Lime Curd – quite yellow and very zestly – delicious and easy to make. also good stirred through plain yoghurt for a last minute pudding or popped inside fairy cakes for a zingy surprise in the middle. From my WI book of preserves.
Second a great enamel kettle from the Charity Shop (about £2 I think) and it has the added beauty of sitting on the stove while it is on and heating up water for free – yes for FREE. We have been using it for hot water bottles during this really cold snap. perfect and aesthetically pleasing too.
speaking of thrifty finds; these three books are all recent and all under 2 quid each. the camping one is lovely and even has an ode to the different woods you can burn on a fire: See more of them at their blog http://www.thehappycampers.co.uk/
Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for years 'tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.
Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold;
It is by the Irish said;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.
also see http://www.treeblog.co.uk/ for some tree inspiration. see edache we are missing you!
Dan Lepard’s book is truly lovely and was £25 new so all the better for a thrifty find. The recipes and techniques are sublime and the pizza dough i did the other night from it was very impressive ( hardly any kneading at all!) He is a baking guru and writes in the Guardian http://www.danlepard.com/ for more, including great recipes.
While i am banging on about baking – my breadmaking course at River Cottage is going ahead despite their cookery school barn burning down last week. Phew I don’t think I could have taken a cancellation as I am soooooo excited about it.
lastly the picnic book reminds me of summer and was one i kept spotting in waitrose last year. it will give me inspiration for lots of outdoor eating to come this year.