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As I write this, there is a lovely silver salmon with a medley of herbs, wrapped in foil and baking in the oven. The herbs are all organic and most are grown hydroponically in a local greenhouse. Their fish medley pack contains parsley, lemon balm, mint, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, and lemon basil. I also squeezed a fresh lemon over the fish before wrapping tightly. It will be accompanied with steamed rice and sautéed fresh zucchini slices.
This is likely to be the only silver salmon for the year. My husband and a group of buddies spent many hours of “torture” fishing a couple days ago and they only brought in 5 silvers. There will be enough left-overs for at least another meal. The silver season hasn’t been very good and is practically over now. Oh well, we still have been blessed with a king salmon and 40 some reds. We aren’t lacking for salmon this year.
A friend brought us some moose sausage today, too. That package lasted almost 10 minutes! Oh, was that good. Sure hope to be the beneficiary of a few packages of moose and caribou this year. So far the hunting seems to have been good for those that hunted.
This afternoon I made my spelt-kamut bread and an applesauce cake. Now that it has become cooler during most days, it is easier to do the baking again. For the past couple weeks, the high temperatures have been in the mid-fifties to the low-sixties. Nights are usually in the mid-to-high thirties. We have had one night with a temperature down to 25 degrees. The trees are beginning to change color, the fireweed is gone, the snow is fresh atop the three volcanoes we can see from here, and we are down to 13 hours of daylight! We may well have snow within a month and almost always before Halloween.
Today I worked on our emergency provisions. Although I usually have more than a month’s supply of food in the pantry, I realized I still didn’t have enough water put aside and things were somewhat scattered. So, I have begun again getting emergency supplies to a central locations and making sure of adequate water for an extended time. Our biggest concerns are earthquakes and either windstorms or avalanches taking out the electricity. Volcanic ash usually keeps us housebound for a just few days.
A few years ago the peninsula was accessible only by plane (weather permitting) because there were over 20 avalanches blocking the highway between here and Anchorage. There is ONLY one road (about 150 miles) that goes there and no detours available. Food was flown in to be delivered to the grocery stores.
Well, it’s about time for me to finish preparing dinner. Till next time…