Latest news from the strawberry jam front – the tide of strawberries is advancing, threatening to engulf me in a wave of strawberries waiting to be processed, taking up whole shelves of the fridge, lurking in corners just when I thought I’d done the last batch. Heaving a sigh of relief as the last pot is filled and sealed, I turn around only to find the kitchen table groaning under a fresh sea of newly picked strawberries waiting to be sorted.
There is no more room on the larder shelves for jam – what I’ve got there already will probably last us a decade at the current rate of consumption, I’ve used up all the jam jars and am down to oddly shaped mustard jars, coffee jars and outsized sauce jars and there are still a good few weeks of strawberry season to go.
I have to start selling the jam…………..memories of a film, where ex-city career woman, moves to country with baby in tow, starts making apple puree baby food and ends up with a full scale business employing half the village, flit through my head. Country baby was her label, with a cute picture of baby, designed to appeal to other city people looking for the good life. Mind you she was a PR person, so had a head start on promoting things and I’m not a business person at all, just someone with too much jam on their hands, larder shelves and everywhere else in the house.
So, I take a stall at the local market and arrive with a basket of jam, a few jars of marmalade for variety, a table and chair. I discover a few things – people smile when they see strawberry jam, people like strawberries, they like strawberries, they need strawberries. It’s not a difficult decision – people are willing to taste something new, they don’t want to eat something they know, they want to taste something new, like me. But how to get started? First I needed to decide what I was going to write about, what was the best way to present my findings and most importantly, how long I was going to write them.
As I was sitting there, literally head while thinking about strawberries, I had a very important moment of realisation. Did I want a history of strawberries or a simple diary? diary I said, as I started to piece together my thoughts and feelings.
I suddenly felt very sorry for him, he got all shut out, all the feelings and all of the time in one place. While I was doing my diary I noticed a calendar application on the wall that I need to do Tub to curb-less shower conversion, a quickie between all the meeting places. calendar life it presented, every day was a different place to be with different people.
He must have felt forgotten, left with no outlet but to me he felt as though there was an opening somewhere in his life that he could take – the chance to express himself. To be honest I think he did and still does have some issues around his heart.
It is common for feelings to be stirred up in your life by different people, possibly just not necessarily as much as you would like to. In any case, if you allow it to happen, it can be healing. When all the tangles and complications are tied up and boom, you suddenly understand everything about life. It is fun, it is creative, it is not boring at all.
For many people, especially those who have been away from it for a while, it is under show everything is in bloom. The beauty of it is that you can’t pick it up and shake it, you can’t break it and take it home with you. It’s immaculate, you see it develop like a flower in just the right way, you smell it and it’s intoxicating. Taste it and you will see that it is sweet, fresh, fragrant and just plain mouth watering.
The greens are soft and the light green tops are so nice, so inviting. The soft underdeveloped flesh is soft and juicy and the white meat is not much more than a texture. In fact the taste is so rich and dense that often I find myself spooning my favorite polenta dish into a thin glass, just to marvel at how it looks so elegant sobie. Of course it is simple to eat, just vegetables and pasta, the food is straightforward, but the gourmet polenta recipe is actually relatively simple. The addition of the grain and the triple cream is to provide even more richness.
An indulgent sweet has also provided the necessary balance to the spicy and salty meals. Although the making of this indulgence is quick and easy, the preparation. Though it makes a savory dish it is also a light one, Thus we nearly always have rice on hand or spiced rice available in the pantry.