Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunny days - and cooking

It seems to have a been a little while since I last posted. I have had a busy month at work and slap bang right in the middle of the lovely warm sunny weather I was hit by the vomiting and diarrhoea virus. This then swept like lightening through the rest of the family and has taken us all a little while to fully recover.


Our sunny days here in Hampshire were glorious and as you can see involved flower picking _ even though it was a dandelion and our lovely cat posed beautifully and patiently for us. We could almost see the thought bubbles above his head-"Lets hope this will be quick -I  need to flop in the sun somewhere and catch the rays" Its amazing how much he will put up with for certain members of the family.




Daisy flowers were made into chains and ankles were decorated




 Some people - much against their Mummy's advice turned a little pink in the sunshine.



 And then the sunshine disappeared and my thoughts turned to cooking and a batch of plum chutney was prepared and made








 Daughter made some coffee cupcakes:
 The preserving obsession  has begun to bite again and a batch of apple and chilli jam just had to be made:
 This mouli device was a present from my sister some years ago. I wasn't very sure of it at first as I have a blender as well as a hand blender-I'm ashamed to say that I had even thought of getting rid of it but this has been so useful especially when making apple puree  and most of all when making my apple and chilli jam!


 I've been busy making more preserves but more about that later.

I still looking for my new chickens and have made a definite decision to get bantams . I'm just searching now about possible sources and hope to update you in due course. There seems  to be a shortage of them and apparently they are in very high demand this year!

 I'm sorry this is a short and sweet post but with the youngsters coming and going at home, time is short! Hoping to get back to you soon.............................


2 comments:

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Lovely "beginning of summer" post! I especially love those daisy chain anklets! What a good idea! Funny I too am beginning to get preserving urges now - not quite strawberry jam season but will be soon. Your chutney and chilli jam looks gorgeous! I tend to think of chutney as a winter make but actually it makes much better sense to make now to accompany lazy outdoor simple lunches of breads and cheeses etc. Good thinking Nikki! E x

Beth said...

Oh no! The dreaded norovirus! we (fingers crossed) haven't had it for ages, but it often works it's way around the school, glad it's over for you now. Lovely looking chutney and cakes. Beth/thelinencat xx