tahariel: (Make something)
day off

Sunday blanket
curled up love-warm laptop humming
I watch a documentary, years-old learning
slowly
weekend food is scavenged, grazed
from an empty kitchen, used pans patient, stacked
for washing. Not today.
Outside sky blue air crisp autumn.
tahariel: (Make something)


Winter is coming, the nights are drawing in and the blackberries are out in force… that means it’s time to start knitting again! Knitting is such a winter pastime for me, and I love having an enormous bag full of yarn to pick through and find the perfect one for a project. Of course it would help if I bought enough of any one yarn to do a whole project with…

Anyway, this winter I intend to learn to cable so I can make beautiful things like this hat. It’s supposed to be pretty tricky and time-consuming, but you get good things at the end of it, so.

Other awesome autumnal pursuits: today I picked two whole boxes full of blackberries to make jam and other preserves with, and I have a third box of rosehips with which I intend to make rosehip and crabapple jelly. I already made elderberry and damson jam as well as blackberry chutney this week (the latter not yet tasted, so God only knows if that turned out edible.) But I’m having a lot of fun being a hunter/gatherer/warrior nomad, producing my own preserves and knitting my own clothes. There’s something wonderful about making things that lets me feel wonderfully self-sufficient and accomplished.
tahariel: (Shoe and cake)
I went blackberry picking today out along the canal by my flat and got a whole lunchbox full of lovely ripe blackberries for my pains (and pains there were, my friends, PAINS THERE WERE. I got prickled and impaled and stabbed all over the shop. A little bit stung by nettles, too. But BLACKBERRIES. And they're FREE.) There are loads of elderberry trees and rosehips and even a wild apple tree out along there too, and I'm seriously thinking about trying my hand at elderberry jelly or something, just for kicks.

But now that I have all these blackberries I had to figure out what to do with them. Pie is an obvious choice, but the last time I went out to dinner with my parents I had this wonderful venison in blackberry sauce that I really wanted to try and recreate. I didn't have any venison in (ha, like I ever have venison in!) so I went with roasted chicken instead.




I used this recipe here and I have to say it came out DELICIOUS. (Mine had lots more blackberries and sauce and purple than the picture.) I added a little bit of balsamic vinegar to the sauce which really seemed to work. I also roasted a whole load of potato, sweet potato, carrot, squash and courgette in oil and a little rosemary to go with it, which was totally yum too.

I still have most of my blackberries left though - anyone have any idea for what to do with them? I'm thinking puff pastry and cream, maybe a little nutmeg.

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