Crab apple cider vinegar, fermentation progress

Today has been one of those write-off days. Yesterday, we hit 27C/80F. An unexpected result of that is, all number of house flies and other flying insects emerged from wherever they were slumbering in the previous cool, and got into the house. Which meant a night of cats making a ruckus while chasing bugs all … Continue reading Crab apple cider vinegar, fermentation progress

Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?

Today was our first attempt at making hard apple cider. We are using the remaining apples from the one crab apple tree we have that produces the most amazing, sweet, delicious little apples, after using some of them to start an apple cider vinegar. When we first moved here and saw how many crab apple … Continue reading Making hard crab apple cider; will it work?

Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?

Last night, I procrastinated cleaning the dining room by starting the apple cider vinegar! 😀 I slightly modified the recipe I used last year, which you can find here. (Link will open in a new tab.) I started off by using one of my gallon jars to measure out apples from one of the 5 … Continue reading Making Crab apple cider vinegar: airlock or cheese cloth?

Not quite a recipe: three cheese scalloped potatoes with kielbasa and carrots

While making scalloped potatoes yesterday, I wanted to find a way to use the carrots from our garden I had picked that morning. If they had been larger, I would have just sliced them thin and layered them with the potatoes, but these were on the small side. So I got creative. Here is how … Continue reading Not quite a recipe: three cheese scalloped potatoes with kielbasa and carrots

Making lemon cheese and a hanging rig

I've been planning to do this for a while, and finally had the chance today: making lemon cheese. I'm using a recipe I found here. Do check this site out. Especially if you're interested in different ways of preserving food, though there is lots more there, too. After sanitizing my equipment, I started heating the … Continue reading Making lemon cheese and a hanging rig

Sourdough “Batter” Bread, with recipe

Today my daughters did the baking, starting with a sourdough "batter" bread. There's a reason the word batter is in quotations... The girls have been finding recipes they like and, after trying them out, adding them to a notebook with any modifications or adjustments they've come up with. Like this... I love the little doodles! … Continue reading Sourdough “Batter” Bread, with recipe