Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Farm #6 and Lemon Honey Recipe

So where I left off last I had just gotten done with my first solo tramping trip.  Since then I have spent the last couple of weeks at a very lovely farm on the east coast of the North Island.  Farm #6 was a vineyard that also had a veggie garden, various fruit trees, olive trees, plenty of chooks (chickens), a turkey, some highland cattle, and some lovely pet dogs and cats.  I had a really good two weeks - it was fun to learn a little bit about growing grapes and it was really fun to drink wine every night.  Most of the time at the farm I was working on the veggie garden, which was nice.  We were getting ready for spring by digging beds and planting early veggies.  It is quite a warm climate that doesn't get any frosts so greens, peas, beans were already in the ground.  We were planting tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers.  I dug about four new beds.  There were four cows there that were supposedly pregnant and about to calve any day now.  But sadly they never had their babies while I was there.  For awhile now I have been saying that I want to milk something and I want to kill something.  I got to milk a cow at my last farm.  And I came really close to killing a chicken at this farm.  So I didn't actually kill a chicken.  I thought I was going to but I thought it would be a good idea to watch it first.  Then do it the next time.  We only ended up killing chickens once so I never got the chance.  Maybe next time.  I did get to see them skinned (one of them), plucked (the other one), and cleaned.  Which was a good thing to learn.  Now it might sound kind of morbid that I wanted to kill something but I want to be able to because I eat meat and because someday I want to have my own animals so I will need to know how to kill and clean them.  Spring has definitely sprung here in New Zealand.  All the animals are having babies and all the trees are flowering.  It is really beautiful.  On a hike I went on with my host we walked through a pasture and saw a cow that was in the middle of calving and one calf that took its first steps trying to get away from us.  As usually I have to apologize for my lack of pictures.  Sometimes I am just not in the mood for taking them.  I hope to make it up to you in recipes and book reviews - hope you enjoy.
I acquired a nice recipe that I really enjoyed while I was there.  It is lemon honey and if you like lemon desserts you will really like this.  I liked to just put it on toast but it would also be really good on pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.  I would recommend halving the recipe to try it your first time.

Lemon Honey Recipe:
1 and 1/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
zest of 1 lemon
220 grams of butter diced (2 sticks)
6 eggs beaten

Heat sugar, butter, lemon juice and zest over a double boiler until the butter has melted.  Then add the eggs.  Stir until the mixture thickens 3-5 mins (took me more like 8).  Pour into 3 or 4 medium sized sterilized jars.
A batch of lemon honey in front of the vineyard.

The prettiest cat I have ever seen - seriously it was a show cat. 

I never really knew why people liked boxers until I met this dog - so sweet!!
A view from a short hike in the area (east coast of the North Island)

A lovely cafe I stopped at on my way to a new farm.

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