Monday, 20 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
happy garden organic baby quilt, I thought it would be fun to document the process. This quilt is perfect for summer, as it is lightweight but still warm. It is perfect for napping, traveling, cuddling and burping. It also doubles as a cover-up when feeding, a soft play mat, or a picnic blanket.
Friday, 10 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
It's ages since I made jam (blackberry in August), so as all of the English strawberries are 1/2 price in the shops, I made my 1st lot of strawberry jam last week. I used a recipe from River Cottage preserves handbook, which was easy to follow. The jam is full-flavoured and sweet, but not too sweet!
Makes 4-5 x 340g jars:
1kg strawberries, hulled and large ones halved
500g granulated sugar
450g jam sugar with added pectin
150ml lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
Put 200g of the strawberries into a large pan with 200g of the granulated sugar and crush to a pulp with a potato masher. Place on a gentle heat. When the mixture is warm, add the rest of the strawberries. Gently bring to simmering point, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the remaining granulated sugar and the jam sugar. Stir gently. Add the lemon juice once the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat, and once it reaches a full boil, boil rapidly for 8-9 minutes. Test for setting point (104 degrees centigrade).
Remove from the heat and transfer to sterilised jars. Use within 12 months.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
On the weekend we visited Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, which is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It houses the Millenium Seedbank, where 10% of the world's plant species are preserved for the future. The gardens are extraordinary, with hundreds (maybe even thousands) of different plants and flowers. Plus, I always relish a chance to work on my macro photography!