After everyone in allotment land going on about quince paste I decided to give it a go. The jelly I made is lovely and I managed to get the set just right. The paste (membrillo in Spain) is supposed to be wonderful with cheese and meat. I hope so as I seem to have made rather a lot. We will resist trying it till I can get my hands on some decent cheddar. I would love to try it with Manchego as the Spanish like it, it is my favourite cheese and one of the things I have had to give up here. So I made slabs of the paste and also set some in small silicon bun/tart cases for individual portions. Looking on the internet it's difficult to find a difinitive way of keeping it, so I have had some individual ones in the dehydrator overnight, on low, to dry off and packed them into a plastic box with paper between, then put it on a shelf. The rest I have put into the fridge. With the amount of sugar in it I would think it wouldn't need to be kept in a fridge, but we will see.
We picked another load of walnuts too, and there are two boxes more in the freezer, weighing 2lb 4oz. We have enough in there to last a good while now, so any which look really sound are going to be left in their shells to keep, any dodgy looking ones will be opened and frozen if any good.
Had a bread day today, and the smell of the cheese and onion bread is driving me mad. We have had some for lunch so it is just my brain telling me how greedy I am. I'm trying to get plenty in the freezer for when I can't use the oven.
So we could have two lots of work men in at the same time. The chimneys need raising to a height which will ensure a good draw to take the smoke away (something like that!) and the one for the kitchen is too small (he said) for the fire but 'no problem' The chimneys look as if they have had repairs whenthe house was renovated for holidays, when they didn't need chimneys.He can't understand why we are having two fires instead of central heating though. But I am not keen on central heating, never mind trying to juggle two lots of tradesmen tearing the house apart.
Dave has solved the mystery as to why Venka grabs any green plants we chop/pull, and where she takes the huge courgettes (and maybe pumpkins) It seems they have a couple of pigs in their yard. He had reason to go down the lane past their house and saw them. Amazing that we have been here since May and didn't know we had pigs backing on to our plot!