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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Vinegar, Tea & Impressions

Yesterday I made time to gather a handful of garlic scapes. I chopped them, added them to a quart jar and covered them with apple cider vinegar.
They are macerating nicely and already the aroma is quite vibrant!

This morning I made tea for a visiting friend. At her request I blended a delightful mix of organic linden flower and rose petals. I made a disaster of a shortbread that I dared not serve. I'm generally quite talented in the kitchen - if I do say so myself - and screwing up a shortbread is especially perplexing, if not downright embarrassing. I mean it's barely four ingredients. Ah well, humility is a steadfast friend, though one that rarely follows me into the kitchen.
The clouds finally evaporated and I made a beautiful peppermint-hibiscus-green sun tea to enjoy with supper ... and now ... and tomorrow too.
I reviewed my notes and made final preparations for tomorrow's episode of "In the Garden" where I will be sharing my technique for making "Impressions of Nature" like the one you see above.


mehitabel said...

Shortbread can be tricky. I knew an elderly Scottish lady who made the best shortbread ever, but she said it took so much kneading and pounding she could only do it once or twice a month!

~~Sew Happy Designs~~ said...

That looks awesome, Rose! I love shortbread too, trouble is it loves me back.

TC said...

The leaf craft thing looks really cool. Wish I could join you to see how it's done.

rose of Walk in the Woods - she/her said...

Shane asked me on facebook: "what do you like to do with the infused vinegar?"

I responded: "These savory vinegars are *simply* great on salads - with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They're an awesome addition to marinades and BBQ sauces too!"

Thought I'd share that response here too!

KrisMrsBBradley said...

I have to ask (because we are growing garlic for the first time this year) what exactly is a garlic scrape, and what do you do with the garlic scrape vinegar?

KrisMrsBBradley said...

Crap! That'll teach me to not read comments, lol! I see what you use the vinegar for now, but still want to know what the scrapes are ;O)

rose of Walk in the Woods - she/her said...

LOL MrsB! Scape is a botanical word, but I'm *not* a botanist ... so from my simple perspective, gained from the plant itself, it is the budding part of the plant, harvested before "flowering" occurs.

Yet, when I look up the botany definition, I see my simple view is not far off: " long, leafless flower stalk coming directly from a root."

So, the direct root connection seems to be the defining piece - the leafless stalk too, I suppose - - THANKS for the education! I love questions like these! :)

Mz Mar said...

Finally caught the show...very nice! I enjoyed it. I did want to hear how you made the leaf impression piece but I missed that. Was I listening to the wrong segment?

rose of Walk in the Woods - she/her said...

Mz Mar - thanks for tuning in! Today's 11:30 show was the one I explained the process of making those impressions ...

We did experience a glitch that forced us to start the show over ... but the last 2/3 of the show was the process! If you missed it, it will be posted in "Podcast on Demand" at BHR next week, so you can always listen to the show in its entirety then.

Thanks again!