Denise: Over the last few days I’ve been busy turning a bumper crop of citrus fruits harvested from the bargains shelves at the co-op into marmalades. Sweet orange, Dark Muscovado, Lemon and Lime. About 70 jars ready for sale during 2012, and some for ourselves as well. Starting with our this morning’s coffee and toast. Marmalade-stripes on toast: sharp, sophisticated and sweet.
Denise: A surfeit of eggs just now, so I’ve been turning some into lemon curd: incredibly more-ish stuff it is too! I’ll probably make another batch in a week or so. Last year’s harvest of blackcurrants was very good, and looking in the freezer it looks like we’ve more than enough for ourselves, so this afternoon I made 14 jars of blackcurrant jelly; and there’s surely enough for another batch of that too.
Jonathan: Last night I filtered and bottled the blackcurrant wine we racked a month ago. 24 bottles, plus a full carafe and a about four glasses to help us along the way. That’s a very good yield from 4 full-size demi-john and one half-size. Thanks to the previous racking, there was virtually no sediment, and I got it all done with just one filter. As I was sterilizing the wine bottles, I realized I hadn’t done that since we lived in Minsterley, Shropshire, at least 8 years ago. We haven’t made so much wine here, but when we have it’s been Denise, not me: engineering work – whether at home or away – and then later building Carrick took up too much of my time. We bought wine instead, which is very nice but not as satisfying as making it oneself.