Sunday, August 14, 2016

Goat Olympics!!!

 Have you been watching the Rio Olympics?  Of course you have.  We learn that the athletes train for years to be fabulous at what they do.  But look at these babies!!! They are 13 days old and LuLu can jump three times her height!!
high jump
How does she do it?  Just like the Olympians.  Practice

Maverick has been practicing too:

balance beam
Maverick on Sunflower

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Goat baby update

We love to watch these little guys grow

blue eyes

mastering the chair

a girl and a goat

Pickled Zucchini

Pickled Zucchini

Another great recipe from Marisa McClellan's Food in Jars book on preserving small batches of food.  We do feel like master gardeners when it comes time to growing zucchini but what do we do with all of it?  I have spiraled it into noodles, baked it with Parmesan cheese, grilled it, added it as a pizza topping.....but today I tried pickling it.  I am surprised how crisp it is...especially with the refrigerator method.  The cumin adds a great difference.  Make sure the cumin is fresh.  Here's the recipe:

3 pounds young zucchini, cut  into 1/2" rounds
2 cups apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons ground cumin
3 TBS pickling salt
1 lime sliced
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp red pepper flakes, I use chipotle

Combine the vinegar, 2 cups water, ground cumin and pickling salt in a pot and bring the brine to a boil.
Meanwhile place a lime slice in the bottom of each sterilized jar.  Divide the pickling spices among your jars
Pack the sliced zucchini in each jar
Gently pour the hot brine over the zucchini leaving 1/2 inch headspace
If canning, gently tap the jars and use a wooden skewer to release any bubbles trapped.  Wipe the rims of the jars.  Add lids and rings  Process for 10 minutes in boiling water.

If going directly to the fridge.  Let the zucchini soak up all the flavor for 48 hours if you can wait that long.
Happy summer eating.
mise en place

pickling spices, lime and a sprig of lavender

zucchini in jar