Tuesday 24 September 2019

Blackberry, apple and rhubarb jam

blackberry, apple and rhubarb jam Sept 19 (1)

Yesterday I had recently picked blackberries and a sack of rhubarb to use up. Time for more jam making.

blackberry, apple and rhubarb jam Sept 19 (2)

So, I combined 1kg each of blackberries, rhubarb and chopped apples, boiled them up and made them into jam (3kg of sugar included as well).

blackberry, apple and rhubarb jam Sept 19 (3)

The result - 15 jars of jam. With summer and autumn crops now coming in, much of this jam will be swapped.

Monday 23 September 2019

Apple pomace

apple pomace Sept 19

The Hop Garden at High Spen were pressing apples recently. The resulting pulp, or pomace, was bought by us (at the cost of a couple of jars of jam) to feed to the goats. They loved it! Goat breakfast for three days!

Sunday 22 September 2019

Video: Bowes Show

Last week we won prizes for scones and bread at the Bowes Agricultural Show. This is the video I shot of the show, and my prize winners - and losers!

Sunday 15 September 2019

Photos of the Bowes Show

Bowes Show Sept 19

Yesterday, we did much better than expected at the Bowes Agricultural Show, winning firsts for bread making and our fruit and cheese scones. I've taken lots of photos of the show which can be seen on the link above.

Friday 13 September 2019

Ready for the Bowes Show

loaves and scones Sept 19

Tomorrow is the Bowes Agricultural Show. We visit it every year and enter the industrial competitions with our pies and preserves. We are now ready for it: blackberry flan, loaf of bread, apple pie, scones, eggs, cherry vodka, gooseberry chutney, lemon curd and strawberry and gooseberry jam are now all ready.

Roast pork

pork joint Sept 19

We had this pork joint last week. It was from the half pig we got last year so using it up created a modest amount of badly needed freezer space. Leftovers were made into a curry, along with some pigeon breast meat. The fat was rendered. Nothing wasted!

Monday 2 September 2019

Homity and pigeon pies

homity and pigeon pies Sept 19

I spent a bit of time today making 2 homity and one pigeon pies, using wartime recipes. They are heading to Sunniside History Society tomorrow where I will also be running a wartime quiz. I'm rather looking forward to this.