In the Red!

Chez moi, at Audities’ House of Cards, when I’m not taking photos, or designing greeting cards, I tend to dabble in experiments with fermented foods.

To date, I’ve mastered kombucha quite well, and drink it regularly. I’ve also successfully fermented beets, made beet kvass, and most recently, produced some delicious white cabbage sauerkraut. So now, I am on to a new venture: red cabbage sauerkraut.

For your enjoyment, I’ve documented the process from two days ago.

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Cabbage salt mixture
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Gray sea salt with some pink Himalayan

I added about four healthy teaspoons of coarse gray sea salt to about two and a half pounds of coarsely shredded red cabbage, and blended it together with my hands. The salt made the cabbage glisten with moisture almost immediately.

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Before using the mallet

Then I pushed the mixture into a large (1.75 litres) glass jar. You can see it will not all fit in. To achieve this, I had to use my wooden mallet and force it in.

In about 15 minutes, this was the result. The mass was reduced to about half the space, and the liquid had increased significantly to rise above it.

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After about 15 minutes

I kept pressing and pressing, and working my arms to push down, down, down the sides and then into the middle. It’s always incredible to see the amount of juice that comes out. I found it easier if I sat on a chair, keeping the jar below my waist between my knees. My objective was to release enough liquid to completely cover the cabbage layer by at least half an inch. This can take 45 minutes to an hour. The cabbage must stay immersed in the juices during the fermentation time, so after I finished that, I needed a blocker plus a weight to hold the blocker in place.

Because I am a practical, economical and resourceful woman, I made my own stopper from the lid of a  Coaticook plastic ice cream tub. I cut and trimmed until I got the shape and size of the widest part of the inside of the jar. (No geometry was required to calculate the diameter, circumference or radii. I just winged it with trial and error.)

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The lid trimmed to size.

Then, after I cleaned down the sides of the jar with my fingers, I twisted and forced this plastic lid inside, squeezing it against the walls of the jar and down against the cabbage, forcing the liquid to seep above the barricade.

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See the edge of the plastic lid

The goal is to keep it there long enough for lactic acid fermentation to take place. The oxygen should not reach the cabbage. I solved that with a heavy Hungaria bubbly bottle, filled with water and put inside a zip-lock bag for cleanliness. It should be parked in a not-too-warm place so that it will ferment slowly.

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Ready for fermentation
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Now I set this aside and wait

The white cabbage sauerkraut was fermented to my taste in nine days. We’ll see how long this one takes before I can start to eat it.

Water Treatment on 11th

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I’ve decided to make a few greeting cards using the designs from the walls of my friend’s house. On this one I’ve added a water filter as a sad reminder of the events of May 2017. Unfortunately, I have not been able to conclusively nail down the artist responsible so cannot give him credit for his unique creation.

Join us at Terrasse en Art on November 18th to see this card and others featuring scenes from Terrasse Vaudreuil.

Self-Promotion Time

Voici Audities’ Cards

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Des cartes de haute qualité, uniques et abordables, faites à partir de photos de ma collection personnelle, de photographies d’illustrations antiques et de gravures. Ces charmes en image ont droit à une seconde vie au lieu d’être enfermés dans des livres où personne les voit.
Toutes les cartes en inventaire sont seulement 3 $ ou moins.
La plupart sont sans texte à l’intérieur.
Pour toute commande de 10 cartes, il me fera plaisir de vous inscrire un message personnalisé sur le dessus ou à l’intérieur de la carte et ce, selon vos préférences.

Venez la rencontrer de 10 h à 15 h
au Centre communautaire
78, 7e Avenue, Terrasse-Vaudreuil

Terrasse en Art

Can You Help Me?

I’d like to give credit to the gentleman who decorated so many homes in Terrasse Vaudreuil some thirty-odd or more? years ago — even if he is no longer living. Unfortunately, I am having trouble finding the information I need.

The initials appear to be F.K. and I have heard the name Fred Kliner or Kleiner. Can anyone confirm this for me, please?

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Heartaches and Goodbyes

Watching a home be demolished

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and then be trucked away

was something that stirred my adrenaline —

I don’t see this every day.

I was awed by his skill with the shovel —

that operator worked so well.

But the emotions that grew as I watched him

Made the pain in my stomach swell.

How can this family recover?

How can they turn the page?

How can they feel that justice was done,

Or feel anything other than rage?

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The Sadness of Walking Away

 

 

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

This is the book that is stealing me away from Audities’ Cards these days. In between designing, computing, gardening and yard work; volunteering, family, and daily household tasks, I dive full force into this book. And I’m convinced there are benefits!

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In his book, Beau Lotto encourages us to be a misfits. In other words, he wants us to see the benefits of “celebrating [our] own sense of deviance” because “it’s [our] deviance that defines who [we] are.”

And deviance has to do with our perceptions.

Indeed, if people understood their own perceptions, the world would be a better place. “Perception underpins everything we think, do, believe, know, or love. Once you understand that, there are consequences like compassion, respect, creativity, choice, community.”

Wonderful book. Check it out.

 

 

One Laundry-Day in the Hood

I hang laundry while standing on the bench so I can reach the line. I feel a bit rebellious since someone once told me I should be careful.

I admit that I do have a preference for using the same colour pegs for each item — I even back-track and change the pegged colour if I’ve messed up. I also choose the peg colours to suit the colour of the item I’m hanging. Where does that come from? And why?

It’s very comforting to hang according to some order/some personal rules, whatever they may be.

I choose to put the heavier items first because they take longer to dry. I hang pants from the cuff, not from the waist which is often too thick for the pegs. I like to hang shirts and t-shirts across the middle of the torso so they leave less evidence of being captured by the pegs. I like to avoid ironing.

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I hang towels and tea towels, etc. over the deck railing so there are no creases or peg marks, and to free-up space on the line.

When it’s time to bring them in, I have an obsession with tri-folded towels, tea towels and napkins.

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I LOVE the smell.

I LOVE the colours.

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When I take the pegs off the line, I just drop them into the bucket — sometimes they bounce out.

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This post was inspired by I-know-not-what, but, … I’m back!

I’m Vending My Wares

I’ve just recently begun offering to display and sell Audities’ Cards in seniors’ residences. To date the cards have been well-received by the residents, so I will continue.

This choice has given me yet another excuse to design a sign to promote my craft.

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If you have suggestions and contact information for me, I would be grateful. Thank you.

Nine Months Later

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Actually, there are quite a number of rounded bellies in my yard, leading me to worry. Where will all this snow go? There is only so much that sublimation can take care of, right? How much will be left to melt in the spring? And where will the melt water go?

I’m guessing that if we get a lot of sun and wind, and the weather stays cold, then a lot of this snow will disappear before we get to the melting stage. Hmmm. Does anyone know? Google, here I come.

Thinking For Myself in 2018

As I go about my busy life, I get many reactions:

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  • “What?”
  • “You’re kidding!”
  • “Why?”
  • “That’s just weird.”
  • “I don’t understand.”
  • “You had better be careful!”

And, every summer, when I spend a week with my five sisters and their hubbies, I hear many variations of the same surprised reactions. And the reason is simple: I think for myself, and once I reach my conclusions, I act on my beliefs — no matter how unconventional. Unfortunately for my brothers-in-law, I also share most of these ideas with my more adventurous sisters. 😉 Some of the men call me a witch; they blame me for getting their wives into things they consider “weird.”

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House-of-Cards Party

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This afternoon, after playing three hours of volleyball, I and 10 other players spent a lovely few hours together in the home of our friend, Darlene. She had kindly offered to host the get-together so that Audities’ Cards could exhibit their collection. While nibbling on the generously provided delectables, the girls had a relaxing time chit-chatting and shopping from the hundred or so selections of greeting cards. What a delightful time we had.

Thank you, Darlene, and thank you, friends.

I’ve been thinking that with Kevin Spacey’s series being cancelled, perhaps we could call this kind of get-together a “House of Cards Party.”

Perhaps you too would be interested in hosting such a gathering?