Friday, July 1, 2016

Blackberry Muffins, Gluten Free

Remember those large and luscious blackberries from last week's farmer's market? I decided to make gluten free blackberry muffins. I adapted my cornbread recipe leaving out the cornbread. I also added some cinnamon. I pushed whole blackberries into the muffin batter after filling them so the blackberries wouldn't get all mushed. They were delicious. Next time I'll take the muffins out of the tin before they cool since some of the paper had a tendency to stick to the muffins.

Meanwhile one of my pottery friends, Anna, a potter from Sydney, Australia, suggested I try a fruit recipe for flummery. Flummery was popular in England and Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. I now have the ingredients and will try it very soon. Basically flummery is a cross between a pudding, a mouse, and a jello. I love these old fashioned recipes long since forgotten; they are well worth exploring again. For a tongue twister says "plum flummery" a few times in a row. Stay tuned for what I come up with.

Tomorrow I'll be at the Blairsville Farmer's Market in Booth 9 from 7 am to 1 pm. Last week I brought fresh cut flowers and herbs from my garden and filled some of my vases for my booth display. One woman bought a vase with my crocosmia,  Another woman didn't believe the crocosmia was real. It's a bit more work bringing fresh flower and herbs and arranging them for my booth display and filling the pots with water, but I love sharing my pottery and the flowers from my garden. If you are in the area please stop by. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Better Bean Recipe Than Last Year

Last year, or was it the year before, at my local farmer's market I was introduced to white half runner beans. They take some work to prepare because they must be stringed. Stringing involves sitting at the table and snapping the ends off and the middle and pulling the pithy string from the bean. BUT and I emphasize BUT they are the most flavorful beans I have ever had.

I usually cook them with onion, garlic, fresh tomatoes and white balsamic vinegar, but this year I added in dark balsamic vinegar and a dash of sugar and they tasted even better. Above you see the cooked beans, now I am thinking I need to steam the beans separately and add them in later to they retain their bright green color. We shall see what I come up with on my next bean adventure. Who knew bean creations could be so adventuresome. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gary's Flower

A few weeks ago I bought a purple leaf canna lily and asked Gary to plant it for me half way down near the entrance to our driveway. He kind of grumbled but he planted it anyway. Ever since then he's been taking care of it making sure it has water if it needs it. He tells me each day how much it's grown and so on so forth. A week or so ago he said he was getting a tall stalk in the middle and I said it's getting ready to bloom. He couldn't wait for the bloom.

This week Gary's canna lily bloomed. It's a vibrant red orange and absolutely spectacular. Gary couldn't be more proud. He's been talking all about how wonderful it is. He even went down to take this photo for my blog. If you plant a living thing or you nurture and care for something and it rewards you with it's growth and beauty that's something to be very proud of. I suspect it's even more satisfying raising children, never having had that opportunity I don't know. I do know raising and nurturing something living is a wonderful life lesson and the best reward in the world. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Farmer's Market Bounty

Today we went to the Tuesday farmer's market and so glad we did. We came home with fresh picked blackberries, strawberries, peaches and tomatoes. I might have to make some muffins with the blackberries since there are a ton of them. Do you have any gluten free recipes to share? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.