The vegetables we wintered had mixed results. The super cold snaps and then unbelievably mild snaps throughout the season rotted not just the usual outer leaves of the hakusai and cabbages but through to the core so they are going to the grateful chooks. The spinach survived well but is a bit stunted. Never mind- we are enjoying 'baby leaf salad' at the moment.
The super cold genkan is doing it's job and keeping the pickles well and unfermented. I finished making this year's miso and that is now sharing genkan space with the pickles.
But the sign of Spring in the kitchen that really makes me smile is the branch of plum blossoms my student gave me last week. The heavy snow ripped havoc through her plum orchard and she had gardeners in lopping and pruning. She offered/ ordered (it's tricky to tell sometimes) me to take some branches home and promised me that the tight brown buds would open into beautiful fluffy blossoms. I was incredibly dubious but have learnt it's more conducive to a quick getaway to simply agree so I brought some home.
It makes me smile every time I walk in the kitchen.
Which is lucky as it keeps falling over, hitting the floor and spilling water everywhere.
Kind of a double dose of Spring I guess: my spring blossoms are facilitating a Spring cleaning of the floor.
One vase full of water size patch at a time.