Kitchenaid mixer and Blackberry ice cream

I recently broke down and bought the Kitchenaid mixer i had my eye on for some time with numerous attachments one of which was the ice cream maker.

i figured i wanted to test out the ice cream maker as i have never made ice cream before. i just wanted to make a fruit flavored one. i had been clearing a few blackberry bushes out of the back field and of course eating them as i cleared them , only the biggest sweetest ones mind . so i figured i would go and pick some and make ice cream . in about 10 min of picking i had half a grocery bag full of them . i followed the recipe in the booklet and just added the blackberries they turned out so good . but then after freezing them the ice cream really hardened up and didn’t taste as good …but still better than store bought , you just have to zap it in the microwave a while before you eat it .

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Cantaloupe

The Cantaloupe have been looking a bit sick recently and one of them had got a little bruised so we  decided to cut that one off . it is one of the larger ones and i would say a little bigger than a softball.

we left it in the fruit bowl for a couple of days to ripe up and then decided to give it a try . it was the juiciest most flavorful Cantaloupe i have ever tasted . i had figured my cantaloupe experiment a bit of a failure but now it has turned out to be an overwhelming success .needless to say i collected the seeds from this for next years crop.

Sweet September

We had a great September here, nice hot days in the mid 20’s. with that sort of weather brought us sweetcorn , lots and lots of tomatoes ,lots of summer squash and our strawberries are still producing .

with all this summer squash again i decided i needed to do something other than pickle it as the pickled summer squash was a little gooey , ok for chopping and putting in sandwiches but not much else so i looked for recipies on line and came across this one http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Summer-Squash-Soup-with-Parsley-Mint-Pistou-235736

of course my batch was a little bigger , i quadrupled the recipe it turned out wonderful we had a batch and divided the rest up and froze it for those cold winter soup days.

with the tomatoes and the peppers i decided i would make a chilli ketchup which turned out great.

then the following weekend i had another 10lbs of tomatoes and more chillis so it was time to make salsa . i used the recipe that came with the pressure canner with just a slight variation. i changed the 2 tblspn of lemon juice to 4 tblspns of lime juice …you can not decline acidity because it is how its safe to can salsa so i figured it would be ok. it turned out great we just cant get enough of it …i may have to take advantage of the cheap tomatoes at the grocery store if i dont get another harvest to make more.

Salsa recipe

5lbs tomatoes peeled and diced
2 onions diced
1can (7oz) Chillies
2 tsp salt
1tsp cracked pepper
4 tblspn lime juice(supposed to be 2tblspn of bottle lemon juice)
2 tblspn chopped cilantro
½ cup viniger
2 tsp cayenne pepper
it takes about 8 hrs to do it all peel the tomatoes and get everything ready . i doubled the recipe and made 12 pint jars and processed in the big pot for 45 min.

After the long hot spell we have had we realised we have a need for an alternative water source than out RO water system in the house . Its pointless treating water with RO (reverse osmosis ) when you are just going to water the plants with it . the house had an unfinished irrigation system , basically just a big tank that collected the brine water from the RO system and also filled up with just straight untreated well water so we decided to hook this up and put a pump and pressure tank in and ran some lines over to the gardens which involved digging a trench and then grading and replanting grass which was a lot of work and i just managed to get all the seed down before the rains came .

so another busy month at the farm.

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