Green and Thrifty
It is the season when everyone's vegies ripen all at once, and when anyone offers I say "Yes, please!" so I have been the lucky recipient of many vegies. There was also a free box of apples outside a house along my dog walk, so I collected a bag of them as well and made them into apple cakes.
Most of the veg above I turned into minestrone, and I popped the cucumbers into a jar of pickle juice I had been saving. My own cucumber harvest was pitiful, but I knew someone would be off-loading some cukes eventually. Have you ever re-used pickle juice? When you finish the jar of pickles from the supermarket you cut up a fresh cucumber, warm up the pickle juice in a small saucepan, pop the sliced cuke in and bring to a simmer for five to ten minutes (very approximate, it doesn't really matter). Then cool it all down, pour it back into the pickle jar and pop it back in the fridge for the next week's sandwiches. I don't know if there's a limit to the number of times you can do this. I do it two or three times and then tip out the old pickle juice. Does anyone know if there's any health and safety reason for not re-using the pickle juice until it runs out?
Here is my minestrone with donated silverbeet, tomatoes, zucchini, potato and a left over turnip that I found in the bottom of the fridge. There is half a packet of maccaroni that has been sitting in my pasta bin for months, and a tin of white beans for protein. It was very yum.
The tomatoes in the top photo are from a friend who very naughtily smuggled the seeds into the country from France about fifteen years ago. He had saved the seeds from tomatoes he ate there, and he was there for his sister Ruby's wedding, so they call these tomatoes "Ruby's Wedding Tomatoes". They were very delicious, so I also saved the seeds. Tomato seed saving involves a bit of faffing about. First I pulled out the pulp with the seeds in, and soaked it for a few days in a jar, then I tipped the whole mess into a sieve and rubbed the pulp through until just the seeds were left. Then I rinsed the seeds and spread them on some paper towel for a couple of days until they were dry. They are now stuck to the paper towel, which is excellent as now I can write on the paper towel what seeds they are, and the year, then fold the whole thing up in an envelope and store until spring.
I have two pairs of jeans but could only wear one as I had worn through the thighs of my other, favourite pair. This week over two evenings I listened to an audio book and did visible mending. Now I have two pairs of jeans again. Happy days!
In other news, Paul has covid. He brought it back from his work trip to Victoria, but is not particularly ill, thank goodness. Last April 13 Paul was in surgery having his tumour removed, and this April 13 he was in quarantine. We are hoping that next April 13 we might be doing something fun, like having a picnic.. he gets out of quarantine on Wednesday.
Tell me what green and thrifty projects you have been up to. I love to read all your stories:)