The Kitchens Triangle

Kitchen, Garden, Table. tarte-tartine-005

There is a lot of canning going on right about now. They call it canning in America. In New Zealand we call this bottling. Though neither makes sense when the food is put in JARS  – so it should be called JARRING.

So, there has been a lot of jarring going on right about now. And I do  my fair share  – however we must not forget to eat all this lovely bounty fresh from the garden. Warm from the sun and heaving with exciting vitamins and goodness. We eat fresh every day.  And dinner fresh from the garden is glorious. Every afternoon the girls and I go shopping in the garden to see what we are going to eat.


The tomatoes are on the wane and the apples are beginning. Wonderful.


I don’t know if I told you but the other thing I make and freeze a lot of is summer vegetable stock. I always have a stock pot simmering. I love making stock. And all the cooked vegetables go straight into the pig’s bowls. This is their favourite way to eat vegetables. Pigs are very cheap to run in the summer.


Manouchki’s new pal has decided to stay a while.  Elise has called her Marzipan. John calls her Skelator because she really is a skinny wee thing but is putting on weight and growing out of that name fast.

The hay field is beginning to flower again so we will be cutting it for the last time this year on Thursday. Weeds are appearing too which is a little unsettling.  Soon I will have to think about sowing another field of alfalfa and turning this field over, put in a cover crop and rest it.

And while the hay is drying on Friday I am off to the big city to collect the first wedding present. We go to New Zealand in October after all and that is NEXT MONTH. My helpers will be in charge Friday.

I was thinking today, as I walked back down along the creek, that things have been nice and quiet here  for a wee while. Then I thought –  “miss c, you had better not think things like that out loud. You best be touching some wood! We have been enjoying these few days without drama, said the voices in my head. Don’t spoil it by getting comfortable!”

I hope you all  have a lovely day.

Your friend on the farmy,

miss c

36 Comments on “The Kitchens Triangle

  1. Yes, It doesn’t do to provoke Murphy’s Law! I misread you rbit about the cooked vegetables going straight into the pigs’ bowls (I mentally added an e between w and l!)! They’re having a last cut of the hay here, too. Vast trailers full of grass have been trundling past the house all day. It looks as though the cnimals will be well supplied this winter.

  2. It’s called bottling in England too, and in a month or two, I shall be starting TomatoFest, making and bottling sauce to last me through the non-tomato months. After that comes Mango Month. So long as I have tomato sauce and bottled mangoes, I’m happy! But I do use an American pressure canner, which you can’t get here…

  3. That tomato tart tartin looks delicious! I could do with some pigs to eat my stock vegetables – I cook up old veggies and any bones about twice a week 😉

    • I have a chef friend who says, if your stock is jelly when it is cold it is Good Stock, otherwise it is just soup. c

      • That’s what I aim for, though you’d be quite challenged to do that with vegetables alone. A pig trotter is one of the best ways to add gelatine to a stock – don’t tell the pigs 😉

  4. Beautiful tart, and my pups eat the veggie stock veggies (and so do I, cold with drizzle of our olive oil and a sprinkle of Maldon salt…yum!). I’ve wondered why it’s called bottling or canning when it really is jarring!

  5. Goodness, I long for the day when I can go ‘shopping’ in my garden. It won’t be for many years, as we will be here in Texas until my dear MIL and FIL pass on. I hope your days continue to be drama free. 🙂

  6. I remember my grandfather boiling potatoes in a huge kettle to feed the pigs. Most of my leftover cooked vegies go into my worm box. My worm population is exploding , I’m putting them in my compost. It’ s hard to keep my tiny garden going without water.
    I hope you had a successful shopping day.

  7. I went “shopping” in my brother and sister-in-law’s garden last weekend and now have a bounty of fresh produce to consume. I brought back lots of green tomatoes to make green-fried tomatoes. Yum.

  8. Yeah, why do they call it canning? I remember making a lot of applesauce and pickles and “jarring” them in those great mason jars long ago. morning miss c … t

  9. I can’t stop laughing about Skelator. What a perfectly perfect name. Good afternoon, c, and greetings to the farmy! xx

  10. Cats always know where the warm, sunny, cozy places are, don’t they? I will be jarring apples and pears next week….no veggies, though. Still cannot convince my DH to get a piggy. I keep showing him pictures of little Tima….but he is standing firm. Arggggh. I love seeing all your produce and farm goings on.

  11. Great looking tart and a great idea to make veggie stock all summer. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that and am now wishing so much hadn’t gone to compost. Oh well…next year.

  12. Lovely to see Marzipan, with the cheeky sideways look, and Manouchki 🙂 In our household “no news is good news” is a mantra.

  13. A lovely post and it sounds quite peaceful on the farm these days (oops, anti-jinx now)…… the pic of Poppy and must say she has a bit of a “sneaky” look on her face, like she’s planning something ……LOL! And your kitty population just keeps growing….do you have a “All Kitties Welcome” sign at the end of your lane? 🙂

    • apparently! they should come with wallets though to help with the vets fees! I do not want a population explosion! c

  14. I did so little canning this year. I do have some peaches for jam making but, other than some peppers, that’s all I’ll be doing until after the visitation. Still, I had better get a move on. I’ve got Christmas baskets to fill and I’m woefully behind! Looking forward to Friday. 🙂

    • Everything, all the clean peelings and choppings as i make dinner, (from onions to apples) then the scapings from the roasting dishes. Piles of herbs and lately lemon grass. Often a few chillies. Yup everything. c

  15. I need a jarring lesson! I’m scared to start. My neighbor bought a few jars, a big pot for boiling water and some jar lifting tools… but I’m clueless and would rather not poison myself.
    My cocker boys must have pig in their heritage because they eat just about anything I drop on the floor. When all I have a coffee grounds and fallen leaves it’s tough to make real compost.

  16. Ooohhh – that tomato tarte reminds me of a tomato pie recipe I must dig out! And the apples – sure could go for some apple pie! Quite an inspiring post, miss c! My family will be so grateful!

  17. I’ve always wondered why we Americans preserve our harvest in bottles, but call it “canning”…Silly! Love your article! Stopping by from Garden Valley Homestead. -Sally

Welcome to the Lounge of Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: