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Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:16

Gotta love a bit of Bob GWRS! Thanks Dove! Have just had a little dance while stiring my jelly!

thanks Logan. I'm going to have to make some scones to same all this jam on! any excuse!

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:09

Soaking the strawberries is meant to help keep them whole when they are boiled up, and intensify the flavour. There's a lot of juice so I think some pectin might be needed!

wooops!  I'd not thought about it being a cockerel! How funny!  My other half is rolling around with laughter!  I'll just have to go with that artistic licence LesleyK suggest! Maybe I won't place the egg 'under' the cockerel though! Unless anyone knows a song title with 'cockerel' in it!!  

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:18

I think it you crack open the stone there is pectin inside. Maybe it can seep out of the stone!

i picked some too yesterday while picking blackberries. I think you're not meant to until the first frosts but they actually looked like they were going over so I decided to go for it.  I made sure there were lots left on for the birds etc though.


I thought they were sloes. Either way, I'm going to soak them in gin again! I did this last year. A lovely lady popped a recipe through my door after seeing me picking them! So nice. I was premature last year though, and decanted too early (6months). I'll try and leave it for a year this time. Delicious though!

Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:08

Thanks all. Back to it this morning! Kitchen full of lovely smells, and creative use of a chair to drain the fruit for jelly!


Eeeek, I didn't think about having to have grown the produce! Just checked the rules and Pickles and Preserves can be from shop bought fruit and veg. Phew!

Picked a load of fresh blackberries and followed the recipe more carefully. I think I may have over boiled it last week. This time I trusted the timings and despite it looking really funny, the wrinkle test worked so I bottled it up. 

Im very excited about doing marmalade later! Not made it before. Tips very gratefully received! 


Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:55

Next Saturday Daintiness. Did lots of jams yesterday and just up early to finish off the Apple and elderberry jelly as well as the strawberry jam. Been soaking the strawberries over night. Not followed a recipe that does that with jam before so it may be off to the shops for more strawberries later!

On the song title front, I was going to go for a rose title, but I don't have enough roses left in the garden! So I'm going for Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken (Lay a Little Egg for me).  My dad has painted up a metal chicken and cut away the wire underneath so I can fill it with wet oasis and cover the body in cut flowers. I'm going to stage it on some turf, or straw, and put an egg next to it and a watch set to half past three. I have a vision, I just hope it works!

My mum has decided to enter one too and is going for either Green Green Grass of Home, or Tie a Yellow Ribbon. 

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 22:04

Exciting! I hope it yields well for you Jo47! 

Hmmm, I love a fig biscuit! Or fig roll?! 

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:50

Thanks Jo47. Has your Jerusalem let you down?


Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:32

I'd love a fig tree. Is the turkey one the best do you think? How long do they take before they fruit?

Monty looked very happy with his on Friday! 

pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:25

Me again! Found it. Not sure if the link will work but it was under a heading Oriental Poppy Problem.


pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:15

Hi Emma, there is a problem with poppies. It was in the press. I posted about it a while ago on here.  I'm not sure how to search for old posts though - soz. The symptoms are just as you describe. There is research being done on it.  You could try cutting the heads off. I'm afraid to say that the plants is likely to have had it though; according to the article. It was in the Telegraph Gardening section.


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