After picking a substantial amount of olives on Saturday 27th May, and using a water bath swapped daily from Sunday 28th, it’s time to start the final brine. All were single sliced on the Sunday morning and water curing started Sunday afternoon.
Based on the mediterranean style cracked olive style from The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources publication 8267 via Chiotsrun.com I prepared
- 3 jars of green olives that had been water cured for 16 days at room temperature (~ 17 – 19 degrees). These smelt like preserved olives, and were no longer bitter. In smaller metric units, 870mL of cool water to 105g to 110mL of white-wine vinegar was used as the brining solution, and olives were packed with lemon slices.
- A further jar of green olives that had been water cured outside ( ~ 5 – 15 degrees).
- A further two jars of black olives that had been water cured outside, no lemon.
Allegedly these are ready in 4 days, or weekend of 17th June, and will keep in the fridge for up to a year.
Based on the kalamata-style olive recipe, using dark-red olives that had been water cured outside, I prepared a further 10 or so jars of black olives in 2L of metric equivalent brining solution of 790mL cool water, 95g salt and 210mL of red-wine vinegar. These returned to the shed given current temperature outside. These are expected to be ready in a month, or 13 July, and will keep in the cool for a year if the jars remain airtight.
Jars were immersed for 20 seconds in a boiling water bath for a crude sterilization prior.
import re import time import json from slackclient import SlackClient import time from neopixel import * # LED strip configuration: LED_COUNT = 8 # Number of LED pixels. LED_PIN = 18 # GPIO pin connected to the pixels (must support PWM!). LED_FREQ_HZ = 800000 # LED signal frequency in hertz (usually 800khz) LED_DMA = 5 # DMA channel to use for generating signal (try 5) LED_BRIGHTNESS = 20 # Set to 0 for darkest and 255 for brightest LED_INVERT = False # True to invert the signal (when using NPN transistor level shift) def theaterChase(strip, color, wait_ms=50, iterations=2): """Movie theater light style chaser animation.""" for j in range(iterations): for q in range(3): for i in range(0, strip.numPixels(), 3): strip.setPixelColor(i+q, color) strip.show() time.sleep(wait_ms/1000.0) for i in range(0, strip.numPixels(), 3): strip.setPixelColor(i+q, 0) # Create NeoPixel object with appropriate configuration. strip = Adafruit_NeoPixel(LED_COUNT, LED_PIN, LED_FREQ_HZ, LED_DMA, LED_INVERT, LED_BRIGHTNESS) # Intialize the library (must be called once before other functions). strip.begin() # Slack integration slack_client = SlackClient(YOUR_API_KEY_HERE) # Fetch your Bot's User ID user_list = slack_client.api_call("users.list") for user in user_list.get('members'): if user.get('name') == "labs-pi": slack_user_id = user.get('id') break # Start connection if slack_client.rtm_connect(): print "Connected!" while True: for message in slack_client.rtm_read(): if 'text' in message and message['text'].startswith("<@%s>" % slack_ user_id): print "Message received: %s" % json.dumps(message, indent=2) message_text = message['text'].\ split("<@%s>" % slack_user_id).\ strip() if re.match(r'.*light.*on.*', message_text, re.IGNORECASE): theaterChase(strip, Color(127,127,127)) slack_client.api_call( "chat.postMessage", channel=message['channel'], text="Lights are now on", as_user=True) if re.match(r'.*light.*off.*', message_text, re.IGNORECASE): theaterChase(strip, Color(0,0,0)) slack_client.api_call( "chat.postMessage", channel=message['channel'], text="Lights are now off", as_user=True) time.sleep(1)
- Pumpkin Feta Pastitio
- Spicy chicken zigni curry (reduce cayenne pepper to reduce spice; spice quantities could probably be halved in future)
- Lamb and pumpkin tagine (substitute butterflied leg for shanks)
- For next week – polenta crusted vegie casserole
- keen to try these Jaffa Truffles
- Kate also suggests this Cannellini bean, cumin and yoghurt dip, and Mini pea frittatas
Some ideas for this week.
- Saturday night: Roast mushroom pork bake
- Sunday lunch: Persian baked eggs with lentils
- Sunday night: Teriyaki beef asian mushrooms and soba noodles
- Monday or Tuesday night: Chicken and eggplant curry
The Teriyaki beef and mushrooms was good, and definite do again – but best when asian mushrooms are discounted.
The persian baked eggs with lentils may be OK, but it turns out Master Foods moroccan seasoning is half salt and filler, so if using North Road Bakery ras el hanout… then probably 1/2 tsp instead of 3 tsp is the right amount.
The roast mushroom pork bake I used a trimmed piece of shoulder roast, and gave it a slower (180 degree) 2 hour roasting instead, throwing the mushrooms in 30 minutes from the end. The meat was a bit dry; I was perhaps too vigorous in trimming…
- Quick pastitsio – this was hugely tasty and Danielle asks we cook it again. Huge amounts of fats though, needs plenty of green vegetables to accompany, and should use lean mince.
- Slow-cooker beef daube
- I did also look at slow cooker beef brisket ragu
- Zucchini and pumpkin fritters with poached eggs
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