I've just quit my job and am loving the upcoming few weeks of idleness before I start my next venture. However: I am a born baker and used to spend a lot of free time baking cakes, cookies and the like. Now that I don't have siblings/sweet-toothed-flatmates hanging around the place, that kind of stuff ends up going mouldy and having to be thrown away these days :(
I'm really getting into pickling and making jams as a new way of hobby-cooking which doesn't fill the place with perishable desserts! I'm looking for other fun, culinary projects I can absorb myself in to produce more everyday, staple items (home smoking meats or making my own crackers are two I'm thinking about). I LOVE hacks that you can put together from reused items in particular, but anything interesting and maybe complicated will be awesome. Do you chowhounds have any other ideas?