First I made Spiced Brandied Cherries as it was an easy way to preserve some without getting the kitchen too warm. Here they are in the saucepan cooling down,
and here they are in the jar. I will know in a couple of days if they are any good.
Then I made Cherry Jam Recipe with No Sugar Added. I have a recipe I want to try that calls for cherry jam so I made this first. I will see later how it tastes.
Then I made myself a Rainier Cherry Mojito. I used Swerve instead of sugar. I didn’t pit the cherries as the recipe didn’t mention it (and I had been pitting cherries half of my day). I couldn’t really tell that the cherries were in there except when I actually got to a cherry chunk. But it was tasty, and the cherries in it were pretty.
I have recipes for Pickled Rainier Cherries and Rainier Cherry Clafouti that I am hoping to make tomorrow. I am actually making a dent on the pile of cherries.
So the reason I bought the flat of local strawberries yesterday was in preparation for my Old Colony History Museum A Taste of Old Colony History that I try to do every month. I love the history of the recipes that is provided with this zoom event and being able to cook along. Here is the zoom happening in my kitchen (I used the portable dishwasher as my laptop stand).
This month we made Strawberry Shortcake. Apparently the history of the origins of this dessert are obscure. The earliest recipe our fearless leader found was from 1845 from a newspaper and in 1846 in a cookbook (The Lady’s Receipt-Book). The local New England tribes had a history of celebrating a thanksgiving when the strawberries ripened in the spring, the first fruit after a long winter. There apparently is a history of them serving strawberries over corn cakes so this may contribute to the origin of this recipe. The recipe we used came from Yankee Magazine, and here is how mine turned out.
It was really tasty. Next month will be Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins. We should have plenty of blueberries by then so I am looking forward to it!
began today with my picking some of our Rainier cherries. Most years we do not get any because the birds get to them first. We had one previous year where we had an abundance of cherries, and this is the second time. And I left a lot of cherries on the tree for the birds. Our orchard ladder came in handy (thanks Al!). Now I need to figure out what I am going to do with them.
But while I was in the orchard I noticed all of the set fruit.
Even more apples
yet more apples
In addition, we have been buying flats of local strawberries. They are so good.
We do have some strawberries of our own which are small but tasty.
Steve loves the orchard as it is cooler there.
Steve loves the orchard
We have over 100 fruit trees so will definitely have our work cut out for us this summer and fall.
On another topic, our laurel by the driveway is blossoming like crazy. And it has such a lovely odor.
The bees love it. Hopefully you can see and hear them.
In sad news, the eagles got another of our chickens. We may have to confine them.
dead chicken remains
They are predicting some incredibly high temperatures here. So we drug out the air conditioner that came with the house when we bought it 19 years ago. It was old even then, but it works. So we set it up in our bedroom window again, and it is cranking out cold air again.
Stay cool everyone!