check out these wicked cool clouds....the sky here is so amazing!!! and it seems so much bigger than it was back in the city!
we have had a few really nice days...
i am hoping, based on the weather forecast that i will be jumping in the river tomorrow! jambaloney jumped in yesterday and trust me - that water was COLD!!! but, if tomorrow is as warm as it is supposed to be - i'm jumping in!
last year we were still swimming in the river until october...but i am worried that tomorrow might be my last chance. i love the river and so does jambaloney!
anyway - enough rambling - this post is about making your own nasturtium spice. have you ever had a fresh nasturtium? they are so delicious! and spicey and peppery! they are excellent in salads or sandwiches.
here's a pretty little nasturtium:
they come in all different colours - red, orange, yellow and beige.
lots of people pick them fresh and add them to various food. but when you have a ton of them and you want that spicey, peppery taste to add to your food over the winter - you pick them and dry them!
on a screen, if you have one laying around (we have 20 million because jambaloney is a really good garbage picker!)
you could use a dehydrator or an oven...but heck, we have the good fortune to have a porch wrapped in plastic! it gets so hot out there on sunny days that it takes no time to dry the flowers!
make sure that the flowers are completely dry...and brittle....like this:
once you have gathered enough, stick them in a blender or anything that will chop them really fine to make a powder.
and there's your nasturtium spice!
you can add it to soups, stews, salads, dressings - whatever! it has a very delicious, lightly-spicey taste when it has been turned into powder. we love the stuff!
so besides a trip to the river, making hot sauce which i will share tomorrow, suntanning out on the front deck, many walks around the yard, filling the pond and feeding the tadpoles and various jobs that jambaloney has been working on throughout the day, oh and lots of good food - that's been our day! we love harvesting and preparing our food together - it's so rewarding! especially in the winter months. we have had a great day. i hope that all of you have a great day, too!