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Foraging Fun in the Forest – Cauliflower Fungus

DSC_0608Two years ago my husband came home with what looked like a cross between a sea sponge and a brain.  After a bit of research we worked out that it was an edible cauliflower fungus, and tasty! A friend just said that it smells like a forest when it’s been raining….mmmmm…..

Today, my husband brought home this beauty from the same place,
7 lbs of fungus.   We’ve already eaten some just fried in butter.

Tomorrow the dehydrating begins.   I dried some 2 years ago, but I think that I did it a bit too long although it did keep even until now.  This year I’ll try again in the oven ( dehydrators look really expensive for ones that don’t break within weeks)….. here’s hoping it works better.

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New Year, New Hat

Now Christmas is over, and 60th and 65th birthday celebrations for my woolfolks, I can crack on with the knitting again!

What I really wanted to be making tonight was a tiger hoodie for my youngest, but the wool hasn’t come yet.  What has come is the wool for my hubby’s hat, so I have started that tonight whilst watching Inspector Clouseau in a Shot in the Dark!  Only got the ribbing done, but will crack on with the cabling tomorrow and hopefully put the pattern on here soon!  I’ve got some lovely wool that came super quick, so am very happy (thanks Loveknitting).   I don’t normally buy Debbie Bliss wool, but this Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran is lovely to knit with, and just the colours that Wil wanted!

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Another Jam Recipe for the blog – Raspberry and Apple Jam

Raspberries05Nothing quite like raspberries, and we were recently given some by a customer who was letting them rot on the cane! They were beginning to go a little past their best, so I quickly whipped them up into some jam with some apples that I had picked that day from the allotment.

Raspberry and Apple Jam Recipe for your use!

 

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Do we really have to have a weekly food plan not to waste food?

The other day I was slightly bemused by a suggestion in the media that people plan their weeks food for the family so Glow-Baby-Menu-Planner-Front-Coverthat they don’t throw food away.   This is both far to organised for me and a little pointless as this isn’t the way that I work.  I suppose that I am blessed in that I have good freezer storage, but I go to the supermarket, buy some fish or meat or other staples that are on offer and keep them in the fridge or cupboard – bits and bobs that I can make in to something nice some time soon.

Also, if something is beginning to go off in the fridge, fruit bowl or alike I’ll quickly make it into something, freeze it or preserve it – like my Mum and Grans would have done.   Waste not, want not.

Mum’s reminded me of a couple ; ham going a bit wrinkly around the edges so you can pop it on a pizza or in pasta dish; left over veggies from a few days ago which you can make into a soup if you add a few more bits in;  and she mentioned the banana cake idea – which I use very frequently.

Yesterday I spotted  some bananas that were more brown than yellow in the fruit bowl, and we had some figs that were beginning to turn too, so I popped them in a basic cake mix and out came this yummy cake!   Here is the recipe for a Banana and Fig CakeIMG_7830.

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My blog has had over 12 000 views!

That’s basically it, I just thought it deserved a woohoo!  And since I started it 18 months ago, people have clicked on it from 79 countries in the world.

That and I’m on google now…. oh, have I already mentioned that.

Thanks to all of you who have had a look.

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