Well a bag of shallots and a bag of small pickling onions have found their way home with me today. I have ordered another two nets of both and may still buy more. We eat a lot of cheese and the pickled shallots or onions go well with them and sometimes I give them out as part of a Christmas gift as well.
I have also asked again about Damsons at the veg shop and she is going to ask her Dad if he will keep an eye out for some for me. I don't hold out much hope but you never know.
I also need to get one kg of nice long thin chillis for drying and also for making chilli jam which is another favourite condiment. Perks up a sandwich very nicely.
I have the ingredients for more piccalilli and I shall get those on the go for tomorrow. I have bought four new white bowls in which to pop the ingredients for brining. With a covering of cling film in a nice cold place they should brine very nicely. I still have loads to do on the pickling and preserving front.
I have bought 2kg of fresh Bramley apples and have some tomatoes so I think some tomato and apple chutney could well be on the cards for tomorrow and maybe some apple chutney as well. I am also keen to get some red onion chutney and my onion and garlic marmalade on the go too.
I also intend when the root veggies of parsnip, swede etc start to put in a proper appearance in the shops to make some of the souper mix out of Pam Corbin's River Cottage preserves book as it makes a lovely base for gravies and soup.
I have bought the first tranche of dried fruit as I hope to get the Christmas cakes made next weekend. I still have not made my mincemeat but that can be done during the week and it will be ready in plenty of time.
I have also been and bought some natural bran, fine oatmeal and medium oatmeal, some sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well as hemp seeds for the pantry. I am starting to accumulate my ingredients for home made muesli and granola and also want to have a go at making Dukkah. I am trying to incorporate more grains and seeds into my diet in various ways. We eat a lot of veggies as well.
This evening I have had smoked kippers for my tea which has gone down very nicely. I like fish and try and get this into our diet as much as I can. I have an inkling for a home made fish pie. Might get the ingredients next week and make one for tea and pop some in the freezer as well.
I have also bought an electric pressure cooker which I am experimenting with at the moment. I have always been a keen advocate of using a pressure cooker. I was bought up to it as my mum always used one and so as technology has moved on a tad I thought that I would give this a try.
So far this year I have made over 60 jars of jam and there is still some more to be made.
Better get a wriggle on.
Hopefully catch you soon.