Sitting in my study, well, my husband’s study, where I sit in the morning because I love the Eastern morning sun, I hear the plinky plunky plinky of fat raindrops against the window. I alone beweep the loss of my friend. We’ll miss you, Mr. Sun. For the fall rains have come, and with them falling leaves, smoky air, and all the delights of the winter kitchen.
I’m going to brave the mud and collect my unripe plum and cherry tomatoes this weekend to make green tomato relish, which beats the pants off commercial cucumber pickle relishes. My tomatillo plant fruited late, so I might peek under their papery skirts to see if the tomatillos I have are big enough for pickling, too.
What else is planned for fall here at Culinaria Eugenius? Once I get over this pesky, chronic condition I call academic workitis, I am going to start experimenting with winter squash, apples, and cranberries. The cider we bought last week was so incredibly delicious, tart and alive as it always is with excellent early-season apples, that I think I’m going to try to turn it into no-sugar added cider jelly. Stews and moist-heat cooking and roasting — these are a few of my favorite things, and I’d like to share some recipes with you. Let’s see…I also have to sow my fava bean cover crop and close down the summer garden. And it will be time to once again turn to Ethiopian food, my greatest nemesis, because I found a fantastic new injera recipe. Will the fifth time be the charm? Stay tuned, and stay dry in the mean time!