Denise: Monday’s equinoxal full harvest moon meant a huge ‘spring’ tide, and ideal conditions to harvest the greatest variety and abundance of nature’s marine goodness. Three days later, the tidal range is still considerable, and we’ve been down on our own beach exploring. Tilly has been on forward patrol, J watching our rear (with the camera – also watching out for customers coming to the walled garden and finding no-one at home!) and carrying stuff. Here’s me giving a trimming the pile on a shaggy carpet of pepper dulse (it’s very small and fiddly!). We also came home with about about 4oz (dried weight) of carrageen – nestled amongs some of which were sea-anemone with their arms waving about! The stones here are painted vivid colours with some kind of submarine algae or lichen – I really don’t know what it is – which is quite startling through the shallow water. Back home in the kitchen, we started the long drying of the carageen for use in deserts (recipes another time), the pepper dulse as a seasoning, and some sugar kelp for casseroles (par-boil first, then add to the casserole when it goes in to the oven).
Jonathan: I’ve been experimenting with technology that allows me to use social media more efficiently (though sometimes I hear an internal voice grumbling that the most efficient thing I could do is dispense with it entirely. What’s that Denise? You mean it was you all along?). One of the outcomes of that is that I’ve got a daemon (a computer term now fallen out of vogue, otherwise I wouldn’t use it) that is rummaging around in the archives of this blog and feeding out little nuggets to other platforms (oops, sorry!) – that is to facebook, blogger and such like. (Yes I know, I need to fine tune the frequency and other settings). I was working on it until late last night, then forgot about it this morning. Denise had an appointment at the medical centre, and whilst I was waiting in the car I browsed through the huge collection of ‘on-board’ music, and I came across an album I’ve not listened to for a two-three years – Five Days in July by the Canadian band Blue Rodeo. I recommend Five Days in May and Bad Timing (though ask me another time and …). Anyway, back home, I checked in at my desk and remembered to see what that daemon had been up to – whether it had been working at all. Well indeed it had. And what had it just published a digest of? My blog from August 2010 entitled “Blue Rodeo”: I’d been listening for the first time to Five Days in July. Here it is. [Thanks again to Tia Nagi!]
Denise: Back home from our foraging at South Glendale, I made a quick tour of the walled garden and greenhouses and returned to the kitchen with this selection. The tomatoes may have been very very late this year – and not plentiful enough to sell, but since mid July there’s been plenty enough for us – and sweeter and tastier than either of us can ever remember. Those long green chillis are hot – the red one (out of shot) even hotter: this year we have an abundance of peppers of every kind, so these will be diced and frozen for use over the winter, in casseroles, soups etc.