April 26th, 2010
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.
1 Sharkey! Come down off that step ladder! Let Laura and Sanu do the heavy lifting.
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.
3 Yes, much safer down here. Ahh! I just love the aroma of nutmeg. We should grate some right now.
4 These nutmegs are special because they still have their web-like coating of mace, a very different spice from the same tree!
5 Franny, these are bay leaves - they add a wonderful flavor to soups, stews, sauces, and marinades.
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!
7 Sniff, sniff - I recognize the smell of these beans!
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.
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!
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