Needing to eat some of the physalis (groundcherries) that have been accumulating in the kitchen, I was looking around (in my head) for an idea. I wondered how they would be with some raw lacto-fermented sauerkraut. It seemed to need something green so I added dandelion greens and parsley. Now, what to do for a sauce? None of my ideas seemed right so I tasted it without any but no, something was needed to tie things together. Finally I settled on a spoonful of hemp oil and bit of coriander seed. Not bad, but could be better.
We have two varieties of this plant growing in the greenhouse. One self-sowed from last year and the other was given to me in a plant exchange. I remember my grandmother growing them outside in her Pennsylvania garden but here in Brittany we don’t get the heat and it’s often damp. I like this climate except for growing tomatoes.
Thursday in between two moments of peace there was a moment of frustration as I could not get the camera to capture what I saw. I wanted a close-up of the buds against a darker background. If I zoomed, I got the background.
This week’s theme for Picture Perfect inspired me to try again. Thank you very much PP people.
I went back to the river. I could not find the hazelnut buds. There was a good reason for that. I had photographed alder buds. I messed with the settings on the camera, trying to get macro and a small f-stop number. I could not seem to modify the f-stop number lower than 4 although I set the dial to the aperture priority function. For some reason at one moment it changed down to 3.5 so I took the photo and it is pretty well what I wanted. Of course, three days later, the same water droplets were no longer there. I wasn’t completely at ease as I could hear shots and dogs in a not that far distance. So I came back up the hill to home. The result is just about what I wanted.
This camera (Canon SX120 IS) has a plethora of possibilities. What I don’t like is that the printed manual just tells you basically how to point and shoot. For anything more advanced, the 143 page pdf file is on a CD which can be uploaded to the computer. Not very convenient when you are 500 meters down the hill and need to verify something. Upon return I found out that some f-stops may not be available according to the zoom factor. I must have slightly un-zoomed to get the 3.5.
The most important point that I learned in this experience in my opinion is to get off the automatic setting. This is true in many areas. Saying please and thank you automatically is a good thing, I think, but any further and we may be entering the zone of prejudice.
The sun came out so I decided to go make some vitamin D. I went for a little walk down by the river. I found the sights and sounds to be so peaceful.
On the way back up the hill, I saw three different red fruits in the same space.
Back in my own garden I looked for some greens for lunch. There has been a spurt of growth of the dandelions. Their rosette makes a bit of a hollow place where leaves collect.
This does an auto-blanching. Clear them away and you have some nice tender greens.