Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Is it summer?

Is it autumn? The weather here doesn't seem to be able to make up its mind! Autumn had began and then at the end of September we had a mini heatwave with record temperatures for this time of year. The 1st October was the hottest on record, locally reaching 29'C.
We had a BBQ in the evening and then one again at lunchtime the next day. That is probably more than we have had all summer! We made Jamie Oliver's Jalapeno Flatbreads, which were very easy to make using 250g SR flour, a pinch of salt, 0.5tsp baking powder and 250g yogurt. Mix to a soft dough and roll out to 2mm thick. Oil BBQ and cook for 2-3 minutes turning once. I also made some using sliced red onion as our homegrown chilli peppers are not for the faint-hearted! :) It was so yummy that I almost forgot to take a photo. This is the last piece disappearing!
Maurice even tried to join in by bring a mouse to the BBQ!! Luckily it escaped, so Maurice had to settle for some burger and cheese. :)
We also BBQ'd some of our homegrown sweetcorn. Freshly picked and soaked in the husks for a short while before cooking - they are so sweet; quite unlike any shop bought corn.
I have been doing a lot of baking in the kitchen too. Amongst other things I have made several sponges,
cheese scones,
baby fruitcakes,
and some beetroot pickle.
Also in readiness for winter I have been bringing the geraniums indoors and replanting the patio pots with ferns, grasses and pansies.
Sadly the heatwave is now over and I am planning for winter! I have just bought some new boots and I am breaking them in indoors. My son asked me why was I wearing my wellies!!
I also have to confess to buying my first Christmas magazine! :)
And I couldn't resist rescuing these embroidered table cloths from the local charity shop,
as well as this half pint mug. I love the vintage feel of this mug, but I'm firmly on the fox's side when it comes to hunting.
Craft wise I recently painted and distressed this terracotta pot to sit on my new pot saucer
and I have made a couple of flower ball necklaces for myself.
I'm still knitting; I've almost finished the white matinee jacket now.
The weeks seem to be flying by; never mind summer or autumn it will soon be winter!!

1 comment:

Rowan said...

You've certainly been busy both cooking and crafting. That matinee set is just beautiful. And I just love your new boots!