October 23, 2016

Edible Chestnuts

Chestnuts, the edible type, are a tasty treat!
They are also healthy as they are high in Vitamins B1, B2,B5, B6 & Vitamins C and in Potassium and Magnesium.
For me they are the taste of autumn and Christmas!

October 18, 2016

Another Waffle experiment - Apple Cinnamon Waffles

The weather has turned into a crisp damp cold here. Just right for yet again waffles and some hot chocolate. We harvested around 10 kg of the most beautiful red apples last weekend. This made me  experiment a little again.

I present you the Apple Cinnamon Waffles.

September 29, 2016

Chocolate Waffles - A Spontaneous Experiment Involving The Waffle Iron

Today we felt like we needed a little food for nerves, and decided we´d add some chocolate to our waffle dough.

September 22, 2016

Homemade ACV - who would have thought it is so simple to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar?!?

2 years ago I started making our own Apple Cider Vinegar. It is very simple and you actually make it out of those parts of the apples that usually end on the compost!

While preparing your organic apples this autumn for what ever projects you have planned, collect all apple peels and cores from previously washed organic apples that are free of worms and brown bits. It is important to make sure, you do not get any mouldy, rotten  or wormy bits into your mix, otherwise your ACV will get mouldy!

September 13, 2016

Ginger Bug - your first step for homemade lemonade and ginger ale - the old fashioned style

There has been quite a number of Pins on Pinterest showing how to make a ginger bug. It is the base to make ginger ale the old fashioned style.

I did this for about 3 months, but I stopped before our summer holidays.

My verdict: Most likely this is more costly than buying the own brand of some cheap shop, that only costs a few cent per bottle. And it does take some preparation time! It also is a softer kind of fizzy, it is hard to describe! But you know what you drink and don't have added food colouring or taste enhancing and shelf life prolonging additives. And you help the environment by not buying plastic bottled drinks.

September 05, 2016

Blackberry Waffles

The other day I had a few fresh picked Blackberries sitting on the counter while I was making waffles for the boys for our tea break and my little one asked what would happen if we put them in the waffle maker. So here we went and created our new favourite tea break treat!

Go make your favourite Waffle dough  and put a hand full of Blackberries in the waffle iron with every waffle you make. Need a new favourite Waffle recipe? Mine is added below!

Our Waffle recipe:
125gr brown raw sugar
125gr soft butter
3 small or 2 large eggs
2-3 teaspoons of real Rum
250gr of flour
250ml buttermilk
1 leveled teaspoon of baking powder
Mix all together, mix until well mixed, pur into waffle maker and add blackberries (or any other fruit) if desired. 

BTW this recipe also freezes very well (the raw dough) and if you have left over Waffles, you can store them in a container in the fridge for 2-3 days and stick them in the toaster just before you eat them. 


August 28, 2016

Homemade Vanilla Sugar

Homemade Vanilla Sugar, it is so easy, you will be kicking yourself for having bought the expensive one all those years! It is as simple as my Vanilla extract I posted years ago.

Most commercial Vanilla sugars, don´t really have true vanilla but Vanillin. I added a Wiki link in case you want to find out more about Vanillin. For the ones that have the real vanilla in it, you pay 3-4 times the prize. All Vanilla sugars you can buy here, have the white refined sugar that has been bleached and sometimes contains anti caking agents, all things which I try to avoid (BTW it is the same for salt). I try to stick with raw cane sugar, without additives.  

Here is what you need:
for 500 gr sugar you need
6-7 pods of vanilla
You recognise a good quality pod by its shiny and oily coat.

Cut it length wise in half. No need to scrape out the mark.

Put in your storage container (preferable glas, airtight seal).

Fill the jars with the sugar

Seal and shake it, Baby! Shake it for a good minute.

Store cool and dark for at least 6-8 weeks better 3 Months. Every time you pass your storage, you give the jar a good shake. You can use the sugar as it is or if you have a food processor turn it into powdered sugar. You can put the full pod in and process it with the sugar.
What to use it in:
smoothies, if needed
and in this heat, foremost ICE CREAM!
The very fine sugar (like icing sugar) that you get after processing it in the food processor is far better if you make ice cream without an ice cream maker. As your ice cream will have less crystals.

And because Christmas is coming up faster than one thinks I made double the amount.

What is your most favourite recipe with vanilla sugar?