There are better things to do with one's lunch hour but then again at times needs must and I admit that I am very sad; I spent my lunch in Marks & Spencers writing a bit of a shopping list for some of the bits that I need for the cooking at Christmas and working out the prices. They have quite a few nice bits . I like to do a recce - there will be some things I will buy but where I can make things myself I will do. I am sorry for grumbling it just makes me so mad at the prices charged but even they have little bags of honeycomb less than half a tray for £5 a bag! Aargh! The main ingredient in the Cinder Toffee is 1lb of granulated sugar. I do not know about you but I am paying 79p for a 1kg (2.2lbs) bag at present.
I was looking mostly at dried exotic fruit but next year I will have my own once I have got to grips with the Dehydrator - not really had time to play so I am hoping to remedy that pretty promptly. However in the interim I will have to buy in. I was looking for Cranberries today. I always make fresh Cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier to go with the Turkey and any other cold cuts of meat. But when Cranberries are in season I always make a scuttle full of Cranberry jelly I use it prolifically throughout the year so I like to have plenty in store. This year though I want to dry a lot of fresh Cranberries for use during the year and also for next year's preparations.
I have lots of plans for the Dehydrator and I am hoping to start with it this weekend with some more Orange slices, apple slices etc. for Christmas decorations. I am also sending for cinnamon quills this weekend as I have a wreath project I would like to have a go at as well. I just wish the house was bigger so I had room to move and breathe. One day. I never really have time to be bored just not enough hours in the day to achieve what I want to. Life is for living and for learning and for giving and sharing.
M & S seem to have quite a nice selection of alcohol, liqueurs etc. so I will have a look in the next week or so. However I am not going to buy their mulled red wine,mulled rose wine or mulled white wine as I am going to prepare my own from scratch. It is a bit expensive. I am however rather partial to mulled wine.
I am also in due course hoping to get a proper canner. Its on the list but I need to save up and put the pennies to one side. Gives me something to aim for.
Loads of ideas buzzing round my head for now and next year.
Catch you soon