Friday, 10 January 2014

Coming up in January ....

I know there has been a big break between posts. Sorry about that. Over Christmas we did enjoy some our products from last year. In particular, we used up just about all of the rosehip syrup as a mixer, mostly with Prosecco, and this was well-received by everybody. I have noticed rosehips still on the bushes so  I must get out and pick some more.

Becky made use of the Crème de Menthe Mark II to make a Grasshopper Pie. This basically involves creating a crust out of crushed bourbon biscuits or Oreo cookies and filling it with a mixture of marshmallows, cream, crème de menthe and crème de cacao. These two liqueurs are hard to find in supermarkets right now. I guess they are not fashionable. Of course, Becky was able to use homemade crème de menthe and I found an online supplier for the crème de cacao. If you are interested in having a go, Nigella Lawson has a great recipe in her book Kitchen. Alternatively, the Pioneer Woman Cooks blog supplies another delicious version. I've been planning on making it all holiday and still have not got round to it. One day....

The torrential rain and flooding in our area has stopped even us hardened walkers from heading out. There does not seem a lot of hedge-rowing to be done. We went for a walk today, the first for a long time. It was still incredibly muddy and wet underfoot. Other than the rosehips, crabapples are also still clinging to the trees but I think I will wait until next season to try making anything with them.

Still, there is no excuse for not brewing up something new in the drinks department and we must get to it before long.

Our first task of 2014 will be to syphon our rosehip wine into bottles and we will get to that this week. Fermentation seems to have ground to a halt and it seems ready.

Then we will turn our attention to something new. We have long had a hankering to try making prison wine, just out of interest, and January seems a good time to give it a go. We are also planning on making some more flavoured vodkas, the first of which will probably be limoncello. My kitchen has been ripped out but I feel that I could make limoncello with or without a kitchen and so this will most likely be my first choice for 2014.

We wish everyone a happy new year and we look forward to creating many more drinks, jellies, jams, and syrups over the upcoming months.

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