Are y'all getting tired of my vegetables yet?
Suddenly it would seem that the cucumbers have decided to LIVE like Frankenstein's Monster coming to full consciousness with that last bolt of thunder. Or electricity. I've never actually read the book.
One time, when Hank and May were still little and before their younger sisters were born, Mr. Moon took them fishing in a tiny pond in his little Jon boat. I don't remember what they were catching. Bream, most likely. But they had a good stringer full and somehow, they lost the fish. Gone. All gone.
And May, probably hot and tired, wailed at the loss. She cried and she said, "All that work!"
That has become one of our family's phrases. We use it often whenever something goes awry after much effort has been put into it. And I feel like saying it today.
After I picked the garden I was burning-up hot, as my friend Lynn used to say, and I'd gotten ant-bit so one of my feet was on fire and also, the bean leaves and the cucumber leaves and even the tomato leaves all have something in them that I react to and so besides being so sweaty that I'd pulled my dress up, exposing everything to god and anyone who might be watching (probably no one), to wipe the sweat from my face and having a foot on fire, I was itching everywhere too. But after I cooled off a bit I decided that I'd make some Moon Sauce which is a recipe that Glen's mother gave me and which I assume was her mother-in-law's recipe. I've posted this before, I think.
As I tasted though, I soon realized that the stuff had too much salt in it. And what in hell are you going to do about that? I've heard that raw potato in something with too much salt will take some of it out but it's never proven true for me. Also- who wants potato in their Moon Sauce? I could have added a lot more vegetables but the pot wasn't big enough for that and besides- I'd used up all the cabbage and the apples and most of the tomatoes. All of the ones I wanted to use in sauce. So, I just cooked it and then I canned it and I'll put a warning on the lids that no extra salt is needed for whatever you put it on. I got six pints and they look so pretty and the sauce smells so good but what can you do?
I have corrected the recipe by striking through the "2/3 cup of salt" and writing beside it "TOO MUCH!"
I knew it was too much and used far less, proportionately, than I did cutting back on the sugar.
Well, that's cooking.
Hurricane Elsa has been downgraded to a tropical storm which is good although it's still early days. I just read Rob Nucatola's latest post on FB and as always, he is the voice of reason and calm. The meteorologist that the Tallahassee Democrat uses for their articles about hurricanes is known as "The Weather Tiger" and his article in this morning's paper claimed that Elsa could become a category two or even three. He is an alarmist, selling papers.
It's raining and the frogs are calling and in a week, good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, we'll be in North Carolina hugging on the Weatherfords and I won't even have a thought to spare about sauce that is too salty.