Friday, 31 December 2010
On a less positive note my allotment is constantly under a couple of inches of water and the carrots have started to float to the surface (I wish I dug them up sooner and clamped them).
Here's to next year where I aim to be self sufficient in veg (and maybe I can talk Claire into having a couple of turkeys on the garden!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
- Monday night I stewed the Medlars and set them to strain overnight through a jelly bag.
- Tuesday night I made the jelly with the juice (only a tiny jar full - it better taste good!)
- Wednesday night I made the spicy chutney using the pulp from the jelly (the house still smells) but by 11.15 it still wasn't thick enough!
- Thursday night I put the chutney back on the stove, thickened it and put it into jars.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
I know this goes against my seasonal eating but I have a packed lunch and I need my fruit. I eat English apples for as long as possible and then grudgingly make the switch. But I love this time as year as I get the crisp lovely apples for free, just a few hours spent picking them, which is a treat in itself!
My parents farm isn't great for eating apples, although I have planted many different trees over the last 5 or 6 years they are only just becoming useful, so our store mainly contains cooking apples.
The three on the picture above are my three favourites, Warner King, Scot Bridget and the good old Bramleys Seedling.
The Warner King doesn't keep over a month but is very early to be ready and I think tastes better cooked than any other apple.
The Scot Bridget is duel purpose (although its skin is quite tough), we've managed to keep them till May and it always has a huge crop no matter on the year.
The Bramleys Seedling comes from three trees down the bottom of the old orchard we've got loads of them and they store quite well, also good for a baked apple.
My mother and I have both wrapped up our apples in their paper jackets for storage, so now its just a case of thinking of enough recipes to cook them in.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
- First wash and cut the cauliflower in bit sized pieces
- Then leave it in a brine to draw the moisture out for 24 hours(the brine was 100g of salt to 1 litre of water)
- Sterilise the kilner jar and fill with the vegetable
- Pour over the vinegar making sure it is all covered
- Seal and leave for a few weeks before eating
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Monday, 30 August 2010
To round the weekend off we went to Pershore Plum day, this was much bigger than I thought it would be and spread over the whole town. We brought a few bits and bobs like plum cheese and black pudding as well as having some lovely plum cider, I also brought a book on the history of Evesham orchards and learn how there is a cider making circle in the next village to ours. Might have to see if I can join...
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
We clipped their wings straight away (Claire is getting over her fear of birds as I'm forcing her to! she had to do the cutting of the feathers without stabbing me everytime they move) and let them play in the pen for a bit before I caught them and put them to bed. This is the down side to having a raised coop, although they should get used to it fairly soon and put themselves to bed.
I think at the weekend I'm going to make a few things in the pen to keep them entertained as I don't want any problems with feather pecking or boredom (although my others were fine).