Fast forward to last night, and we were over at Dan's ( diving buddy) for dinner. His job is sailing all over the world, sometimes doing guided tours and sometimes doing boat deliveries. Suffice to say he gets around a bit. We were just finishing up dinner and he appeared with hand-fulls of dried vanilla pods. "Who wants some?" He'd picked it up on one of his travels.
Well, you had to hold me back! Myself and another friend, Danny ( who is the most amazing chef) almost knocked Dan over in our enthusiasm!
I came home clutching many, many vanilla pods, and I can't thank Dan enough.
So, now I can make some vanilla extract. I'm going to follow Alison's recipe, which is
- 1 bottle of vodka (40%)
- 1 dark coloured bottle with tight lid
- vanilla beans (recipes vary on amount, most say 3-6 per cup so I went 5 per cup)
Stuff the vanilla beans in your jar and fill with vodka. Give the bottle a couple of good shakes and then pop in a cool dark spot. Take your bottle out and shake once or twice a week for the next couple of months. Then shake as you remember.
Once you have hit six months, the vanilla extract will be ready to use.
I have copied this word for word so all credit goes to Alison.
I will need to go and buy some vodka - Lloyd and I are not great drinkers, but I'm so excited!