Crabs!

IMAG3141-1Perks of living on the island! Last night the doorbell rang and there was a man with a bag of live crabs. A friend of my cousin had heard that I never say no to seafood and so came by to drop some off instead of chucking them. I was so obviously overjoyed that now he will come by every time he has too many!
When we first moved to the island my cousin rang me at work and left a message saying he left some crayfish in the snow in our garden. Only about 5 kilos or so… It still feels like luxury every time. Maybe this will change if we get a boat one day to do our own fishing but I doubt it.
My son just started middleschool and they can choose navigation on sea as individual subject, I’ve tried my best to talk him into it but his answer is tough -Sure I’ll do it if you buy me a boat.
Maybe I should build one?

Yummy leather!

Blackberry and apple fruit leather

Blackberry and apple fruit leather

Toast, strong Swedish cheese and blackberry marmalade

Toast, strong Swedish cheese and blackberry marmalade

Luvely but itchy rose hip soup

Luvely but itchy rose hip soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 15 hours in the oven my fruit leather is ready and delicious! I decided to use some of the blackberries I picked yesterday with apples from the garden. Peel, chop, boil, mix, add honey and sieve. Spread on a baking sheet and leave on low heat in oven for loooong time. It’s worth the wait! Nice to have made a snack the kids love to. Now I have to try more combinations, oh wait, no it will have to be after the weekend when my always-cooking-husband is back at work.

The remaining blackberries I turned into marmalade. I tried a new recipe and used muscavado sugar, jam sugar and lemon. That’s a keeper.

There was no end to my culinary explorations yesterday. I also made rose hip soup for the first time. Most Swedes have sweet memories from their childhood having warm rose hip soup with little almond biscuits(they look like little nipples) floating in it and maybe some whipped cream. You can also have it cold and drink it.
My first reaction yesterday was Wow! Why haven’t I tried this earlier?! Yummy. My second reaction was Darn! My throat is so itchy!
Brought me back to my childhood again, not so sweet memories of grinding the rose hip seeds and putting them inside a “friends” shirt. A very effective weapon in warfare when your a little kid.

Planet of the apes

download (1) download (3) download (4) download (5) downloadI went out to look for chanterelles, I found some on the island last year but nothing now. Instead I headed for the nature reserve Ersdalen, or Erstan, like they say in Hönö dialect. Or as a friend calls it Planet of the apes, it really is the most beautiful place on earth and parts of it looks completely surreal. The rocks are full of markings from the ice age, different colours, patterns and shapes. That area of Hönö is called Hönö Röd(red) and I’ve always thought it’s because the rocks at the far end of the reserve are a rusty red.
I am forever grateful to my mother who took us out to enjoy nature when we were kids. I used to know the names of every wild flower and berry and could easily pick out the eadible mushrooms from the poisonus. Ersdalen was a favourite excursion and we would spend the whole day there fishing, not falling in the sea and climbing rocks.
It’s great to go out to the far end on a windy day like today and get “blown through”.
On the way back to the house I found the best blackberry picking place ever! So I didn’t come back empty handed. Lesson of the day: Do NOT wear a skirt if you go blackberry picking. I don’t think I need to give any reasons for it.

Somebody needs a haircut

At first I was scared to kill this old pear tree but after extensive Googling and Youtubing I gave it a big cut in spring and now hundreds of watersprouts have shot up. Now I feel confident though, it took some actual doing it and then seeing how the new branches grow, to get to know my tree. Such a big job it wasn’t finished last night, now it looks like someone couldn’t resist the temptation of running the clippers right down the middle(or is it only me getting this feeling everytime I cut my husband with the clippers?). It was great climbing and I sat in the tree watching the sun go down.
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Treasure hunt part 2

Lost gold

Lost gold

Eadible gold

Eadible gold

A perfect morning to go diving for that wedding ring! I know the chances are close to zero. There is still a part of me who believes that one day it will happen. One day I’ll see something glimmer and Voila there it is!
But no, all I found was eadible gold. Hawthorn bushes completely covered in berries. I’ve never made anything with hawthorn but tasted the berries, taste great even if they are pretty sour.  I’ve read that one little berry has as much vitamin c as an orange! Any suggestions on what to do with them are appreciated…

 

Digging for treasures

No more summer-laziness, today I’ve started digging! The plan is to dig 9 holes to fill with cement and add new wooden floor.
Hopefully there’s an end to all the animal remains and who knows maybe another treasure? Year 1911 they actually found two old wooden chests full with coins from 1711-1751. I’ve heard stories all my life about this treasure, what happened to the coins and people who have tried their luck with metal-detectors. All they found were lots of metal junk that my great-grandfather(?) had dug down in the garden. No one has dug under the barn though…088

Count down

IMAG296718 degrees celsius. Now it’s only gonna get colder. Best start of the day!
Nice with an empty beach again. There are about five of us every morning (separately) swimming, last year there was only me left in September but this year the summer has been so warm I reckon I’ll have company for a while longer. We’ll like someone said, I’m married to the sea now, my husband dropped his wedding ring when we went for a swim at our wedding night, so I’ll never be completely on my own.