Well I don’t know what happened to Summer as I was all prepared for my two weeks off work, planning picnics and ice-cream, reading and crocheting in the sun but,,, instead we have a chill wind and rather too many showers for picnic comfort. Nevertheless we hit Dartmoor yesterday for some fresh air, exercise and a rather windy picnic.
We also have an abundance of blackberries in the hedgerow which are begging to be picked and taken home as well as a promising supply of sloes this year. Must remember to take a pot f0r picking every time I go out.
So, I have admitted defeat and embraced Autumn pursuits which has meant more baking, the first soup making of the season (lovely warning lentil) and even my first real foray into home wine-making. This a supposedly very easy Orange juice wine but I have plans for the blackberries. Will report back again on the wine front when things happen.
I have been testing recipes in my new cookbook (Sweetness and Light) but to be perfectly honest, the results have not been brilliant. I have few pictures as they were not photogenic and barely edible in many cases which is more than a little disappointing. The one which wasn’t too bad was Apricot and Ginger cake but it needed a lot more liquid added than the recipe asked for and still came out of the oven very dry. This is a pic of the Banana bread which was a bit of a heavy brick.
To keep him indoors (who is not keen on my so-called healthy baking) happy, I made a quick Cherry Cake and I report that that went down well.
On the crafty front, I am getting socks finished slowly (not sure about the colours of this pair) and also working on some granny squares which I envisage making a throw with a cosmic theme.
That’s all for now folks.
I have been neglecting this blog. Life has just been getting in the way of blogging but I have still been busy making and baking.
In the last few months since Christmas I have :
- finished the man socks which were dragging their heels a little (ha ha I will laugh at my own joke as I don’t expect you to)
- started socks for Christmas presents but only done one of each so far as I am trying to avoid the boredom of the second sock seeping in
- started a circles into squares crochet blanket
- started another ripple
- made an Easter chicken
- baked various cakes: apple, carrot and lemon drizzle as well as flapjacks- nothing earth shattering but delicious all the same.
- planted many seeds: sweet peas, nasturtiums, tomatoes, mange tout, cosmos, various beans and morning glory.
- discovered Artisan Bread which has now become the OH’s speciality
- made soups and pizzas – various flavours
Here a few snaps of the works in progress and/or finished and I will try to be a good little blogger and get on here at least once a month this year.
artichoke, leek, rosemary and stilton pizza (unbaked and baked)
man socks complete 🙂
Minestrone soup – lovely
Random half pairs of gift socks:
I will post some pics of the crochet projects soon but they are still on the camera at present.
Needing inspiration for a winter lunch, all my fridge yielded was a sad cauliflower so a bit of thinking and a bit of googling resulted in the following recipe adapted from a variety I perused on the web. Quantities are not exact and a bit of ‘bunging it’ will make no difference. I was a tad suspicious of this recipe initially as I am not a bit cauli fan but it was actually gorgeous with layers of flavour and I made mine very warming by adding more chili flakes. For those trying to lose weight – it is zero Weightwatcher propoints as even the creamed coconut becomes negliglible once divided into 4 or so portions.
- Roughly one large cauliflower or 3/4 of an enormous one – trim off the greenery and cut into chunks including the stalky bits.
- 1 chopped carrot
- 1 chopped onion
- Spices – ground turmeric 2tsp, ground coriander 3 tsp, ground cumin 2 tsp, chili powder 1 tsp (or too taste)
- Vegetable or chicken stock (I use Marigold Boiullon powder) enough to cover the vegetables as you can add more liquid later if necessary
- 4 garlic cloves peeled (or to taste)
- pepper and salt to season
- splash of lime juice (optional)
- 5-20g of grated creamed coconut (optional but I think add a depth of flavour)
- Either dry fry the onions and spices for a wee while to bring out the flavour or use a little olive oil or Frylight as preferred.
- Add the cauliflower, carrot, garlic and stock to the pan.
- Simmer for as long as it takes for the vegetables to soften (about 20-30 mins)
- Blend with a hand blender until smooth (or not so smooth if you prefer it chunky).
- Taste to check seasoning and add salt, pepper, lime juice and coconut to taste. I also added dried chili flakes at this point as I like it hot.