I should probably be calling this category indulge rather than nourish! The food items I recorded in photos recently were a little bit naughty. An orange polenta cake (yummm) which I wanted to make again but I can't remember where I found the recipe now. And I've been determined to master the pavlova. My friends tell me they're easy but I've always had trouble with them. I do love a pav. Over the last couple of months I've kept at it with pure determination! I'm fairly happy with the results lately. I've also gone nuts on making ginger beer to drink during our hot summer.
Ooooh! I'm a bit excited about this category! I just managed to sneak it in for December too. My husband surprised me with a preserving kit for Christmas. We had been talking about getting a second hand one for a long time but it hadn't happened. We headed up to some orchards near us in late December and tried out peaches and nectarines. I still have a lot to learn but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not as hard as I expected.
I've made chamomile soap and calendula soap. I've been using brown sugar and olive oil as a facial scrub and I've cured a child's earache with lavender.
The summer seedlings are always planted at the beginning of November. We have tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant and rockmelon growing. The tomatoes have set but are yet to ripen and the capsicum and eggplant have recently started to flower. I've been harvesting onions (brown and salad) and zucchinis. I didn't put enough lettuce in. I need to keep up with the staggered planting because it's such a good time of year to have lettuce on hand. We've harvested broccoli and cabbage recently too.
Our orchard is doing better than it's ever done this year.
I am desperately, desperately trying to reduce the JUNK in our small house. It's driving me insane!! Lots and lots of STUFF has gone to the op shop. Somehow it hasn't seemed to make a dent so far....
I've been knitting a little jacket for my new granddaughter. I've already given it to my daughter and this is the only photo I can find!
I have been reading the Ball Preserving Guide and The River Cottage Preserves Handbook. Sorry, no photos because I've left my camera at a friend's house. I don't know that I've learnt much yet. I tend to really consolidate things I've read when I actual DO them. I'm very much at the beginning stages of my preserving. Because I was trying to hold so much new information, I was even forgetting little details like wiping the rims of the jars. It's only as I put my preserving into practice that I will really store all the new tips in my brain.
I gave my daughter a copy of the new baby book version of Nourishing Traditions. I made her some massage oil for labour and introduced her to rose hip oil for stretch marks. I was also lucky enough to be invited to be a support person during her labour.
A friend of a friend enhanced our poultry situation when she gave us a young rooster when ours died. She didn't want any money for him and, do you know, what goes around comes around. Tragically, a fox attacked her flock the next day but I will hopefully be able to provide her with some new Australorps by the end of the year, thanks to her gifted rooster.
Well I really enjoyed Christmas Day! I love having the family over on a special day dedicated to enjoying each others company. So much planning goes into the day - the food, drinks, set-up etc., that it always seems to run smoothly. This year I was delighted to have my eldest, Lou Lou and her family stay on and spend the night here. Usually everyone is gone by late afternoon. We also really enjoyed celebrating New Year's Eve with friends.
I enjoyed meeting this little person for the first time!