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Rhubarb season

I love this time of year, fruiting is well on the way, and the rhubarb is a plenty.  One of the great things about rhubarb is that it is so easy to freeze; pick, rinse, chop, pop in freezer bag or recycled ice-cream tub, and put in freezer.

Another amazing thing is that it tastes so yummy!   This is one of my fail safe recipes, and a super quick one at that if you want a seasonal cake (or you can just throw in some defrosted rhubarb for a taste of summer  when the evenings draw in).   I’ve adapted a good housekeeping recipe so that it is much lower in refined sugar, using light soft brown sugar and runny honey – so with the natural sweetness of the rhubarb this is just right for my palate.

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Jams and pit latrines

Every year is the same, but this year was far worse….. Time to sort out what to do with the jam from last year that we haven’t eaten, sold or given away.   This year I still had over 60 jars of jam, all from last year, but totally edible for at least another year – the nature of a preserve!!  They were the jars that had wonky labels, or the original labels still on them with too sticky adhesive to remove when reusing.  I had an idea….

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I went on to the book of faces, and popped a little note up saying that I was going to sell them off for a £1 a jar and the money was going towards twinning a toilet in Uganda.   I thought that I might sell about 20, and then would top it up with our own cash to make it up to the £65 target.    Well, the next couple of hours were super busy, taking orders and bagging them up.   Some people were generous and gave me more than I had asked for as well, so it’s great that I can now twin a loo and help a community in rural Uganda all from other people being prompted to give to an amazing cause.

We first started toilet twinning a couple of years ago when there was an outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, and our family decided to help a community by providing a toilet for them to use.  It’s lovely to pop to the loo and see that you have helped other people with something so simple and basic as a toilet.

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Toilettwinning.org has many countries that you can sponsor a loo through, but Uganda is my country of choice as I visited there a couple of times in the 90s.  I have vivid memories of desperately needing the toilet in one town, and the only ‘toilet’ there was a mud hut with a holey and rusty corrugated tin roof.  There was no toilet, no hole in the ground (as was the norm where I had been staying), just drying faeces all over the ground that I had to step around before relieving myself.   Other times I had to go to the pit latrine in the night and flick the cockroaches off of my legs whilst in there.  No-one should have to do that anymore: let’s share our wealth with those far worse off in the world.    Even if it is jars of jam that are sitting under the stairs from last year.

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Tribes + Society

I recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderfully talented Sophie from Tribes + Society and the beautiful Sabrina Naz. Horsethief Canyon was the perfect location our photoshoot, it truly …

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Return of the blog.

Some beautiful creativity here

a travelling thread

Today I picked some wild flowers that I nearly walked into whilst walking along the pavement, here, at home, in the UK. Sam and I returned in a unexpected hurry from our travels and I didn’t quite feel like writing about the sudden end to our honeymoon days of roaming the earth freely what with a bit of a hard reality that we’d returned to. We have a flat now in England, and we go to work, and we come home, and I run around like a crazy knitting lady trying to finish things in time for a show, and it’s all very normal and that’s odd! It’s almost as if we never left. Anyway,  I’ll write more about our travels another time. Today is a day where I feel really inspired and had to find something else to make (apart from my knitted jumpers, more on that later) and…

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Wild Garlic Focaccia Bread Recipe

I love foraging, and have decided that I shall do even more of it this year.  Why waste any of the bounty of creation?!   So far I have had a nibble of some Jack by the hedge, and am picking wild garlic at any point when I have got time to make something lovely with it.

Last year I made Wild Garlic Pesto and lots of Focaccia.  This year I have made some garlic butter which I have in the freezer, and a lot more of the Wild Garlic Focaccia!  It always goes down a treat with a family meal and freezes so well.IMG_20160502_230856278DSC_0867

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Snake recycled jeans draught excluder idea

IMG_20160404_130941122I finally got my trusty Lidl sewing machine out today to finish making a couple of pairs of old jeans into a draft excluder for the door through to our garage  (they’ve been sitting around for months waiting to be done).

So that it is easily washable – many wellies and filthy work boots will kick it over the weeks – I have made a removable cover and a hook fashioned from the snakes tongue so that it can be hung out of the way.

Just an idea to get your creativity flowing!!   I made mine square for maximum draught exclusion, but you could shape the head and tail if you wanted, or put a mono-brow above the eyes as one of my daughters wanted me to do!!

 

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Seasons across the globe

It seems so strange to me here, in Britain in the early spring, to have people searching for fig and apple jam recipes as is a common search at the moment- the marvel of the world wide web.

Here the seeds are just beginning to go into pots in the greenhouse, too early to go in the soil in our climate; the leaves are slowly starting to uncurl on our Quince tree, it will be weeks until the flowers unfurl like ballerinas’ spinning dresses; the Parsley is just beginning to set new shoots; the Spuds are chitting and the days are getting warmer and longer.

To those of you who are in the harvesting time of year, have fun eating and preserving the fruits of your hard work!quince-bud

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Another vegan and sugar free recipe – flapjack

This Easter weekend we are seeing my sister who is trying a vaguely vegan and sugar free diet (for health reasons) , and my nephew who is properly vegan.  I thought that I would make some flapjack to share with them, and adapted my mum’s flapjack recipe to make something for both of them.

Using stevia, maple syrup and raisins for the sweetness, I hope that you enjoy making this flapjack recipe – or granola bar if you live on the other side of the pond!

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Christmas Jumpers on a serious budget

Our girls’ school upped the anti this year, and instead of just something Christmassy on their heads; antlers; hats or, as I saw today, a plucked turkey or Christmas pudding.   This year they were invited to wear a Christmas jumper as well.   I may well have been a little bit bah humbug, but when I saw the price of Christmas jumpers in various shops, I thought that I would adapt a jumper for each of them to make it Christmassy!

One wanted a robin on it, one a snowman, and one the baby Jesus in a manger.  Fun times and I was grateful for DK oddments,  a 4.5mm crochet hook and a little bit of creativity!

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Non-chocolate Blondies (using up left over Glace Icing)

As I’ve said before, it’s ingrained in me to never throw any food out unless blondies-2it can walk to the food waste bin itself- so much so that I ate a 2 day old peanut butter sandwich today, a little crusty around the edges, but not mouldy!

A little more tastefully I was also thrifty and was inspired to make something with left over Glace Icing – my daughter had made a rather generous amount for another of our daughter’s birthday cakes and it had been sitting around in the fridge for a couple of days.

When I first offered these to friends this evening, I called them crazy cake, as they hadn’t quite gone how I’d hoped, gooier, with a crunchy skin on top, and then someone said that they were blondies, Non-chocolate Brownies.

I’m afraid that I’m not a careful measuring type of a cake cook, so long as the mix you end up with has a gentle dropping consistency as you hold a spoonful of it over the mixing bowl to see how it drops off of the spoon, I reckon you should be about right.

Enjoy!

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