Friday, 8 December 2017

Quail egg and mackerel salad

quail egg and mackeral salad Dec 17

We still have lots of quail eggs to use up. I used 48 to make a salad yesterday along with some of our pink fur apple potatoes. We then cheated by using bought smoked mackerel. A good combination.

Lamb chops

lamb chops Dec 17

Another minor inroad was made into our meat mountain recently. Lamb chops grilled. Very pleasant!

Plum Vodka

plum vodka Dec 17

We were sorting though our garage recently and found various jars of fruit liqueur made in 2014 which were subsequently forgotten. Not now! This (now vintage) glass (see above photo) is plum vodka. After three years it still tastes good!

Busy bees

beehives Dec 17 2

Last week we had warm, dry weather. As a result, our bees were out in force. There isn't a great deal of foraging for them at the moment though the ivy is flowering. It probably means the bees are burning more calories than they are collecting in nectar. It's all change today. We are suffering from a cold spell. The ground is frozen and there is not a bee in sight.

beehives Dec 17 1

Game season underway

ducks Dec 17

The season for game shooting is clearly well underway. We know that because we found these two ducks left for us hanging on our allotment gate. They will be plucked and gutted shortly and will go into the freezer for the time being.

Emmanuel College Fair

Emmanuel College Fair Dec 17

On Saturday we did our last market of the year at Emmanuel College, a couple of kilometres down the road from where we will. It was relatively quiet this time but we picked up a few useful contacts. We have, however, 10 jars of unsold lemon curd which has a short shelf life. We will be looking for homes for them.

Wood-fired stove

wood fired stove Dec 17

Hooray, it's in. Our new wood-fired stove was finally installed this morning. It will pump out enough heat to keep most of the house warm so we won't need to use the gas-fired central heating very much. The fuel comes from the branches left over from feeding the goats. They eat the leaves, twigs and bark. We have been building up a stock of fuel for three years so we have a good supply.

I'm really looking forward to lighting our first fire. That will be in a couple of days once the plaster has dried out.