Friday, 2 September 2016

What a Disaster Darling

 Strictly Come Dancing fans will recognise the post title, 'tis often said here when things go wrong.

For instance the Marrow curd I made a few weeks back was revolting. It looked good and smelled good but the texture was not nice.

This week I made lemon and lime marmalade using a tin of prepared lemon Mamade and fresh limes following a recipe that had been successful before. BUT even though the limes were cooked and soft when I added them they've turned into hard chewy bits in the end product. These were meant to be hamper presents but I'll have to keep them to eat myself - fishing out the hard bits every time I spread my toast!

And I'll leave you with this thought................

 Why are sun dried tomatoes delicious but sun dried towels hard and scratchy? ( or is it just my towels?)

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Sue

31 comments:

  1. No Sue, it is not just your towels. Towels are the one thing I always dry in the tumble drier, whatever the weather - exravagant or not.

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    1. I don't mind them hard and scratchy really - probably better for the skin or something

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    2. Yes, we spend good money on fascial and body scrubs (well, some people do) and they often have those things in them which aren't supposed to do the food chain much good, and yet scratchy towels would do the job for free and not hurt the environment!
      Margaret P

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  2. Admit defeat, Sue; buy jars of the stuff as and when you need it, har, har!
    Oh, how I laughed at your question about sun dried tomatoes and sun-dried towels! Not thought of that, but yes, both are quite different. Maybe the sun-dried toms are lovely as they're generally then soaked in oil and we don't do that to towels.
    Margaret P

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    1. Haven't bought a jar of marmalade for 30+ years so too late to start now

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    2. My Mum used to make all our marmalade, and from scratch with Seville oranges (to which she always added 1 grapefruit, 1 lemon and 1 sweet orange.) Her marmalade making went on for three weeks and she made 100 lbs of the stuff, a jar for our selves and one for her for the whole year. I've yet to find anyone who can beat making 100 lbs of it, and the most marvellous marmalade it was, too, jewel bright, not cloudy, too. Now I buy Wilkin & Son, I don't make it myself, it could never be as good.
      Margaret P

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  3. LOL...I felt the same about the craving I had for avocados. The taste and texture nearly made me hurl immediately

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    1. I shocked my sister recently by saying I've never eaten Avocado. Now I'm definitely right off them!

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  4. I like my towels dry and rough, they dry the skin much better. I use conditions sparingly on a towel wash.

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    1. I don't use conditioner at all, can't abide the smell.

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  5. I have the most awful zucchini bread languishing in the freezer. It is so so frustrating when things don't turn out.

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    1. Probably time to replace it with something nicer

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    2. I hate waste but I think it might be time for the poor thing to go. I have a lovely rhubarb cake to replace it with.

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  6. my recipe for towels ~ dry them on the line then give them a 10 minute tumble to soften them up {although I quite like the scratchy ones myself}

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    1. That's what I'll have to do when we have visitors I think

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  7. Hubby loves rough towels as he says soft towels don't dry you! Ido the tumble dryer burst if they are really hard too. Sorry to hear about your marmalade etc-it's such a disappointment when things like that happen. Avocado in any form makes make heave and I have tried many times to eat it. Happy weekend. Catriona

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  8. I do like a rough towel myself but if you want them a little less scratchy quickly run a hot iron over them. X

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  9. "I don't use conditioner at all, can't abide the smell" try using a little white vinegar in the final rinse. Gives your clothes a lovely fresh smell and works like a perfumed dryer sheet/liquid. White vinegar is very inexpensive as well.

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    1. Before you do, please check your washing machine's manual! Some machines hhave parts that are eaten away by vinegar.

      Siebrie

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  10. Sun dried towels feel rough but do get the blood circulating and they smell sooo nice! Pam

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  11. Our line dried towels flap in the breeze and that makes them soft enough for comfort.
    Won't touch fabric softener (that smell makes me hurl) but avocado is delicious!!

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  12. ....because there is still some moisture left in sun-dried tomatoes where as there is zero moisture left in sun dried towells ;-) . Ever thought of converting across to European style cotton weave towels?

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    1. I love sun dried towels, hard and scratchy dries far better than soft and squishy.
      I do use white vinegar in the final rinse though, which softens them a bit!
      If we're having visitors I tumble the towels as not everyone likes the scratchy sensation!
      Surely all our towels here in the UK are european style cotton weave?

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    2. What is European cotton style weave? Towels are always cotton surely? now I'm curious.

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    3. I prefer the hard/scratch towels with just a few drops of vinegar water included in final rinse. If they are too scratchy, I just throw them in the dryer for 5 or so minutes to soften up a tad. Just don't use those dryer sheets - hard to dry with a "slick" towel.. LOL

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    4. I prefer the hard/scratch towels with just a few drops of vinegar water included in final rinse. If they are too scratchy, I just throw them in the dryer for 5 or so minutes to soften up a tad. Just don't use those dryer sheets - hard to dry with a "slick" towel.. LOL

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    5. https://www.waffleweave.com/c-1-towels.aspx

      when we lived in Switzerland I never met these European style towels - but I have seen them used as hand towels.

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  13. I HATE tumbled towels. I ADORE rock hard scratchy towels. The ones that almost snap as you fold them are the best! I say NO to fluffy towels!

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  14. I hate fluffy tumbled dry towels, a bit itchy and scratchy is so preferable.

    The trick is to get them in off the line as soon as they are dry and not let them bake in the sun for too long. A breezy, sunny day is best for towel drying ... as I'm sure you know 😊

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  15. Sorry...can't stand scratchy towels either. Like Weaver of Grass I tumble dry the lot Summer or Winter. I hate it when they are so stiff you can't fold them into a neat pile :)

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  16. I obviously get my inability to wash towels from you as ours are always crispy too.

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