In one of the back gardens under a tree are a gooseberry bush and a red current bush. While I had bought the plants I did not plant them nor did I choose their location in the yard.
Gooseberries, hidden under the leaves are these beauties.
Several years ago I unexpectedly ended up in the hospital undergoing surgery, after a two week stay, I went to my parent’s house for two months to recovery. That summer my garden did its own thing weeds, bugs and mayhem were rampant and unchecked.
While I was in the hospital my brother, who was not a gardener by any means, planted all the bedding plants and shrubs that I had bought for the gardens the day before. While Peter’s heart was in the right place his design sense and plant knowledge was lacking. He squished several flats of bedding plants and a flowering shrub and two fruit bushes into one small garden bed. The plants thrived and the flowers all bloomed beautifully. So, once I was able to work in my garden again I left everything where he had placed them.
I had always intended to move the fruit bushes yet never remembered until it was too late in the season. This year was no exception when I thought of moving the bushes I realized the fruit had already set and the berries would likely die if I moved the plants.
Currants and gooseberries are related in the genus Ribes.
While sorting out items to donate to charity I found this cookbook in a storage bin buried under a pile of fabric.
If you frequent second hand bookstores or yard sales in the province you will likely stumble across a copy. This edition was published in 1953; if the book were to be published today several drawings and recipe names would have to be edited out, as they are NOT politically correct.
Each recipe is hand written while this is part of the charm of the cookbook it also makes some recipes hard to read as the writing is illegable, as well some of the instructions are vague or out of date. Yet the cookbook has some merit despite its flaws.
There is a section called men's dishes which contains gems like this one for Finnan Haddie...
Each recipe is illustrated with quaint line drawing and interspersed throughout the book are drawings by a local artist or two, this one of the Bluenose.
I picked two cups of gooseberries and four cups of red currents from my bushes this year. I put them in the freezer until my kitchen renovation is complete. Meanwhile it is fun to look for recipes using these two berries.
Finding buried treasures on the East Coast.