I have never been so done with SNOW
as I am right now. Enough already. Is it because I don’t come from Snow People? My ancestors – immediate and the not all that far back – didn’t come from snowy places. Is that is the root of my discontent?
Ireland, for instance is the Emerald Isle, NOT the Snow-up-to-your-eyeballs Isle
Ireland – pretty green – average snowfall? Most years, next to none. When it does snow, the whole country pretty much shuts down.
Gaeta, Italy average snowfall? NONE. Maybe every hundred years or so…but pretty much never ‘neve‘. (Neve is snow – I had to look it up because, really, who from Gaeta talks like that?)
Gaeta average snowfall? Not worth mentioning
Shoveling snow has taken up a considerable amount of my winter time. Being worn out from shoveling takes even MORE time. Sigh.
And the month has had other kinds of busy:
- February 7, 1867 was the day Laura Ingalls Wilder was born and Sarah Uthoff had a birthday party on her radio show Trundlebed Tales. So one night I stayed up late to chat on talk radio about birthday and other cakes from the Little Houses all over the places that the Ingalls lived, with an extra special shout out to Barbara Walker who wrote the Little House Cookbook that is such pure delight.
- The link to the radio show – it ran a little long… Trundlebed Tales Laura Ingalls Wilder On-Air Birthday Party
- That reminded me of the snow candy that the Ingalls girls made in Little House in the Big Woods
“One morning she boiled molasses and sugar together until they made a thick syrup, and Pa brought in two pans of clean, white snow from outdoors. Laura and Mary each had a pan, and Pa and Ma showed them how to pour the dark syrup in little streams on to the snow. They made circles, and curlicues, and squiggledy things, and these hardened at once and were candy.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods
- Then I got a call asking about oysters, colonists and aphrodisiacs – my work as a foodways culinarian is never dull….
The link to that interview is here: NPR The Salt For the Love of Oysters how a kiss from the seas evokes passions
Jan Steen The Oyster Eater
Shovel snow. Shovel snow. Shovel snow. I’d like a week without the word Blizzard in the weather forecast….
Then there’s prepping for February Vacation at Plimoth Plantation Workshops
Tuesday, February 18
10 a.m. Take and Bake – earn your baker badge
Make an apple pie to take home and bake. When the English arrived in New England, there were no apple trees here. They created orchards here as soon as possible – they really missed apples! You will learn all sorts of modern-day kitchen skills while you follow a 17th-century English recipe to make your pie!
11:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Museum Tour
1 p.m. Cook over a Hearth Fire – earn your chef badge
Prepare a few familiar foods over an indoor hearth in the modern Visitor Center. In the 17th century, pancakes weren’t made from a box! Learn about interesting English recipes for pancakes and fritters, and how to prepare some deliciously different versions of foods we still eat today.
Still some openings for Tuesday – and there’s a full week of other workshops, too. Check out the Plimoth Plantation Calendar of Events
Each workshop is $5 ($4 for museum members). Bundles of programs can be purchased. Call 508) 503-2653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow is another Meatless Monday, hot soup edition.