17 February 2012

Sewing and sauce

We have a new car! It looks like this one - A Mazda 3. It is lovely to have a new car after 11 years!

I actually dusted off my sewing machine recently. I had a couple of dresses and some tops which are too low in the neckline and it was too hot to wear a cami underneath, so I cut up an old tshirt which had a nice braided neckline and sewed in a "modesty panel". It worked! I managed to fix three tops and two dresses.

I froze some parsley for use in the winter.

I made some tomato sauce (3kgs of tomatoes). It is so yummy! Recipe is from Sally Wise "A Year in a Bottle".

I always make my own bread in my Bread Machine. I have been reading about Sourdough Bread, which is made with natural yeast, and have started my own sourdough starter. The starter needs to grow by feeding it once a day on flour and water. The wild yeast then grows. It can be started with unsweetened pineapple juice or orange juice (I used orange juice) and water for the first two days and then fed with flour and water. Mine looks OK and has a slight smell of yeast, so I hope it works. It needs to be fed for a couple more days and then I can add flour, salt, water and a little olive oil, and make a loaf of bread. How exciting!

09 February 2012

Where did January go?

We are already past the first week of February! Time seems to be racing already this year.

The weather has been very strange and I was worried about losing my tomatoes so I am picking them before they fully ripen. I have them in boxes with newspaper covering them and I placed them in a warm place in the laundry. They are ripening nicely.

I recently bought an OXO Food Mill. I am hoping to make tomato sauce soon. I tried it out on some cooked tomatoes and made pasta sauce for Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni. I was very proud to use my homegrown spinach and silverbeet, garlic and tomatoes! The food mill worked well and I was left with tomato skins and seeds.

I read lately that these can be dried and ground up. After I did some baking I turned off the oven and dried the skins and seeds with some salt, pepper and oregano. Four hours later they were beautifully dry and I shook them in my Tastemate. It worked really well and I was left with a beautiful tomato powder which I sprinkled on top of the cheese on my cannelloni. So much blood, sweat and tears have gone into my garden, I don't want to waste anything!