Saturday, 22 March 2008
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Link for egg pattern:
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
>The best recipe I've found over the years, and the only one I use now. Try it - you'll never use another, or buy lemon curd again. It's quite versatile in the kitchen too - add to meringues with cream, lemon curd tarts, add to double cream and/or yoghurt and make ice cream, or just eat it out of the jar with a teaspoon :0)
Grapefruit and ginger marmalade
3 large thin-skinned grapefruit - ruby ones are nice, for the colour
piece of root ginger
6oz crystalised ginger, chopped
6 pints water
Wash fruit and cut in half; using a grapefruit knife, remove all flesh and juice and put into preserving pan. Tie the pips in a muslin bag with the lemon skins and root ginger piece; cut the grapefruit skins into fine, short lengths and add to the pan with the water. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or so until the peel is very soft and the contents of the pan reduced by about half. Remove the muslin bag, squeezing it well, stir in the warmed sugar, then the chopped crystalised ginger, then boil rapidly to a set. Leave to cool a while, then stir to distribute the peel and ginger, then pot and seal.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
I did get the grapefruit and ginger marmalade started this afternoon, and a bit more crochet done, but it really was too cold to go outside.
Cold and bit windy today, so good for the washing. I started my daily round an hour earlier this morning - what a difference that made! Washing in, out and on, washing up done, dog walked, been to Post Office, all animals fed and watered, stove fired up for cooking soon, and the last row of that crochet section done, e-mails checked and dealt with, likewise forum stuff. Need to slice the bacon for the freezer, and make something with a lot of eggs in for tea- the hens are laying liek there's no tomorrow! Cake would be nice too, and I have a new shortbread recipe in mind I might give a go. Hope it stays nice, I'll try to get outside too. We came second in the St Patrick's Day quiz last night, so that was OK. Parish Council meeting tonight, which I could do without, but hey - ho.......
Monday, 17 March 2008
I don't celebrate St Patrick's Day really, but found this an interesting piece:
"The greatest of St Patrick's miracles was that of driving the venemous reptiles out of Ireland, and rendering the Irish soil, for ever after, so obnoxious to the serpent race that they instantaneously die on touching it. Colgan seriously relates that Patrick accomplished this feat by beating a drum, which he struck with such fervour that he knocked a hole in it, thereby endangering the success of the miracle. But an angel appearing mended the drum and the patched instrument was long exhibited as a holy relic"
Chambers book of Days, 1864
I knew about the snakes bit, but he drum part is new to me. Also, on this day in 1845, one Stephen Perry of London patented the rubber band. So there you go...............
Had a busy weekend, mainly involving getting the quiz for the village hall done, organised and performed; not a great turn out, but it went well, good food, and made some money for the hall; won an Easter egg in the raffle too :) Yesterday was very wet and windy, so nothing done outside - tackled the ironing mountain instead, and got it all done - there was a lot...........again....... I really need to be more organised and do it at least once a week. Might sit down later and work out a routine type thing totry and keep on top of everything; this is difficult when you'd rather be knitting or whatever, but OH didn't seem too happy to proscribe to that view when I tried to explain to him. :0) I'd like to work it so that all the housework was done during the week, leaving Saturday for going out and about, and Sunday at home knitting, gardening, sewing, and special food. Must try harder.
Not much planned for the rest of the week, might make a Simnel cake this year for Easter, although we don;t celebrate Easter as such, but I enjoy the rituals and seasonal food. Friends coming over Friday morning for coffee and hot cross buns, and Parish Council meeting on Tuesday night. New crochet project started - didn;t mean to, but couldn;t resist; kicking myself over the computer inexplicably shutting itself down *3* times alst night, in the last 2 1/2 minutes of an e-bay aution I was watching for some rather nice Alice Starmore wool. Missed it in the end, and it only went for 4.00. Not pleased, especially when OH said that I had lots of wool alreadyl - he really doesn't understand. Ah well.
Friday's tip treasures at 50p each - very nice coffee grinder which I shall keep for spices only, and a lovely big old floral patterned bowl, complete with badly mended crack at the back, but I love it. It goes very well in the kitchen with the green paint.
Mid-day update:I've got a fair bit done so far; washing down and folded, wet washing up, on the pulley, also a lien outside, more put int he machine and water butt enptied; bird feeders re-filled, all animals fed, ironing done, cake eaten and coffee drunk!