Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vegetables, planes and eggs....and a snake!

We have had a wonderful summer......and it is still great!! The garden has been producing on the whole lots of vegetables. There has been some failures and disappointments as there always is when you garden, but we have eaten well and we have lots of food for the winter! This year I have had a dedicated tomato tunnel and we have tried some new varieties. Stupice has been a success as it always is producing early tomatoes but I also tried some pasta and plum tomatoes which are a bit slow, but this maybe because I was a little late planting some of them as the seed company lost my order. The ones that have ripened have been great and I hope that we will be able to make lots more pasta sauce without all the liquid which is produced when you bottle Stupice. This picture shows some of them:

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Luxury Toilet!

When the Dutch girls were here they built a fabulous earth toilet down in the camping field and it deserves a separate post. Here is the toilet, it covers a large hole:

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Getting ready for Christmas......I am really!!

Well Christmas seems a long way away, but I am planning for the festive season.....

I have 2 bottles of raspberry and 2 bottles of blackcurrant vodka liqueur and the great thing is that Alexis does not like it so it is all for me!!!!! I mix berries and sugar with some vodka, shake everyday and wait a minimum of 3 months. You are meant to wait for a year but I am not sure it will last that long unless I make some more!! It looks very pretty and over time it will take on the colour of the berries. You can use the berries afterwards with some ice cream or even in some mince meat for Christmas  The English Christmas mince is sweet, packed full of fruits and is delicious in pies or stuffed into apples then baked....yum!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Home made baked beans! (Without the baking!!)

I grew Cannelloni beans this year for the first time for the purpose of making our own baked beans and today I actually managed to make some! The first 4 jars have been processed in my pressure canner I got second hand from the USA. I could not find a recipe for using fresh beans so I sort of made it up! I just chucked loads of chopped tomatoes into a pan and started to boil them down so that they were a little thicker and also chopped up an onion and a few cloves of garlic and gently fried them before adding to the beans. I also added a bit of dried mustard powder and black pepper and a tiny bit of salt. It looks like it came out ok, however maybe I should use the sauce a little runnier. I did not bake the beans, I just boiled them for about 15 mins before combining them all in a pan before filling the jars. I am really looking forward to trying these this winter with some of our lovely baked potatoes!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sheds, TV, Radio, open garden and more!

Well it has been an eventful few weeks, where do I start! This is a very long post, sorry but I have tried to keep the text short. Click on the button below to look at the full post!

We have had many WWOOFers so lots of jobs have been done, we have built a wood shed. We took the bike to the forest and cut down some small spruce trees and then the bark had to be taken off: