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GRAPES IN LIQUEUR, a past CSH recipe !
Tue 1-Nov-11
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Hattie
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This morning I was checking out Fiona's blog & the list of past blogs for this day. I always check this right-hand column out as it throws up many things I have never seen before. This is one of them....

 

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Now I have two grapevines, a Muscat one which usually crops very well but this year hasn't due to the very dry early summer, and another dark grape  which is usually very prolific but never ripens. This year it has; I think because of the long Indian Summer we are having. The grapes are very sweet so I think I will try Gilbert's recipe.

Another treat for Christmas.....I think there is just enough time for it to mature....  whistle

 

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Tue 1-Nov-11
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Do have a look at the update linked from that post! I made these years ago (in fact that's how I discovered CSH!) and if you keep them too long they taste really nasty 🙁 Probably our grapes were not sweet enough either.

Tue 1-Nov-11
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wave Veronica, 

Many thanks for pointing me towards the update¦.don't know how I missed it (speed-reading I suspect ). I always sample my brews as the weeks pass¦.more fun that way. The only one I don't is the one made with green walnuts as I know it taste horrible until it is a couple of years old (& divine at five). My dark grapes are very sweet, a great surprise to me as they have never ripened like this in 8 years. I am thinking about using some of them to cook a pigeon dish I had in Italy.  You line a casserole dish with vine leaves, put in the pigeons wrapped in bacon (pancetta), vegetables, which must contain mushroom & garlic, a few juniper berries, herbs, pour over some wine & olive oil,seasoning etc.Cover the top with more vine-leaves & put the lid on. Cook very slowly & near the end of cooking add lots of black grapes till they are just cooked through.  The old farmer's wife in Spoleto gave me the recipe said it was their revenge on the pigeons who had stolen their grapes all year.She cooked it for me in a large cast-iron pot in her hearth as she has no oven. I now cook it in my slow cooker which works very well.

Oh, the leaves are not meant to be eaten, they just impart a slight flavour & keep eveything moist.

 

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Tue 1-Nov-11
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Apparently pigeons can only be shot at certain times of the year here in Latvia, not sure if they can be caught any other way but this is seriously tempting revenge for grazing on our buckwheat seed earlier on this year. i_am_hungry

Tue 1-Nov-11
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pigeons what pigeons? The french have eaten them allbig_laugh

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Tue 1-Nov-11
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We have plenty here.......they are a menace & I found today they have eaten most of the grapes......GrRRRRH.......  dalek

 

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