Back to Basics Challenge

Sowing seed or Planting

We were given some broccoli and cauliflower seedlings. The rain we had last week has worn off, and the soil in the front garden was quite dry. However, they are planted now, and watered, and the dog won't be able to touch them out there. Though he is a good puppy really, but he does still like stalks.

Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars

I have sent hubby off to measure three curtains in the newer house. I will look on ebay for some lace.

Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc

Chilli Apple Sauce continued from here.

On Saturday my husband made the apple sauce we wanted to make last week but we had to wait for the delivery of the fruit because we couldn't find any green chillies in the local supermarket. We buy Thai green chillies. A work friend of my husband's made the sauce as well. She thought the sauce was hot, so I guess it makes a lot of difference which green chillies you use. When we found the recipe in the 80s, it is quite likely there were less chillies on the market.

brevete food mill no. 3. We have always called it a mouli, and then found when making the sauce it had Brevete written on it. We have had it as long as I have known my husband, i.e. he had it before we were married.

How did it turn out? I got a fright when I saw it. I am used to kiwi fruit sauce and it looked pale. It smelt like Ezy Sauce to start with, but that went away. The spices and the fruit haven't blended yet. You get the taste of the apples first, then the spices second. It is unusual because of the cardamon. I feel it would look good on pork like the recipe suggested, as you expect to see apple sauce on pork.

Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc

I caught up with the Bushfire Edition of Mountain Monthly this weekend. I helps me feel like I know a little more about the fire affected community I lived in not too long ago.

Learn a new Skill

On Tuesday my fifteen year old daughter learnt to use an overlocker at school. I thought that was great!

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.


Tatersmama said…
Mmmmm The sauce looks nice! I love pork, so I'm sure it would lovely on a pork roast. I've never heard of chili's in apple sauce before, but I'll bet it tastes beautiful. ;-)
I've got about 10 kilos of tomatoes to do tomorrow, but I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with them all. Maybe make several different batches of different things ?
Paola said…
Great to hear they are teaching youngies to use sewing machines at school. I regret not having learnt in my teenage years,imagine how proficient I would be now! Keep it up!
Mum-me said…
The sauce looks yummy, but also like a lot of hard work!

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It's always nice to 'meet' another Aussie blogger.

I see you are in Victoria - hope your area wasn't affected by those dreadful bushfires.
Linda said…
We had some smoke, but that is all thankfully.
tina said…
Your apple sauce looks really really good. I always admire folks who take the time to make homemade things such as this. It will surely remind you of the fresh fruit during the winter days.

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