The cake tins here at The Hookery have been as full as they usually are. As I type, there's a batch of banana and peanut butter buns cooling on the side. A good number have already been sampled. Quality control is so important, don't you think?
Thinking back, I do seem to have gotten through a lot of risotto rice this month too - I put it down to the cooler weather. I think a stew could be in the offing in the coming days too.
I don't usually have anything for this heading. I barely have space to accommodate the day-to-day necessities, so there's not much option for stockpiling. With the hedgerows so full of free food though, it felt a bit rude not to gather my bodyweight in blackberries. Having eaten more than was probably good for me, I had a crack at apple and blackberry jam. The aforementioned problems with storage space meant making it in a saucepan though. Not quite the success it should have been.
I started the month with a rash of DIY-ing. A set of shelves which I really didn't like was turned into a set of shelves and a planter which I do like. I am ridiculously proud of having cobbled together something useful out of something that I secretly wanted to throw out but couldn't justify so doing. There was also the hotel-shower-cap-bowl-cover, the stocking-jelly-bag and the milk-carton-jam-funnel. It's been a good month for reusing and repurposing.
|A milk carton with the bottom and top cut off. Surprisingly useful.|
I'm still using homemade rosemary hair rinse instead of commercial conditioner, white vinegar instead of fabric softener and the post-jam saucepan was rescued with a sprinkling of bic. soda and a dash of elbow grease. I am just about out of washing powder, so I'm on the hunt for a recipe for a homemade alternative. More about that next month I guess.
I sowed a late batch of spinach and rocket earlier and rather than thin out the seedlings, I've let them grow just big enough to eat. I am now thinning them out by adding baby leaves to sandwiches, salads and risottos. The borage plant has gone berserk and every sandwich now has a little floral garnish. Long may that continue!
The recalcitrant tomato plant was stripped of it's lazy green fruit and chutneyed. Let that be a lesson to it. Possibly as a result of rumours heard from the back garden, the strawberry plant at the front has started to put fruit on again. This has never happened before. I'll have to have a chat with it and see what's going on.
|I need to eat more spinach!|
In preparation for Spring, bulbs have been buried and seeds have been sown. I think I have about 25 daffodil bulbs left to find homes for though. I haven't got a clue where those will end up. Anyone want a daffodil?
It feels like it's been a month of sewing in ends. I rounded up a few blankets that are in various stages of half-done-ness with a view to finishing them off and using them over the Winter. I think I'll manage it for two out of the three. I've ordered enough yarn (I hope) to take on holiday with me in a couple of weeks' time. Fingers crossed I'll finish one of them then.
Christmas crochet has been bubbling away gently in the background for a while here, but now I'm starting to pull everything together and see what still needs to be done (not much) and listed (just about everything). I also finished a cushion cover which has been on the go for a couple of years!
And, I finally wrote up a pattern for some of the chunky yarn I have in the shop. It was sweltering on the day I made the twisted tweble scarf, but I could quite easily wear it today and feel nice and snug. And smug.
I feel like I have been reading chutney recipes all month. Also, advice on post-jam pan-cleaning. I have also been mooning over the September issue of Country Living Magazine, but nothing new there. The upshot of all this is that I look at all veg with a view to simmering it with vinegar, sugar and spices and keep a healthy stock of bic. soda in the cupboard. Can anyone recommend a good chutney book? There seem to be so many to choose from.
It's been a quiet month here really. But I like quiet. Next month will be busy with work and although there's a holiday in there too to look forward to, I'll be trying to cram twice as much into the day job to accommodate the week off. A quiet September has been wholly enjoyable.
How was your September?