My weekend resolution was that I was not canning one single thing til Monday. I may pick and shell peas but they’ll go into the fridge til Monday. I am not canning this weekend. One reason is that my canner has been hijacked for another purpose this weekend. Another reason is that there were some other things I wanted to make and with a kitchen the size of a small peanut, there’s only room for one project at a time.
I thought I explained to the garden that I didn’t want any produce this weekend but I guess it just didn’t comprehend what I was saying!
Vince is the grill starter around here. The new grill has a propane starter so I think from now on, I’ll just start it myself. Do you ever think that your husband does things just to get out of having to do it again? I asked him to put the charcoal on the grill and get it started. He knew what I was going to grill. Can you see how
much little charcoal is on there? He told me the grill was ready and I asked if there was a charcoal shortage. Last time we were in Abilene, it was on sale at Lowe’s and I think we bought about 10 huge bags. There was no way this was enough charcoal so he added more and re-lit it and then I got the show on the road. I grilled all the eggplant I had picked this morning. Some of those will go into Caponata. Some will get frozen for the next time I want to make Caponata.
Next went zucchini. The zucchini are producing like . . well, zucchini! See the nice hot coals after we added more charcoal? Good help is sometimes hard to find! We had grilled zucchini with our hamburgers. Also on the grill are peppers. I picked every pepper that was needing picking – there are ancho, poblano, pimento – everything went onto the grill, got roasted, the skins were peeled off, seeds were removed and they were frozen.
I’m trying to talk Vince into picking our big watermelon. I sure wish I could see for sure if it’s ripe. I’m afraid if I leave it too long, it will rot or a critter will get it but if I pick it before it’s ripe . . that’s not good! He said he would go out with me in a few minutes and thump it. I keep thumping on the ones I know aren’t ready and then I thump the big one and I think it sounds ready . . but what do I know?