Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Of Cougars and Marmalade....

fall is creeping in... slowly the temperatures are dropping.. still dry as a bone tho... maybe next week we'll have some rain...
my chilly morning got off to a cooking start.. mmmm marmalade!!! a friend gave me a small bag of beautiful green tomatoes and since my motto is waste not want not in the fall season... i had to come up with something different... my standard fare of green tomato relish and green tomato mincemeat is already on the shelves from last year... so i went a 'hunting' online for something different.. and found Lemon Green Tomato marmalade from the NY Times website... was a hit in my books.... so much so.. i went and picked a bowl of my own green tomatoes and made a double batch... with a twist.... the first batch was just with lemon, the second batch i made with lemon and lime, using up the limes i had in the fridge... was very good i must say!

Lemon Lime Green Tomato Marmalade

17 cups of sliced green tomatoes
3 lemons zested and juice
3 limes zested and juice
5 cups of sugar

cook all together until thick and drops hang together on a wooden spoon... mmm good

i pulled the last of purple beans and got a colander's worth of beans... bye bye for this year...

fast forward to today... well we've had our first frost, B.C. has broken temperature records again, but this time, downwards..... brrrrrrrrrrrr is all i can think of!!!

i'm trying to finish canning, got a case and 1/2 of the most perfect pears ever!!! the 1/2 case has mostly been consumed for Thanksgiving, 2 very large Pear Pies ... i made 4 batches of pastry and we had pear pie, meat pot pies, chicken pot pies and ham pot pies...
and a pear pie experiment of which i had a hearty thumbs up to from daughter... YAY... i love cooking experiments!!!...the Pear Pie was delicious and i still have a small one left, which should be dessert or maybe even a yummy breakfast!

i'm not a pastry person, so i'm very happy making deep dish pies, so after canning 6 pints of the 1/2 case of pears i had some leftover slices which cannot go to waste (obsessive??) and created this:

enough to make 1 pie:

Ginger Cranberry Pear Pie

1 cup of dried cranberries heated with
1/2 cup of water
zest from 1 lemon
1/4 cup of chopped candied ginger

simmer the cranberries, ginger and water and zest until the water was mostly gone and the cranberries plumped

mix cranberry mixture with

5 cups of sliced pears and juice from the lemon

put in a pie pan or casserole dish

sprinkle with a mixture of

1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar ( or less )
1 tsp cinammon
1/2 tsp allspice

top with a pastry rolled out a bit thicker than for a regular pie...
bake at 400 for approximately 30 mins or golden brown...

if you've read this far down, you might be wondering why my title says Of Cougars and Marmalade... well there is an 'errant' cougar wandering in the neighbourhood, 1 dog missing and cats?? perhaps... i'm saddened by the fact that someone has called the conservation officer over the cougar and the 2 bears that found an apple orchard... we've invaded their territory and they've no place left ... our area is being overwhelmed with 5 acre plots and mcmansions... UGH... i'm praying our cougar has left and won't be shot... sad world we live in... the deer have even moved away... now when we want to go see the deer, drive INTO town... something wrong with that picture don't you think~

1 comment:

Ruralrose said...

thanks for posting the marmalade recipe, i too have done everything possible with my green tomatoes (only 4 ripened on the vine this year) so i will be making marmalade, some concords left for jelly, elderberries am just going to freeze for later, have to bag up rendered lard for pastry, two pots of tomato sauce, sauerkraut . . . omg i still am nowhere near done, but when i am watch out, have been tied to this kitchen for months - what i do love about putting up my own food is that, from now until next summer most of the cooking prep work is done - we fenced our orchard to exclude 6 huge trees, the bears take their fill and leave their poop and my trees alone, we don't prune our trees either and they feed us and all the birds and squirrels that need to eat too, love reading your words don't get here as often as I like (am playing hookie from the kitchen as we speak), but come the snow fly i will be thankful for the interesting reading - peace