Here I sit. Gin in hand. Contemplating weeding. Honestly, I can't keep up, and sometimes I think I just need to take the time to sit, relax and enjoy. I can only nag so much about the mowing. After all, theoretically I could do it myself, but that would be starting a rather unpleasant precedent. I guess it's kinda like vacuuming, and that never gets done either.
My new boots have been given a minor workout with a stroll in the garden, and so far, I think they are rather fantastic. Shiny red rubber. Hose-offable, and not too heavy. My winter boots are way too warm now, and I'm not a fan of rubber clogs, so these are perfect.
Just to prove I'm not a total lush, who sits around all day sipping gin, I'll show you what else I've been up to.
Bottling my ginger beer.
I used an easy to follow recipe from Sally Wise's new book (well, new to me).
I've borrowed this one from the library but I might have to add this to my Christmas wishlist. Full of great recipes and old fashioned treats, I think this is one book I would find myself using again and again. Now because I have a mortal fear of exploding bottles, but really didn't want to go down the plastic bottle path, I've been super careful with sterilising the bottles, and have checked all the seals closely before putting them in an old esky outside the door. I've also left lots of headspace for the carbonation process.
If they do, ahem, explode, the mess should be fairly contained. They need to brew for 5-6 days, but I will check them each day, just in case things get out of hand....
I had looked at a ton of recipes before choosing this one. What I liked most was it made a relatively small batch (six bottles), meaning we could drink it in the time it took for the plant to be ready again ( eight days). While I liked Pip's, I really didn't want to commit to making such a colossal amount, only to find I didn't like it or it didn't work. So, fingers crossed and I'll let you know how it all goes.
So bottoms up, and enjoy your weekend!
p.s. I can't begin to describe just how good this homemade cordial is. Here's a link. Go make some today.