All produce present and correct for the Bottling class tomorrow. The zucchini will need to be picked from the garden first thing though, and the recently picked blackcurrants are in the freezer, waiting conversion to a special cordial concentrate. (This is a great recipe for when shelf space is becoming scarce). I was so happy … Continue reading Bottling class tomorrow – produce at hand
Spent some time with lovely granddaughter Charly today. No question about how to spend the time. Baking! She made up her own recipe for a two tone (pink and green) marbled cake that she decided to bake for a friend. The cake tin we used looks a bit quirky, which it is. I bought it … Continue reading Baking Day with Charly
Bottling class here tomorrow has some spaces available, so not too late to book. We will be preserving some beautiful local Moor Park apricots, pickling some zucchini from the garden, as well as some Mangel Wurzels (by the recipe Alistair and I developed for our presentation at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival). Spiced cherries … Continue reading Bottling class tomorrow
Decanting and bottling off the honey mead today ....
A gift from a friend - a boxful of red cherry plums. You might think the obvious choice is to bottle them (like Fowlers/waterbath method). However, should you be so inclined if you have some of these plums, forget it. The skins will remain bitter no matter how strong a sugar syrup you use - … Continue reading Red Cherry Plums ahoy!
Same occupation, another location. Did a little babysitting at Charly's house today while her mum went to an appointment. The temptation to bake became too strong and before long Charly and I were beating up a batter for cupcakes. How to bake them? No need to use the oven. A few weeks ago I found … Continue reading A semi-rainy day in the Valley
School holidays are always fun when grandchildren come to visit. Yesterday was no exception. Jacob arrived ravenously hungry, as is the way with boys his age, so Charly and I set to work making a double batch of mini quiches. Next, Grandad and Jacob came in from the garden with fresh zucchinis - could we … Continue reading School holiday fun
Doesn't time whizz by in summer? Took time out from preserving to go to the Taste Festival. It was just wonderful so many tastings, so much that was very good indeed to eat. Some great things to drink also. Best Taste Festival yet. Today it's back to the old routine - up early to pick … Continue reading Blackcurrants – jam and jelly
Busy day today, in the nicest possible way. Picking Morello cherries this morning. I always think they look like sparkling jewels in the container. No time to admire them at length though, into the preserving jars they must go. Next - Morello cherry syrup - a cordial base or to pour over ice cream, use … Continue reading Cherries and Apricots!
After a long morning of weeding the gardens in the wind and rain, Poppy and Rose think it's time for a nap on Robert's lap. Tom as usual, is recuperating on his favourite blanket. It's actually more than a rest they are having here. Sensing that we were about to go out (shopping), Rosie and … Continue reading A Nap and a Protest from the Menagerie