I'm also at the end of two weeks of travel, sickness and injury within the family. My husband and I have taken turns sleeping in shifts all weekend and so a little cooking mojo came back.
I attended Handmade 2012 a few weekends back and Lynda Hallinan of NZ Gardner fame brought along her ginger beer bug and sent home attendees of her masterclass with their own bug starter in a jar. I bottled my first batch at the weekend and hopefully I will have a good news story about it later in the week. This is my second batch of the bug and it is very, very active.
|Ginger beer bug. Ten minutes later it frothed over on to the bench. It took nearly half an hour to calm down.|
|Taking photos at night with a flash using a window as a backdrop is rarely successful but I quite like this one. I like the idea that the apple and mint jelly (Edmond's style) has a bit of a cheeky taste.|
|Bread maker. Sadly the bread was really disgusting.|
|Persimmon and green apple butter - early stages.|
|Making pectin stock. I couldn't bear to let the cores go unused.|
|The time that I stopped cooking!|