…will winter ever end…

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA…it’s a harsh time and I’m getting ‘duck feet’ …everything is sodden and cold …I can only hope the cherry and plum buds have the good sense to stay closed until the cold is done …we’ve had an average of 3 degrees and down to well below minus …it actually reminds of when we first moved to the highlands nearly 17 years ago…

…daffodil and hyacinth are breaking ground despite the freeze and the elder has her first pink tipped leaves open to the sky …cupped, begging for sunshine …as I must admit, am I…

…the days are lengthening and I raid the greenhouse for the last tomatoes that are yet to ripen …very late this year but they will make a fine batch of oven dried tomatoes or kasundi …beautiful and spicy as a relish or added to sauces to thicken…

  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup peeled, grated fresh ginger
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 seeded, finely chopped green chilli
  • 30 ml of malt vinegar
  • 2 x 500 g diced tomatoes (canned tomatoes can be used for this recipe)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 130 ml apple cider vinegar
  1. Heat 60 ml olive oil in a large saucepan until hot. Add 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds,1 tablespoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons cumin and 2 teaspoons chilli powder. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes to release the flavours.
  2. Add 1/4 cup peeled, grated fresh ginger, 4 crushed garlic cloves, 1 seeded, finely chopped green chilli and 30 ml of malt vinegar and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add two 500 g diced tomatoes, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 130 ml malt vinegar and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours. The kasundi is ready when the oil comes to the top. It makes a wonderful winter warmer in soups.

With the third book (Silver’s Threads, Warp and Weft) in my series finished, I am aching to start planting but the soil is just not ready …it will be seed raising trays brought in to warm this year to get everything going…

I have introduced some new characters to the mix and am happy with their emergence into the light …how appropriate as we approach Ostara at a rapid rate of knots…

My new character is a foxy-lad and so I wrote a piece just for him …he was inspired by my own early morning visitor…foxintree

Fox

…I’m not all I seem
…let me into your dream
…and I’ll show you the ways between time
…but to follow me there first, come to my lair
…and trust me to answer a rhyme
…ask me all you will, I have consummate skill
…to travel all threads of Her song
…remember in truth it is all by your will
…you learn which tone’s right or sings wrong…
…as the way becomes thin
…come follow your kin
…as they tread the roadways between
…for your not all you seem …and if you enter my dream
…I’ll teach you to shape change your skin…

…so back to the studio to begin Book 4 with so many other ideas bursting for attention …in fact a whole new series when Silver’s Threads is complete…

…blessings …Penny

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