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Christmas begins September 4, 2012

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I’ve started off some Bramble Gin – thanks, Chris, for the recipe.  A whole litre of gin.  I’m looking forward to a warming rosy glow – both inside  the bottle & inside of me – but for now, its maturing inside plastic flasks, so isn’t much to look at.  Still,  it has much promise.  You can make this with just blackberries, but I’ve added a few raspberries to this one. It also has bay leaves & cloves in, which smelt gorgeous as I was grinding them up with the sugar. The sort of job you don’t mind taking a little while.  I look forward to describing the flavour in two or three months.  Not been much a of a year for fruit, but the blackberries seem to be doing well on the allotment.

I’m thinking of saving some of the elderflower champagne for Christmas too.  It makes its own bubbles in the bottle & is ready to drink after a couple of weeks, when the alcohol content is minimal.  However rather than usingit  up as a refeshing summer drink,  I may just hang onto it & see what a few months does for it.

A Very Merry … January 2, 2012

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Catching up on the Christmas vittles on the Yummy Stuff page – any thoughts?

Friday 18 November craft fair Southam November 9, 2011

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St James Primary school, tollgate Road, CV47 8LS, 6.30 – 9pm.  A nice ride out – wonder if I’ll be able to check out the Blue Lias pub, Stockton on the way home?

Festive Kitchen Scents November 8, 2011

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Making for Saturday’s Fair.  Glorious aromas – follow up on Yummy Stuff page.  You may need to log in to comment.

First blet your medlars November 3, 2011

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spent a sunny Tuesday morning picking medlars at my aunt’s.  They are now on 7 trays on various windowsills bletting.  More to come soon  on the yummy stuff page, but first I need to clear up after yeasterday’s marathon bake – 4 Christmas puddings & 4 Christmas cakes.  Then get off to a Craft Fair this evening at Griff & Coton Sports & Social Club, Nuuneaton, from 7pm. 

Busy, successful, challenged & in control!