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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 18:47

It's been belting it down for the last four hours! More rain than I've seen in a long time. The guttering is overflowing and its coming down the chimney! Eeeek! At least everything is getting a very good watering!

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:10

That must have been the most expensive jar of lemon curd ever! So funny! What a good heart you have though to buy a jar back! I bet they loved you!!

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 20:51

Absolutely cream crackered Joe47! Thanks for all of your help. Still chuckling at the lemon curd revelation! I hope you'll be around next weekend as I'm going to need you for raspberry jam and shortbread! 

I will not be seduced.....!

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:45

They grew Cape gooseberries on the Allotment Challenge last year. Yellow things with the papery outside? I was going to have ago this year but didn't have the room. Apparently they need a lot of it! Looked lovely though. Good luck with them. 

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:43

Having had a day of diasterous jam making I'm not sure I should offer any ideas (!) but it does say in my book (by Thane Prince; the lady in charge of the jam section on the Allotment Challenge if you watched it; strong bob hair cut!) that you blitz a lemon shell ( which apparently is what you have left when you've juiced a lemon), then boil it in some water, and leave to cool. Strain. It produces a natural pectin. Use within 2 days. She doesn't say how much water to boil it in though.

Worth a go I guess, albeit Jo47 and others have provided better advice today than Ms Prince!

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:14

Thanks LesleyK.  We've just had a slice and it was lovely! 


Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:47

Makes perfect sense! yep, mine looks rather dull in colour! I'm going to busy next weekend that's for certain!

At least the Victoria Sponge practice was worth it! Thank you Mary Berry!


Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:36

Thanks Jo47! I'll give it a stir!

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:23

Oh yes!! I'm going to give it a go! In for a penny hey?!


Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:23

hee hee!

right, disaster number two completed. I'm starting to dislike Thane Prince a bit now! Mint jelly. All of the mint keeps floating to the top of the jars! What on earth have I done wrong this time?!


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