Baking a delicious Ribiselcake from organic red currants

Delicious Red currant cake

Over the past few weeks we got a lot of currants ripening, especially red currants. I checked some websites and of course talked with my grandma and came to the conclusion that what else would you do with fresh red currants other than baking a cake. From my point of view there is only one real cool red currant cake and thats the one with a egg white foam topping. In Austria this cake is known as Ribisel cake.

Our first tomatoes

Red tomatoes hanging on a bush

We bought four small tomato plants from the local grower in June, as Lumia got some vouchers for that shop for her birthday. We had to buy pre-grown plants because season was already upon us as we moved from Germany to Finland in May, we simply had no time to start growing tomatoes from seed. 

In order to give them a good place and shelter I built a small green house, capable to house 4 plants. It is made from old wardrobe and cupboard parts. For the roof I used 14mm Plexiglass. The walls are made of polytunnel foil. I consider it my first upcyling green house I ever built. 

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From the Glog

This Fall's Garden Harvest in One Post

Bean harvest 2017

Fall 2017 has been somewhat crazy. Perhaps there'll be a little retrospect on it later, but for now let's look at some of the delicious veggies we were able to harvest this autumn from our annuals garden.

The year was very subotimal, awfully wet and therefore we had a lot of slugs eating our crops. The summer was also very, very cold, so many things just didn't make it, loke corn or most of the cabbages.

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different logs inoculated with mushroom brood resting on a palett
Cranes over the barn
water pipe insulated with PE foam and Styrofoam + active heating
Part of our organic corn harvest
Red tomatoes hanging on a bush

From the Glog

This Fall's Garden Harvest in One Post

Bean harvest 2017

Fall 2017 has been somewhat crazy. Perhaps there'll be a little retrospect on it later, but for now let's look at some of the delicious veggies we were able to harvest this autumn from our annuals garden.

The year was very subotimal, awfully wet and therefore we had a lot of slugs eating our crops. The summer was also very, very cold, so many things just didn't make it, loke corn or most of the cabbages.

Gardening

Calendula in the Garden

Bee on a calendula flower

I have a lot of calendula plants in my garden. Usually too much, as they tend to sow themselves in the fall and rise in the most surprising places the next spring. I let them rise, as they are actually really beneficial plants to have in any garden!

Obviously calendula (officially calendula officinalis, also called pot marigold) is really beautuful. It makes a great cut flower and it's just a joy to look at while working in the garden. But, it has medical uses as well as does a job keeping pests at bay in the produce garden!

Food

How We Track & Manage Our Produce Use

Produce tracker list

Even on a bad year, we do get quite a lot of produce - especially berries and fruit seemed to like the cold summer this year. We have a root cellar and a big box freezer to preserve it all and we do, but if you happen to have a big freezer also, you know you NEVER find anything in there, don't remember what's there anyway and when spring arrives it's still half full of random stuff, right?