Thursday, September 20, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Tuesday 18th September 2012I am having an apron day today. It started early this morning when I thought I had better turn these
Then it was onwards to chopping up, what I think will be the last of my turnips, along with some cauliflower and onion and soaking it all in salty water to make mustard pickles.
Our eldest daughter and fiance had their engagement party over the weekend, and as a result they had HEAPS of left over chicken. I threw some into my slow cooker yesterday to slowly simmer away, and pulled the meat off the bones last night before straining the stock.
It produced a large bowl of chicken meat and another large bowl of stock
chicken vegetable curry (using some peas from the garden)
and a filling for a curried chicken pie. This gave both her and Rana and ourselves three meals each. Well worth the effort.
I will be back in the kitchen again this afternoon to make bread, bake a cake and while I have the oven on I thought I would have a go at a cabbage frittata recipe that I have found. We will have this along with some leftover salads from the party and a pineapple tart made from some leftover pineapple we had on pizzas on Friday night.
Here is the recipe for my strawberry jam that I got from an old CWA cookbook.
Strawberry JamTo 1kg strawberries, cut in half lengthwise, allow 1kg sugar. Put fruit into preserving pan (grease pan well) with juice 4 lemons. Stir till it comes to the boil to prevent catching. Add sugar. Let boil rapidly 15 - 35 minutres, over cooking will darken, until syrup jellies. Cool before bottling in heated jars.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday 10th September 2012I can't believe it has nearly been a week since my last post. Time just seems to fly by these days and just to think we have the build up for Christmas yet.
I was able to get into the garden in the past week. My potato vines had died off despite not flowering. I'm not sure what happened to them, but decided to dig them up anyway. I went off and got a bucket to put all the potatoes in, but this is what you call optimism! LOL
small crop. I decided I am going to have a go at growing potatoes again next year, but might try a different position in the garden.
|My smallest potato|
|My largest and smallest potato|
I also picked some more of my turnips, beetroot and snow peas. My snow peas just keep on producing and while rummaging around in my fridge for dinner last night I found another zip-lock bag full, so I made a snow pea, cabbage and sesame seed salad.
With the warmer weather coming I decided I would like to have some dresses to wear, so this meant a visit to the opportunity shop. I was lucky enough to come home with 2 dresses for $12.95 each. I am an awkward person to fit for dresses but was really pleased with the fit of both of these.
This one is a cotton and spandex blend and with the crossover at the chest it fits me lovely!
Wacky Chocolate Cake
Monday, September 3, 2012
Tuesday 4th SeptemberI got a phone call from Emily today wanting to know why I hadn't updated my blog in awhile. I have been busy helping Ron with the business and haven't really been up to much that is exciting!
One thing for certain is I am REALLY glad that Spring is on it's way. I hate the cold weather and dark mornings. I love the sun rising as I get out of bed and as we get up around 5am the sun has to be up pretty early for us! L O V E I T.
Father's Day was spent with my parents , Bec and Rana at the beach having a BBQ breakfast. The weather was lovely. We did spare a thought for those families of the Australian soldiers that were killed recently. They too were someones father, son, brother, nephew or uncle.
|This was the weather at 8 o'clock in the morning! Bit tough to take.|
The above photo is Ron and Cindy having a nap on the deck after lunch on Saturday. They were both worn out from a huge week!
I did manage to get some time to make some Mixed Chinese Pickles on Sunday. This is a great way to use surplus vegetables. I used turnips, carrots, celery and chili in mine, but you could adapt the recipe to whatever you have on hand.
Chinese Mixed Pickles
1 large cucumber
1 red pepper
4 sticks celery
8 shallots (1 onion)
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups white vinegar
1 1/4 cups water
Combine the pickling ingredients in a saucepan, stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves, bring to boil. Remove from heat and cool.
Cut carrots and cucumber into strips. Cut pepper into 1" cubes, Slice celery diagonally. Slice shallots diagonally. Boil large saucepan of water. Add prepared vegetables, then remove the pan from the heat. Leave vegetables in water for 2 minutes, then drain for several hours.
Pack vegetables firmly into jars and cover with preserving liquid.
Stand one week before using.
Awhile ago I decided to paint an old trunk white. This trunk had been brought over from England when my grandparent immigrated just after WWII. It belonged to my grandmothers grandmother and is one of the few items they brought with them. My grandfather used to keep the tack for his horses in it when I was little and I remember it sitting in the shed. When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother had the shed pulled down and was going to throw the trunk away. I was able to rescue it. It is in very poor condition with all of the paper falling off the inside. It has had, at some point in it's life, been infested with wood worm, and all of the metal on it has rusted. I got Ron to make a base for it to sit in and help hold it together and over the years I have had it, it has been placed in many rooms. At the moment it is living in my "reading room" (Cindy's room, as she is in it the most often) and it has a new lease on life with it's new paint!
I hope that it will remain in my family for a long time yet, so hopefully one of my girls would like it one day.
Speaking of girls. Emily and Dave went to an engagement party on the weekend and when I looked at Facebook yesterday I noticed that Emily had changed her profile picture.
On the countdown now to Bec and Rana's engagement party!