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Harvest Monday Tuesday – August 14, 2012

August 14, 2012

Late again, and for a less pleasant reason than last week. Last week I was travelling. This week I’m ill- not very ill, but enough that I’d rather sleep than blog. Sleeping so much is dead boring, though, so here’s a post after all…

40 g of carrots on Tuesday, when all the cooking I felt like doing was getting some chicken stock out of the freezer and tossing in carrots and noodles:

Some tomatoes (150 g Black Plum, 80 g Zakopane):

Neither of them my favourite variety, but I had the seeds, so I wasn’t going to waste them.

Some blackberries from the patch up the street (190 g):

That patch is almost done, but it yielded enough for another Swiss roll. And because I was asked about it, here’s the recipe:

4 eggs

120 g sugar

120 g flour

Beat egg whites until stiff. In a second bowl, beat together the yolks and sugar. Using a whisk, mix in the flour and the egg whites a bit at a time.

Spread the mass evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 180°C for… I don’t know how long. It’s done when the surface is dry, and kind of … elastic. When you press down with a finger, the dent should disappear. Then take it out, cover it with a clean towel and flip it over onto another baking sheet or whatever and pull off the parchment paper. Roll it up, with the towel (to keep the layers from touching each other and sticking together) and let it cool.

(You could fill it with jam, which you can do while it’s still warm, but for the filling I use it’s probably not a good idea.)

Once the roll is cool, whip one cup (250 ml) of whipping cream and mix in a cup of curd cheese and sugar to taste. I also put in some blackberries at this point so they’ll get crushed and give the filling some colour. I’ve read curd cheese is quite uncommon in the US, so you might have to find something else to replace it with, something to give the filling some… substance. Whipped cream alone just tastes so “empty” to me!  Anyway, unroll the roll, spread the filling on it, sprinkle the rest of the blackberries (or any other sort of berries) on it, roll it up again, without the towel this time, and you’re done!

Anyway, my other harvests:

A couple of beans (50 g, luckily I had some more from work to eat with them!)

Speaking of work, here’s another of my work harvests – which I usually don’t post, but this one just makes me laugh too much! We’d missed this zucchini, so it got rather large, and it also has a seriously weird shape:

Seems to think it’s a bottle gourd…
On Saturday, my best friend and me went to the forest, once more looking for blackberries. We got lucky this time – 900 g for me, and there would have been more, but we didn’t really need more.

Well, I would have picked more, because it’s fun (and I might also be a little greedy), but it’s good that my best friend stopped me, because when we got home, I started feeling feverish, so I’ve not been able to do anything with them, and haven’t even felt like eating any. I ended up giving half of them away to my mother and grandmother, and freezing about a quarter. The rest is still waiting to be eaten.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2012 15:18

    This looks brilliant! I love it! =)

  2. August 17, 2012 21:14

    Wow, that’s quite a berry harvest.

    I’m always baffled by the different types of dairy products and sugars that we just don’t seem to have. Curd Cheese?

    • August 17, 2012 23:03

      Well, they’re tiny 1/2 litre buckets, so it’s not as much as it looks, but quite enough for a single girl.

      Curd cheese. I don’t know how I would cook without it!

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