I spent the day busy. Milking and doing the morning feeds. Scything the driveway (must go pick the hay up when I have finished this). Moved the pigs to their top paddock. Spent the middle of the day in the workshop where I am making a new cheese press. Then in the afternoon I put up some more framing on the new chook pens. I have cream out to make another batch of butter tonight and a big bowl of jalapeno chilli's to make sauce and some pickled chilli's for myself waiting in the kitchen. Yet here I am at the end of the day and although I am tired I feel like there is little to see for my efforts.
|Mmmmm chilli sauce. Not for the faint of heart!|
- Two big handfuls of fresh Jalapeno chillis
- One big handful of fresh fiesta chillis
- One brown onion
- Half a cup of brown sugar
- Half a cup of cider vinegar
- Half a cup of water
- Mince or blend chillis and onion to the desired consistency. Leave the seeds in if you like it hot. Remove the seeds if you do not like to live dangerously.
- Fry, on a high heat, with a little olive oil in a heavy pan until the onion turns translucent.
- Add sugar, vinegar and water. Stir until the mixture comes to the boil then turn the heat to low and continue stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to thicken.
- Spoon while still hot from the pan into sterilized hot jars and seal. Allow to cool and ensure the seal is tight.
- Age for at least one week to allow the flavour and heat to mature.
|Only half grown at the moment. They are currently the size of a large dog. For reference, the fence is 90cm tall.|
The pigs have grown. No longer cute little piglets who could all sleep in their trough together. Their trough now could only just contain one. Feed time is sort of a porcine opera combined with all in mud wrestling. Fun to watch though. We had a good stroke of luck with a local potato grower. They are dumping their seconds potatoes in the fields for cattle and were only too happy for us to have as many tonnes as we wanted for free. We made a donation though as I feel it would be poor manners to take without any return. So I drove over last week and they loaded a one tonne crate of potatoes on the back of my truck. Now the piggies are eating like kings- boiled potatoes at every meal and we are saving a lot of money on feed.
|Happy as a pig in mud and they are too. It is great fun to watch them digging and rolling about.|