Sunday, 21 July 2013

New Books

Just recently I have picked up one or two books to add to the collection and I have not paid full price for them as they have been picked up from either The Works (also known as Remainders) or the Book man who calls at work. I have paid no more than £5 per book (in some cases much less) but I am pleased with every book that I have acquired.

The first is called Abundance by Alys Fowler she of Kitchen Garden Fame but this tome covers all gardening aspects but goes on to explore different ways of storing and preserving and there are definitely some different ways of preserving and some very different recipes some of which I intend to have a go at in due course,  Recipes such as wild strawberry confiture, Rosy Apple Sauce, Kimchi, Saurkraut, Ploughmans Chutney, Jerusalem Artichoke Chutney, Beetroot Marmalade, Pickled Cherry Tomatoes, drying vegetables i.e. veggie chips,Fruit Leathers, dried fruit and needless to say there are lots more recipes in there.

The second one is called Allotment month by month; this specifically focuses on growing your own fruit and veg but will come in very handy for me for next year.  It goes through the growing season month by month.

The third one is called the Perfect Christmas which speaks for itself, it has lots of things to make for your Christmas celebration and also the odd one or two items like home made Christmas cards and Christmas tags; beautifully presented with some nice recipes in.

The fourth book is called Grandma's Special Recipes: Jams, Jellies and Preserves.  This book has some unusual recipe in as well such as Pickled Okra, Pickled Fish, pickled vegetables,Chilli peppers stuffed with Goats Cheese; Fruit Mustard, Cherry Compote, Preserved Pears, Preserved Rec Capsicums.  I have a lot of preserving cookery books so it is always a delight when I find a book with recipes in that I do not have and I am itching to get going with this 

The last  is aptly called Jams, Preserves and Chutneys with Apricot and Lavender Jam, Apricot and Roast Pistachio jam, Banana jam, Rhubarb and Raspberry jam, mixed fruit jam, cucumber marmalade, Kiwi and lime marmalade, Orange and Blackberry Marmalade with Chocolate chips, Peach marmalade,  Tropical fruit salad marmalade,  apple and cranberry chutney etc etc.

These books will be good companions to books I already have like Gifts from the Garden by Debora Robertson a smashing little book, Aromatic gifts by Stephanie Donaldson, Jams and Chutneys by Thane Prince.

Finally a little book entitled homemade gifts with love which has some upcycled items in ie using damaged embroidered tray cloths  into making little lavender hearts, or crazy patchwork style cushion covers using damaged embroidered cloths.  So many vintage treasures end up being discarded but if the embroidery is in good nick why not turn it into something else.

Quite a few hours of pleasure to look ahead to and a lot of playing

Catch you soon




  1. What great books, I love books like those :o)
    Happy reading and cooking!
    Rose H

  2. You and I are so alike Tricia, I'd have bought all of those too! I have a recipe for Banana Jam and can recommend it. Like you, I would have itchy fingers to get making some of the recipes in those books. Have fun!

  3. Hi Rose

    Books are one of my greatest passions I have been enthralled between the pages since a small child. They are also one of my greatest weaknesses. I still prefer them to a Kindle although the Kindle does have some advantages but they are not quite tactile enough for my liking. I have bought a couple of more books since as well.

    Hope you are keeping well and that Mum is behaving. Love and Light

    Tricia aka Pattypanxxx

  4. Hi BB

    I think if we ever met up we would be finding things for each other! According to some friends down here I am very good at that! I love Bananas unfortunately they do not like me but I am tempted to have a go at this as I can see possibilities. I love the other book and have had it from new and it really does have some lovely projects in. One day I will get round to them.

    Take care



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