September 2009

Compost Heap Jelly

Vitamin Enriched Hippie

As we near the harvesting time, I’ve found a rather strange recipe.

When you making all these preserves etc , there is always some waste.

This utilises all the bits that would make it quite literally into the compost bin.

Matron , I know you have a fondness for making jellies , will you be daring enough to try this, or maybe you will steal this and publish it on your blog for all your avid readers.

Makes 3 x 225g jars

500g apple cores and peel
500g citrus fruit peel [ unwaxed lemon , orange , grapefruit and or lime ] cut roughly into 1cm shreds
Granulated sugar
Juice of 1 orange , lemon or grapefruit [ optional ]

Put all the Apple and Citrus into a saucepan.

Add sufficient water to cover [ Around 1.5 litres ]

Bring to a simmer and cook slowly for about 45 – 60 minutes , this softens the fruit and releases the essential pectin.

Turn the fruit into a scalded jelly bag or muslin and leave overnight to drip through.

Measure the strained liquid and weigh out 450g for every 600ml of juice.

Return the juice to a pan and then add the orange/grapefruit or lemon juice if using.

bring to boil, then add the sugar, stir until dissolved the boil rapidly , without stirring , until setting point is reached , about 10 minutes or so.

Remove from heat and stir , always in the same direction until all the surface bubbles have been released.

Pour into warm sterilized jars , and tap the sides to release any trapped bubbles.

Seal in the usual way.

Use within 12 months.


Sunshine For Cake Baker

Kai Lan

Kai Lan – Winter Veggies


The Triffid Gourd Plant

Gourd 2

Gourd 2

Gourd 1

Gourd 1

Zeebaa Scared

Zeebaa Before His OE with Gem KB

Zeebaa Sloe Hunter

Zeebaa Sloe Hunter

Roasted Tomato Passata

Roasted Tomato Passata

All sourced from the garden today.

This was a pleasure to make and taste , and has been consumed by it’s owner , after I converted it all to Diabetic Tomato Ketchup.

Roasted Tomato Passata After

Vintage Wine Tomato

Just for Matron because I know she loves Toms So Much

Vintage Wine Tomato

Wheat Beer : Testing Time

Wheat Beer : Testing Time

Finally cracked the wheat beer , from the pressure barrel ,tastes rather nice.

Zebra brother enjoyed his 2 1/2 litres anyway.

Ipipiri – Arrived Back Safe & Well

My mates that brought Ipipiri from Hobart [ Tasmania ] to Opua [ NZ ] are back safe and well.

With their new cruiser.

Boat looks nice.

Welcome Home.

Matthew W. Brace : Debut Album


My dear chum Matt has finally released his debut album.

Search for Matthew W. Brace [ I was getting too much spam linking , so I have not hyperlinked it anymore.

Murray this is an album I’d think you’d dig.

Matthew is a super talented musician , and this is one of his musical styles , it’s one I like.

He’s released the album for free download and if you feel inclined you can always make a small donation to his choice charity

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

My fave is is The Lovers On The Green , it could easily have been written and styled in the late 60’s & 70’s at Woodstock , it’s reminiscent of lazy Summer Days , sitting in long grass fields.

I love the dulcimer style sounds and arrangements on You Don’t Have To Fight , the final track on the album.

Congrats Brother Brace.


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