Yesterday was Michaelmas. Raveloe's Fifth Wheel spinning group had an informal celebration which meant to fortify us for the short, dark days which winter will bring. We also has a lovely blackberry cobbler. The blackberries are part of Michaelmas lore. Michael the Archangel wrestled with the Devil. In the course of the scuffle, Lucifer landed in a briar patch. Enraged, the story goes, he spit on the blackberries, rendering them inedible after Michaelmas. Some sources infer that he might hav done something even worse to the fruit, but we choose not to entertain that thought. Anyhoo, the cobbler was made with the Fanny Farmer recipe and It must have been good because it was eaten up by the group. Here is a picture of it partway through the evening:
Tonight I had a wonderful night learning a new-to-me knitting technique. It is a mitered square which will be turned into a lovely vest. I am also using Noro yarn which is beloved by countless knitters. Again, it is a first-time experience for me. Muriel, the workshop instructor is kind and patient, just what a teacher should be. Here is my progress so far:
After the workshop, regular knitting night began. Kind Phyllis brought a loaf of homemade bread. If that wasn't nice enough, the bread recipe had aramanth in the list of ingredients. At first I thought she said absinthe which would have brought the whole notion of the green fairy into play. I was mistaken, of course. Amaranth is a seed from the pigweed family (imagine that!) which is very high in protein and low in gluten. The loaf had a fine crumb and was pleasantly moist. I will certainly be experimenting with it in my future bread baking.
During the course of the evening a bottle of lambic was opened. Lambic is a
Belgian fruit-flavored beer. This particular bottle was apple. Erica, a member of
What a nice world it is that one can have four new experiences in one evening!