We had a lovely visit with our friends Ben and Lil in September. We talked a LOT, cooked a little, went out to dinner twice and brunch once, and talked even more. They usually arrive in August for the State Fair, but this year they were later, heading for points West and then their Winter home in Texas. Last I heard, when a big box arrived for Sweetpea on Tuesday, they were still in New Mexico, enjoying the sights and cuisine.
They are of the Never Arrive Empty-Handed persuasion, and this time, it was a whole satchelful of home-made preserves---all from trees and brambles in their gardens---some of the golden honey from their hives, and even a cake-in-a-jar (large jar in the foreground holds a lemon-poppyseed cake, sealed at the moment the jar came from the oven---a new thing to me).
Above trove includes White Fig Preserves, Blackberry Preserves, Golden Raspberry Preserves, Blueberry Jam, Honey, Cake, and a jar of the Preserved Turkey Figs. We'd had a little canning session last year on their visit, and I must say---pupils have FAR surpassed teacher on this one.
And I could certainly use a photography-and-posting course, as well. These pictures have flipped more times than an Ole Miss Cheerleader, and STILL I cannot get them right.
Honey, Golden Raspberry, Preserved Turkey Figs.
Ben and Lil must have about twelve green thumbs between them, and their energy and talents in the kitchen are amazing. The day last year that we three got into my kitchen and turned out Five loaves of Zucchini-Blueberry-Pecan bread and canned I-don't-know-how-many jars of Fig Preserves, and STILL made it to a late lunch WAY across the state and an afternoon at a Flea Market (edited to add I'd forgotten that we also came home and canned an equal number of Preserved Figs that evening) was one to remember.
We've already sampled several of these delicious goodies, as WELL AS a bag of their Home-Candied Figs which rival any confiture in Paris. These wonderful sweeties will brighten the Winter mornings, and many a Cathead Biscuit will sing their praise.