July Wild Turkey Update

July 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Turns out that our wild turkey mama has been joined by another! We’ve named them Nina and Simone (or Sybil – kinda vacillating between the two still). Both have sizeable broods – Nina has nine, and Simone seven or eight. They’re also difficult to keep track of and/or photograph.

Two Turkey Mamas w Chicks

One time when they were on their way through our yard, I thought I counted 16 chicks in all, but that may have been a fluke. We don’t see them very often, but whenever they’re here, we’re delighted to catch up, so to speak. :) Just yesterday they were back, briefly. There was the huge flock of chicks (on the left side of the photo below) and three adults, two of whom were engaged in a fight (on the right):

Turkey Fight

We’ve been seeing a lone turkey on and off apart from the two mamas. My guess is that one of the hens fought the lone turkey, maybe over priority to use our neighbor’s bird feeder. It was eerily silent – no squawking or clucking, just the two birds pushing back and forth for a few minutes, attempting to grab each other. Talk about drama mamas!

Latest Local Food News

July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Mr. E’s cucumbers (grown from heritage lemon cucumber seeds; Cucumis sativus) are blossoming…

Cucumber Blossoms

…and his peas (Pisum sativum) have both blossoms and pods.

Pea Pods

Raspberries are also producing.

First Raspberry Harvest

Lots of good things to come. :)

Regrowing Scallions at the Window

July 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I saw an image with lettuce ends in containers on a window sill with a caption that it’s possible to regrow them. We tried it with some scallions after using them up – and, holy moly, it works!

Regrowing Scallions

I guess I’ll need to re-define “used up”! :) The scallions came from a local farm to begin with, but now they’re even localer.

Special Dinner: June 2014

July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. For June – to continue the historical theme – we chose the Viking Cookbook.

June 2014 Special Dinner

Mr. E made cabbage-beet-carrot soup as starter, served with a dollop of sour cream. The beets turned the soup red, of course, and tended to overwhelm the taste as well, but the sour cream worked as a surprisingly good neutralizer.

The main course was pork with apple. Mr. E cooked most of the meal outdoors on the grill (until he ran out of coal and had to finish inside on the stove), and that might be why the pork came out a bit dry. However, the mushy, cooked apples kept the dish juicy.

As dessert Mr. E made a blueberry oven pancake with whipped cream.

Viking-style Oven Pancake

(A note on pancakes: Even though we call them pancakes, Scandinavian / Finnish pancakes are not the thick, fluffy, flour-y American breakfast stuff. There’s actually two kinds of dishes called pancakes. One is baked in the oven, usually in a deep cookie sheet; Mr. E put his into a pie dish, though. These oven pancakes come out dense, eggy and rich. Oven pancakes are an especially delicious way to use up old milk. The other kind resembles American pancakes, but is cooked ultra thin like crepes. Both types tend to be enjoyed as dessert more often than breakfast, typically with fresh berries, jam, ice cream or whipped cream. One of our favorite restaurants in Finland serves the thin crepe-style pancakes with both savory and sweet fillings of your choice.)

I kept the table simple and incorporated traditional crafts, namely clay dishes and the runner (handmade in Finland from unbleached linen and dyed cottons). Our glasses are actually replicas of medieval drinking glasses that we got years ago at the Historiska museet in Stockholm (I believe) on a research trip for Mr. E’s dissertation.

June 2014 Table

Even though Mr. E had some qualms while cooking, I think this dinner came out really tasty. The pancake is definitely a keeper – he’s already made it twice more. Yum! :)

Georgian Granny Square Slippers

July 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is so not the weather (or the season) for warm yarn, but aren’t these slippers great?

Georgian Granny Square Slippers The Purl Bee

Granny square slippers modeled after slippers made in the Republic of Georgia. Found via The Purl Bee.

Monthly Photo: June 2014

July 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

You know those photo challenges that ask you to take one photo every month in exactly the same place, with exactly the same subject matter, angle, and all that? I thought it would be a really interesting project, so I decided to do that this year.

I’m taking a picture out of a second floor window towards the woods at midday on the last day of the month, every month, from January 2014 to December 2014. Here’s June 2014:

June 2014 Monthly Photo

Looks exactly like the hot day it was!

P.S. I also posted a collage of the first third of the year.

June Bouquet

June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Finally we have plenty of wild flowers to pick!

June Bouquet

(Note to self: I have to stop placing yellow flowers on a blue runner in front of our yellow walls. I just cannot make the colors look halfway decent in photos.)

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