Mincemeat

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My fingertips smell of cloves and orange peel.  I’ve been making mincemeat.  Dried fruit, brandy, apples and spice. I mixed everything together in a ceramic bowl and then packed the mixture away into little glass jars that will be opened successively throughout the month, for mince pies and other such things. I set the jars on [...]

Japanese style pickled burdock

In the past several years, I have become addicted to preserving things. I can’t seem to help myself. The thought of all those little jars full of goodness accumulating in my pantry  fills me with the warmest feelings of happiness and contentment. It’s like having money in the bank, those jars. Things to look forward [...]

Floral Honey; A spoonful of sweetness

As Mary Poppins so rightly said, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” And of course, the most important part of her wise proclamation was that it does so, “in the most delightful way.”  In a world full of capsules, tablets and tinctures, I am all for a way of taking our “medicine” [...]