Imagine my delight when watching Annabel Langbein's show and she made it! And it was easy - well it looked easy. I have two of Annabel's cookbooks but the recipe was not in there so I found it on a NZ TV website. Here is the link.
I have tried to make yoghurt before without my yoghurt maker and failed so I was a little apprehensive that it could be so easy - but like the rest of Annabel's recipes it was as easy as she says. You only need two ingredients: cream and buttermilk.
Here are my pics from my attempt:
The Vodka bottle I have saved from awhile ago - don't stress I haven't been drinking.
This is what it looked like straight away and only a tiny bit thicker when I put it into the fridge but after 24 hours chilling it was much thicker - like the stuff you can buy in the shop (but with no gelatine - yea cows). I have used it instead of cream on pikelets, in a risotto and in a delicious potato torte recipe from Laura Calder. I think that the total cost of the creme fraiche (about 2 cups) was around $4 - and I had cream and so much buttermilk left over. Considering last time I priced it was near $7 I am ecstatic with the result. Thank you Annabel!
And I can't help but to add this photo from our honeymoon of the area where Annabel has her "cabin"
When I am not called into work I don't tend to leave the house. Is that shocking? I don't know - we have a big house and a garden so I am usually cleaning or gardening or reading etc. So when my husband has a day off and I am not called in to work I plead with him to take us for a drive. It is my job to see to the provisions (usually a thermos of tea and some sandwiches and tim-tams). This time we went to Soldiers Beach with is quite a famous surfing beach in our area. In the background is Norah Head Lighthouse - I think you can actually stay there. Here are some photos:
This is a close a we are getting to an outfit post as I had no make-up on and didn't feel great. I am wearing my everyday clothes apart from the jumper - which rather than being maternity is just a lrage size - and it is so lovely and warm.