Friday, 15 October 2010

Here kitty kitty

Meet my new friend - sits quietly, no muck or mess and certainly no feeding!

It was whilst I was having a random moment, I thought I'd conjure up this little miss.  Pleased with the result, I thought I'd add her to my website, although I'm tempted to keep her....

Whilst being on the random setting this week, I thought I'd make some of this -

Piccalilli!  Probably a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.  We only tend to have it at Christmas and whilst watching River Cottage last week, and seeing how easy it was, I thought I'd give it a go.

I used cucumber, radishes, cauliflower and french beans.  You have to soak them in salted water for 24 hrs, then boil the veg in sugar, distilled vinegar and ginger for 5 mins.  Add mustard powder, flour and cumin a little while later, you have your Piccalilli.

Extremely easy, but the downside is that we've got to wait 3 months for it to mature.  I think Christmas will be fine!

Still having empty shelves in my new 'larder' I made some very easy orange and ginger marmalade with regular oranges, sugar and crystallised ginger - scrummy.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you do!


marigold jam said...

How good it must feel to see your home made preserves on the shelves. That orange and ginger marmalade sounds delicious. The little cat would be welcome here since my "real" one has taken to doing pee-pee where she shouldn't!!!


Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh I love your cat... and I'd forgotten that I liked piccalilli - piccalilli and bacon sarnies - yummy! Must look up recipes for it.

bellaboo said...

I love your kitty and homemade piccalilli...yum,so much tastier than the bought kind.It'll be nice and ready to have with the cold meats and jackets on boxing day! :o)

KC'sCourt! said...

Miss Kitty looks lovely
Julie xxxxxxxxx

sylviesgarden said...

Oh my, what a simply great cat! I love her face.

Andrea said...

Just thought I would let you know that I have passed on A Lovely Blog award to you, if you check Fin and Gabs, blog awards go to post..! Thanks for a lovely blog
Andrea x

delia hornbook said...

Aww love your cat so cute love the colour of the fabric. Nothing tastes better than home made chutney and jam..enjoy ;-)) dee

Suzanne said...

O my...Kitty is so cute!
Love the fabric!

Suzanne x

Serenata said...

I don't like piccalilli, but it must feel good to have your own home made produce maturing for Christmas.

No mess, no fuss kitty...perfect!

Felted House said...

Lovely cat with a very floral tummy - it's a great print. Less stressful than a real cat too - mine scared me silly today after eating something nasty and had to be rushed to the vet. Floral kitty will behave herself perfectly no doubt! xx

Tabiboo said...

I'm not a great lover of piccalilli - my nan use to make it and added everything!!

Though after re watching River Cottage Autumn I quite fancy having ago at Pam the Jam's.

Have a fabulous weekend,

Nina xxx

MelMel said...

Cute kitty, keep her. she looks very at home sat there!x