Our mandala garden has turned into a jungle.
Mark and Chris, our WWOOFer have been working hard to clean it up.
We've had a lovely rest over the Christmas / New Year break. We both got books for Christmas and I didn't feel one bit guilty reading in the middle of the day, and I got some sewing done as well. But now it's time to get back in to work mode once again. We have been blessed with cool wet weather over the past few weeks and the garden has become quite overgrown. Thankfully a WWOOFer has turned up and he and Mark have been very busy taming the jungle, using all the weeds to make a compost heap.
There has also been a lot of activity in the kitchen preserving the summer bounty. Zucchini and duck eggs are very abundant at the moment so Mark has been making chocolate zucchini cakes to freeze...
....an abundance of Purple King beans....
..to freeze. Placed in boiling water for 1 minute (Blanched)...
..then immersed in iced water...
|notice how they have changed colour from the hot water|
|I use a straw to suck the air out of the bag|
|Peel the mango, slice and place in jar|
|Add syrup. we use a light syrup of 1 cup sugar to 3 cups water|
|Using a bamboo skewer to remove air bubbles|
|Add the lid|
|and the clip|
|And place in the water bath. We were 3 jars short so preserved some berries at the same time.|
I am grateful that we are able to take WWOOFers( Willing Workers On Organic Farms) who can help Mark on the farm, as at this time of year I seem to spend more and more time in the kitchen preserving our produce and less and less time helping Mark in the garden.