I’m feeling quite proud of myself for finishing a project I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

Not a terribly difficult one, but it required me to remember to buy the ingredients and combine them (it’s been a bit hectic at Misericordia Mansions recently).

So here is my proto-vanilla essence.

Take booze (upmarket supermarket own label), add vanilla pods (I used two), split and scraped to a clean bottle which has been warmed to over 100 degrees C for 20 minutes or so.

Combine ingredients and shake regularly. Keep in a cool dark place for at least 6 weeks. Apparently you can keep topping up the booze and refreshing the vanilla pods. I’ll keep you posted…