Morning all - hope you are well? Good weekend?
We had quite a pleasant weekend. Still in my making preserves mode, I set too and made some Autumn chutney on Friday afternoon. I was pleased to read in the list of ingredients, that you could substitute apricots for blackberries. As there is a huge glut still on the hedgerows near us, the boys and I hopped on our bikes and picked what we needed. I love it when you can use free ingredients.
It's such an easy recipe, a case of pretty much chucking it all in 1 pot - sugar, vinegar, pears, cooking apples, onions and blackberries. Hopefully you'll be able to see the recipe if you click to enlarge it. In fact you can pretty much use any fruit you have.
Here we go, bubbling away.....looks great, but I'm not keen on the lingering vinegar smell chutney leaves, as you make it.
60 minutes later, you end up with a couple of jars. They suggest leaving it for 3 months, so it'll be good and ready in the run up to Christmas!
Saturday was off on a jolly to wander round Laycock Abbey, and what glorious weather it was. Yesterday saw us standing in the pouring rain watching Toby play a football match. Amazingly the rain started as we got there, and finished as we left - typical.
I did manage to complete another favourite project of mine - a cushion. Bit more tricky this time as it was round and I wanted to envelope it on the back - straightforward enough, and use fabric segments for the front so I traced the cushion onto paper and drew then cut segments for templates. I did remember to make them a little larger to allow for seam allowance etc......somehow it all went a little askew as the front ended up bigger than the back. I think it eventually turned out OK!
You would think trace, draw, cut and sew would be easy...em.
See you later in the week.