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Turkey Tracks: Gundru

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Turkey Tracks:  October 13, 2011


Gundru, also known as kyurtse, is a traditional fermenting method from Tibet for greens.  The result is a strong, sharp, clean-tasting pickle that can be used on kale, radish greens, mustard green, collards, or any type of hardy green in the Brassica family–not on lettuce.  I first used it for kale, and I really love it.  Like sauerkraut, Gundru will be something I’ll be keeping in my kitchen most of the time and especially during the fall/winter/early spring seasons.

Here’s Gundru in a jar that I’ve fermented, opened, and eaten some of the contents.  After this step, I put the jar into the refrigerator as I don’t have enough liquid covering the kale.

Here’s a picture of Gundru cut up and ready to be put on a plate as a condiment:

Gundru is dead easy to make.

It takes A LOT of greens to stuff a quart Mason jar–Katz says the greens from about 8 plants, and I think that’s true.

Maybe let the greens wilt in the sun a little.  Wash them off.  For kale or collards, I’m going to try stemming them next time–my first attempt was with kale, and I do think the stem is very fibrous…   But, it also has a lot of juice.

Pound the wilted greens on a cutting board with a rolling pin or a mallet to crush them and release the juices.  (Something heavy to crush, but not, I would think, anything metal like a hammar.)  Stuff them into the quart jar–using pressure to force more and more greens into the jar.  Make sure you have liquid covering the leaves.  Put on the lid, put the jar in a plate, and let it ferment for 2-3 weeks.  You can leave it longer if you like.  The jar may overflow in the first fermenting action–thus the plate.  Next time I’m pouring my overflow back into the jar.

You can also dry Gundru after it’s ready.  I think I’d use my dehydrator.  But, you can dry the leaves outside too.  They must be really dry or they’ll mold.  Crumble them into soups/stews.

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October 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Turkey Tracks: Sweet Pea Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  October 13, 2011

Sweet Pea Quilt

I’ve just finished one of the happiest quilts I’ve ever done.  I adore this quilt.

I find I’m increasingly drawn to bright contemporary fabrics these days.  They are so full of life and energy.

This quilt was a kit from Mainely Sewing in Nobleboro, Maine.  The kit was called “Layer Cake,” I think, and it’s made from Kaffe Fasset prints.   Marge has a strong internet business, so you can get this quilt or any of her other quilts online:  www.mainelysewing.com .  You buy the different “layers” until you make the size quilt you want.  One package makes a small quilt, and so on.

The pattern starts with 10″ squares.  One cuts off two long strips and two short ones–what remains is the inner square.  Then, you just start mixing and matching strips to inner squares.  I think this method would be a really fun way to diminish a large stash and I’ll try that soon.  Probably the way to control mixed fabrics from a stash would be to choose one color–or only a few colors.

Here’s the back–I got this fabric on sale at Quilt Divas in Rockland, Maine.  The fabric is a rich lime color, and it’s perfect for this quilt.  The “stem” of the leaves is a strong pink:

Here’s a close-up of the front.  I quilted it with lime green thread–on the long-arm–with a pantograph called “Sweet Pea Scramble”–  Iahttp://www.lovetoquilt.com/quilting-pantographs-and-roll-patterns/golden-threads/roll-patterns-8-inch.htm.  I’m really loving learning to use the long-arm, and I really like using a pantograph for a quilt like this one where there are no borders and one doesn’t want the quilting to get in the way of the fabrics.  I’m getting much better with the tension on the long-arm–it’s just so different from a domestic machine.

Here you can see how a lively, colorful quilt like this one can perk up a bedroom, even when just folded across the end of a bed:

Here’s one more view of some of the fabrics in the quilt:

Turkey Tracks: Kaffe Fasset Designer Sock Yarns

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Turkey Tracks:  October 13, 2011

Kaffe Fasset Designer Sock Yarns

I’ve been knitting like a mad woman all fall.

All summer I’m so busy outside that I have little time for indoor fiber arts.  So, my fingers start to itch to get back into sewing and knitting.

I’ve finished these two sock pairs–I posted one of them earlier.  But here are two of Kaffe Fasset Designer Socks in different colorways.  The pic is overexposed a bit–these colors are much darker, richer.  But you can see how the yarn makes little patterns of its own within the sock :

I love the way the heels work out on these socks:

Oh lord!  See the white dog hairs!

I will keep one pair and am gifting with the other.

I have a new pair started–navy and white that I need for myself.

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October 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm