s shepherds pie.
Have a lovely day today.
your friend on the farm, celi