it's been another couple of fantastic days at the Manor! jam was home wednesday and thursday and back to work on-site on friday. he is really enjoying his work and he is super-skilled.
thursday we decided to make him some more hot sauce - he loves spicy hot sauce. last year as we were harvesting our peppers, we ate them as we harvested them. we made 2 quart-sized mason jars of hot sauce for him - he loved it! but then we had a glut of peppers (my friend SciFiChick was really proud!) and so we froze them to save them to make more hot sauce when he ran out. here is a mix of sweet italian red peppers, big bombs, orange thai peppers, monet jalapeno, hungarian hot wax and cayenne peppers with some onion and a ton of garlic.
and here is some super hot sauce in the making made of mostly orange thai hot peppers and a little of all of the others with onion and garlic.
poor jam was sneezing and coughing as i was cooking the peppers! so were the cats! these 2 pans of hot sauce were really fragrant!
i cook the onions up a bit in some olive oil, throw in the crushed garlic, add a ton of salt and pepper and then add the peppers. i cook the peppers for about 3 minutes and then add one cup of water. i then keep cooking it all on high, constantly stirring until the majority of the water has boiled off - about 20 minutes. then we put each kind of pepper mix into a bowl, cover them with a towel and bring them to the basement to cool off for several hours.
here are the 2 mixtures after they have been cooked.
once the mixtures have been cooled, i put them in the blender and chop them up, slowly adding 1 cup of vinegar as it's mixing. you can make it as chunky or as smooth as you want. here's a quart jar of regular kymberz "kick-you-right-in-the-head" sauce and a pint jar of kymberz "your-grandchildren-are-gonna-feel-a-kick-in-the-head "sauce. the regular sauce is HOT but the orange thai chili sauce is DEADLY HOT. my man loves them both.
the small jar with the red lid is the super hot sauce and is for my besties son d - he loves and collects all kinds of hot sauces. i can't wait for him to try mine - he's probably gonna fall down and faint - bahahahah!
here's some mixed bean salad that we like to have on hand all the time. it's 5 different kinds of beans, 4 different-coloured peppers, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, garlic, olive oil, and ACV (with the mother), sea salt and fresh ground pepper topped with some shaved parmesan. a little of this stuff goes a long way!
here's a spring peeper sunning himself on a comfrey leaf. i love them! they sing "meep-meep-meep" all night long. it's a very comforting sound and you know when you start hearing them every night that summer just around the corner - woohoo!
jam was wanting spaghetti of lobster for weeks now. it hurts me to adulterate lobster in any way except for eating it plain or making lobster rolls. but to appease my man, we broke apart 2 beautiful lobsters and adulterated them!
my version on the left is a garlic and cream spaghetti of lobster with shaved parmesan. jam's is on the right and is a tomatoe-pesto version with a ton of my home-made hot sauce. it was delicious - don't get me wrong - but i just prefer to eat my lobster plain.
here are the beautiful flowers on my sage plant that we overwintered.
what a beautiful plant!!! i will be saving seeds from it so if anyone wants some - let me know.
jam loves hamburgers during the nice weather days - and as i love to feed him - he gets what he wants!
i have to say - i make a mean patty! he loves these burgers and cooks them to perfection!
today was a lazy day at the Manor. we did our normal chores as per usual, but also spent time trying to lay outside. we couldn't do it. it's that dreaded season. BLACK FLY SEASON!!! arghghghghgh! we're both bit to death from watering gardens and trying to sun tan. it's impossible during black fly season. so we took our loungers and put them on our porch. we lay out there all afternoon and it was lovely.
and a hint for anyone who has blackflies and a blackfly season - stock up on benadryl. most people, us included, get wonky and crazy after too many blackfly bites - their venom is pretty powerful stuff. if after getting bit by those little buggers, you start to feel wonky, crazy, feverish, sluggish, can't think straight - take a benadryl. trust me - it works! and i hate taking pills! i also hate having to smear myself down with deet for the next 2 months - arghghghghgh!
well, that's it for now. jam is working on his contract for LRUS and i am going to hit up my bloglist! i hope you are all having a lovely weekend!