I like lists, lists help give you a visual of the things you have flying round your mind and once written down - they don't let you forget. Here are just a few ideas and musings of possible things (flying round my mind at the moment)all to do in September . More an aide memoire- really and no particular order random thoughts just an attempt at some planning bearing in mind that I work full time and am on a tight budget. Well there is method in my madness - somewhere!
September is the month when I normally start my Christmas preparations folks, so I apologise profusely but I start sorting out ingredients and start a Christmas store of ingredients and bits and bobs (always check the dates) then I have a stock of lovely things to choose from come Christmas itself without having a massive blow out in one fair go.Trying to do an item or a couple of items ie some pickles or make some aprons, etc or make a freeze a couple of batches of sausage rolls (uncooked) to store in the freezer will also help ease the load and the financial burden and also the cooking (especially if the family descend). You may have your own ideas and if you grow your own fruit and veg its going to be a busy time with the harvesting.
Don't forget to take advantage of all the autumn hedgerow fruits and the crab apples. You can also make your own pectin stock for use in Jam making throughout the year at this particular time too.
- Make my Christmas cake - will give the cake time to mature and also the cake can then be marzipanned and iced in good time
- Make a Dundee cake.
- Make your Christmas puddings or wait until Stir up Sunday.
- Draft Christmas letter on the computer to go into Christmas cards.
- Purchase or make Christmas cards.
- Purchase a few stamps each week and put up
- Type up on the computer address labels.
- Start buying Christmas paper or decorating your own
- Start making Christmas presents or start popping up a little money each week and put up out the way.
- Make your own Christmas Crackers
- Collect fir cones for open fires they give a lovely resinous smell as they burn
- Bramble Jelly or anything bramble orientated including Bramble Cassis
- Last of the summer fruits i.e. strawberries raspberries and redcurrants bottled in a mulled rose
- Crab apple jelly
- Same for Elderberries Done
- Elderberry "Pontack" Sauce Done
- Elderberry Chutney
- Elderberry vinegar Done
- Bottled Elderberry, apple and bramble pie filling
- Mulled Plum Jelly.
- Hips and Haws Haw Sin Ketchup made
- Make Rowanberry jelly
- Redcurrant Jelly
- Damson Cheese
- Damson and Orange Jam.
- Bottled Damsons.
- Damson Gin.
- Damson or Plum Vodka
- Quince/Japonica Cheese
- Bottle Apricot and Almond Compote.
- Apricot and Apple Chutney.
- If your grow your own Borlotti Beans harvest and dry.
- Dry Agapanthus seed heads, thistle heads etc. ready to decorate the house for Christmas.
- Make Mincemeat done
- Almond and Amaretti Mincemeat done
- Clementines in brandied caramel
- Figs in Spiced syrup
- Smokey Barbecue Sauce
- Saffron Pickled pears
- Make Christmas Beer
- Make Cider
- Make Stout
- Make Bitter
- Make Lager
- Make Piccalilli
- Make Limoncello
- Candy/Crystallise or put fruits in syrup for your own sweetmeats board that need not cost the earth just a bit of time and patience.
- Make Wines Especially hedgerow ones
- Bottled Plums (You need to make some of these if you want to make proper Victorian Sugar Plums for a Christmas sweetmeat.
- Pickled Beetroot
- Pickled Cucumber
- Pickled Onions
- Pickled Eggs
- Pickled Quails eggs
- Pickled Shallots
- Bottle Passata
- Pickled Vegetables
- Spiced Plum Sauce
- Make Christmas Chutney (if you make a couple of batches of this you can always give it away as a Christmas present for the friend who doesn't do for themselves. I have found home made preserves always go down a treat
- Nuts in honey for dribbling over ice cream - saw some Filberts in Waitrose today
- Home made chocolate spread
- Belgian Pears
Etc etc. no doubt I will add some more ideas as I go along
I actually enjoy the creativity, the making of things. One thing I always do though is make my own mincemeat it is far superior than the bought variety and after all for me food is about the different flavours; it is not complicated to do and there are various recipes out there.
Well that's just for starters - got to dash.
Catch up soon