This summer has been a bit lacking in routine as we are still familiarizing ourselves with our new home. It has been so much fun, and I am trying to squeeze in a few preparations for the coming winter. I can feel just a tiny hint of autumn in the mornings and evenings when there is a slight nip in the air. Several weeks ago we went blueberry picking, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have so many farms etc. close that we can go and harvest our own food, even if it isn’t from our own back yard. The day turned out hotter than we thought it would be, but we did manage to pick 23 pounds of blueberries. We all had a wonderful time, even the babe is now an expert blueberry picker. I got all of them in the freezer, freezing them on cooking sheets, before storing them in bags so that they wouldn’t freeze into one giant lump. Now we have plenty of blueberries to use in muffins, and pancakes, and any other way we can think of. This last week I took advantage of a good deal on basil to spend some time with our 8 year old who loves to cook. We made 5 batches of pesto, minus the cheese, and froze them for some scrumptious still feels like summer meals in the middle of the cold Maine winter. We moved here in time to pick our own strawberries, but I wasn’t set up enough in the house to make jam with them, and I hadn’t ever had success making jam, the high altitude in Wyoming caused me many problems, so I just gave up after a while. We have however been stashing small handfuls of blackberries from the brambles out back in the freezer so that when we have enough we will have a go at making some jam. We’re almost there, the kids can’t wait, and neither can I. Next up apples, yay, though I can’t say I’m looking forward to all that peeling, my least favourite kitchen job.

family, food • Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 • 7 Comments »
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7 Responses to “Pesto”

  1. kristina says:

    23 pounds of blueberries–wow! We’re already picking apples here. They’re so early. And I keep saying I’m going to try jam-making but still feeling a bit intimidated by it all. Maybe next year πŸ™‚

    K x

  2. Petit Filoux says:

    That it an impressive amount of blueberries!! Yum, homemade pesto!!

  3. Jeanine says:

    That pesto is reminding me that I’ve been saying I’d trim our basil for a week now. πŸ™‚ What am I doing reading right now?!
    PS Why do you leave the cheese out? Is it just for preserving and do you add it later or is it vegan? Just curious as I’m very much learning all this food preservation stuff.

  4. Mousy Brown says:

    I love that colour! Anything that green MUST be good πŸ˜€

  5. How lovely to know that the same autumn / fall traditions happen elsewhere. In Cheshire we are harvesting apples and elderberries and now I shall go and pick the basil before the winter frosts and make pesto, I just hope it’s the same stunning green as yours. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.
    ps (found you via a re-pin on Pinterest)

  6. Adina says:

    Would you be willing to share your pesto recipe? I have some huge basil plants and I’m trying to think of some ways to store/preserve the excess basil.

  7. I found your blog in January and have been reading it ever since. I missed you while you were away but how fun to have moved!! I hope that your children are enjoying the “new life”. That pesto looks amazing!! Can you share your recipe? Looking forward to new posts!!

    ♥ Ashley

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