Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The drips came at a steady pace. The temperature last night when we tapped was +8 celcius and it got down to -3 celcius at night. Today it looks like it's going to rain and there's a heavy wind, but it's +3 celcius. So I brought it in before the rain. This means we only collected from 6 p.m. to noon and still got a hefty amount:
Thus ends our tree-tapping experiment for this year. This was simply to see what it was all about and whether it was possible. I am boiling down the sap as I type and have vowed to try again next year. One thing I will do differently is buy metal spigots instead of cheap plastic. Tap on!
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Fill blender with milk and add 1-2 bananas and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend 30 seconds.
Fill blender with water and add 1/2-inch chunks of freshly-cut pineapple and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend 30 seconds.
Naturally, both of these recipes can be tweaked easily. I'm guessing the Pineapple smoothie recipe uses water instead of milk due to the acidity of the fruit. It seems to me that mango would pair quite well with it. As for the banana smoothie, bananas love strawberries! And feel free to experiment with using honey instead of sugar - honey is very healthy.
Now here's a recipe I just tried out tonight. I can't remember which website I found it on, but I tweaked it because my blender is too wimpy for ice:
1 cup chilled water
1 drink-juice box of Orange Juice
1 cup red seedless grapes
I tested the recipe out on my 3-year old who suggested I run it through a strainer because the grape peels added a bit too much texture for her liking. I tried it as well and think it could do with some yogurt, but that might be personal preference. Try it out and tell me what you think!
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Saturday, 23 November 2013
What are your favourite winter foods and recipes?
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
I hope you like my mother's delicious chocolate zucchini cake!
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 c. butter, softened
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. sour cream
1 chocolate fudge cake with pudding in mix (18.25g)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 c. grated zucchini
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. chopped pecans
Mix ingredients with electric mixer. Grease and flour bundt pan or 10" tube pan. Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack 15 minutes, then invert on a serving plate to continue cooling. Frost when cool if you want.
Monday, 9 September 2013
I've already got apple pies coming out our ears, and with a new school job (yay!) I don't have much time anymore for putting up the harvest. So what to do? Cider, of course! Here is the recipe which was given to me by the first aforementioned lady:
12 qts water
12 qts apples or crabapples, cut in half
Bring to boil for 5 minutes. Add 2/3 cup Cream of Tartar. Cover with lid and let sit 24 hours. Strain and can (process in boiling water canner 10 minutes) or put into airtight food-grade containers (I washed out my juice and milk jugs and used them).
If you're going to freeze it, leave plenty of headspace for the juice to expand. Also, this will produce unsweetened apple juice. If you like a sweeter drink, add 4 cups sugar per 30 cups juice (or I just add a tablespoon per glass).
(for those of you who are curious about the difference between apple juice and apple cider - apple juice is simply put through more levels of straining to remove sediment).