I had to add this.....I think I may be in for a busy time this Christmas!
Friday, 19 December 2008
This year I have used different recipe's for both the pastry and mince meat. I added orange juice in place of water in the pastry and used a cooked recipe for the mincemeat without the use of suet...and they are delicious
1.3kg(3lbs) cooking apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
Juice and zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon
600ml(1pint) of medium sweet cider or apple juice
450g(1lb) brown sugar
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg
450g(1lb) each of raisins & currants
225g(8oz) galce cherries, halved
Put apples, juices, zest and cider in a large pan and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins
Stir in sugar, spices and dreid fruit (not cherries). When sugar has dissolved, simmer for a further 15 mins
Remove from heat and stir in cherries, cool and pack into jars and cover
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
We had a great time down with Primrose & Maggie for their first birthday, they were full of fun and enjoyed riding on their new trikes. We went swimming on the day because it was raining and then enjoyed a busy party with lots of friends two days later
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
I have been making my first batch of chutney for 2008. This is my new preserving pan that my friend Joy bought me when we moved house. I have made Cranberry & Pear Chutney and Hot Aubergine Chutney.
2lbs Aubergines, 3tbl salt, 6oz dark brown sugar
12fl oz white wine vinegar, 30z sultanas,
1tbl tomato puree, 5 garlic cloves, 1lb onions,
1tbl cayenne pepper, 3 red chillies
1. Slice aubergines, sprinkle with salt and leave for 3 hrs, rinse and dry
2. Put sugar, vinegar, raisins, tomato puree in pan, mix.
3.Finely chop onions & chillies add to other ingredients.
4. Heat gently, stirring until sugar is dissolved, simmer until thickened.
5. Pour into jars. (about 3lbs)
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Sunday, 31 August 2008
We had a great day out on Andy & Amy's wedding anniversary... beginning at Avon Mill near Kingsbridge, Primrose & Maggie paddled in puddles and the bird bath with Grandpa and played with the water features.