|One of the beautiful bowls I bought in Seoul last winter, holding my lemons for preserving this fall.|
It's been with great anticipation, then, that I've watched the first signs of autumn arriving in Halifax this year. I've pored over countless websites, books, and blogs over the past several weeks, watching in envy and admiration as decorative jar after decorative jar gets filled, sealed, and prettily photographed by the bloggers I follow.
- Approx. 15 bottles of Apple Butter from 101 Cookbooks. I've desperately wanted to make apple butter ever since I read this post on Jenny's blog, Union Street Kitchen Witch, last June.
- 8 bottles of High Dumpsy Dearie Jam. An adorably named jam with pear, apple, plum, lemon and ginger. You can find it on Karen's blog, Lavender and Lovage, of which I'm a huge fan! What can't this woman do?
- 4 bottles of Peaches in White Wine Syrup, found and sourced on the ever-inspiring blog Domestic Bliss. Because we live in the same city, I always know I can find the ingredients for the creative dishes Alexis whips up!
I look forward to reading this post again someday and laughing at how there was ever a time I didn't have countless, beautiful jars filled with thoughtful preserves in my pantry. At how there was ever a 'first time' for so many of these ritualistic food and harvest seasons in my life.
Happy autumn, friends! For me, the most nourishing season in body, mind, and heart.
My wee, current stock of preserves: minus some already given as gifts or shared with my mother, plus some bottles from my mother's stock of salsa, beets, and pickles, and minus the peaches, which are in the fridge. It's a start!