Roselle Soda

The garden is behind.  With Ethan out of town it has been hard to get things going when i had wanted to,  but I’m not too worried.  Those fall greens grow so quickly,  and the roselle is in its fall glory,  laden with deep red pods waiting to be picked. This,  I know from experience,…

Wild Persimmon Tartlettes

    The wild persimmons are ripe, hanging from the fall-tattered branches like small ornaments.  Wild persimmons are, at best, a gamble.  They are rather like how my brother’s girlfriend once described my mother’s cooking – either really good, or really bad.  It all depends on the particular tree. Some trees bear fruit that will…

End-of-Season Sriracha (With A Twist!)

  At the end of the season here, the only things still hanging on in the garden are cassava, roselle, sweet potatoes, and hot peppers.  This year even the hot peppers are flagging – they really haven’t appreciated all the rain this summer.  No matter, last year the hot peppers were in rare form, and…

Straight-From-The-Garden Ketchup

The Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes held on longer than most of the other garden plants, but we have gleaned a last harvest from them now, too.  They are small and very sweet and flavorful, and grow in dripping clusters.  I grow them every year, whether I plant them or not – they are always coming…

Pumpkin Pie Ice Pops

    The family all start groaning when the pumpkins are coming out of the garden.  They claim they are still sick of pumpkin after the last season, however, I am skeptical because of how quickly these ice pops disappeared. I am harvesting quantities of pumpkins now,  in huge wheelbarrow loads between rain storms.  Each…

Stone Pear Tart

  We have an unfortunate pear tree in the orchard that I once bought around Christmas time to be our Christmas tree.  It seemed like a perfectly lovely idea at the time, like an idea out of a Christmas carol, but actually the pear tree hated being inside with lights and ornaments all over it,…

Frozen Vanilla Cream With Wild Blackberry Jam Swirls

    The blackberries for this recipe were hard-won, and there was quite an adventure in procuring them. We used to have lots of blackberries around the pasture. Actually, the pastures were mostly blackberries (Ethan wanted to call it “Poky Pastures Farm”), but between applying dolomite and the rotational grazing, the grass sward has been…

Rainy Day Hot Chocolate

  We got more than six inches of rain last week, much of it in a single day.  I’ve never seen so much standing water around the farm for all day like that.  We’ve gotten summer rain storms that make a creek of the dirt path to the milking area, but on Tuesday it just…

Grain-free Cookies N’ Cream Ice Cream Cups

This is the next instalment of Frozen Summer Treat Goodness Experiments that have been going on in the kitchen lately! The cows have been eating bales of just-cut oat hay that smells like oat porridge with honey, and the cream line on the milk has been increasing – the top shelf of the fridge is…

Orange Creamsicle Icepops

  Summer is starting to set in (at least here in Florida).  There was a short spell of cool nights over the weekend, but being nearly mid-May, we can reasonably expect the weather to get hotter and hotter and the intense summer heat to set in. We’ll be getting out the sprinklers and water guns…

Home-made Maple-Pecan Granola

  I know, I know…granola recipes on the internet are a dime a dozen (no, actually they are free), but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill granola recipe. This is soaked-to-remove-phytic-acid-naturally-sweetened-WAPF-style granola, and it is SO good, I can hardly keep it stocked in the house.  Sometimes mornings can be rushed, and it is so nice to have…

Slovenian Poppy seed Easter Bread

  We will be doing our usual egg painting and dyeing this weekend, but I wanted to share this bread tradition from my family.  This bread was a special treat from my childhood.  If we were visiting my grandmother, it was always out in pretty swirly slices after mealtimes, and I would often grab some to…