Update on growing mushrooms

Just look how much the grey oyster mushrooms have grown over the weekend!

Home grown oyster mushrooms ready to eat

Home grown oyster mushrooms ready to eat! Next to a teaspoon

grey oyster mushrooms growing

They've grown so much over the weekend

oyster mushroom rissotto home grown grey

The grey oyster mushrooms just tasted amazing in a rissotto 🙂

yellow oyster mushrooms home growing

The yellow oyster mushrooms are catching up too! I think they'll also make a tasty rissotto 🙂

 

Home made soda bread and butter – mushrooms too!

I was out shopping for the usual essentials like tinned tomatoes and trifle (well sometimes you get a trifle craving!) when I spotted some double cream in the reduced section and thought why not make some butter? Ok, I had been thinking about making some for a while and it didn’t just pop into my head 😉

It’s surprisingy simple to make butter. You may have aleady had the experience of overwhipping double cream and it starts to separate and go a bit lumpy – well your half way there! Just keep whipping and you end up with a lump of butter and some liquid  (butter milk). I added some salt as I was whipping (prefering salted butter). The butter will form on the whisk, so remove it and mould into one piece with cold hands in a bowl of very cold water (squeezing out any remaining liquid and air). This can be shaped in a mould (silicone or grease paper lined) or a hand formed ball. I used the butter milk to make my favourite soda bread (from Lorraine Pascale’s book) as it doesn’t need to be left to rise so really quick and tastes great!

home made soda bread butter buttermilk

Warm homemade bread with creamy butter makes a tasty lunch

home grown grey oyster mushrooms

While I'm on the subject of food - see how big my partner Dave's grey oyster mushrooms have grown - started a kit 3 weeks ago

Looking back at 2011 – Home grown veg and preserving

home grown beans

Our garden was full of pots and we were please with our vegetable harvest. We also two types of beans

home grown vegetables

The pink fur potatoes, several varieties of tomatoes and salad leaves tasted amazing 🙂

green tomato chutney

And used the remaining green tomatoes to make chutney

carrot jam and box

I was curious about carrot jam, so made some using an old Mrs Beeton recipe. It was intended to mock apricot jam and tasted great. I gave my dad a jar (along with a handmade box of knitted socks) and he loved it!

Christmas cake pops

christmas chocolate cake pops in cooling rack

Time to join my partner Dave to make some cake pop presents. Crumbled madeira cake was mixed with white chocolate and shaped into balls. The sticks (made from cut down wooden barbeque skewers) were inserted into the set balls then the cakes were dipped into chocolate. I made holes in a box to make a rack for cooling then decorated when set

chocolate christmas cake pops

I then made a box to present the cake pops in. Just need to seal with cling film and add a gold ribbon 🙂