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Ross Campbell BS: What to do with stuff you don't need (66* d) RE: BS: What to do with stuff you don't need 07 Aug 12

My mum used to make the occasional batch of wine. She just followed recipes from library books, but must have been doing things right - she once won first prize for a bottle of "Champagne" in the Scottish Women's Rural Institute tent at Drymen Show, following which she was horrified to be invited to contribute an article on wine-making to a national magazine. It would have been an interesting article - she insisted that her wine was not alcoholic, despite the fact that it clearly was! This misconception may have arisen from an earlier experimental recipe for Advocaat (egg nog) which had a huge vat of mashed-up eggs (including shells) and other ingredients marinading in our kitchen next to the stove for weeks. Towards the end of the process, a portion of brandy had to be added (to stop the fermentation process) so she could see how the Advocaat would be alcoholic. But she hadn't added any alcohol to the wine recipes, so how could that possibly be alcoholic? Perhaps we should have turned her on to making "non-alcoholic" poteen - or vodka - potatoes were one of the main local crops, and we used to get as much as we could carry after a day at the tatty-howkin' (as well as getting paid for the work!)

The bottles my mum used for her winning "Champagne" were former whisky bottles recycled from the pub across the road, courtesy of the landlord and landlady, her friends the Glasgows, labelled in careful calligraphy by Patrick Sinclair who worked with my father in the Bank at the time.

Back then (forty-five years ago) things that were no longer "needed" would go to jumble sales or junk shops - both of these seem to have disappeared, to be replaced by car-boot sales and eBay. (At least with car-boot sales I feel that I'm getting some fresh air - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)


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