Still have Internet problems and machine is a little quicker but cannot now post photographs on the blog. Cannot work out what has happened as I can get as far as choosing a photo for loading and then it does not bring up the screen to say it is done and the screen freezes so you cannot get out of it, so until I can sort out what the dickens is going on we will have to be photographless! However I think that the supplier will be coming in, in the end as OH still cannot use his machine.
The mustard was completed successfully and I now have 10 little jars ready for the Pantry. I am quite pleased with the flavour I really do think that it will go with sausages and mash and onion gravy. I have left it predominantly as a grain mustard but I have made one lot of Piccalilli the River Cottage recipe and I have the Spicy Piccalilli ready to process and finish off tonight the recipe from Waitrose that I posted the other day. I prepared all the veggies last night and put them under the salt. I was in two minds as to whether to do it or not but I thought this might be one that I would eat as it does have the addition of stem ginger. They are all in a large plastic box brining. It looks quite colourful.
Once that is out the way I have some more cucumber and red cabbage to put to the salt and then I can finish that off tomorrow evening. That will be a couple of more things out of the way.
Tonight I also have to weigh out my fruit for my Christmas Cake which I hope to bake on Sunday. This is to soak the fruit in a little brandy and get the fruit nicely soaked before the actual making of the cake. I know its early but I want to feed the cake properly over a few weeks. I am also trying to get as much as I can do done whilst I can so that I can literally tick it off the list and for the best part forget about it. I then want the cake decorated by the beginning of December so that I can concentrate on other goodies to make. I do have my bottle of Guinness ready for the Christmas puddings but I need more bowls before they are made. I also use Cider which adds a lovely flavour.
I am hoping that OH will be able to get me some more horseradish so that I can prep that up as well. Thing is with me is that I try something new then decide I like it and that's another thing that makes it to the Make It list for the next year. Very few items end up getting left out. The more I do the more I want to do.
That means the cabbage will get processed and popped into the box with the salt ready for processing tomorrow evening when I get in. The cucumber will be in a colander in a separate container to drain away all the juices but will also be processed. I also have a tray of eggs to process into pickled eggs tomorrow evening so I have quite a bit of work to do still.
Tomorrow evening I will start off an apple chutney with some sweet apples that need using up. Waste not want not.
And Saturday I am going to have a go with my dehydrator. I think I will start with some dried apple slices - I have plenty of apples to use up. It will be good to play. I have lots of other things to do too but we will see how we get on.
I think next week during the evenings I will be starting with the preparation of the pickling onions and the shallots. There is 4 stone to prepare so far. So it looks as though I have my hands full again. Glutton for punishment.
Catch you soon.