Saturday, 28 February 2015

Home made

Earlier this summer when my youngberries bushes were in fruit I harvested a large bowl full.

Yup - some jam got made and added to the store cupboard, but having so many berries left over, I, for the first time, made some youngberry syrup from a recipe in my copy of "The Preserving Book" by Lynda Brown.

All it takes is fruit, caster sugar and a small amount of citric acid.
That's all we have
left of the homemade
youngberry syrup I
Although the bottle
is misted over, and
the contents unclear, the
cordial is a deep, clear
reddish colour - all
100% natural
 Oh boy - it's wonderful!!

And it turned out to be a memory jolt for my husband, RMan.  As a child he used to drink what he calls "Himbo" juice.  I never saw that for sale in the shops (but there again my parents weren't German so I obviously wasn't "attuned") and thus I had never tasted it.

When my youngberry syrup was ready I gave RMan a taste and he got excited.  "You made Himbo!!!" was his pleased comment.

Then his next words were, "You should market this".  Guess he really did like it lol

A couple of weeks ago my daughter and her family came to visit.  It was a warm day, so, during the afternoon I dished up some "Himbo" juice.
Baby cup discarded
at her feet - I want
Mum's ju
ice please... :)
My little granddaughter, HJG was busy with her baby cup, but her Mum held out the glass of Himbo for her to try.  HJG took a small taste - looked up at her Mum - then grabbed hold of the glass with both hands to prevent it being taken away from her, and with deep toned grumbling "yum, yum" noises in her throat, proceed to polish of the contents.  Apparently whenever she is enjoying something edible she "grumbles".

Guess I'm going to have to devote all of the youngberries I harvest next season to youngberry syrup.  It is so simple to make, and being able to feed your little one's with something that doesn't contact colourants, artificial anything nor preservatives - that's special :)

I'm so privileged.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


... possibilities.  If we were still in the building stage lol

I always thought I was a relatively lateral thinker, but I never even considered this.
Being a deep chest-type refrigerated unit, the cold air remains at the bottom.  Imagine if it was a freezer...?!
One might have to dress warmly in order to delve into the freezer, but, wow, it would certainly hold plenty of food lol
The above images came by e-mail, and to complete the contents of that e-mail, here is a bit of a laugh...:)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Unknown plant

RMan and I went to Mossel Bay today - on a shopping trip for the farm / tractor.

As we were leaving Mossel Bay I spied a bush on the side of the road.  Unfortunately I didn't get a pic of it, but I did nab three berries - three large berries.

The bush - I think it was pruned, and had green thorns and lots of very pretty white star-like flowers and loads of these large berries.
A sticky white liquid quickly oozes from the
berry as soon as it is picked from the bush
The first thing I noticed was that as soon as they were picked the crown where the berry met the branch started oozing - a white, very sticky fluid.  I immediately wrapped them in newspaper - so they wouldn't leak the sticky gum in the car.
3 hours later the sticky white fluid is still visible
in the flesh and around the edges of the berry
When we got home I broke one of the berries open and this is what they look like inside...
The seeds are almost identical to watermelon
seeds, only much smaller
In the pic above you can clearly see the seeds - almost like small watermelon seeds.  The flesh is most appealing - soft and juicy.  I can't pick up any significant smell.

Does anyone know what it is?

If it's indigenous I fancy trying to grow them from seed.  It's a very attractive bush and should also attract birdlife :)  Maybe even the field mice might fancy it - more than they fancy my tomatoes and butternut...  That would be a win, and would form another aspect to eco-friendly pest control.