Posted: 18/10/2016 at 14:08
Busy - agree about planting being the best bit, seconded by the popping of seedlings after careful sowing. Rasta doggy has arthritis in her right shoulder - much diminished since we arrived here where the climate is drier so I hope it does the same for me. Anyway, the Belgian vet prescribed one month on and one month off of daily glucosamine sulphamate and it works for humans and horses too so see if you can find some. Sounds like you also need some good massages form a decent physio/kine so see if you can get your GP to prescribe some sessions.
I love baking but have never tried all the fancy icing and other bells and whistles of the bake-off and, cos I can't afford the calories, only do it for group activities or guests. However, my new oven is gas so I'm not risking it today. Need to get to know it first.
Dove - there was dry martini but only in huge bottles, too tall for my cupboard next to the cooker. I'm hoping the herbs in the Bianco will counteract sweetness. If not, a drop of vinegar or lemon juice should do the trick.
GWRS - the vanilla cream terrine is from Delia's Summer book and the spiced plums are as follows:-
The plums need to be firm. If they are too ripe they will start to disintegrate and go mushy. They will still taste great but not be so pretty.
275ml red wine
3 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
Boil the wine, sugar and spices till the sugar is dissolved and it starts to become syrupy. Wash, halve and stone the plums and simmer them for 2 minutes. Allow to cool and leave for 48 hours to mature. Serve cold.