Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sweet Courgette Relish

 I have to start by saying this is not my own recipe, I got it out of a really great book called The Preserving Book by Lynda Brown.  I love this recipe for sweet courgette relish, I used it last year and it tastes delicious.  There are a lot of courgettes growing at the moment and on a hot day they grow really fast.  Not only are we eating them every day, I think I will be making a lot of this. 
 Here is the Recipe:
  • Ingredients 
  900g courgettes  1 large Onion
  500ml cider vinegar
  350g sugar
  2 tsp mustard powder
  2tsp turmeric
  1tsp chilli powder
  2tsp cornflour
  2tsp coriander seeds

  • Chop the courgette and onion as finely as possible. Put them into a heavy-based, stainless steel pan, and pour over the vinegar.
  •  Mix well and place on a gentle heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for one hour.  Remember to open a window as the smell of vinegar can get a bit much.  
  • The relish needs to thicken and should resemble burger relish you can buy. 
  • When it is ready ladle into warm, sterilized jars with non-metallic vinegar-proof lids.   
  • The vinegar makes it taste a bit tart just after being made so leave for a month to let the flavours mature and the sweetness come through. 
  • This taste lovely with meat and also goes well with bread and cheese. So good luck and Enjoy. 

Crochet Slippers

 Here are some little slippers I have made to sell.  They are very warm and cosy, just what is needed to keep little feet away from the cold. I have made them using wool yarn crocheted onto sheepskin soles. The sheepskin soles give the comfort, support and durability that is needed for growing and active feet

I made holes in the sheepskin and then crocheted the yarn through the holes. 
 Inside the sole is soft and warm so these little slippers can be worn with bear feet.
They Both have a little apple blossom flower on the side.    
I am selling them on my Esty shop, here you can take a look 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Speck met Boonen

 This is a Belgium dish, speck met boonen it is just bacon with beans and potatoes.  The first time I tried this I thought hmm is this it, just beans and potatoes. Its very simple but very tasty. Everyone I have made this for just loves it and can't get enough of it. It is one of those things that you can't stop eating, so I always try not to make too much.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wild Blueberry Tart

We are very lucky to live next to a forest filled with lovely delights.  One of best things about the forest is that it has wild blueberries growing under the pine tree's.  On a hot day the sun shine's through the tree's and the wind blows a cool breeze, smelling of sweet pine and blueberries.  There really is nothing better than to sit, pick and eat under the cool shady tree's. It takes a long time to pick these little berries and we only had enough to make a tart, but hopefully next time we will get more and then I can make some yummy blueberry jam.