Hi guys, have you had a nice week?
Look at what i found!
Only 50p in a charity shop :D
I'm so pleased!
It's based on a tv show from 2010 where Sue Perkins and Giles Coren lived like Tom and Barbara.
It's full to the brim of little hints and tips on how to become self sufficient , along with various crafts that Tom and Barbara did on the show
It gives information on how to keep hens (which we shall hopefully be doing soon!) various means of feeding them, housing them etc
A Christmas section on making decorations (which i already do) and various food recipes
A fairly easy looking cider :)
and, of course, where would we be without the recipe for peapod wine? (hopefully will try this at some point, maybe not this year though)
How to make nettle dye, which is a great dye for wool :)
Pickled eggs, which i shall be attempting soon :)
and lots more!
I'm so pleased to have found this book!
some of the things i already know, but it also has a section on gardening and growing veg and preparing the soil, etc so i know already it was 50p well spent!
Now i have a lovely quick recipe for you, i made this today and my goodness it was delicious!
NB: If you have a cheese sauce recipe you want to use instead of packet mix then go for it. I just used the mix as it was in the cupboard at the time :)
Cheese and broccoli soup:
This is my own recipe, made up as I went along lol
2 broccoli trees
1 packet Morrison's cheese sauce mix
Half a chicken stock cube
Chop onion and sauté in butter for 5 minutes
Chop broccoli roughly and add to pot,
Make the chicken stock and cheese sauce mix in one jug and add to pot, you can also add a little single cream if you have it
Bring to boil and let simmer for 45 minutes until the broccoli is soft and you can mash it or whizz it up in a food processor
If you would like it a bit thicker just sprinkle in a tablespoon of corn flour
Also, sometimes the packet mixes aren't cheesy enough so i added a handful of grated cheddar too :)
In other news, we have a new table :)
We got it from a friend who had the sad job of clearing his late mother in-laws house , so he asked if there was anything we needed, and this was on the list of things to go, now it is doing a great job as a coffee/dining table
We also opened the ginger beer this evening!
Our first proper home brew :)
Well... it wasn't supposed to be ready until Monday, but quite frankly, we couldn't wait that long haha
It is absolutely delicious! We are both very impressed :)
We are looking forward to seeing Fast SOS's next home-brew project :)
(hint hint Rich and Carly, lol :D )
I've also been crocheting rather a lot this week
I made a little pot holder as i was sick of forever burning my fingers when lifting pan lids (with the metal top/handle)
I've also been working on my blanket, slowly but surely :)
Our local charity shop had a big donation of yarn and i found this gorgeous mint green mohair type wool for 49p.
I made a cowl out of it with broomstick lace (i can't find the picture, but i will post it on Weds for Yarn Along) and used the rest in the blanket, sadly it was only a 50g ball so only had enough left over for 1 round