Monday, 25 October 2010

"Micheles" Pumpkin (for her not by her)

This is not a recipe for the faint of heart. Not because of any complexities in the method – it is simplicity itself to make – but because it is a beast of a meal. We allow it only one outing a year, which has made it a bit of an occasion and so for the last few years at least we have made it for our Halloween supper.
It makes a great informal party or family dish, try it for your Halloween supper too - click on the picture for the recipe.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Great Slow Gin Experiment 2010

I only posted my Sloe gin recipe yesterday but already I have had a lot of interest about my experiment so I thought I would broaden it out a bit. I am asking anyone out there who is interested, to perform their own experiment and then we can collate all our data and see if there could be anything to the whole prick the sloes/freeze the sloes debate!

Click on the picture of sloe gin which is a link which will take you to our website where you can view and print some guidelines for conducting your own delicious experiment.

Follow the Blog where we will be uploading our results and you can share your results with us.

I think we could all be candidates for the 2010 Nobel prize for alcohol based research.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Sloe Gin

Sloe Gin

Making sloe gin is one of my favourite autumn rituals and an informal marker in my calendar. It is the first thing I do towards Christmas (we usually give a few bottles as gifts) and it comes at a time of year when we first start lighting our wood burner in the evenings and the nights draw in. Wrapping up on a bright October day and hitting the hedgerows is a satisfying way to spend an afternoon and if you take a small flask of last year’s brew you don’t even feel the cold!

Check out my recipe by clicking the sloes below...

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Russells Recipe Page

Russell is setting up a recipe page on
His first recipe will be Sloe Gin - if you don't like Gin, you will still love this!
Home made Sloe Gin makes a lovely for Christmas present.

Friday, 8 October 2010

The Knitting and Stitching show, Alexandra Palace

Yesterday was my trip to the Knitting and Stitching show, Alexandra Palace, London with my Mum.

This is the upholstered bus stop outside Alexandra Palace - it was such a lovely greeting to the show!
Inside it just got more exciting with textile artists displaying their work and hundreds of stands selling really well priced bits and pieces for your knitting and stitching projects. There were things for beginners and the more advanced in every sector of textiles.
I have never seen so many women in one building before, it really was amazing.

If you visiting the Knitting and Stitching show this weekend...

There really is no point queueing for the ladies, we used the men's as there were none about - but perhaps get someone to keep guard on the door just in case!

Make sure you take lip balm and eye drops if you have them. The air conditioning is really harsh, it is hot inside and very drying. The stall holders were having the same trouble so I don't think it was just us.

It's best to either take a pack lunch that you can eat outside in the inside picnic area or book in the tea rooms if you are splashing out. The breakfast served until 11.30am is only £5.00 per person - it is better to do this and sit in a nice surrounding away from the hustle and bustle than get tea inside the exhibition.

If you need some fresh air go outside and into the Phoenix bar for a drink - I think they do food to but not sure what.
Have fun,

Monday, 4 October 2010

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