Ninety-nine Jars High on the Wall

Posted by Francesca

Martha has a very interesting collection of antique glass jars up high on a shelf in the kitchen.  They are filled with all sorts of things that are interesting to look at, to cook with, and to smell.  The other day, Laura and Sanu, the housekeepers, were dusting those jars and the shelf.  Of course, Sharkey and I were very curious since we don't get to see much at that height.

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Sharkey!  Come down off that step ladder!  Let Laura and Sanu do the heavy lifting.

1 Sharkey! Come down off that step ladder! Let Laura and Sanu do the heavy lifting.

You're so right, Franny.  I can barely reach this high shelf.  I am, however, very curious as to all of these jar's contents.

2 You're so right, Franny. I can barely reach this high shelf. I am, however, very curious as to all of these jar's contents.

Yes, much safer down here.  Ahh!  I just love the aroma of nutmeg.  We should grate some right now.

3 Yes, much safer down here. Ahh! I just love the aroma of nutmeg. We should grate some right now.

These nutmegs are special because they still have their web-like coating of mace, a very different spice from the same tree!

4 These nutmegs are special because they still have their web-like coating of mace, a very different spice from the same tree!

Franny, these are bay leaves - they add a wonderful flavor to soups, stews, sauces, and marinades.

5 Franny, these are bay leaves - they add a wonderful flavor to soups, stews, sauces, and marinades.

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the bay tree was sacred, and they used its leaves to make crowns honoring victorious warriors and athletes.  Great poets were also crowned with bay leaves, and were hailed as poets laureate, a term still used today.  Write a poem, Franny, and I'll make you a crown!

6 The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the bay tree was sacred, and they used its leaves to make crowns honoring victorious warriors and athletes. Great poets were also crowned with bay leaves, and were hailed as poets laureate, a term still used today. Write a poem, Franny, and I'll make you a crown!

Sniff, sniff - I recognize the smell of these beans!

7 Sniff, sniff - I recognize the smell of these beans!

This is the jar of beans that Martha uses to weigh down pie shells that need to be blind baked.  They kind of smell baked, if you know what I mean.

8 This is the jar of beans that Martha uses to weigh down pie shells that need to be blind baked. They kind of smell baked, if you know what I mean.

Sharkey, as I stand here pondering this bundle of soba noodles, I have to say that I am totally impressed with your culinary knowledge.  I guess it comes from a lifetime of hanging around in Martha's kitchen!

9 Sharkey, as I stand here pondering this bundle of soba noodles, I have to say that I am totally impressed with your culinary knowledge. I guess it comes from a lifetime of hanging around in Martha's kitchen!

Comments (12)

  • Good Morning F & S
    And a good morning it is, just had a wonderful breakfast with some of the beef scraps left over from the prime rib dinner mom made last night so yummy :)

    I hope you were both careful climbing up that high, I'd leave that to the housekeepers. So your mom uses beans to blind bake a pie crust my mom has these white hard balls. Once one fell on the floor and of course I got it first and almost cracked my teeth on the darn thing, very hard. I won't do that again. She had those out yesterday when she made my dad a quiche.

    Sunday it rained all day so we spent it in the kitchen, we made all kinds of things. The best was my favorite dog treats. I'm a little upset she only made one batch and dad got two batches of Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Mom uses the recipe from Martha's baking cookbook and dad just loves those. I guess she loves dad more than me :(

    Well my tummy is full and I think I need a nap.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    The weekend is finally over; thunderstorms Saturday night, or was it Sunday morning? I guess I’ll have to get ready for a walk this morning. Didn’t get to go yesterday because of the rain. I just love to smell new things too. I guess that’s why I like to walk so well; always new things to smell. It’s going to be a little cooler for a few days then back up into the upper 80’s for us. Daddy has been busy these past few days. He has so many projects he doesn’t know just where to start. I guess he will be getting some light bulbs today to replace the burnt out ones in his shop. I see shoes going on: time for a walk.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Looks like you girls are adding a bit more to your culinary knowledge. I'm glad you were watched while doing that climbing. I worry about the two of you. I love it when Mom bakes and all those good smells are in the air. Or when she cans--that dill and garlic are sure nice. Have a great Monday.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • oh my, you two pups just crack me up! your faces...like do I have to pose again!?
    I love the nutmeg and all the scrumptious herbs and spices....oh yes, and the lovely jars!

  • Hi Francesca and Sharkey: Gosh, you two sure know a lot about spices and beans. My momma doesn't tell me anything about cooking with those things cause I don't understand why she uses the stuff. Last night we had ham and sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes only she won't give me any that has butter on it. She said it wasn't good for me. Then why do mom and dad eat it??? Oh well........

    It was a quiet weekend and I got plenty of naps. I was just plain lazy. It felt good!

    Zoe - You know that your mom loves you very, very much. Your family would'nt be the same without you. We, as pups, complete a family. I know that I do.

    Well, it is foggy and drab here on the NC coast, so I'm ready for a snack and a long nap. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi Sweeties,
    And where was G.K. when all of this exploring was going on? Does he get a little too nose-y and paw-y? I am glad you gals get curious though because then we get to see what's in the jars too. Doesn't Martha have a teapot collection high up on one of those kitchen shelves that you are yearning to view up close? I was just curious.

  • Where is Paw Paw? Haven't seen or heard about him for a very long time. I lost my Chow Chow years ago. He was medium sized, brown with broad adorabale face His name was Ted E. Bear. I lost him to cancer. I heard Martha say she just got a new Chow puppy. Please tell me about Paw Paw, and if possible, post a picture of him and the new puppy. I just lost my beautiful Cocker Spaniel in February. I am going to try to post her and my Border Collie, Leroy, in the buddy picture section.

  • Hi Girl Friends, What a fun blog! I have to agree with Frannie that Sharkey has learned a lot just by living at Martha's home and so have you Frannie! You both know everything that goes on there at that fantastic farm and I really thank you for sharing with us. I have learned so very much just by reading your blog! What do we get to learn next?! I can hardly wait to find out. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Darlene
    Paw Paw died a while ago. G.K. is the newest arrival and he makes guest appearances at the Daily Wag from time to time. If you check out Martha's Pets I'm sure you'll see some pictures of him. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Cocker Spaniel. The Daily Wag is a fun blog where F & S share their experiences and we share our dog & cat stories as well. We have a group of regulars which I feel are like good friends.

    Ann & Zoe

  • I rescued a chow chow some years ago and she was such a fantastic dog- alex was my groomer for her, the late, "Ginger"- Marthas puppy is such a stunning example of the breed and she could not be in better hands with alex and stonybrook kennels fluffing and primping her- all around the best- gary

  • Darlene
    Paw Paw died a while ago. G.K. is the newest arrival and he makes guest appearances at the Daily Wag from time to time. If you check out Martha's Pets I'm sure you'll see some pictures of him. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Cocker Spaniel. The Daily Wag is a fun blog where F & S share their experiences and we share our dog & cat stories as well. We have a group of regulars which I feel are like good friends.

    Ann & Zoe

  • Hi there this BJ I belong to Francis Garcia and I too am very ceareas, whith every thing aruond the house.I BJ would like to let you Guy ;s know that you are my fevert type of franich's. bye bye.
    with XOXO....

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