This has been a busy few weeks I have been baking, jam making, gardening, doing housework, crocheting, shopping, all kinds really, lol, and I have a lot of photos to show it all, well most, of the things I have been doing, and I do hope you enjoy
Like I said, I have been doing a lot of baking, and took pictures when I remembered too, of the things I have baked. I do love to bake, something about it makes me feel so relaxed, so womanly, so wifely, I love it And I adore the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through our home, a smell you can not quite beat with anything else
Anyway, here are some of the things I have baked I did gather our gooseberries from our one year old gooseberry bush and made a crumble with them, served with custard, for John, myself, and Johns parents when they were here, I remembered to take photos of the gooseberries, but not the finished crumble, silly me
This is the first time I have tried gooseberries and I love them! Hopefully next year our bush will yield a bigger crop
I have done a lot of first times with my baking recently, I made and tried banana bread for the first time..
and enjoyed it
I baked and ate kiwi fruit cake and strawberry yoghurt cake for the first time…
(kiwi cake, with kiwi purée on top)
and did not like them at all, I will not be baking these again! But you live and learn
And I have returned to some of my old faithfuls, recipes I know hubby and I like, Eves Pudding, mmmmmm!!!
Made with delicious Bramley Apples
Topped with a sponge cake mixture…
Baked until golden brown (please excuse the stab marks, I was testing to see if it was cooked and only had a sharp knife to hand, lol )
With lashings of home made custard
Delicious!!! I also baked, or should I say steamed, home made ginger puddings, ( I made one for John and myself one day, and 2 for for when Johns parents were here another day, but only took photos of the one ) mmmm!!!!!
(more of whats cooking in the other pan later )
I have also baked an apple crumble, but forgot to take photos of that, lol
Ok, so thats the baking side of this post out of the way, let me see, what else have I been doing
John and I went foraging, we love foraging, it really is loads of fun, and the amount of things you can forage and make into something else really is wonderful! We picked elderflowers to make into jam….
the recipe said to leave them to steep for 3 days, which I did, then the day came to make the jam, and the elderflowers looked and smelled vile!!!!
They smelled of rotten eggs!!! Yak, so they were quickly put in the outside bin, and the jam was forgotten about
We went foraging again, once on Monday and once on Tuesday, to collect red clover flowers. The reason we had to collect the flowers in 2 days was because on Monday, we were caught in a huge downpour!!! The Heavens opened, the rain was torrential, and there we were, stuck in a park, collecting red clover, lol. We stuck it for as long as we could, but we were drenched in minutes, so we ran from the park, and then walked as fast as we could home. By the time we got home, we were drenched to the skin, literally! It was a hot bath, warm pyjamas ( not for John, only I wear pj’s, lol ) and hot cups of tea for us when we returned home, l0l We returned to the park the next day, and thankfully it did not rain, and collected our red clover, to make into delicious wine
(our first days gathering)
(both days together )
The demijohn you see in the background has a grape wine on the go
We added other delicious ingredients to the flowers,
and have to leave it to stand for a week, stirring daily, then we add the sugar, put in the demijohn and leave it to ferment. I am pleased to say this does smell delicious, unlike the steeped elderflowers, lol
Whilst out foraging, I kept my eyes open for wild roses, but only spotted some in bud, so we took cuttings and they are now standing in water, and when they open I will make wild rose petal jam with them, but for now I went into the garden, cut some of our roses and made garden rose petal jam with them And I have to say, I really enjoyed doing it, such an oldfashioned, romantic thing to make
I washed the rose petals, removed the white heel from them, then I put them in a pan to simmer for 15 mins
The rose petals completely lost their colour, but the smell was divine, a heady fragrance of roses filled the house I then strained the liquid..
Left it to cool, then filled an oven dish with the sugar, to warm in the oven before putting the liquid and sugar in the pan…
Whilst the sugar was warming in the bottom oven, and the jar was sterilizing in the top oven on a very low heat, I added lemon juice to the murky liquid of the rose petals, and a magical thing happened, the liquid turned into a beautiful reddy pink colour!!!!!
I returned the liquid to the pan, added the sugar, brought it to the boil, and boiled for about 15 mins..
and on the hob next to it, the ginger steamed pudding was dancing around the pan
Then, after about 15 mins, it was ready, and I was soooooo excited!!!! This is the first time I have made proper jam, I tried about 3 years ago to make blackberry jam, but boiled it for too long, and ended up with boiled blackberry sweets, lol
Anyway, here is the finished garden rose petal jam
I love the colour, and I love how it is so clear too It tastes and smells like honey, absolutely delicious!!!! I shall be spreading this on toast, adding it to porridge, and sandwiching it between cakes, lovely
Phew, so thats the food part of the blog done, lol Other things I have been doing include, removing the duvet from ou bed, packing it away in the cupboard, and putting on our bed a thin quilt, and my cluster stitch blanket, as the nights have been so hot, but now it has turned cool again, so I shall be bringing the duvet back out of the cupboard, and putting it back on the bed, perhaps along with extra blankets! This is a terrible summer we are having isn’t it!
I have been reading my favourite magazines….
and went shopping for cleaning tools with a difference, they are covered in roses!!!! I adore these ..
(the w.u liquid bottle my dad gave me, as it is the Royal wedding one, lol )
It is an absolute delight to clean using these things!!!
Right, I am going to do the housework now, change the bedding, hang our lavender from the garden up in bunches to dry, have a bath, then relax, lol
I hope you all have a wonderful day, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your wonderful comments
Take care everyone, bye for now