Yep, we’ve been up to Orkney again. I feel rested and revived, and will sort out and show you photographs very soon.
We got back late last night, and this morning I woke up missing the sea view.
Still, we brought back a couple of souvenirs…
ENORMOUS cabbages, courtesy of a lovely friend. I adore cabbage, but even I can’t eat that much in one go. I’ve not made sauerkraut before but I figured today was a good day for a new project (and it would take my mind off the sea).
(1) chop cabbage
(2) rub in salt
(3) store in jar, pressing cabbage into its own briny juice and keeping the air off
(4) check it every few days, scoop off mould if necessary
(5) store in the fridge when you like the taste
My cabbage mountain quickly diminished, as one ENORMOUS cabbage only made one jar of sauerkraut. Slightly alarmed, I started to chop the other to store in the freezer for frying a handful at a time. Well, given what the slugs did to y own cabbage while I was away, I need all the help I can get.
Sadly, I got distracted by the frosty mountains inside the freezer, and unwisely decided to defrost it. I can’t even describe the mess of peas, rhubarb, breadcrumbs, and unidentifiable green sludge that was frozen into the ice. That’ll teach me to only defrost once every ten years (actually, knowing me, it won’t teach me anything of the sort).
Anyway, while I was in harvesting-and-preserving mode, I picked some of the unruly rosemary that is rampaging outside the back door (carefully averting my gaze from the appalling state of the bench).
Some I tied with wool and hung in the stairwell to dry, and the rest I poured boiling water over. I’ll leave this infusing until tomorrow, and then use it as a final rinse when washing my hair. I have no idea where I read that was a good thing to do, but since there’s so much of it, I might as well try.
Not sure what happened to my tomatoes though.
I did lots of thinking and plotting and scheming while we were away, and have hatched all kinds of plans for Exciting Things To Do in the future. In the meantime, holiday photos arriving in the next day or two…