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Roger reds.

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This afternoon was all about these beautiful bittersweet red Roger grapes for me. For Matt is was hard hats and circular saws. I had this vision as I followed Melinda in her orange linen dress and perfect grey bun to the kitchen and Matt headed off with Karl to lay conduit and cut some plywood. I thought of the children of pioneers, following the older generation to learn the trade. Of course I also thought - WTF does Matt get to use the saw and I have to go off and make grape juice - but considering these are simple homesteading folk, we went along with our respective roles for the afternoon. What happened? By the end of that time Matt was wearing protective earmuffs and my elbows were sticky from smashing grapes with my bear hands. 

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This is our new pet. A sourdough monster.

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We shared our stumps and water buckets around the fire with our hosts this evening for dinner. These purple-y black beans were part of a meal that included spiced black beans and rice, baked sweet potato, cornbread and cucumber and tomato salad. We had slow courses and lots of talk about homesteading, whether or not our friends think we're nuts and how to roast a chicken in an horno. Good times. Wish you were here.

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We made an awesome sweet tomato chutney out of these yellow kumatos today - with fennel, cumin, mustard seeds, hot pepper, raisins and some sugar. Cooked down for a couple hours and canned, it was a powerhouse of savory and sweet.

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Double burner!

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This may look like a nuclear glob but it was totally amazing sweet potato cooked in the fire w/ ghee and sea salt added once it came out. We were too hungry to stop and take a photo.

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Squash and cornbread patties w/ tomato salsa, egg and a squirt of srirachi (hot chili sauce).

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Cooking fire tripod: check

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Second day of canning - heirloom tomato salsa with garlic, roasted pepper, toasted cumin and mint.