|This time of year we are usually very busy making the most of the produce |
that the garden and countryside has to offer - and this year is certainly no exception.
Karen kicked off by making this amazing Spiced Blackberry and Brandy Liqueur.
|The finished bottles of delicious liqueur.|
|I pinched the left-over pulp from Karen's liqueur and added it to my Blackberry and Elderberry wine.|
It filled two demijohns (9 litres or 16 pints).
|This is also the time of year when Karen passes the bowl of Christmas Pudding mix around |
for everyone to give a stir. As you can see, Anna enjoyed it and I loved being a good stirrer too!
The aromatic smell from the bowl was fantastic!!
|One Christmas Pudding for this year and one for next year.|
|Not wishing to be outdone by Karen I set too with this Sloe Gin. The recipe is simple: |
1kg Sloes - or in this case I used the very similar Bullaces picked from 'our' loke in Norfolk.
|200kg sugar (it may need a little more at a later date but I don't want to add too much).|
|We then turned our attention to making Cider - |
first we cleaned and sterilised all the equipment...
|then cleaned and chopped up the apples ...|
|crushed them to a pulp...|
|and pressed out the juice. With the addition of cider yeast, we now have |
four gallons (18 litres or 32 pints) of Cider bubbling away in the fermenting bin.
It should just about be ready for Christmas.
|Karen finished off by making some bottles of chilli oil and tarragon oil.|
|Here is a hint to our next project, plus of course the Pickled Onions, Christmas Cake etc...!!|