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Sweet Sour Pickled Garlic

By on the 15th day, Terran month 10 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Amma,          I really miss you.  I wish you were here to talk to.  I honestly knew this was a multi-generational family, and they are very kind to me, but … sometimes … I feel like a child in my own home.  Somehow I thought I would at least be the mistress of something, but that is not the case.  Ah’rane is the matriarch, but she is a Frictional Analysis Engineer and works often on other things.  Ah’din, is the one under whose ministrations this home runs like silk through a loom.  She is a doctor, an herbalist, and she has said there are some things I will need to know for the good health of myself, my husband and my family.  I guess when she said it I felt a little insulted, like I wouldn’t know how to do that, but she is so kind and so gentle, I found myself being drawn in to what she was saying.  The sunny windowsills in our house are lined with jars and bottles of herbs...

Sweet Sour Pickled Garlic

By on the 15th day, Terran month 10 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Amma,          I really miss you.  I wish you were here to talk to.  I honestly knew this was a multi-generational family, and they are very kind to me, but … sometimes … I feel like a child in my own home.  Somehow I thought I would at least be the mistress of something, but that is not the case.  Ah’rane is the matriarch, but she is a Frictional Analysis Engineer and works often on other things.  Ah’din, is the one under whose ministrations this home runs like silk through a loom.  She is a doctor, an herbalist, and she has said there are some things I will need to know for the good health of myself, my husband and my family.  I guess when she said it I felt a little insulted, like I wouldn’t know how to do that, but she is so kind and so gentle, I found myself being drawn in to what she was saying.  The sunny windowsills in our house are lined with jars and bottles of herbs...

Stuffed Sweet Peppers

By on the 7th day, Terran month 10 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Amma, I hope all is well with you and Appa. I was concerned when I heard about the big storms you were having on the peninsula, and I wanted to let you know that we had a big one here, as well. The ones here involve a lot of lightning strikes. If they are bad enough the trains stop running, and that’s what happened a few days ago. Nothing was allowed in the air out of Falconstones, and for the first time, I slept alone in my bridal bed – Ardenai was trapped at school with his students. He was away two nights before the storm let up enough for everybody to go home. He says they have fun. They do school work, of course, but in the evening they sing and tell stories and put on plays and at bedtime he makes a big, soft nest on the floor and they all put on their night clothes and pile into it. They cook, too, and he says this is one of his favorite things to make with his students...

Summer Sweet Cake

By on the 30th day, Terran month 9 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dearest Amma, I am learning so much about how things are accomplished around here! Rarely alone, for one thing. As different parts of the harvest come rolling in, everybody gets involved. You probably noticed when you and Appa came to visit that this huge old house is the centerpiece of the keep, but hardly the only thing here. There are several smaller homes that belong to the people who help keep the place running smoothly. It is such a huge keep, miles in every direction, and yet there are four of these Equi Sunbursts right together along the river, where the four enormous keeps come together. That is called the “Keep Nave.” It was designed thousands of years ago so that there were neighbors and extended family in these isolated areas. The kitchens are as huge as the houses themselves, and a dozen people can easily work together. As foodstuffs are being prepared and preserved for...

Harvester’s Breakfast

By on the 24th day, Terran month 9 in From the Kitchen at Canyon keep | 0 comments

Dear Eomeoni, I know, because Appa was part Equi and so were you, that we kind of followed the “six meals a day” rule in our house.  Here at Canyon keep, we follow it.  Period.  Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, all about two and a half or three hours apart.  In this house first breakfast is usually quick, as people run out to do morning chores or head off to school. Second breakfast is more leisurely.  Ardi has second breakfast with his students each day.  This is something he enjoys for first breakfast, along with one or two of his sister’s famous flatwraps.  I like it, too.  It takes a while to make up, but it lasts a long time once you have it.  I think it is what you would call grain-ola.  Here it is simply Harvester’s Breakfast. Give Appa a big hug for me and have him give you one from me!  I love you both. Ah’ree   HARVESTER’S BREAKFAST 5 cups of rolled perennial alcibus...

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