Summer is here and many wonderful things are about to happen

Spring and summer is a time for planting and harvesting, and every time the crops are harvested, it’s time to battle the sun.

The heat of summer is unbearable, I remember when I was a child I used to go to the field with my grandmother to help, and when I brought water to the field to drink, I would put three or four soaked plums into the bottle.

Plums are picked when they are ripe, then add water, salt, and some “cold vegetables” to cook it. The taste is particularly sour and salty. The advantage of drinking this water is not so easily thirsty when working, to prevent heatstroke, to replenish the body of salt. It is said to have another effect is to cure abdominal pain, stomach pain when eating a plum will not hurt.

In summer, there are endless farm work, after cutting rape, not long after that is pulling peanuts, digging sweet potatoes. Among them, pulling peanuts is the most boring, because after pulling the peanuts will be put on the stretcher one by one to knock down the peanuts, or pick them off one by one by hand, in short, uninteresting. But the peanuts are also the most delicious, remember most clearly or brined peanuts, a unique flavor, sweet juice fat thick.

Will just pick the peanuts washed, dried, sun-dried until you can shake the peanut rice is complete, and then you can do marinated peanuts. Pot into the peanuts, add salt, soy sauce, dried chili, cinnamon, star anise and some other spices, add water over the peanuts. After cooking, salvage up and drip dry, and then dried in the sun. Can be stored for a long time, but also my daily snack to school.

The process of digging sweet potatoes is the most fun, the feeling of ignorance is particularly curious, you do not know what kind of sweet potatoes are buried under the sweet potato vine. Is it big or small? Are there more or less? I was so surprised to dig, there were red sweet potatoes and white sweet potatoes, and I was sweating profusely but I didn’t feel tired.

The potatoes with broken skins are picked out, washed, peeled, and then cut into cubes for roasting. Or cook porridge, or just steam, all sweet and delicious. The most delicious is also baked sweet potatoes.

At that time, the use of clay stoves, frying, cooking rice are done in one pot. So when cooking rice, rice is almost cooked when always like to throw two sweet potatoes to the stove, and so the rice is cooked sweet potatoes are almost cooked.

After eating the rice pulled out just cooked, very powder, very sweet. There is another great advantage of the earthen stove is that you can make potpourri, rice is slowly served up when the bottom of the pot will leave a large thin potpourri, which is not crisp and needs to be baked. Cover the pot, and then go to the stove mouth to pound the fire twice, using the residual heat of the stove to let the rice dissipate the excess water and thus become crispy, eat crispy but not burnt, crunchy. With the chili sauce delicious level to, the food on earth ah. The most mundane things that used to happen are now extraordinary!

The most thirst-quenching thing you can do when you get home from farming in the summer is to make a bowl of glucose water, take two or three spoons of glucose powder and put it in a bowl and then go shake a bowl of water by the well in your own yard, stir, and wait for the glucose powder to melt completely. Drink a bowl of glucose water from the throat all the way to the heart cold.

The well was dug by hand by the family, and the water was cold and sweet in the heat of summer. I remember back then, every time my grandmother bought back watermelon, she would go to the well and hit a bucket of well water, then put the watermelon in the water and soak it for a while before cutting it open and eating it, which had a very cold effect. In those days when you couldn’t afford a refrigerator, well water became a natural freezer.

In those days, there was plum water, marinated peanuts, baked sweet potatoes, iced watermelon …… and wonderful summer morning light and summer night dreams.