Sunday, 29 November 2015

Marley Hill Christmas Market

Marley Hill Christmas Fair Nov 15 (7)

It was the Christmas Market in Marley Hill Community Centre today in the next village up the road from us. I was there to sell my preserves and a few tubs of honey. Quite a good little market. I took more than expected.

Video - how to make toad in the hole

Toad in the hole is a great recipe to use up some of our sausages, one of our duck eggs and some of our goats milk. I filmed this last week.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Roast beef

roast beef Nov 15

We rarely have beef. It takes up a great deal of resources to produce it so large scale consumption is unsustainable. Eating beef for us is therefore something for special occasions. Yesterday was our 30th anniversary so we decided that was worth celebrating. We had some beef we got in a local farm in a swap. It was also an excuse to try out the recently made horseradish sauce.

So dinner yesterday was roast beef, Yorkshire puddings made from our own eggs, our own vegetables and, of course, the horseradish sauce made from our own horseradish and cream.

roast beef dinner Nov 15

Excellent meal!

Making horseradish sauce

horseradish Nov 15 1

We have lots of horseradish so we had a go at making horseradish sauce last week, helped by some of Pinkie's milk having a significant amount of cream in it. Here's the recipe:

  • 30g grated horseradish root
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • half teaspoon English mustard powder
  • half teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 300ml of cream from our goats milk.
Soak the grated horseradish in hot water for about half an hour, then strain it. Add all the ingredients together and stir well. That's it.

However, as our cream was a bit runny, we added a bit of flour to thicken it. You may want to add more grated horseradish, depending on taste.

horseradish sauce Nov 15

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Video - how to make tomato and marrow chutney

I wrote about this recipe recently so here's the video. It is quite a sweet chutney so you may want to vary the sugar according to taste.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Video - how to make a chicken casserole

Our abundance of cockerels recently means we've had to be quite creative to avoid the tedium of roast chicken everyday! In this video I make a chicken casserole.

Crab apple jelly

crab apple jelly Oct 15

I didn't get round to making crab apple jelly last year. This year I was determined to make some. There was a good crop on the trees in the local hedgerows so I picked a bucketful and used half to make crab apple jelly. The other half was added to blackberries to make bramble jelly. Alas, half of what I produced has already been traded.