Category: Learning skills

We will have to learn loads of new skills if we are going to succeed in our new life in Bulgaria. We hope to able to share how we get on with this, and hope you will enjoy our pratfalls and disasters!

First test firing

Rocket stoves and Hugel beds

We’ve had a couple of extra helpers visiting for a few days last week. Anna and Olof are on a round-the-world trip, visiting various projects and learning about self-sufficiency, and practising permaculture. Danni and Richard are still here, but Anna and Olof’s interests (permaculture and rocket stoves) seemed too good to pass up! It was a hectic few days, with…

Cabbage and salt

Making Sauerkraut

One of the things I’ve fancied having a go at making is sauerkraut. All that lacto-fermentation stuff sounds really interesting, so now, when the market in Popovo is laden with humongous cabbages, seems  like a good time to try it out. I found a decent sounding recipe, and bought a cabbage. Because it was my first go, I only wanted…

Drying sausages

Making sausages

I’d just starting to plaster the ceiling when Galia one of our neighbours came round with an offer I couldn’t refuse. Did I want to learn how to make sausages? So I downed tools and grabbed the phrase book, this was going to be a challenge. I usually rely on Joe to do the talking and I’ve rarely had to…

Apple cordial

Surplus apples

One of the problems we’ve found has been dealing with the huge amount of fruit that ripens all at the same time. We’ve got so many apples, it’s been hard knowing what to do with them all. We’ve got loads peeled and frozen, ready for pies and crumbles in the winter, some that are in really good condition are being…

Day 4 sourdough starter

My first sourdough bread

Making sourdough bread has always been one of those love-to-try-it-but-it-looks-really-complicated kinda things, but this week I’ve decided to give it a go, see how I got on. First, I need to make a starter culture. Then I will bulk this up to make a ‘mother’, from which a loaf of bread can be made. I’m following Peter Reinhart’s method in…