Red Gold

Last weekend we went strawberry picking. It was our first official local haul of food for the summer. We live in a Greenbelt so we’re able to get a lot of great stuff near us. We picked two big baskets. All destined for the pot.

Last year I made strawberry preserves, using the recipe from Liana Krissofs’s Canning for a New Generation. Because we didn’t know how delicious it would be we only made a single batch, which left us with 3 or 4 small jars. We didn’t want to waste it so it was doled out in very small amounts, only as a special treat.

This year I though ahead and we made a lot more.

It’s a really simple recipe, only strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. The process is a tiny bit more tedious that I would like, but all preserving is. I think if I had the right tools for the job life would be easier, but I never get around to it.

So, if you have more strawberries that you know what to do with, or even a few pounds, and you want to experience the amazingness. I think you should brave the heat and make strawberry preserves. They are great on so many things and they taste so good. I can’t even describe how good, seriously.

Trip Planning Mode

The last couple of weeks work has been slow and the weather has been pretty crappy (Ontario is half flooded and half burning down, a little scary). So, because I have time, I have entered full trip planning mode. This summer we are going on a major trip. It will be about three weeks of driving, camping and experiencing Canada. We are going about 75oo km round trip, from Sault Ste Marie (where we spend the summer), to Victoria and then back. We are planning on camping at provincial and national parks the whole way, unless we meet with some serious weather. I’m super excited to see things like this:

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And this:

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Canada’s a really cool place. Lots of variety of landscapes. However, the trip is really stretching my abilities. I’ve only planned really small trips before. It’s really tricky to make decisions, weighing drive time with what we’d really like to see. Plus finding camping in some places is a nightmare. Add to all that the fact that I’ve never really camped before, and you start to get the picture that a lot of planning is going on. Luckily, I still have quite a bit of time and I’m definitely not lacking in motivation!

Flourless

Some times it is hard to eat healthy. Actually probably more like a lot of the time. Recently the problem has been all-purpose flour. We ran out a few days ago (one of the reasons I was trying to eat gluten-free). Several times I have went to the kitchen all ready to make something only to reach for the flour and remember that we ran out. Of course, we could just run out and buy some, but we really don’t do that. Groceries are bought on grocery shopping days, Saturdays. I think running out to get an ingredient every time you want something quickly becomes a problem, both in the time and money sense. The other reason we haven’t bought it is that it is one of those expensive items that we only buy on sale. My mom assures me flour sale season is fast approaching.

Today I really wanted to make a lemon loaf. It’s something I’ve been planning to make for a couple of weeks, but haven’t got around to until today, but, alas, no white flour. I could just go for it and substitute in spelt or whole wheat, but that will most likely lead to disaster. So, yet again, here I sit, deciding whether to look for a different recipe, create my own, or just forgo the loaf until we get the flour. If anyone has a great recipe, be sure to let me know!