Jammin' with Rose Jam

A batch of Rose Petal Jam from a never-before-used bush.
I've had it for a while. All the rain is making it very happy. 
Got three roses from it last week -- enough for a batch of jam. 
The petals. 
The jam.
Here's the recipe, super easy AND fast:

Rose Petal Jam (Uncooked)

Yield: about 3.5 cups 

1 c fresh rose petals (must never have been sprayed with any chemicals)
3/4 c water
juice of one lemon (no substitutes)
2 1/2 c cane sugar
1 pouch Certo pectin

In blender -- puree petals, water + lemon (be sure to put lid on blender)
Slowly add sugar, stirring as you add
Add pectin, blend for about 1 minute
Pour into clean jars quickly (it sets up fast)
Let set for 6 hours

Recipe from:  recipegal.com (url no longer active) 

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Beefy Chili

Beefy Chili

1 med onion, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tb olive oil

1 lb ground beef

1.5 tb chili powder
0.5 tb ground cumin
1-2 bay leaves
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
28oz can of Rotel or tomato sauce

2c cooked beans

  • In a heavy saucepan, saute onions and garlic in oil until soft
  • Add beef, cook until beef is browned throughout, breaking it up with a fork
  • Add spices and Rotel.
  • Bring to a low boil for 30 min, stirring occasionally 
  • Add beans, simmer 15 min

This is adapted from Blue Plate Specials & Blue Ribbon Chefs by Jane and Michael Stern
They got the recipe from Porubsky's Grocery in Topeka, KS.


Glutton Weekend

It all started Friday night. I got home late and it smelled funky in the house.
Oh yeah! The ramps from my cousin had arrived! Woohoo! 
They were quarantined in the patio fridge for the night.

Unwrapping the ramp (wild leek, wild onion) goodness
Chopped and sprinkled over a plain scrambled egg
 Next, dealing with a bag of blood oranges languishing in the veg drawer:
So pretty!
Marmalade. Recipe here.
Severo had Sunday off. Yay!
I had to deploy the roasting chile aroma alarm to wake him up.
Homemade Migas! I made the beans too.
 We were amply fortified to face shopping the Mar Vista Farmers' Market
What makes Severo cheery? A well-placed typo!
Gorgeous onions. Didn't get.
 There were lots of pinatas displayed in the booths.
Photo op!
Strawberries on his mind.

Do we get Gaviotas?
or Albions?
 Which is better?
We preferred the Albions in a bite by bite test.
So juicy and sweet.