No, there's no riotous party going on here. I'm talking about making your own vanilla. I had to try this when I saw it on The Italian Dish. Nothing could be simpler.
The recipe ~
Take 1/2 a vanilla bean (I used bourbon natural vanilla because it is simply the best.)
Split the bean down the middle to expose the caviar (That's what you call the mushy stuff inside.)
Place in small bottle.
Fill with vodka (I used Silent Sam because I like that brand and I may have some left over to drink.)
Let sit for 3 weeks to infuse.
When you have used about half the bottle, top it back up with vodka. (This is a good excuse to keep some on hand.)
I bought bottles at Dollarama for $1.50 for two. That's empty bottles not vodka bottles. I wish!
At the same time I picked up some natural modelling clay to make tags. The tag making was a little messier than I thought and I wound up looking like something from Ghost. No, I didn't look like Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze did not show up, but I had a lot of clay on my hands. Then, I turned away and my cat ate one of them. I am happy to report that clay is not fatal to little, poorly behaved kitties.
This is Maeve. She loves the taste of clay! ~
This is how the infusion looked on the first day ~
This is what it looks like after one week with tags painted to look like old Roman coins ~
Disclaimer ~ I'm am not an irresponsible pet owner that leaves kittens unattended around clay. Maeve is two years old. She's just some sort of pygmy breed of cat. And, she's very, very bad!