Another grey and cool day, on Saturday, although the sun did shine in the afternoon. I spent the morning replying to blog comments, responding to a couple of emails I had received, visiting a few blogs, etc.
I spent the afternoon canning the peaches I had picked. But, first, I took a few peaches over to neighbor S. Then, I made a light sugar syrup (5 1/2 cups of water, 2 1/2 cups of sugar, some lemon juice and a piece or two of cinnamon stick), sterilized the jars, and prepared the fruit, peeling the peaches and slicing them. I was disappointed to see that the perfect looking peaches had defective stones, inside them! Quite a few of the stones were hollow inside and some of them were starting to spoil! I'd cut into the peach and the knife would go straight through the hollow stone! Fortunately, the peaches, themselves, were fine and tasted sweet. A few were a bit bruised and I cut off the bruised portions. Two peaches had started to spoil, however, and I added them to the composting pile. It took me some time to prepare the peaches and then, I processed them in a water bath for 30 minutes. I have leftover sugar syrup that I kept in the fridge; I might be able to use them for the rest of the peaches, when they are ripe enough to pick.
By the time I got the peaches in the water bath, it was already 4:00 p.m. and I realized that I had not eaten anything, yet! I had snacked on a slice or two of peaches, but, I had not had my brunch! I quickly toasted two slices of bread and ate them with a slice of cheese!
After resting a bit and having a cup of tea, I cooked dinner - chicken curry, dhal, and beetroot curry, with the two small beets I had pulled from the garden:
|Curried Beetroot (including leaves)|
In case anyone is interested, I first cut off the leaves and boiled the beetroot; then, peeled and cut the beetroot into small pieces. Then, I sauteed the cut up leaves and the beets in a little bit of oil, added curry leaves, chili powder, curry powder, salt, etc., and finally, added some coconut milk and lemon juice and cooked the beetroots until the milk was mostly absorbed. This type of curry doesn't have a lot of gravy or sauce. I had leftover rice in the fridge, which I warmed up when it was time to have dinner.
After dinner, I called Aunt C back; she had called while I preparing the peaches and I had told her I was in the middle of canning and I will call her back. Afterwards, I called friend R and chatted with her for a bit. Then, my daughter and I videochatted.
Then, I watched some online videos and lost track of time!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Beetroot and peaches from the garden
- The four jars of peaches I was able to can
- Canned coconut milk
- Chats with family and friends
- Being well enough to do canning, etc. (last year, I couldn't do anything!)
Today's joyful activity was canning peaches!
How is your weekend coming along?