Friday, November 22, 2013

more cranberries!

yesterday we had a stuffed, roasted chicken for supper - jambaloney got these babies on sale last year and stocked us up with a pile of them - we've been eating them since last year and they are delicious!


they are local and free-range and certified organic. they are tiny but man are they healthy!!! and delicious! because we finally found cranberries on our land i knew we needed to have a meal with cranberry sauce and roasted chicken is one of my favourite ways to eat cranberry sauce!


that's some delicious chicken with gravy made from the drippings, of course smashed and gravy (that's jambaloney's plate - i have to eat mine in a bowl because i use so much gravy on my smashed potatoes - it turns into soup - just how i like it - yummeh!), our own turnip smashed with cream and maple syrup (from jambaloney's step-dad - he makes the best maple syrup!!!), our own purple haze carrots steamed and then fried in butter, and a wild-rice stuffing with bread, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and dried cranberries. smack-dab in the middle of the plate is my cranberry sauce made with about a cup of fresh cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and orange zest.

i do a variety of sauces with cranberries - sometimes i mix in some apple or pear or the pulp of an orange. but for this sauce i wanted to just savour the beautiful fresh cranberries that came from our land!!! speaking of cranberries and our land, we went back to the river today to pick more cranberries. it was a beautiful day!


here's the little hidey-hole in the woods where we keep the canoe and all of the accroutrements that we need down at the river since we spend so much time down there - composting toilet, weather-proof deck box for blankets, towels, dishes, cutlery, etc. jambaloney has already gotten it all winter-ready.


and please let it never be said that even when we are cranberry-picking, that fashion is not important to us. fashion is VERY important to us!!!




BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

anyway, cranberry-picking on your land (did i mention these things are growing on our own land?!?!?!?) can make for some hungry bellies. being that it was such a gorgeous day and we didn't want to spend the afternoon cooking - we threw together one of our little snack plates for dinner.
 

some purple haze carrots, kimchi, broccoli, hummus and hard boiled eggs (jambaloney puts our home-made hot sauce on his eggs - not me. no way!)

anyway, he went out to do yard work and such and i cleaned and sorted berries. i am crazy about proper processing of berries so i cleaned and hand-picked one by one. the ginormic bowl on the left is the berries that we got today. the green basket on the right were the bad berries - amazing eh?


with this latest haul of cranberries, we now have 20+lbs of fresh and wild strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries in our freezer - i'm thinking that can get us through the winter eh!


tons of sunshine, vitamins and gorgosity in all of those berries - and they were all free! i love knowing that we have fruit, right off of our land - wild, delicious fruit to see us through the winter. and did i mention that it was all free?!?!?? it kinda blows my mind!

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  1. Sweet Kymber,

    It surely sounds like you're ready for winter to roll in.

    I ate lunch therefore, I can read your post and not be hungry doing so....Bahahahahahaha!!!! Everything really looks delicious except for the hot sauce on the hard boiled egg!!!!

    Having your own berries on your own property is just totally awesome. You have the ability to eat them right off the stem, or use the berries in some sort of dessert, or meal, and you can even freeze them or can them. It's official, I'm so jealous. I had fresh strawberries this year but not fresh cranberries, black berries or raspberries growing in or around my garden.

    This past Saturday, we found our first mouse he/she came in from outside to be warm and I'm not a fan, so I squashed it with the broom. I'm going to set a trap to make sure no others are around.

    Stay warm and enjoy your berries :P

    Sending hugs and love to you both,
    Your Friend,
    Sandy

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    1. Hey Sweet Sandy - we are getting ready for winter! i think that your storm is moving up the atlantic coast or something as we are in for some ugly weather for the next few days - not normal at all!

      i am glad you had lunch before visiting - bahahahah! i love hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper - i am not a fan of the hot sauce either - bleck!

      Sandy - having access to all of these berries, for free, on our own land, what a weight off eh? we plan to try and graft some of our friend D's fruit trees, as well as plant peach and pear trees but we just aren't there yet. having all of these beautiful berries is a godsend!

      ack about the mouse! because we have the 3 cats, 2 of whom are mousers, we don't have probs with mice in the house. but if you let one in right before winter, then you're probably going to have a bazillion by the end of winter. i don't like killing things - ick!

      we'll stay warm...and i hope you do the same. looking forward for an update from you on how you are weathering this weekend! love and hugs right back at you, hon! xoxoxo

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    1. buddy, i gotta admit it - i'm a wuss. a wuss that eats kimchi straight out of the jar. first thing in the morning. you do that and i won't mind you calling me a wuss - bahahahahh!

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  3. I wonder if there's anything you can do to encourage the cranberries to spread?

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    1. Mr. Smythe - once we discovered the original cranberries and then started doing some real looking - they are all over the "bog" part of our riverfront!!! because the grass grows so tall and high in the bog, and the bog is always covered with water - we just didn't know that they were there!!! once we found them, we discovered that we have tons! we don't need to encourage them to spread - we need to pick them all before the serious below 0 temps come! next year we will get down there and start picking after our first frost - apparently they really sweeten and tarten up after the first frost! thanks for stopping by Sir!

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  4. You guys are rocking those outfits!
    Jane x

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    1. Jane - we only wear clothes when we absolutely have to. but when we do - it's high street fashion all the way - bahahahahah! xo

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  5. Nice yellow pants. LOL I now have a new phrase.

    All your yellow pants R belong to you. and only you :)

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    1. bahahahahahah! oh gosh - bahahahahah! that was a good one! but buddy - those are men's rainpants - i wear them because i can wear my supersize northern fleece pants underneath them to stay warm. and you have to admit - they are pretty high fashion.

      oh buddy - it never gets old!

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  6. Cranberries are such a blessing. Do you ever try them in a salad with a little bit of crumbled blue cheese and apple squares ? It doesn't even need salad dressing !

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    1. oh Jane - cramberries are such a blessing! especially for keeping any kind of UTI at bay - plus they are delicious! most people wouldn't think of throwing some fresh cranberries on their salad so i am glad to hear that you do!!! want to hear something crazy? these cranberries have waaaay more seeds in them than store-bought cranberries. i can't believe the difference in the size, the colour and the amount of seeds. they are super deelish! and no, you don't even need the salad dressing! xox

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  7. jambaloney sure looks cute in those yellow britches and leopard skin boots! ;)

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    1. Mamma - you know that i always try to make sure that jambaloney looks good whenever we go out. so thank you for noticing - bahahahahahah! much love to you and yours, especially that gorgeous Marine!

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  8. Hey, Kymber. Did those cranberries grow on your land? lol I'm glad to hear you got so many wild berries for your freezer. Some good eatin', you! :-D

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    1. holy moly Sue, didn't i tell you in an email that the cranberries grew on our land? and for free? and on our land??? oh email coming buddy, i need to fix this situation - bahahahahah! oh my goodness, we got a ton of wild berries in the freezer! and people keep bringing us more??? we got some good eatins for sure. oh hey - did i tell you that the various berries grow on our land - bahahahah! xoxox

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  9. You look like Vikings in those pictures. Good outfits for cranberry picking.

    As always, the food you put on the blog looks scrumptious. My wife is home for a week now and I expect the quality of my dining to improve considerably! She's a good cook when she has time, which is not often seems like.

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    1. Harry - we have never received a better compliment!!! i am a big fan of the vikings as anyone who has european ancestry probably has a viking or two in their lineage. i had on about 3 of jambaloney's northern fleece sweaters, 2 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of socks, gloves, hat and a scarf - i don't like getting cold!!! it didn't matter as we were over the knee deep in bog to get those berries! soaked and freezing but well worth the effort!

      i am so glad that your wife is home - she needs a good break after getting sick and you need to chillax with your wife! keep the fire going buddy and she will make you some delicious food! thanks for the post on the carbine...we always appreciate your recommendations and the carbine IS on our list of must-gets. unless you wanted to gift me one of yours! bahahahah! xoxo

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  11. Someone I know drove up to Virginia to help a friend, and brought back some egg laying hens. Neighbors dachshund got into their pen. And now he has free range hens in freezer for tasty consumption.

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