Sunday, February 24, 2008

Well preserved.......

What a bad bad blogger I am.....I have finally summed up the energy to put up a post. Why am I so tired? It's fruit time! Thanks to good rains we are drowning in mountains of delicious fruit. We have figs, plums, apricots, and peaches in abundance. So I have had the old Fowlers Vacola unit out and been bottling madly. I have preserved around 40 bottles of peaches and 30 of plums, and I'm starting on the figs. I have made at least 70 jars of jam and 10 litres of spicy plum sauce. That's not to mention time spent blanching and freezing beans, pickling onions and zucchinis and making pickles. All our friends and family are loving all the home made goodies. Thing is that they keep bringing me more fruit! I wish they'd bring more jars, the op-shops are totally out of them. Oh and did I mention the home made yoghurt and cheese? And then there's the ginger beer plant I have started.... Along with all that I have decided that the most economical, healthy and environmentally friendly option for me is to become vegetarian, so I have been trying out loads of great recipes. We just have so many vegies it's crazy not to use them! Yes I'm knackered, no I haven't had time to do much craft (don't worry swap buddies, I'll be done soon...), but I am loving the pleasure and satisfaction of a well stocked preserves cupboard.....

4 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh Mon I have been drooling just thinking about all that fresh fruit. This time of year I really miss my Pop's peach tree it was always covered with beautiful peaches and I bet the people that bought his house knocked it down to put up an extension.

Monica said...

Hi Amanda, can never understand when people do that, who wants to give up free fruit? Toddy found a white peach tree full of fruit by the side of the road so that's the next lot!
Mon x

Robyn Regan said...

Yummy sounds great!!! I would love some..wonder if customs would let it in??? I have missed you blogging...so yes you have been naughty!!! xxxRobby

Anonymous said...

Job well done Mon...please take a piccie of your stocked up pantry..lol..nothing is more prim..
luv Ann.xx