|Red currant cordial, yum|
|Red currant cordial, yum|
|Full of goodness and has a whopping great kick (which you can tone down next time!)|
|Buster (bottom) and Rodney (top)|
Oh wow this is what it's all about. Today we harvested all sorts from the veg plot. I haven't ordered a veg box for this week as we don't need one!!! How fabulous is that. Hopefully we can get to do this for most of the year eventually.
Today we picked broccoli, cauliflower, mountains of broad beans, peas, redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries and gooseberries, onions, leeks, cabbage. There's loads more out there to harvest too so I will blanch and freeze what we don't use immediately. We do need more milk though as the delivery scheme sent the wrong amount this week! Thankfully we had long life milk in the pantry which I make sure we always have in so meals continued ticking over as expected.
We made cordial from a few of the blackcurrants. If it's nice we will keep the recipe for next year and make more and bottle it for long term use.
Any tried and tested recipes for currants, cabbage and cauliflower would be appreciated. Happy Sunday everyone.
On Friday after work I made a broad bean, spinach and feta pie using filo pastry. I'm afraid it wasn't very nice though. It lacked something. I also made a cauliflower soup which was nice and will see us through in the freezer for a while. The tesco delivery arrived on time and was swiftly put away.
Saturday I rode out in lydia, my horse. If ever there are any problems or my brain feels full, a ride out fixes most things! I tried to get a few things done in the veg plot but for rained off so I spent the afternoon baking cakes and strawberry shortbread ready for the guests on the night. We had family drop round at 2pm on saturday so we caught up with them and got ready for the evening out.
We went for a meal at our local pub on the night with my Uncle and his wife who are visiting is from Bedford. Mam and Dad joined and we had some great good then back to our house for pudding and a few drinks. It went down really well so I am pleased.
Oh also on saturday, Buddy, the labrador stole a whole loaf of fresh bread! Swine.
Today has been up and down as Sonic, my smallest pony took ill on me. He has had colic which basically is a term for all forms of tummy aches in horses and ponies. I had to call the vet out as he was in a lot of pain so she's given him a shot of buscopan to relax his inside which were hurting him plus some bute which is horse pain killer. I'll be up late tonight to check on him as the injection lasts 8 hours which takes me to midnight when I need to make sure he's still ok.
However in good news today we harvested 800g of raspberries which I am also going to turn into jam. We use a lot of jam in the winter so I'd like to make sure we're well stocked up. There are blackcurrants and red too so I need to figure out what to do with them. The strawberries for the cake and shortbread I made were sooo sweet. I love eating them straight from the ground.
I've taken a photo of my largest beefsteak tomato! I can't wait to eat this one! Started him growing on 14th February! Also Ryan the house goose with his hens behind him and out strawberry haul.
Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.
|This is the muck heap I threw the old supermarket potatoes in that were destined for the bin/compost otherwise and they're growing!!|
|Eating or cooking? No idea.|
|More apples, eating or cooking I don't know.|
|A redcurrant bush hiding at the back of the orchard which seems to be thriving well on its own!|
|Our first harvested onion :) We also had potatoes but they went too quick to get a photo.|
|Aren't they growing? Adorable!|
|I was being spied on by the neighbouring cows when letting the ducks out this morning.|
|Finished product - strawberry jam, only gets 8/10 from me though!|
|The toad that pops out to see me when I am locking up on a night.|
|My 2 Lakendvelder's and Jake, looking innocent!|
|Geese playing follow the leader when I let them out this morning.|
|Last night's small loaf from the breadmaker. I don't make by hand as can't find the time so this is the next best thing.|