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Soil and Ink

People of Print..

21 October 2011

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I got my first ever Soil and Ink mention on the interweb today! , a great site I’ve been following for a while called People of Print. Click here to check it out.¬†Better do some more printing! …READ MORE…

Jam, Jelly and Sauce

20 October 2011

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I am feeling a little WI……for the last couple of nights I have been boiling, sterilising, sieving and labelling. Here is the result, a smug threesome to gobble and share.
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Quince

11 October 2011

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Whilst I was cleaning up the allotment I was offered a big bag of handsome knobbly quince, of course I accepted but have never cooked with them before. After recipe discussions with my fruit foraging and expert crayfish catching friend I decided to make a quince jelly and membrillo.

The quince jelly is fairly straight forward but you do need to allow time to drip slowly through a bag to get a nice clear jelly. The membrillo is equally easy but pushing through a sieve is slow work so if you have a mouli then use it! Membrillo is a classic spanish quince paste that tastes great with manchego cheese and a glass of sherry, you can also use it to flavour sauces. I have saved a couple of the fruits to try out in a quince and apple cake and it would be delicious added to a crumble. …READ MORE…

Oh my!

8 October 2011

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The big clear up has started! I found myself with a few hours this afternoon so I headed down to the allotment with a big bag of hungarian (rye) grass, a cup of tea and Betty the dog. The kids were at home making fondant fancies for my birthday treat! I cleared one and a half beds, watered the soil before sowing the seed and then scattered it around, hope it works! Betty mainly stared at the floor looking for insects and chewed stones. The beds are now tidyish, the compost heap is bulging, the fancies were large and delicious, the dog is asleep…..a top day. …READ MORE…

Autumn Berries

6 October 2011

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On the dog walk this morning I collected some berries that are hanging like jewels from the hedgerows. I am trying to get inspiration for my next print and I just love the combination of glossy red and blacky blue in these fruits. Uk folklore states that blackberries should not be picked after Old Michaelmas Day (11th October) as the devil has claimed them by weeing on the leaves! so hurry up to pick the last few for your crumbles, the birds will feast on the rest. …READ MORE…

Gorgeous Gourds

5 October 2011

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I have been busy printing my Gorgeous Gourd print, so check it out in my shop! …READ MORE…

Harvest

23 September 2011

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Today my eldest took our allotment finds into school to decorate the church in Southrop for Harvest Festival. We managed to gather sunflower heads, strawberry plants, gourds, shallots and the last custard squash. The children had a fab time decorating and I love the apples in patterns and stacks. Although my overall favourite must be the rhubarb crosses, genius. …READ MORE…

Honesty

23 September 2011

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I have been out and about collecting honesty seed which I am going to firstly throw along the sides of the allotment and then sow some in pots with seed compost and cover with grit. I love the papery thin seed heads in autumn and they are addictive when pulling the heads apart to get to the large flat seeds. …READ MORE…

Veg – Peppa Pig style

22 September 2011

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A visit to Peppa Pig world yesterday to celebrate a special 4th birthday. We all loved Grandpa Pigs veg patch! …READ MORE…

Pumpkins

20 September 2011

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The first pic below is from my allotment and is one of two surviving pumpkins, they are the carving type so hopefully will put on a bit of weight before halloween. The other beauties are from Hicote kitchen garden in Gloucestershire. I must try harder next year! The short pumpkin film was done a couple of years ago by myself and Stephen. …READ MORE…