Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Back at the keyboard

Sorry for the long silence, but to be honest, we've been having a very nice summer so far, with a visit from our very old friend Al (Toral, as he's known on the blogs), and I just haven't had the time or inclination to post. Yes, even though the long-awaited Lambeth Carnival of Fools has begun. I've thought of posts, and even half-written them in my mind, then just abandoned them with a weary, "Oh, why bother?" It's like Dr. Johnson said of Cymbeline, it's too difficult to criticize unresisting imbecility.

However, my laziness couldn't last forever, so I hope to make up some ground this week.

This month has been nice, but still rather wet. I picked over 2 quarts of cherries from the sour cherry tree - enough to make TWO pies! Here's a picture of the first crop:


The currant crop has been good, too, at least for the red and pink ones. The black produced some, but not enough to do anything with. I planted a second black currant bush, in the hope that some cross-pollination next year will boost the yield. The problem with the currants is, I still have a lot of jelly left over from last year, so what to do with this year's production? Frankly, there aren't a lot of recipes for fresh currants, at least not in the usual cookbooks; I don't think they're that popular a fruit in North America. I found a solution: the Germans love fresh currants, and use them a lot in desserts. So I found some small German dessert cookbooks (pamphlets, really), and one of them had a nice recipe for red-currant muffins. I translated the recipe into English, then changed the measurements from metric to Imperial. It just made it easier; Europeans are used to weighing their ingredients, while we tend to measure things by volume. I didn't want to drag my Sica scale up from the basement every time I wanted to make a batch of muffins, so I just worked out that 250g of flour = 1 3/4 cup, or something like that, and so on throughout the recipe. I'll post it when I get a chance to copy it out - it's really quite nice and original.

The other thing that happened was that I just discovered that we have a wasp's nest under the bench seat on the deck at the back. I've been stung twice, and swelled up like a balloon! James got stung the other night, too, and blamed it on the "beehide". Every stinging insect is a "bee" to him, and I never corrected him on this, because frankly, I like the word "beehide" - that IS where the bees hide, after all.

Here is a picture of the sinister Beehide:

It's gotten bigger since I was stung; I finally was able to see it, poking out the bottom of the bench, this morning. James and I went to Canadian Tire early today, to buy some wasp-killer, and their rendez-vous with eternity is this evening, when they're getting sleepy and slow-moving.

11 Comments:

Blogger Nasty, Brutish & Short said...

"It's gotten bigger since I was stung; I finally was able to see it, poking out the bottom of the bench, this morning. James and I went to Canadian Tire early today, to buy some wasp-killer, and their rendez-vous with eternity is this evening, when they're getting sleepy and slow-moving."

See. You ARE commenting on the Lambeth Conference. Go ahead, spray some WASP killer on that beehide!

3:34 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

You'll be glad to know that Operation Beehide was a success! This morning, the nest appears empty and broken, with a mess of dead larvae on the ground underneath it. Unfortunately, it will take more than one blast of poison to clean up the TEC Beehide.

9:59 am  
Anonymous Toral said...

This morning, [it] appears empty and broken, with a mess of dead larvae on the ground underneath it.

Yes, that's what happened to the Anglican Communion.

What happened to ther beehide?

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