In 2009 I opened my wallet and splurged out on a waterproof rain jacket that has an inner liner which is removable. This jacket saw me faithfully through wet holidays in England, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. It kept me dry through 6 Cape winters. And trust me, it can rain here! And then this year, on the wettest day on the barge, the jacket said, sorry, no more! It was no longer waterproof. I was soaked and wearing the jacket seemed pointless, but I kept it on. As soon as we got back from France I went to Columbia (the shop, not the country) and they told me to bring my jacket in as they might be able to help get it back to its waterproof state. I also went to Due South and bought another waterproof jacket, in case Columbia could not help me. This was the last medium sized jacket on the rack, in a colour I would wear. The following week I took my jacket to Columbia and they told me to buy a product from Due South that would restore the waterproof feature. So, I popped in, bought the bottle of liquid and put my jacket, together with Dave’s into the washing machine. I tested the jacket and it seemed waterproof, and so I took the new one back. Well, it turns out that it is drizzle proof and not rain proof. I discovered this when I got home drenched after a real Cape storm! So, back I went to Due South and the jacket was still there! Just my luck. And, to make me jump for joy, it was now on sale and I got it at a 25% discount. Win/win all around. Another thing that made me jump for joy was when I saw Manuela publish a recipe for condensed milk. I have so wanted to make a recipe, but as it needs condensed milk I have not been able to do so. But the version using fructose worked so well that I have made batches of the Sugar Free Condensed Milk. I have added spices to some and I have been eating the condensed milk out of the jar it is so good. You will never buy tinned condensed milk again after trying this recipe.
- 250mls milk
- 10g glucose powder
- 90g fructose
- 0.625mls bicarbonate of soda
- Place the milk, glucose and fructose into a sauce pan
- Bring to the boil and immediately reduce the temperature
- Leave on a low temperature setting to reduce, stirring occasionally
- It should take about an hour to thicken
- As soon as it thickens, take off the heat
- Stir in the bicarbonate of soda
- Leave to cool before placing into a sterilized glass jar
When it starts to bubble like mad take it off the heat immediately.
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What I blogged July 2:
- one year ago – Bistro On The Lake
- two years ago – I Made It Challenge: Gumdrops
- three years ago – Friday’s Food Quiz
- five years ago – Malva Pudding