Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Saturday 9 August 2008

It seemed like a good idea at the time!

I spent an hour crying last night in the kitchen.. :-( .because I was peeling shallots.. :-) ..and I cleverly ( ha ha ) decided to use up the smaller ones as pickled ones. because only I eat them at Compost Mansions so I thought I would use them up and leave the bigger ones for cooking with.. doh: :-O

BUT it took AGES to peel them.... :-¬

still I now ( finally!) have 2 lbs of shallots and some garlic in brine, ready to pickling (now) tomorrow, as I have decided I am also making chutney...so the oven will be on for sterilising jars etc anyway and I will be tied to the kitchen for a few hours while I cook it all and the house will reek of vinegar so why not do it all in one go!

so all under control and going according to my master preserving plan then...

( OK OK I just have not got round to it so far this week, despite SAYING I would do it earlier...)


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