Yes! You're in luck, this is another 'catch up post' that takes us from "it was a dark and stormy night" to harvesting the olives (only that post is for tomorrow as this catch up post will probably take up all the space.)
So, since last I posted, we finally found a pumpkin for carving on Halloween.
- In fact we found the Great Pumpkin. Since we found it the day after the last post, we had to wait 10 days to carve it...
- We had a great time with some friends who came for dinner. I made a ham- the kind that takes three days to make!
the recipe - long overdue... sorry Angie!- (buy a "ham"; put it in a pot and cover it with a mixture of water and apple juice overnight in fridge; the next evening, drain and refill pot with water and boil gently for about 2 hours for a 6+ lb ham, let it sit in the hot water on stove overnight; Next day, remove from water (re-weigh!!) and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes per pound. Score fat and put honey-mustard glaze over ham for the last 20 minutes.)
- Went out to dinner with about 14 of our great neighbors to Godero and had a wonderful night. Our neighbor Jan and his lovely wife Lillian were our hosts. As it was a meze (starters) restaurant, we ordered at least one of everything on the menu. It was delightful and delicious.
- Finally Halloween arrived and we carved the pumpkin.
Our favorite little ones, came from Holland for a visit to see their dad and grandparents and stopped by on Sunday morning to carve the great pumpkin into TWO faces!
- Then, cut up pumpkin corpse the next day and LOTS of pureed pumpkin for muffins, pies, etc.
Made a terrific Thai pumpkin soup (well that's what I call it as it sort of became more Thai-like, than anything else.) out of some of it. This was about a third of the pumpkin cooking so I could puree and freeze it in 2 cup bags. (I had blisters on my hands from peeling and chopping that much pumpkin!)
- Discovered a great organic restaurant! Had a terrific meal and listened to Blues music by our friend and his band.
It got a lot more rollicking, after dinner and we stayed til the very end. Both the band and the restaurant called it a night at the same time.
- Had the garden tilled for our winter plantings.
We bought some seeds and a few sets. We'll have fava beans, and broccoli and cauliflower, chard, salad, parsley and onions. (hopefully by December-January). We've sprouted seeds under the grow light downstairs and hopefully will get them in the ground shortly.
- Had TWO huge scary storms back to back
that destroyed a lot of the yucca trees behind the fountain/waterfall. (you can't even see the pond for all the debris!)
The winds also tore an awning in half, and ripped tiles off the roof to leave a fair sized hole right above our bedroom! We had no electricity for just over 12 hours, but many on the island had no electricity for 24 hours.
- A local sailmaker resewed the awning
and my beloved 'fixed the hole, where the rain comes in' ("to keep my mind from wandering..." as the song says!)
It's a good thing he spent so much time up there this past August, sealing the roof! That's mostly why the whole thing didn't get blown off! (as you can see from the inside photo, it's not a very "sturdy" roof!)
- Most recently we went to a friends curry night on Saturday, wherein I made a really good shrimp curry. As it was a combination of two recipes and the ingredients I had on hand, I can only hope I remember it well enough to duplicate someday...
Mostly though what we did this past weekend and yesterday, was harvest the olives and today we had them pressed.
Tomorrow I will try and reconstruct the process and post a bit of what we did. Hopefully, adding a little 'show and tell' with pictures from the picking of the olives to the pressing at the olive press.