Monday, July 03, 2006

Slinging in the Kitchen

Here is a picture of my memorial Julia and Martha kitchen. This wasn't taken today, but you can visualize me toiling away when I tell my story. Today, I have been super productive. I took another afternoon for myself yesterday. I just needed it. This morning I woke feeling like a million dollars and started working in the kitchen with amazing efficiency. If I ever get started, I am a multi-tasking maniac. My sister says I start slinging, which doesn't necessarily sound positive, but in reality means I am getting much accomplished quickly, though not necessarily neatly.

I started with the bread, so it could be rising while I did other things. Then I began sterilizing jars. I took down the jelly bag and measured the plum juice and started simmering it. With the jelly bag down, I was able to start the water boiling so I could dip the tomatoes to easily remove the skin. I, then, kneaded the bread and put it in a pan for the second rising. By this time the jelly was ready to jar. After getting the jelly in the jars, I preheated the oven, then chopped five cups of onion, went to the garden to gather basil and oregano, changed a load of clothes, and checked email and blogs. Next, I put the bread in the oven and set the timer. I always set the timer when I am slinging in the kitchen. This way, I don't forget important things like taking the bread out of the oven before I smell smoke. I blanched, peeled and seeded the tomatoes while sauteing the onions for the sauce. Once the onions were ready I threw the 10 pounds of tomatoes into the pot along with the basil, oregano, garlic and other things. I took the bread from the oven. Then, I had a few hours of waiting time in which I folded clothes, answered more email, moved the water hose, picked some more tomatoes, cleaned the kitchen including scraping the tomato sauce and jelly off the floor, and made breakfast for the children.

Now, THE SAUCE is finished. My mother, my sisters and my family call this tomato sauce, THE SAUCE (with voice inflection) because I, usually with the help of my sisters, "put up" lots of it and then use it all winter long for emergency meals. It makes everything taste like you spent hours in the kitchen. I use it as a pizza sauce, pasta sauce, on stuffed peppers, on meatloaf, etc. I also give it to family who have emergencies so it has established quite the reputation - the ultimate 30 minute meal.

Since I am on a roll, I think I will clean that wax I have been storing in bowls all over my kitchen. I would love to have clean kitchen counters. In fact, I would love to see my counter tops and table - always difficult for me, but nearly impossible during harvest season.

8 comments:

Fe said...

Love the photo:-)

Are all the books recipe books?

wisteria said...

Thanks! Yes, they are all cookbooks or food magazines. I have an obsession. I rarely use them because I have my favorite recipes on a rolodex and in the computer. Frequently, I don't use the computer or the rolodex or the books I just throw somethings in a pan. But, I like to look at the pictures and recipes for motivation and ideas.

zilla said...

Great kitchen! Boy, are you busy! We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Butch to miss -- one with so many positive characteristics that we learn to be tolerant of the characteristics that may not be so positive.

Did you try epsom salts around the soil for the peppers? My mother grows them in Vermont, of all agricultural zones, and she actually has a pretty good yield, especially when she remembers the epsom salts.

Better luck next season!

wisteria said...

Epsom salts are one of Butch's tricks, too. I am determined to grow peppers, not 25 varieties like Butch but a few. My husband asked if we could try again this year. We could, but I am sick of the water hose duty and will just do without. I do have 2 bushes that have made it and they have a few blooms and that will have to be enough. We were so spoiled by Butch's bounty.

Becky said...

I'm a farm woman, and I'm tired just listening to your slinging (which sounds ever so much better than "multitasking"!)...

But it's nice to see everything all lined up on the countertop, isn't it? I just hate how fast it all disappears into people's stomachs lol.

wisteria said...

I love the action. Today will be another slinging day. We have corn, plums, and hopefully enough cucumbers to start pickling.

It is nice to see it all lined up and it lasts longer than a clean bathroom.

Susan said...

I am really missing the slinging this year. I wish I had been there!!!!

wisteria said...

There should be much slinging this week! Come on over.