February means marmalade making time and luckily for me Geoff loves marmalade
I struggled to get the Seville oranges this year,but eventually I found some at the Knights hill farm shop and bought the last 10lb they had in the shop.
While Geoff squeezed the 6lb of oranges and took the pips out I sliced the peel, which was then simmered for a couple of hours with the orange juice ,6 pints of water and the pips tied in a muslin bag.
Once the peel was soft and the liquid reduced by about half, 12lb of preserving sugar was added then boiled for about half an hour, stirring all the time, till setting point was reached.
The whole process took 5 hours and we now have 26 jars of marmalade, the cost was approximately £17 so around 66p a jar, so well worth making…..
If more Oranges can be found I hope to repeat the whole process again next weekend then Geoff will be set for the year
I love cooking/baking and have wanted to make a Risotto for many months.
Its not something the boys wanted to try and with Geoff having been away, I had no one to make it for, BUT last weekend I finally had the opportunity to make one.
The Jamie Oliver basic Risotto recipe was the one that had been recommended to me, which is kind of funny as I dont really like his recipes, we have 2 of his books and they are the only ones that have never been used !
Anyway I liked this recipe, it had a few ingredients, was easy to make and just needed a little patience with all the stirring
I love that you can make this basic recipe then add anything of your choice, this time we had mushrooms, but I cannot wait to make it with the broad beans that I have growing in my garden.
Its tasted fantastic and will become a favourite recipe I am sure
Thanks to a recipe recommendation on twitter, by Martin Black I decided to try out a new dish this week.
Coconut Dhal.… it was cheap,quick and easy to make, I had mine with some naan bread and it was very filling.
It will be a great to cook for Geoff too as its a vegetarian dish and it will give me the protein I need, which I feel I miss out on when I eat a lot of vegetarian food.
Its a great comfort food for cold winter nights and I will be certainly be trying out some more dhal recipes !
We broke with tradition today and instead of the usual lemon and sugar pancakes, I made American style pancakes.
I made 2 different fillings, blueberry and peanut butter and banana.
They don’t look perfect but smell delicious ….
and now they sit on the kitchen table waiting for Matthew to finish work
Having cake without all the calories….is achievable if you know the right cakes to bake.
This week I have made a fat free, banana and sultana loaf, which contains 2,363 calories, so cut into 14 slices (66 grams) makes it 169 calories a slice.
Here is the recipe…
1lb of over ripe bananas (about 5)
2 beaten eggs
6oz brown sugar
8oz SR flour
mash bananas add eggs sugar and sultanas mix well then stir in flour . place in loaf tin and bake for 1 hour to 1hour 30 at gas mark 4 or 180
My food cupboards are also becoming a calorie counters dream, as I have been labelling all my containers with there calorie content.
All these small things make it quick and easy to see the calories in what I am eating
All this from someone who was so adamant that she would never count calories!
I am loving the Good food web site at the moment, not only are there a huge range of recipes but they all come calorie counted too.
If you have read a previous post about my fitbit you will know why I am counting my calories, and having a huge success from doing it too
I always like to make an effort at the weekend to make at least one nice meal if not two, so last weekend I tried this one pot mushroom and potato curry.
After a days walking I need a recipe that is quick and easy to make, this certainly fitted the bill and yet again I was not disappointed.
Next time I might try making it with cauliflower instead of aubergine and maybe add some spinach too, just to give it some colour.
A great warming dinner after a days walking in the snow
This week I finally bottled my Sloe Gin, its been slowly maturing since October 2010.
I also had some Raspberry vodka that needed bottling too !
Of course both needed sampling and they are thick sweet and syrupy
Now these bottles have been stored away and the Sloe Gin I made in 2009 has been bought out for Christmas.
I have been told to try Sloe Gin and champagne , its a bit like a Kir Royale.
Perfect for Christmas day !
Alas next year there will be a break in tradition as I never made any this year
No British Christmas is complete without a classic Christmas Cake, and last week I finally found time to make mine.
This year I used Delia Smiths Classic Recipe.
Yesterday was stir up Sunday…..Stir Up Sunday is traditionally the day the pudding is made, about five weeks before Christmas and associated with the last Sunday before the Christian season of Advent.
I would love to make my own Christmas pudding using the recipe that Geoff’s mum used to use but although I think about it every year, I just never find the time.
The fact that it takes 8 hours to steam kind of makes it hard for me , which is a shame as I think Christmas Pudding is the best part of Christmas.