Friday was a big day for
While she happily waved bye and headed into the classroom without even looking behind, I have to say that those strings tugged hard at my heart. No, I didn’t have to pull out the tissues…because I’m strong! And I had just eaten a big bar of chocolate an hour before and so was riding the happy sugar rush.
But it wasn’t so long ago that she looked like this:
4 years later, she looks like this:
So I headed home and pulled out the biggest bottle of vodka (not very big) that I could find…to make some vanilla extract.
After coming across a few blog posts on how easy it is to make your own vanilla extract, I decided to make my own. It sounded easy enough. All I needed were vanilla pods and alcohol – I used vodka as that was all I had in the house. That and wine. I didn’t think that red wine would be very suitable…though now that I think about it, red wine and vanilla – yum!Anyway, I scraped the vanilla pods, put the pods and seeds in an empty bottle (which I‘sterilised’ first by putting It in the dishwasher), then filled the bottle up. A bit of shaking and that was it.
Ingredients:Roughly 5 vanilla pods (I probably didn’t need that many but was a bit overenthusiastic)
About 250-300ml ml vodka
This is what it looked like on Friday.
By today (2 days later), the colour of the liquid had changed significantly.
All it needs now is a little patience and at least 6 weeks for it to magically transform into liquid gold!