Soooooooooooooo I've been lazy today. It was gray day which made all the leaves saturated in their own color and that was pretty distracting.
I tried pretty hard to clean up the house and that went well enough until I gave up entirely to go get pho and beer. On the way I stopped at LiquorLand because for some reason I really wanted a cold beer with the pho.
And look what I found!
Locally distilled vodka and Miller High Life teenys!
Then I decided to make Concord grape jelly and also some apple butter. I really should drink less beer and eat more fruit, but until then I'll just cook it before it really rots.
I had about half a container of grapes in the fridge. I stemmed them, rinsed them, weighed them, then put them in a pot with 3/4 weight of sugar. And a few squirts of lemon.
Then I cooked them over medium-ish heat, stirring and popping the grapes against the side of the pot. I have to say that it smelled gorgeous, but then again I love the smell of grapes.
After about 25 minutes or so, I pulled them off the heat and pushed them through a strainer. The result went back on the heat for about another 25 minutes.
Personally I think that this color is awesome. I want to color everything purple, it looks lovely and tastes lovely too.
After it came to a second boil I took it off the heat and jarred it. Yes, I definitely burned my tongue tasting it for, uh, well uh scientific purposes.
Next up was the apple butter. I bought a bag of apples thinking that I would use them up for my mince project last week. But I really only just used one, or wait, maybe two and then of course I thought I would have one every day with my lunch. Whoops, not this week.
Currently the apples are still cooking. I have a perforated metal flame tamer and I have to say that a flame tamer is a kitchen must. I just put the pot over a fairly low gas flame and just leave it to burble away until it turns dark brown.
When it gets a little caramelly looking, I stir in a little cider. And my house smells fricking good.
All in all a rather satisfying lazy day.