I'm having a slow start today. With no need to charge off and do anything in particular I'm having a quick wander round everyone's blogs seeing what they've all been up to. Moonroot has been talking about creativity and how the Summer brings it out in her and also about the battery hens she has rescued. Read their stories I guarantee it will bring a tear to your eye.
Last year I so wanted to get everything just right and do everything that I had read about or seen on tv about self sufficiency. I spent lots of time running round in circles and I used up loads of energy worrying about how to do things instead of just getting on with it. This year I've calmed down a bit I'm the new chilled out me. I stay chilled out for oh hours at a time. With only slight episodes of veg plot envy and wishing for a finished house.
And low and behold
We have a wider range of potential food in the garden.
I'm using the food because it gets picked and I get on and make something with it.
I'm using up all the groceries I buy because I just get on and do something with them.
I have made
Redcurrant jelly - and used it with duck and in desserts
Apricot jam - with just enough apricots to make three jars instead of a boat load that put me under pressure to use them all.
Roast Aubergine and Tomato Quiche and Roast Aubergine and Tomato Soup I didn't think I liked aubergines
Beetroot Soup - a delicious surprise, who would of thought that would taste great?
oh and many curries and cornish pasties to fill up the freezer and make quick meals for working days and lots of other stuff.
Today I'm going to work in the garden till lunchtime when it gets too hot. Then cook up yesterday's shopping and whatever I get out of the garden this morning.
So sorry but I just have to get on now because next door has far more stuff growing than me.