basically making yr own vanilla extract is really simple, and economical! put 5-6 split vanilla pods, 1 whole bottle of vanilla extract (remember to use the real thing, not essence) and one-liter vodka (thx to claire for providing me the booze) into a glass bottle with cap and leave it on for 6-8 weeks before you start decanting. and once you start pouring into your own smaller bottles, top up with more vodka. more step-by-step instructions can be found here.
and when its ready, i'm gonna give some them away to my baker friends so they'll never have to buy expensive vanilla extract :D aren't i nice? haha i'm so looking forward and i'll update with the outcome in 6-8 weeks time!