Monday, 7 November 2016

Le weekend (or is it La weekend)

Le or La ? I failed French O level way back in 1971 and have since forgotten most of what I did learn.

On Friday we popped over to see our perfect granddaughter - 3 and a half weeks old now. She's always perfect when we see her but daughter A says she's being a right pain at night!
We went via the house that sells apples, we've been detouring that way because they've got bags of Cox's for 50p and they are just delicious, got a bag for A too. Did a small shop at Co-op in Leiston while we were there as I had a £2 off £10 voucher. Our local Co-op near Aldi has been turned into a McColls convenience store and a Subway and they have sent Co-op members in the area 2 x £2 off £10 vouchers to make up for the inconvenience. There are 3 other Co-ops on the edges of this estate so I'm not surprised that the one in competition with Aldi has been forced to close.
Friday afternoon was wet and nasty so I sorted out another box of books for Ziffit. Whoop whoop now raised just over £100 and cleared about 50 books!

Saturday morning by request of Col we went to the Needham Market carboot  (though I didn't take any persuading!) It was blinkin' freezing then it started to drizzle so we weren't there long. Me being on Low spend November I just bought some pears for £1 and this new bag, £1, plus a half started tapestry kit, 50p, for making a glasses case. I love rescuing half done craft kits and will finish this for a Christmas present. The bag will also be a present for a friend as they have a Sherlock Holmes game which they often play at Christmas. I'll put her other present inside it.
I was able to resist all books as I didn't see a single one I wanted! And Col just bought some washers.

Next job was Cranberry Chutney for the hampers............... should be simple but after searching  Morrisons and Aldi  for frozen cranberries with no luck I looked on My Supermarket and found Asda didn't have them either. Only Tesco, so called at Tesco in Saxmundham on the way to daughters but no, none there  which only left going to the big Tesco on the edge of Ipswich where you have to walk half a mile to find what you want and at last found them.
So, how to mix and match two recipes from different books.

On the left is a recipe from The Good Housekeeping Book of Preserves, on the right it's the WI book I used the other day. I had 400g of cranberries and decided the GH book didn't have a big enough proportion of  vinegar or sugar to fruit (and I didn't want to use sultanas or raisins) but I didn't like the idea of cooking the onions and apples in butter or using brown sugar as per the WI recipe.
So my recipe was (and apologies for mixing metric and imperial but that's how my mind works!)
 400g cranberries
Approx 12 oz prepared cooking apples ( peeled,cored,chopped)
Approx 10oz red onions peeled and chopped ( red was what I had but ordinary would do)
¾ lb white sugar
15fl oz distilled white vinegar
2 tsp mixed spice.

I put the apples and onions in the preserving pan covered with a bare minimum of water and cooked them for about 10 minutes until they were starting to soften. Then strained and put  them back in the pan.
Then I added the vinegar and sugar on a gentle heat stirring until the sugar had dissolved, added the frozen cranberries and left on gentle heat until they defrosted (Should have defrosted first I guess). Then I mashed up the cranberries, brought the pan to the boil stirring then reduced heat to a simmer for about half an hour stirring frequently. After that time the mix had thickened up nicely and was looking good. I gave it another 10 minutes just to be sure all excess liquid had been boiled away and then the wooden spoon dragged across the bottom of the pan allowed me to see the bottom for a second  and I potted up into hot sterilised jars and screwed up tight.
 This made 4 and a bit medium jars, I've taken the photo with one lid off so you can see the consistency. It tasted like a fruity sweet and sour mix of jam and chutney. Should be good with turkey or chicken.

Our son came over Saturday afternoon so his Dad could give him a hand with a car repair. Nice to see  Col back in overalls again. He just has to be very careful not to cut himself because the low platelets would mean blood might not clot.

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I'd temporarily run out of library books so read this from my shelves. I'd previously read a book by her called "And then there were nuns; adventures in a cloistered life". Both were good.

Saturday evening, our first ever November 5th on a housing estate. Blimey it was like living in a war zone! (but without the fear). How many pounds worth of fireworks went up in smoke I wonder? I love fireworks, would happily stand and watch all of them anywhere but wouldn't dream of buying any! I noticed the £49.99 one from Aldi lasted  all of 115 seconds.........

Sunday
We walked to the library again and they had 4 British library Crime Classics in for me. I'd suggested them on the website and they bought them all. LOVE Suffolk Libraries. Also the new Ann Cleeves - "Cold Earth".
I've started the rescue of the tapestry glasses case. It's half cross stitch but someone had done bits one way and other bits the other diagonal.Then they had done some cross stitch which was all lumpy! I took out the cross stitch bit but there was too much to undo all the wrong tent stitch so I carried on the best I could. It looks OK as long as you don't look too closely. Not sure if it will be good enough to make a Christmas present.



Apples, milk, veg, eggs, frozen cranberries, Dreamies for the cat and a couple of other bits £11.63p.
Car boot sale pears £1 and Xmas gift bits £1.50

Total in the Low/No Spend November challenge £299ish

Back Soon
Sue


32 comments:

  1. Great to hear of Col's progress. Dreamiest for the pussy cat...you soft touch thing! x

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    1. I know, she's such a sweet little thing that giving her half a dozen of these treats every now and again keeps us both happy!

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    2. Hari ini saya ingin mengunkapkan tentang perjalanan hidup saya,karna masalah ekonomi saya selalu dililit hutang bahkan perusahaan yang dulunya saya pernah bagun kini semuanya akan disitah oleh pihak bank,saya sudah berusaha kesana kemari untuk mencari uang agar perusahaan saya tidak jadi disitah oleh pihak bank dan akhirnya saya nekat untuk mendatangi paranormal yang terkenal bahkan saya pernah mengikuti penggandaan uang dimaskanjeng dan itupun juga tidak ada hasil yang memuaskan dan saya hampir putus asa,,akhirnya ketidak segajaan saya mendengar cerita orang orang bahwa ada paranormal yang terkenal bisa mengeluarkan uang ghaib atau sejenisnya pesugihan putih yang namanya Mbah Rawa Gumpala,,,akhirnya saya mencoba menhubungi beliau dan alhamdulillah dengan senan hati beliau mau membantu saya untuk mengeluarkan pesugihan uang ghaibnya sebesar 10 M saya sangat bersyukur dan berterimakasih banyak kepada Mbah Rawa Gumpala berkat bantuannya semua masalah saya bisa teratasi dan semua hutang2 saya juga sudah pada lunas semua,,bagi anda yang ingin seperti saya dan ingin dibabtu sama Mbah silahkan hubungi 085 316 106 111 saya sengaja menulis pesan ini dan mempostin di semua tempat agar anda semua tau kalau ada paranormal yang bisah dipercaya dan bisa diandalkan,bagi teman teman yang menemukan situs ini tolong disebar luaskan agar orang orang juga bisa tau klau ada dukun sakti yg bisa membantuh mengatasi semua masalah anda1.untuk lebih lengkapnya buka saja blok Mbah karna didalam bloknya semuanya sudah dijelaskan PESUGIHAN DANA GHAIB TANPA TUMBAL

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  2. Dreamies...auto correct has a lot to answer for!! x

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  3. A lovely recipe - simple and flavoursome. I hope you don;t mind but I would like to use it, please. Thanks for posting.
    J x

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    1. Hope it works and keeps well, I think ratio of sugar and vinegar will be OK. taste was certainly good but I'm always a bit wary when I pass on an untried recipe

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  4. Have you tried dried ones, they work just as well.

    Going to give that recipe a go too.

    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. I thought about dried they would have been easier to find but then decided it would be difficult to work out weight and liquid needed to soak them

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  5. I don't understand why folk add fats to a preserve by cooking veg in butter first, absolutely no need and I guess will compromise the preserving.
    Ah Dreamies! heroin for cats. Have looked and looked and cannot find out what is in the those treats

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    1. The cook in fat bit of the recipe puzzled me too.
      I get the Dreamies with anti hairball and only give her a few at a time so a packet lasts ages.

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  6. The cranberry chutney looks wonderful, I may have to give it a go. You seem to be very lucky at car boots I never seem to find anything. Love the Sherlock Holmes bag.

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    1. I thought the bags were good for £1, the man had lots and also ones with a London bus on.

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    2. Just trying to change your name in my blog list and it won't let me - sometimes Blogger is so annoying

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  7. Cranberry chutney looks delicious. If you shop regularly at the Co-op, have you signed up for the East of England co-op newsletter, the "monthly mash up"? It regularly includes money off vouchers to print out, usually for something useful like £2 off a £20 spend rather than a bigger amount. Think this may be where to sign up, if you don't already get the emails: http://www.eastofengland.coop/membership/my-membership/member-enquiries/opt-in-updates-offers

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    1. Used to shop at the Co-op when we lived near Leiston as they had a big Solar and it was the only place in Leiston for food but now we are in Ipswich I rarely go there except for their local made sausages which I like

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  8. Glad to hear that Col is getting back to normal and donning his overalls again. He must have dreamed of that whilst in hospital lol. Hope he goes from strength to strength.
    I made a cranberry chutney last year, but it didn't work out, don't know what went wrong. I might make a note of your recipe and give it a go. I had trouble getting frozen cranberries too and the only shop that sold them was Waitrose. There isn't one near us so my daughter's partner got them for me in Devon.

    Joan (Wales)

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    1. I found them in a big Tesco with the other frozen fruit.
      Curious to know........What recipe did you use and what went wrong?

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    2. It was in a Womans Weekly magazine last year that published an old cranberry chutney recipe from one of their own vintage issues. It was far too oniony and not much taste of cranberries, I did a second lot with less onion and it didn't taste much different so I threw the recipe out. I'll definitely give yours a go. Third time lucky (I hope).

      Joan (Wales)

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  9. Your cranberry chutney is such a beautiful colour! I like how you describe "rescuing" half finished craft projects. -Jenn

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  10. I can just taste that Cranberry Chutney. It looks so lovely.
    We have had fireworks going off here since before Halloween. I do like them but they get noisier every year-x-

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  11. Glad to hear Col is improving so well.
    I adore cranberries and will be stocking up as they do freeze very well indeed.

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  12. I bought fireworks this year-first time in 20 years. $50 so about 30 pounds sterling I would guess. They are a Christmas present to the family. First time we have all been together at Christmas on our little farm so worth celebrating. Having a bonfire and will invite neighbours-still feel a bit guilty about money going up in smoke but I am doing my best to add value. I bet it made Col happy to be in his overalls-every bit of normal is precious after an illness.

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  13. Bet it's great to see Col out and about pottering around again isn't it. The cranberry chutney looks delicious and I love the floral cross stitch you bought. Ah these babies and night-time - definitely a bad combination. Hope DD is managing to catch up on lost sleep. xx

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  14. After hoarding it all year as I usually do ( I blame the war as I was a war baby and grew up with shortages) we cooked a turkey this week.
    No cranberry chutney so I made an impromptu one. I had no oranges so to 400g of cranberries I added 2 generous tablespoons of fine cut marmalade and a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened stewed cooking apple. It was delicious, so much so that I think a repeat is in order for Christmas.
    I like the sound of the Jane Christmas book but alas our mobile library, excellent as it is, doesn't stock it so I have a dilemma. Second hand copies are expensive, the cheapest way to buy it is on kindle at 2.49. My dilemma is that my ceiling for kindle books is usually 1.49. I think I'll surcome as I usually like your book recommendations. Sue

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    1. I think I bought this with some money I had for Christmas -coincidentally! the other book of hers that I've read " and then there were nuns" is only 1p at the moment on Amazon

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  15. What a lovely post Sue. I'm glad to hear that Col feels well enough to be out and about again, and upping his walking distance. You have spent wisely - it's so easy to get carried away at car boot sales!

    Your book choices sound good. I have been loaned Wake, by Anna Hope, which is about the Unknown Soldier, and the lives of three women for whom the aftermath of war has permanent inluence in differing ways.

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  16. It is just so good to hear of Col doing things again - it must gladden your heart. You are certainly busy with plenty too.

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  17. I don't feel up to sewing the last little while so I have pulled out some cross stitch Christmas ornaments and some tapestry ones as well to do up. I inherited these from Mom and they have been lying around for a number of years, time to get them completed.

    Glad to hear Col is feeling much better and wanting to be out and about.

    God bless.

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  18. Great stuff! I wish I had the ability to make presents, I sort of did last year by printing a couple of my photographs out, but as my stepfather wants a record player, not sure I can make one of those.

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  19. How baggy were Col's overalls? I bet he could fit both his grandchildren in there too! Good to hear he's fit enough (if not big enough) to wear them :)

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    1. He's put on most of the weight he lost during chemo, just needs to build arm and leg muscles and strength

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  20. Well done on finally tracking down the elusive cranberries, I think I would have simply used dried with just enough liquid to plump them up nicely.

    I bet it was wonderful to see Col in his overalls, even if it was a little worrying.

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