Saturday, 22 March 2014

An abundance of walnuts ~ Walnut & Sultana Loaf recipe

Our house was built in the 1920s. In the backyard we have a huge walnut tree planted by the first owners of our house back around 1928. I know this because a few years ago their grandson turned up on the door step amazed that the tree (and the house) was still here.

I've no idea what variety the tree is, but most years we have a great crop - literally wheel barrow loads. The tree has survived the earthquakes and all the other "joys" of life in Christchurch over the last few years. The gales and heavy rain over the last couple of weeks brought a lot of the nuts down, but there's still plenty on the tree. So I thought I'd share on of my favourite walnut recipes:

Walnut and Sultana Loaf

8 oz flour
½ cup sultanas
½ cup walnuts
1 tsp baking soda
1 T golden syrup
1½ tsp baking powder
4 oz sugar
1/2 oz butter

Put all the ingredients except the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Pour over 1 cup of boiling water and stir well. When cool (but not completely cold) add the flour and baking powder. Pour into a lined and greased loaf tin and bake for approximately one hour at 180°C (350°F).

Friday, 7 March 2014

Laundry Liquid Recipe

I started making my own laundry liquid as even the large-scale ones claiming to be for sensitive skin irritated my daughter's skin causing angry red eczema flare ups. I make this using my own Castile soap, but a good quality unscented vegetable-oil based soap should work just as well.

There are a few recipes available for laundry liquid, but this is the one that's worked the best for me.

To make the laundry liquid you will need:

60g grated castile soap
1.5 litres water
1/2 cup of washing soda
1/4 cup of borax
1 litre hot water
5 litres hot water

a large saucepan
a 10 litre bucket
a long-handled spoon
4 or 5 two litre bottles (you can use plastic milk bottles or similar)

Into the saucepan goes 1.5 litres of water and the grated soap. Warm over a low heat until the soap has dissolved. Then stir in the borax and washing soda. Continue to stir until the borax and washing soda have dissolved and mixture starts to thicken - sometimes this happens quite quickly, but it will thicken more has it cools so don't worry if it still seems a bit runny.

Pour one litre of hot water into your bucket. Then carefully pour in the soap mixture and stir well. Add the remaining five litres of hot water and stir again.

Pour into your bottles. Don't fill the bottles completely as the mixture can become quite thick so you may need to give it a good shake before using. About 1/2 a cup should do an average load.

You may also like to try this:
Homemade Laundry Powder

I link up here.