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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Butter Churn Part One





In amongst all of the excitement of the past few weeks I had purchased a new hand operated Kilner butter churn which I bought via Ebay - brand new and delivered to Argos in Peterborough. Another one of those gadgets that I have had my eye on for quite some time.  I had originally thought to buy a well loved one but thought this one eminently practical on the hygiene front. 

I quite frequently come upon cream that has been reduced and I thought it might be a good way to produce some exotic butters which can be stored in the freezer for the winter months without paying through the nose for it and to add a bit more variety to the palate during the winter months. Its that time of year where my mind turns to goodies I can put up in the Pantry, Cupboard, freezer. I have Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Thyme, Chives and mint growing in the herb border and I also have some chillis, Bay and Lemon Verbena.So I have all the items there now I just have to get playing.

I have a lovely marble slab on which to shape the butter as well as some butter hands, sea salt if I choose to salt the butter and there is cream in the fridge.  And of course there is the side product of making your own butter and that is the buttermilk.  This will not go to waste as it can be used for making buttermilk scones.

So I am looking forward to having a little play.

TBC.

Catch you all later.

Pattypan

x

So the next part is the playing - the interesting bit

Monday, 13 July 2015

Hello Everyone

I am sorry I have been missing for a little while; I haven't been well myself having had another seizure and I missed my Mum's 80th birthday celebrations to boot as a result - not a Happy bunny for missing the celebrations but also - the driving is out - I think it is going to be a non starter.  Its 14 months since my last attack!  Think it was temperature related again - I have a wonky thermometer!

 I have also had my mother seriously ill in Hospital.  As with my Dad I went up to  the Hospital every evening and spent a good couple of hours with her each night, as did my baby bruv.   (It was much easier when the Hospital was at the end of the street as I just used to walk up.  The new Hospital I can walk to but it is further and takes a while to walk; but after a busy day at work it was easier to go by taxi.  I was quite often allowed to stay longer than visiting hours and it was often gone 10pm when I got in to get ready for work and then back to the Hospital again.  I must say the staff were wonderful with her at Peterborough City Hospital and I cannot thank them enough.

I am of the view that we look after our own.  Our parents look after us when we are young and vulnerable and it is only right that we should look after them and be there for them as best we can when they need our help. That is what family is about. Fortunately Mum is now home and much brighter but I am keeping my beady eyes on her and helping her where I can.  We only have one set of parents and we have to look after each other where we can and the best that we can. Family is everything (even if you don't necessarily get on 100% of the time).

So I guess I have some catching up to do on reading blogs and some posts that have been mulling around.  Must get the thinking cap on and the words down on paper.

So I think I am back and I will catch you later.

Pattypan

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