A little goes a long way

Pennywort in the lane

Pennywort in the lane

This isn’t a blog about finishing my 12 weeks in Ballymaloe Cookery School.  It’s still a little raw for that. And it isn’t a blog about re-integrating myself back into my job, my home, my family and my friends.  As it’s just too soon.

Progress

Progress

It’s a blog about Spring, and learning and practicing.  It was still in the middle of Winter when I left for Cork, so it is so nice to be walking around looking at all of the Spring flowers in the daylight.

Some primroses

Some primroses

I have crystallised them , and will keep them for cakes later in the season.

The "bar Stool" job

The “bar Stool” job

It was great to go into the tunnel and see the broad beans my father in law planted a few weeks ago.  I love the first broad beans, with nothing but a little salt and olive oil crushed on some bread.

Broadbeans starting to flower

Broadbeans starting to flower

So this evening I took a kilo of blackcurrants out of the freezer and made a little taste of summer, a syrup so full of vitamin C and can nearly see all the colds and snots leaving the house in disgust.

My cauldron of blackcurrant goodness

My cauldron of blackcurrant goodness

The process is a little messy, but not as sticky as jam making.  I got 6 750ml bottles out of the blackcurrants, all ready to go to their new homes.

Blackcurrant Cordial ready for shipment.

Blackcurrant Cordial ready for shipment.

Let me know if you want a bottle?

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to "A little goes a long way"

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  1. Amanda Treacy

    March 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Wow, that looks divine, who wouldn’t want a bottle? Glad your back and hope the horses greater you with lots of whinnies!

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    • jeni_admin

      March 31, 2015 at 8:56 am

      They were over the moon, one of the foals has lost a bit of condition, but was better even last night. Going to visit the mare today, and CAN’T wait!

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  2. Amanda Treacy

    March 31, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Looks divine, who wouldn’t want a bottle? Glad your back, hope the horses greeted you with lots of whinnies?

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  3. ginny hutton

    April 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Hope you enjoyed your time in Ballymaloe as much as I have enjoyed reading your blog. Those primroses are so pretty. I was actually born on “Primrose Day” and it was with great difficulty that my parents managed to persuade my Granny that Primrose would not be a suitable name for their first born!! How lucky was I?? Keep up the blog x

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    • jeni_admin

      April 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Ah THanks Ginny, I have enjoyed it sooooo much, I think you were right about the name! Yes, planning on keeping up the blog, hope I will be able to make it as interesting!

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