Sunday, 17 May 2015

Indoors


We have been in hibernation mode this weekend.  It has been cold!  We stayed indoors for most of it.  The novelty of the change of season is still here.  No climbing of walls or cabin fever ....... yet.


 
 
 










 
This weekend has been all about...................
 
Pikelets and cups of tea for lunch
Homemade vegetable soup
Weekend papers
Keeping warm - roaring fires and heaters on in the bedrooms
Toys everywhere, from one end of the house to the other
Winter jackets
Exploring faraway places from the comfort of our couch
Movies
Cold drizzly days
Autumn leaves
and unmade beds.



Friday, 8 May 2015

Still here

 
 





 
 


This has been my longest break from blogging since I started, it wasn't intentional.  I guess life just gets in the way sometimes.  My camera hasn't been to hand, as much and when  it has been I have just wanted to take in every moment as it unfolds in front of me instead of witnessing it behind the lens.
 
But I miss this space when I am not here and the wonderful blogs I follow.
 
So I'm creeping back in, and am hoping you are still here.  How are you by the way?  Autumn is unfolding in our neck of the woods and it is beautiful.  How are things in your patch?
 
Elaina xo
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

In the kitchen.........chilli garlic sauce and marrow chutney




 
 
"A great way to use up marrows or courgettes when they have grown too big for their boots"

 





 

Out of the kitchen this week.....chilli garlic sauce and marrow chutney.

The jalapeno chilli's are from the garden and the garlic from a friends crop - blitzed in the food processor with salt and pepper added.  Bottled and topped with vinegar and ready to use.

And for the chutney - I was pleased to be able to make use of our very first marrow

Marrow chutney

You will need:

1.35kg marrow
salt
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3 shallots, chopped
225g sultanas
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
450g dark brown soft sugar
375ml vinegar
1 ½ Tbsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ Tsp crushed chillies (less if desired)
 
Method:
 
Place the peeled, seeded and cubed marrow into a non-reactive bowl and sprinkle generously with salt. Cover and let sit overnight.
Drain marrow, rinse thoroughly and place into a large pot. Add remaining ingredients and slowly bring to the boil.
Lower the heat and gently simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until thick, stirring occasionally.
Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal immediately.
 
What's cooking in your kitchen?





Tuesday, 14 April 2015

In the kitchen..........easy lemonade scones










 
 
 
 
 
 
The easiest scone recipe ever!
 
Lemonade Scones
 
4 cups of self raising flour
300ml of thickened cream
300ml of lemonade
 
Combine the ingredients and mix until a dough is formed.
 
Flour your surface and roll out.  I used a cookie cutter to make into rounds
 
Bake until golden on 180 degrees.
 
They pull easily apart and are light and fluffy.  My previous scones are usually rock hard on the outside, so this recipe will be a firm favourite.
 
Top with  jam and cream and enjoy!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The giant marrow






 
 
Tom and I were out in the garden late this afternoon, harvesting the last of the summer vegetables.  The winter plantings will be put in this week.
 
We found this giant marrow in our overgrown vegetable garden!
 
Also harvested were lots of jalapeno chilli's, a few green peppers and one lonely courgette.
 
The celery is still going strong.
 
So lovely readers, do you have any great recipes using the humble marrow?  I don't want it to go to waste.
 
I'm thinking of using the jalapeno chilli's for a hot hot sauce or maybe a chutney.
 
Any ideas or great recipes for using up our marrow and jalapeno chilli's would be greatly appreciated.  Am off to see what Uncle Google has to say.
 
Hope your weekend has been a good one xo
 
 
 
 

Friday, 10 April 2015

The beginner............. crochet chain stitch








I'm doing it!  I've started and am slowly but surely on my way.  I love this craft and have always wanted to be able to crochet.  It's also part of my 30 goals for 2015

So after several failed attempts I went out and bought a cheap (kids) crochet kit that has really good (so far) basic instructions.  I'm learning the basic techniques, my first step being the chain stitch.

It has been raining on and off the last couple of days, so while the boys have been watching a movie, I sit on the couch with them and my kit and plod along.  I will keep going until my chains are more even and a little less wonky, then will move onto the next technique which is the Single Crochet.

My fingers are definitely less all over the place and I am getting the hang of holding the wool firm in my left hand as my right navigates the hook - I'm a long way off wash cloths and granny squares, but I know if I keep at it, I will get there in the end.

Happy Friday xo



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