What a strange day.
Tony was scheduled for standby at 6am, & so was up with his typical CRASH-BANG-WALLOP at around 0130. I too got up, my sleep completely disturbed so I did a little work on the computer whilst he had a bath; after which he recommenced his work on the Process Room plans, which he was anxious to discuss before he departed. I queried the incorporation in his design for a cold room with a door at either end; pointing out we’ve already purchased a cold room & whilst it would be lovely to have another one, I did not feel it was an expense we could justify. For similar reasons we cannot as yet (I feel) justify the expense of a freezer room; we can make do with chest freezers, for the time being. Whilst he didn’t agree, Tony could see my point of view; but it did cause a bit of a frosty atmosphere between us; which is regrettable when there is no time to discuss such things & clear the air properly.
The weather was absolutely horrible for much of the time with strong winds & driving rain; so I decided the best course of action would be to stay snug in the house with the woodburner stoked up, & work on some cheese & ice cream recipes. I checked up on the batch of Caws Carn Ingli you might recall I’d made a few weeks ago; whilst they’d been quite robust only a week or so ago, they are now completely hard & inedible, much to my disappointment; in fact being positively light in the body which shows just how much they have dried out, although technically they should still be maturing & flavoursome. On this occasion I did seem to have got the salage about right, judging by previous tastings of the cheese; so I’ll have to try a different tactic when draining them, perhaps a shorter time at the pre-drainage stage?
Meanwhile I also tried out at a Spiced Figgie Pudding ice cream; now it’s December there’s no harm galvanising my spirits into the festive mood, I suppose! Despite the suggestiveness of the name however, this recipe does not contain specific plum pudding but is made using softened dried figs, cinnamon, nutmeg & the slightest hint of brandy. It produces an opulently-flavoured ice cream which feels more virtuous than the Christmas Pudding variety – as it has a lovely, rich fruity flavour – but none of the extra fat! See my Ice Cream Recipes page, for more details if you want to have a go at it yourself.
So, what a quiet day: home alone, with no chance to kiss & make up with my nearest & dearest – a real case, for me at least, of solitary confinement.