I took a break from the studio this summer. It started with a foraging for wild edibles class at our local folk school. It's like a veil lifted and I can now see the bounty of the woods. From now on I can just bring a little viniagrette along, gather the salad, and cook up a freshly caught fish.
I like watching cooking shows and I love reading cookbooks. The contestents in cooking shows always have to make a box of macaroons. I never made them, so I decided to give it a try. I used some jam that I made from our black currents for the middle. Spectacular!
Next on my homesteading adventure, I sewed a new dress from a sweatshirt and some other castoff items I no longer wear.
I even wore it to the Harvest Moon Festival! (Oh, that's me winning Best of Show first place.)
Then it was time to begin foraging for mushrooms. This is our first year giving that a go and we didn't even have any hallucinations! This is a lobster mushroom - very easy to spot once you know what to look for:
We even found Porcini mushrooms! We first tried these in Italy a few years ago. They were in season, so we had fresh porcini mushrooms and pasta with wine more than once.
I bought a bunch of eggplant at a farmers' market and turned it into an eggplant spread that we'll enjoy this winter. I used a pressure canner for the first time. Pretty sure it worked.
A friend and I spent a day foraging for wild plums, hawthorne berries, high bush cranberries, and chokeberry. (That's chokeberry, not chokecherry - there's a difference). We turned those into a sauce for the winter.
You can't get through a summer of foraging and homesteading without blueberry pie! I made two and we ate both. I made a raspberry pie, too. They were very tasty, but my waistline is happy that's not a common situation.
And that's a wrap. I'm back in the studio working on new pieces and getting ready for my upcoming shows.