Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Crab or Paradise?

For the first time since we moved in, our crab apple tree gifted us with dozens of tiny, burgundy apples. We saw the first months ago, but knew we had to wait, so we waited, and waited, and waited...until yesterday when they began falling off the branches:

Tiny apples the size of cherries:

Perfect for making pickled crab apples with sugar and vanilla (is it still called pickled if there is no vinegar?). I've never tried it before and these burst, even though I did the whole cold water trick. I looked up how to avoid this, and apparently I should have pierced them with a sterile needle before cooking. Not that it would have mattered since I over-cooked them slightly. Another thing to remember for next time - they cook faster than I think. *grin*

And voila. 5 jars of crab apples, plus one jar of juice to use for drinks and sauces. I tasted the left-over juice and it is sooo good! No wonder they are called "paradise apples" in Danish:

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Halloween

We don't celebrate Halloween in Denmark, but the shops have long since pounced on it like toddlers in a candy store - or should that be kids trick-or-treating? My husband brought home three pumpkins to carve, and here's my contribution:

Orlando meets Mr. Pumpkinhead

Mr. Pumpkinhead in the dark

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Sunday Jammin'

Most farms in Denmark will have an elder bush growing somewhere because according to old beliefs, the elder-mother, the goddess Freja, lived in the elder and protected the good folk around her.

That the elderflowers and elderberries are said to be medicinal and a remedy against the common cold and other nastiness probably added to the popularity of the bush.

Our farm is no different. The elderberries and apples in the garden have been ripe for a while now, and today we decided to harvest:

...and:
...make jam:
...which tasted very nice on a cracker:

Elderberry and Apple Jam Recipe

- elderberries picked off their stems
- slightly tart apples peeled, cored, and diced
- sugar

In the weight quantities 1:1:1

Put the elderberries and the apples into a pot and bring to a low boil. Let boil for 10 minutes and then add the sugar and boil for another 10-15 minutes. Pour into sterile jars and seal tight.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Vacation.

My husband took a one week vacation and Mother Nature decided to show herself from her best side. We stayed home, but made a couple of excursions.

The first one was to Egeskov Castle on Fuenen. I snatched this photo from their website:



Our second trip went to the Scandinavian Animal Park, and what a treat it was. Even though not even a 450.000,00 squaremeter park can compare to the territories and areas roamed by the animals in the wild, it was nice to see them with space to move about, and of course the polar bear cub, Siku, was adorable. Here are a couple of photos taken by my husband: