I bought myself a new book yesterday; A Home Companion by NZ author Wendyl Nissen. Thought it might kick start reading for me once again. It's a fabulous read for those of us who want to return to a simpler life, growing your own veggies, preserving food, using natural products, you know like our Nanas did. But this isn't one of those heavy reads, no this is a very light, humorous read. It's got some awesome recipes for home made products as well. I'm now keen to make my own moisturiser, washing powder, cleaning paste and bug sprays.
I needed my Mum's food processor for my first try-out recipe. Mum's are great for lending equipment. Oh and could you please get some cream for me too?
One container of cream, a dash of salt, pour it all in and turn it on for a few minutes.
Stop when it forms a thick mass. It actually looks just like butter when it's ready. Scrape all the butter out and form it into a ball in your hands. Yes it's a bit yuck but it seems to stay in the right place.
Squeeze out all the water gently under running water. Pop it in a container and enjoy spread on fresh home made bread.
It doesn't make a huge amount for a 500ml container of cream but it's not bad. And it's all 100% natural! Of course if you happen to have a banker in the family like we do, well you'll get asked how much it cost and is it really worth doing? Well of course it is!! It's not about the money, it's about it being better for us and it's so much fun to make. It only took about 3mins to make. Mind you, I haven't cleaned any of the greasy equipment yet!
And what did the family make of the taste? Well No.3 said it tasted much nicer and hubby said he wouldn't have known it was different if I hadn't said anything. No complaints at all. Sweet success.
Check out how big my darling little pumpkin has grown since I last showed you!! I'm sure you can see her growing. I have plenty more growing as well. Some on the fence too which is a little concerning.
And my tomato plants are so full of green tomatoes that I'm sure they will all be ready on the same day. I'm going to make jars of tomatoes for the winter casseroles, pastas and the like.
And do you want to see my finished compost bin?
It's just perfect! The front panels come out nice and easily. A lid might be in order next. Not sure what it will be made from but I'm sure it will have all the bells and whistles. It's very neat and tidy looking, and to think, one day it will be full of rot.