While we were embracing (somewhat reluctantly) snowfall after snowfall over the last week or so I spent more time than usual in the kitchen. I get hungry when I am stuck inside.
And once my housekeeping in the barn is up to date, then I am stuck inside the house and the house has a fridge. Not that there is a lot in it at this time of year. We eat out fo the freezers in the winter.
When I cook a chicken (I grew about 50 during the summer for winter food) I save the carcasses into the freezer until I have three or four ready to make a chicken stock.
We all know now to make stock, I almost always have a stock of some kind on the stove. Lately I have been making a chicken stock reduction. So instead of big jars of broth. I have one small jar of chicken stock, so reduced, that the flavour is full and rich and a joy to drink.
A small amount of this jar is used to ‘start’ the next chicken stock, so after a winter of stock making, the latest reductions are the tastiest I have ever made.
There is nothing in the garden and the greens in the glasshouse are having a hard time due to a terrible lack of sun. We have not seen sun in ages. This winter is so dark. So we really are eating out of the freezer.
There might be some sun tomorrow? That will warm our hearts and get these glasshouse greens growing.
My greatest fear is that the climate change we are enabling due to the continued pollution of our air will result in even less sun days in the future. My only answer is to plant more trees to try and clean our air. But planting the right trees is pretty important too. We need to be planting big long lasting trees – and more evergreens. I need to focus on these this year. Trees with deep roots and a high reach and a long life. Much of the Fledgeling Fellowship Forest trees are flowering trees to encourage birds and butterflies. These are for the edge of the forest.
This year I am going to be focusing more on the big old native trees of the area. Maples and more Walnuts. And pines. Though I am not a great fan of the pinus family. But trees are not for me. Trees are for the next generation who will have even more trouble with air quality I think – unless we work really hard on the Clean Up.
Here is an interesting study on the subject of trees and air quality that I read the other day.
Speaking of maples – Our John is thinking of tapping his trees soon. Just as soon as the daytime temperatures start to rise. Maple syrup season is approaching. Last year the temperatures rose way too fast and we got no syrup.
I think I may take over the sugaring this year – last time he RUINED my best cheese pot and still did not cook it down for long enough. Though the maple syrup was very tasty!
I hope you have a lovely day
WEATHER: Extra rations and extra straw for the animals tonight – it is going to be very cold.
Sunday 02/11 20% / 0 in
Flurries or snow showers possible early. Cloudy skies. High around 20F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night 02/11 10% / 0 in
Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low -3F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
6:52 am 5:22 pm
Waning Crescent, 17% visible 3:56 am 1:47 pm