Have you heard about this? According to an article I read this morning in The Atlantic, linguists are recognizing the word “because” as a preposition, or what they are calling the “because-noun.” I generally try to steer clear of Internet-inspired turns of phrase, because, annoying and overdone. I like the hint of irony behind this one, but now that I’ve used it here, I think I am done. Because, enough already.
As you may already know, I am currently blessed with a large sum of assorted winter squash and pumpkins. Last weekend I roasted a beautiful icy blue variety called ‘Jarradale’ and proceeded to work my way through the bounty of richly-flavoured, colourful flesh. I concocted all manner of treats including: pumpkin pudding (basically pie filling sans crust) and several batches of scones.
Yesterday afternoon 20 gorgeous, and very large pumpkins/winter squash arrived on my doorstep courtesy of my friend Uli. She had gone out of her way to purchase many of them from a local farmer to use as Halloween decor, and a few others were given to her for free. Knowing that they would only rot outside, she offered to pass them onto me so that I could use them for taste-testing, cooking, and preserving.
One doesn’t come into a windfall like this very often so while it is probably a little bit crazy, and may very well drive me nuts, I accepted the challenge enthusiastically. Very enthusiastically, in fact. Realistically, I know that I will not be able to deal with this volume of squash in quick order, so some of these will be going off to friends once I’ve had a chance to take photographs and Davin has had some time to draw them.
Back in late July I told you about a two-for-one squash from Argentina called ‘Pilar’ aka ‘Zapallito Redondo de Tronco’ that can be harvested young as a zucchini, or left to ripen and enjoyed later in the year as a winter squash. Well, three months have passed and I have begun harvesting and eating the fruit that were left to ripen into much larger winter squashes.
More squashes have joined the pile since I took this photo! Can you tell the real squashes from my ceramic collection?
Earlier in the week, Toronto was flooded for the second time this season. We needed the rain, just not that much all at once!
My garden is a mess. Vines that weren’t properly secured are flopped over. Everything is soaked, soggy, and drooped. Even the mulch had shifted so much that it had left a wave pattern. Davin helped last night by raking the mulch back into position and cutting out excess squash leaves to create better airflow. I’m very allergic to prickly cucurbit leaves and can only work among the dense late-summer foliage if I am wearing long sleeves and gloves.
If you’ve read my books or attended my presentations, you’ve probably heard this one by now. This method of storing freshly harvested, edible blossoms over the short term is a miracle worker and has completely altered my ability to keep and use them more effectively.