Last week we picked several bushels of Valencia oranges and gave many away to neighbors, friends, and coworkers. They have few, if any, seeds and they are delicious. The problem is it was a bumper crop. I did manage to juice a couple of bushels with my heavy-duty Breville juicer. I put the juice in quart-size freezer bags, leaving enough expansion space at the top of the bag. Then I set the bags upright in a plastic container. Once frozen, I removed the bags from the container.
I've also had quite a lot of those long, flat green beans. They are stringless and very meaty. They can make a very quick meal on a warm summer evening. Just toss a couple of pounds of beans, cut in bite-size pieces in a pressure cooker. Add a can of chopped tomatoes, 3/4 cup of water, a little sweet onion, if you like, and some chopped ham. Season with salt and pepper. Add your favorite herbs. Basil is a good choice. Cook in the pressure cooker until it starts to jiggle and hiss. Immediately set the cooker in the sink and run cold water over it to release the pressure. It takes just a few minutes to pull this meal together.
- If you don't produce, you die.
- If you take someone else's space, you may get cut off at the knees.
- If you get sick, I'll give you a helping hand, but remember--only the strong survive.
- If you are attacked by rascally varmints, I'll kill them.
- If you're pretty, you might be granted special attention.
The same kind of philosophy bleeds over into novel writing. Editing requires a hard eye and a sensitive ear. The story line must be lush but strong. What started out as nothing more than a seed or two, must become a full blown jungle--oh, and feed the masses.