Blessed with a bag of purslane from Dave and Abby of This Old Blog, and inspired by the Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich, I decided to pickle a pint. In about two weeks, I'll pop that jar and see what we have.
I didn't really stray from the recipe, except I had to use sharper regular distilled vinegar, rather than the wine vinegar for which it calls... thus, I'll let it mellow a bit longer. It also reminded me that I need to start infusing some vinegars for the winter. Last year, I did a blackberry vinegar that is just getting better with age, and this year I'd like to do some herb-infused numbers for Christmas gifts and for trying with marinades and pickles.
When trying to get a picture of the jar, I kept having trouble with my camera's focus. So, I decided to take a couple of other pictures with the 'super macro' setting, which usually gives me good pictures. They turned out fine, so I'll have to re-fiddle to get a good shot of the jar.
In the meantime, here are the couple of pictures I took. The first one is a shot of my attempt at a wedding present to a good friend of mine. I'm designing pretty salmon flies, because the newly-wedded couple are fly fisherfolk. This is a snipe-and-teal:
The next picture also caused me to do a quick google search, and I'm glad I did. This, here, is a picture of a sash woven by a friend of mine, Annie MacHale:
An Annie MacHale original that I use on my picking basketWhen I decided to post the picture, I thought I'd quickly google her name to see if she was up to anything online. Sure enough, she has a great blog of her own, ASpinnerWeaver. Annie spins and weaves, and often makes great period pieces for mountain men, as well as other beautiful works. If you are interested in weaving, or in art at all, I highly recommend stopping by her site.