July 19, 2011

July 19

We're baaa-ack!  And ready for some regularly inconsistent posting.  When we got back to our house last night the first thing I noticed was the garden.  It was HUGE.  I planted packets of wildflowers, before we left, everywhere there had been a void and with all the rain the Fraser Valley has seen since we left the gardens were thriving.  The apple tree is so heavy it's apples touch the ground.

Along with all the flowers the herbs were in full force, massive chives and rosemary shooting for the sky.  The enormous lemon thyme bush had pretty pink flowers covering it.  We took the blossoms off right away, we would like the plant to keep producing.  Today I used some of those flowers to make a thyme vinegar.

This is what you do.  Wash you flowers, (if you've sprayed them with something unsuitable for consumption-shame on you) if you let them grow wild and free and your not scared of a little extra protein throw them in a glass jar about 1/2-2/3 full.  Fill the jar with white wine vinegar (or if you are feeling cheap just white vinegar will do.)  As you can see I didn't fill mine, I ran out of vinegar.  Leave the mixture to sit for at least 24 hours, I'd do 2 weeks, it gets better with time.  I'd consume it within 8 months.

What do you do with it you ask?  Use it anywhere you'd like! In salads, on rice or in your hollandaise (!)

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