Sunday, January 22, 2012
The Japanese blood plums (Satsuma I think) have had an amazing crop this year. This photo was taken after I had picked at least a couple of buckets. The blackbirds have developed a bit of a taste for them despite the CDs hanging in the branches to frighten them off. Last weekend I made a very attractive scarecrow to put near the tree and each day I have been putting a transistor radio tuned to a very annoying station under the tree as well to try to deter them.
|A very scary scarecrow|
At least I have been able to give the plums an extra week to ripen. But when I heard some parrots in the garden on Saturday, I decided to pick the bulk of the crop. So it has been plums, plums and more plums this weekend. I have bottled, made jam, made plum sauce, and for the first time, a Blood Plum cordial.
Very refreshing on a warm evening. It is made from plums stewed with a little orange juice and lemon juice and then strained through muslin. The liquid is then mixed with an equal amount of sugar and simmered for a few minutes. The pulp came in useful to make some plum leather.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time for an update on activity in the Flowerdale patch now. The raspberries have been fruiting for several weeks and we are still getting a few now although the peak has past. Last weekend, I decided to make some raspberry vinegar to mix into a salad dressing. This is a fairly simple operation. Mix equal quantities of raspberries and vinegar in a bowl and let them sit for a week. Strain. Then add sugar and bring to a simmer for a couple of minutes. That’s it. The amount of sugar depends on how sweet you like the vinegar. My recipe says to for a cup of vinegar add a cup of sugar but in the past I found this was way too sweet for my taste. I only use a third of that and it is just nice.
|My (poor) attempt at garlic plaiting!|
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
|rice ready for harvest|
|Harvesting on the lower lands of the Annapurna panorama circuit|
|Curry leaves drying on the roof in Ghandruk|
|Yellow flowers of mustard in fields near Nagarcot|
|Grain harvest at Hille|