I just love preparing food this time of year - both cooking and baking. The delicious flavors and varieties.
The children have been having fun collecting raspberries from our woods and Abby found a recipe in the King Arthur Catalog (which she loves to look through but we don't generally buy from) for scones and she added raspberries instead and most of the children loved it so she baked some more just two days later.
We have been collecting the chamomile blossoms each day to dry and use for our tea this winter
~chamomile growing in our garden~
~collected and left to dry~
Our neighbor has generously offered to allow our family to pick from their amazing blackberry patch. Many are probably about 10 feet tall. After our first picking, we will be sure to dress better, in long pants and long sleeves with gloves. The thorns are a bit tough. But the work is all worthwhile. We will be going back at least two more times. So far one pie and one blackberry crumb have been made. After buying some organic lemons at the natural foods store today, I will make blackberry jam.
~my favorite pie crust, from one my favorite cookbooks ~ The Amish Cook, by Coblentz & Williams~
~waiting for the bread to rise to put both in the oven~
What are you picking?