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27 July, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 7 Hope is in every flower Who could believe in the prophecies mountain inhabitants - namely the red that the world would end this summer squirrels - scold and chatter themselves while one milkweed with faith matured its hoarse at what they consider to be intrud- seeds? - Henry David Thoreau, 1872- ers on their turf. 1862 Rank opinion - The daily news cycle Natural events - The Old Farmer's Al- continues to alarm, terrify or depress de- manac says that the dog days began on pending on the day or the hour. This is not July 3, and our observations agree with because there is more bad news today than that. Hot muggy days often appear from there was 50 or 100 or 1,000 years ago. It early July through early August and late is because bad news sells and because anx- in the day may bring a cooling wind off ious people.bay things, One might be for- the water drawn by rising hot air over the given for suggesting that bad news is good land, followed by a final flourish of thun- for the economy. Summer provides an an- dershowers rolling from the mountains to tidote to bad news, but only if we are the sea. The dog days also mark the inten- willing to go out and gather it. Seeing the sifying of hurricane season. Summer life beautiful colors and forms of plants, smell- of every kind is at its height with every ing their fragrances mixed with the aroma grass, shrub, weed and tree growing so of saltwater, heating the sounds of birds, fast you can almost hear it. It is also the watching the scurrying, fluttering and height of the tourist season, with thou- buzzing insects - all of these delights are sands of hard-working Mainers steaming not just a distraction from the woes of the lobsters and hot dogs, waiting tables, mak- world, but a real healing balm to the hurt- ing beds and catering to millions of vaca- ing heart. tioning out-of-starers who rightfully think We may not be able to end the famines of Maine as a little bit of heaven on earth, in Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria or Yemen, but It is, after all. we can feed the birds, and call for an end Field and forest report - Out walking to hunger. We may not be able to reunite this week we heard loud sounds of buzz- the last migrant children separated from ing and looked up to see a littleleaf lin- their parents, but we can help a moth or a den, Tilia cordata, in full bloom and wasp out of the house with a jar and a absolutely swarming with pollinators of card, and call out the cruelty. We may not many kinds. In the fields we see tall and be able to help a veteran heal his wounds sweet-smelling valerian in bloom, waft- of body and soul, but we can tend our ing its soporific perfume everywhere and garden and make it flourish, and work for drawing vigorous pollinators from near an end to the horrors of war. Here is a and far. Also blooming now are Queen secret known by those who walk the land Anne's lace, Daucus carota or wild car- and who work the ground and who touch rot, and black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hiro the earth: There is faith in every seed; ta. Critically important again this year is there is hope in every flower; and there is the common milkweed, Asclepias syria- healing in every place. ca, which is essential to the life cycle of Seedpods to carry around with you - the iconic monarch butterfly. We have From Anne Frank, 1929-1945: The best first-hand reports of monarch sightings in remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or Ellsworth, Rockland, Owl's Head, Liber- unhappy is to go outside, somewhere ty, on Monhegan Island and in western where they can be quiet, alone with na- Massachusetts. We have seen the orange- ture, the heavens and God. Because only and-black beauties ourselves in Brooklin then does one feel that all is as it should and Pembroke. It appears that a monarch be. recovery is under way. And from the Book of Leviticus, He- Mountain report - These days Awan- brew Bible: The stranger and the foreigner adjo belongs to the hikers from near and that dwelleth among you shall be as one far picking a few blueberries along the born among you; thou shalt love him as trails as they climb. Check out the parking thyself, for ye were once strangers and lots at the trail heads and see that people sojourners in the land. come from countless places to scale her (All rights reserved, 1992-2018, by Rob rocky slopes. Meanwhile, year 'round McCall, publisher.) IN THE GOOD OLI: SUMMER TIME skillet and taste. Adjust seasoning with by Nettie Thurslon salt and pepper. Add the pfit6 mixture to the prepared Here it is almost at the end of July, loaf pan and level it off. Top with the summer is in full swing, and one of my remaining bay leaves. Fold the bacon favorite summer pastimes is to picnic. I strips over the p t6 and cover with any am not talking barbecue on the back porch remaining bacon slices. Cover the pfit6 mind you, but an honest-to-goodness, tightly with foil and place in a roasting blanket-on-the-ground, ant-crawling, bas- pan in the oven. Pour enough hot tap wa- ket-full-of-goodies picnic. Moreover, in ter into the roasting pan to come up half that picnic basket is an old-fashioned way on the loaf pan. Bake at 325 F for country p t6 complete with all the fixings, one hour and 45 minutes or to an internal Don't be put off by the fancy name; coun- temperature of 160 F. Remove the loaf try is easy to make. As a matter of pan from the oven, place on a rimmed tray fact, you have probably made a distant and let cool in the refrigerator. Place a cousin of the the meatloaf, brick or heavy cans onto the p t6 to corn- Let me explain. In cooking terms, p t6s press it for at least an hour. When cool, fall into the category of "charcuterie," a unmold the p t6, wrap tightly in plastic fancy name for cooked meats. They are wrap and in foil. Refrigerate for several generally centered around pork products days for flavors to develop. finely or coarsely ground, mixed with To serve six on a picnic in the good ole spices and other flavorings, then baked summer time, remove the bay leaves, slice under a pastry crust. This recipe is quite the pfit6 and dress up with the fixings, simple, especially when you eliminate the comichons - sour pickles - capers, mus- pastry crest, tard and sweet onions. This pfit6 freezes COUNTRY P, ,TE well, double the recipe and freeze one for 1. lb. bacon, lean Labor Day. 4 slices white bread, no ernst ******* 1/2 cup cottage cheese, pureed or heavy MUSHROOM P, TI cream if you like If you're into vegan this delicious p t6 1/2 cup port or cognac is for you. 1 1/2 lbs. pork sausage 1 tbls. corn oil 1 lb. chicken or duck livers, drained 1 cup shallots, chopped 1/2 lb. cooked salami, 1/2 inch diced 6 cups mushrooms, finely chopped 1 tsp. dried thyme 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/4 tsp. allspice 1/8 cup dry tarragon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/3 cup vegan Worcestershire sauce 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1/8 cup Dijon mustard 4 bay leaves 1/2 cup dry white wine Salt and pepper to taste 1 this. garlic, chopped Remove the excess salt from the bacon 1/8 tsp. salt by blanching it in boiling water. Dry the 2 dashes of tabasco slices thoroughly. Line the bottom and the 1 1/2 cups roasted almonds sides of a 9x5 loaf pan with the bacon, Saut6 the first five ingredients for five allowing the slices to hang over the edges, minutes or until the mushrooms give up Place two bay leaves in the bottom of the their moisture, then add the next six ingre- pan. Set aside, dients and saut6 until the mixture is dry. Tear the bread into small pieces and In a food processor or coffee grinder, pro- place in a small bowl. Add the cottage cess the almonds to a fine texture and add cheese puree and the port to the bowl. to the cooked dry mixture. Finally, pro- Mix and let the liquid soak into the bread, cess the entire mixture to a medium fine Coarsely grind, or chop very finely, the texture. The measurements of this recipe livers and mix with the sausage meat in a will produce a large amount of p~t6, about large bowl. 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