Its been a busy day. I have been getting up at normal time and getting stuck in. I have been without heating all day long and was perished. To make matters worse we could not get it going when OH came in and was about an hour before he cracked it. I now have the heating on and am slowly defrosting. The animals have had their blankets on today to keep warm. I have had some Pollack with spinach and sliced potatoes with a Gruyere sauace that was all nice and hot and bubbling. It has gone down very well. It is a bought meal - something we do not normally buy in this household. I was supposed to have it the other night but couldn't quite fancy it and OH certainly didn't but I did enjoy and might have a bash at doing it myself. I was hungry and it has helped "defrost" me from the inside out.
I have had a busy day; the rosehip syrup is dripping through the net and will be completed tomorrow evening the same with the apple and Rosehip jelly. I am hoping for about four bottles of the Rosehip Syrup and about 6 jars of the Rosehip and Apple Jelly. I have also made three jars of an apple chutney the recipe is Called Aunty Edna's chutney and comes from Gloria Nichols preserves book. Very few ingredients and as per usual I could not locate one or two ingredients that I do have but could not locate at the precise time required; so I used white sugar instead of brown. But looks promising will post the recipe separately as it is an ideal chutney for a beginner to make and it will not cost an arm or a leg. Just simple ingredients.
A little while ago I cleaned out the Jam Store/Preserves store. The cupboard under the stairs. Not all the preserves are in yet but I hope you get the drift. The shelves were already in the house so its a case of using what we have. To get more out of the deep and high shelves I have re-used box lids to stack the jars safely and also written the contents on so that I can locate what I am after in a hurry. I still have stuff to do. Plus the fact down the side out of the way are all the jam jars and the wine bottles.