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Mmmmm

There aren’t many apples or pears this year but lots of plums/prunes, so we are making several big batches of plum marmelade to freeze in for the winter.

Cooked and packaged for the freezer.

Aome plum juice too

We also froze in many plum halves to use in making plum cakes later.

Tofu is great in miso soup. Almost a must. You can also make a tofu pickle. Just put tofu pieces in a jar of miso.

A day or two is good enough. Then wipe or rinse off and eat.

I put in some radish halves too.

But good amazake.

I made 2 basic mistakes. I mixed in some old rice, and I steamed one portion twice as long as I should have. I always steam the rice about 20 minutes but got mixed up and cooked it twice. The old rice got a little soggy, and the double cooked got really soggy. I can probably save the properly cooked rice as koji, but the soggiest portion will have to be relegated to the desert corner. It is very sweet with a tinge of alcohol – amazake, so it can be eaten as candy now or be made into a desert. So bad turns good.

Now I’ll have to take a break and clean the equipment before starting up again.

There were a lot of green tomatoes to pick last fall and save to ripen during the fall/winter. We’ve been eating them until now, and these are the last.

These various kinds of small cocktail tomatoes last the longest. The flavor is not that great, but turned into a cresmy tomato soup, the flavor is excellent.

We make saffron bread for the winter holidays.

More fullkorn flour and less sugar of course.

Ready for dunking.

One of my regular customers at the saturday market in Uppsala told me about a favorite new recipe – miso butter. Mine too now.

He uses it to dollop on boiled fresh asparagus, turning it into a delicacy. It can also be used on other vegetables, basting and even as a sandwich spread.

This whole week has been a time of preparation to get ready for the big Christmas market at Wik Castle. It’s our first time this year, so it will be interesting to find out how good it is compared to our usual Fyris Market. At Wik we will be indoors, so that will be an improvement.

We are making small pumpkin pies.

Apple cakes with saffron,

My latest invention – pumpkin pie spiced with saffron.

Along with a big load of miso, fermented vegetables and pumpkins, we have plenty of stuff to sell.

When you have herb miso.

Just take slice of bread – any bread will do – here it’s rye crisp or hard tack. Spread a little butter or such on it ever so lightly. Then top it with a wee portion of herb miso.

Crunch – you have a mouthful of tasty umame!

Small pumpkin pies for the farm market at Kromsta tomorrow.

Made with hokkori pumpkin!