I have always wanted to be the kind of woman/wife/mummy that makes homemade goodies from seasonal produce. For years I have put by jars and bottles for 'when I make jam' or for 'when we make wine'. Well this was the year that we made them!! The picture is of my husband siphoning off his first attempt at wine-making into a clean demi-john before decanting into a motley selection of bottles!! It is made from red grapes that were grown by the Grandfather of one of the children that I care for during the week. To our surprise it is rose rather than red and tastes very light and refreshing with just enough of a kick to know that it fermented a little first! It has been very exciting to take a step into the dark and enjoy the process together, made especially sweet by using my late Granddad's demi-johns (that he always called 'winchesters' by the way). Granddad was a very keen wine-maker but production had halted before I was old enough to enjoy it!
I have also been busy in the kitchen making:
- Green tomato and apple chutney (needs more spice next time, it's a bit sweet!)
- Rhubarb and ginger jam (yummy)
- Ice cream sauce from the damsons left over from making.......
- Damson gin (Sloe gin is my favourite winter warmer but I couldn't find sloes!)
- Cake mixes to freeze ready for when we 'need' warm 'just-baked' cake one day!
I am happy with my first season's attempts..... we just need room to store them all now!! I'm looking forwards to sharing the goods with friends and family. I love to give gifts. My friend Nat calls me 'the Earth mother' because I bake and make, but I know from reading other blogs that I have a ways to go yet before I can own that title!!