July 25: herbs and granola
July 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
Today was rough. O. seems to be going through a growth spurt, so napping in her bed or chair was out of the question. Instead, I put her in the baby carrier, and we spent a sizable part of the day in the kitchen. I dealt with herbs and food.
First, I pulled the dried lavender of the stems, for the sachets I will make for Xmas/New Year/Solstice gifts.
Then I prepared the fresh lavender for drying.
There was some oregano to take care of too. In the coming days, I still need to deal with marjoram, lemon balm, and mint. I still haven’t figured out how I will use all these herbs for the gifst, but I have some ideas. Stay tuned.
When this was over, since O. was still in some distress, I kept going in the kitchen. I decided to make my first batch of granola ever. I used the recipe from The homemade pantry: 101 foods you can stop buying and start making by Alana Chernila, a fabulous book recommended by my friend Laura, which I intend to use a lot in the coming year. The results were quite satisfying:
The maple syrup smelled fabulous while baking, and the taste was excellent.
Now the question is, Can making granola and drying herbs be consider a creative endeavor? I say yes, but it does beg the next question: What is creativity anyway? Not sure, but I know that the kitchen wore me out today, and that I am looking forward to another short and simple activity tomorrow, if the napping schedule permits it.
Instead of a closing remark, here is the creative project the men in my family are working on: