It has been so long since I managed this whole farmette by myself that yesterday I lost track of time as I trotted about and ended up coming up to the house way too late to make any dinner so we went out to The Local for fried chicken and by the time I got home and sorted out some family business it was way too late to start loading pictures and thinking about writing and I got an early head start on everything this morning because it is not raining and now I have time to post. (Was that really all one sentence!?)
Everything is settled down this morning and well in control. More relaxed today.
Yesterday I started to make my Mothers lemon meringue pie. You know that saying Don’t cook like your mother cook like your Grandmother. Well I took this recipe of Mums and turned it back into my Grandmothers recipe.
It called for a can of condensed milk, a packet of cookies to crumble and yellow lemon juice. Yellow?
So first I had to make the condensed milk. To make this I mixed 2 quarts of milk with 4 cups of sugar and half a vanilla bean (basically Dulce de Leche from Fede’s cook book) and cooked it on low for four hours (popping in and out to check on it) until it was thick and caramel coloured. Then I put this aside to chill and went back outside to work.
Then mixed the condensed milk with 4 eggs yolks and 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Cook at 350 for 15 minutes then down to 300 for twenty minutes then turn the oven off. Back away slowly. Do NOT open the door. As the oven cools the meringue with crisp up. (This works better in an electric oven and in the winter when it is not so humid).
A lovely pie for our Sunday lunch. I will cut it when cold and let you know the result.
Poppy’s farrowing area and Piglet Baby Cradle Warm Spot are all in place. She spends all her time lying quietly these last few days. She has extra rations now we are into her last week and she is locked out of the mud so she stays clean. Her straw will be replaced with wood chips so we don’t have that problem with hiding piglets getting stepped on. I have a peep hole to observe her without causing her to get up and while she is sleeping I can see her piglets lurching about in there, her belly rippling. The pig pregnancy calculator say she should be due July 3rd or 4th.
Her udder is beginning to take on a starfish shape. (She is lying on it in these images – that can’t be comfortable!)
I think we might get some piglets in a week. Maybe. Fingers crossed. Touch wood – all that stuff. And if I am not imagining things.
I will chat again in the morning – we have sun again so back out I go to shift some chickens.
Love your friend on a farm,