A good tip when slicing open a Vanilla Pod, is to hold it above some boiling water for a few minutes...this will rehydrate it slightly; making it easier to slide the point of your knife down the entire length of the pod...Slicing into the pod allows you to extract the lovely seeds inside. I use a teaspoon to scrape the seeds out of the pod. I will leave this sugar to work its magic for a few weeks before I start using it.
A while back I was given a large amount of Bay Laurel leaves from my Freecycle friend Sonia....After hanging them to dry I removed the leaves from the branches...Today I sorted out what I will use for cooking and what I will use for getting rid of cockroaches...It's all out war here at the moment, with bugs of all sorts wanting a small slice of our heaven....We have little fruit bugs hanging around in the kitchen, getting into everything I do in the kitchen...The trap I made yesterday is working, but I think I need more of them to eliminate the bugs quicker....I also have scale on the Lemon Tree and a caterpillar that looks like bird poo....And a different scaley bug thing on the fejoa tree...Oh cockroaches....they are everywhere...I think this whole area is really bad for them...Oh and I have a rat again in the garden....I know because he made a lovely neat tunnel in the compost heap directly down to the buried bokashi waste. Grrrr!!!!
I already had these little organza bags, but if I had to make them, I would have used some tuille from my craft supplies. So when I get time, I plan to empty out the store cupboard, clean the shelves down and space these bags of Bay around....I have heard that Cockroaches don't like Bay....Hope it works...
Needing Yoghurt again...I put some milk in the crockpot while preparing tea last night....It always amazes me that I can wake in the morning to find yoghurt ready to be drained....When ever I have a huge amount of homemade yoghurt in the fridge..I get more creative in the kitchen, thinking of different ways to use it...I'm not buying sour cream any more...I used this yohurt in my Turkey Stroganoff tonight and all plates were licked clean...well, you know what I mean.
Following on from yesterdays baking...Last night, after tea, I wrapped all the cakes to go in the freezer. These cakes I like to call Grab n Go Cakes...DS19 and Hubby can grab one out of the freezer to go with their lunch for work....DS16 can grab one to go with his lunch for school, and even Nanna takes one and it is defrosted by the time she has her first break at Bingo.
|Grab n Go Cakes ready for the freezer|
You know they are good, when DS16 comes running in after school asking..."Where are the cakes Mum?, they were so good, I want them again tomorrow." He was most disappointed when he found out nearly all of them went in the freezer.
Some children get lollies as treats...some get McDonalds or Pizza as a treat...I have noticed on some blogs I have been reading lately...that people are listing off the wonderful things they do and the meals they cook from scratch. Which is all good, yes, we have some very clever cooks out there, but when I read that 'they' sometimes let the kids have a treat, by taking them to McDonald's....well....Is it really a treat????
I mean, isn't the true treat the effort you go to when you make a lovely home cooked meal, or a yummy dessert....and the quality, don't get me started on all the horrible chemical and preservatives you are avoiding for them......Isn't all that the real treat? What about tending to a dough for a few hours, making a lovely bread, only to have it devoured with one meal? You can't get any better treat than that....You don't get the lovely aroma's from store bought foods, like you do from a home-cooked recipe.
My boys know a treat when they smell one...."You can smell that cooking way out in the street mum"...."All the neighbours will be jealous". And hubby comes in from work, saying, "I hope that smell is coming from our house...it's really good, hope it's for tea".
Sorry it's been such a long post today, and here I thought I had nothing to write about...lol .