Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recipe Archive: Asian-Style Plum Sauce

from
Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry
Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving
by Cathy Barrow

"Late-season plums, arriving at the end of summer, are dusky and deep, dark violet, with golden, sweet flesh. When cooked, they turn a deeper purple with reddish under-tones, like garnets. This is a very versatile sauce. Bright and fruity, acidic, and eye-opening  with the surprise of heat from the chile, it’s wonderful with Spiced Pork Chops, mixed with hot mustard for dipping spring rolls or dumplings, or stirred together with fermented black beans and brushed on grilled tofu. Just one jar has the potential to bring many new flavors to the table."

1½ cups (12 oz., 340 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
¾ cup (5 oz., 138 g) granulated sugar
¾ cup (6 oz., 180 ml) cider  vinegar
1 cup (4 oz., 110 g) finely minced onion
1 medium jalapeƱo pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced
1½ tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns
3 pounds (1350 g) late-season or Damson plums, pitted and chopped into ½-inch dice

full recipe in The Book Stall

Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving
by Cathy Barrow
W. W. Norton & Company, 2014
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Home Grown: Planting Fall Wildflowers



Native wildflowers and their cultivars — yellow goldenrod, purple asters,  golden sunflowers, and dusty rose Joe Pye — are not only attractive flowers, but provide nourishment for an amazing variety of butterflies, moths, and other insects.

Fall wildflowers are particularly outstanding at attracting adult moths and butterflies, which lay eggs that hatch into larva (caterpillars). The larvae provide a high-protein source of food for many birds, particularly warblers and neo-tropical migrant birds of conservation concern. Birds are very good at keeping populations of these insects in check, so it is a good situation for all.

Some flowers that bloom in the fall are tall, up to 2 to 6 feet or more, depending on the species and cultivar, and in a garden these work best at the back of a flower border.

Continued in... Planting Fall Wildflowers

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