Home & Garden, Making stuff

Making stuff 19: gin and jam 2021

I think we've established by now that my only claim to any goddess-like levels of domesticity is my habit of making gin, jam, and chutney. Last year (2020) featured a ridiculous 6 gins but just one jelly. The year before (2019) I just did a couple of gins and three jams. This year, the focus… Continue reading Making stuff 19: gin and jam 2021

Wild garlic quiche Lorraine
Food, Making stuff

Making Stuff 18: How to Use Wild Garlic Pesto

Last year I shared a recipe on how to make wild garlic pesto - at the time we made pasta pesto for large boy to count towards a Cubs badge. I've made more this year, two batches in fact and I might make another. Honestly, I absolutely love the stuff! Its gorgeously peppery without being… Continue reading Making Stuff 18: How to Use Wild Garlic Pesto

My Highland Sparkle
Making stuff

Making Stuff 17: Cocktails 2021

Last year's cocktails post seems long enough ago to start a new separate one with this year's recipes. I love a cocktail, but I rarely follow recipes though and enjoy making things up a bit as I go with little or no planning. So here are a few of my recent inventions... Rosalie I tried… Continue reading Making Stuff 17: Cocktails 2021

Chocolate banana cake
Children, Food, Making stuff

Making Stuff 16: Chocolate Banana Cake

I haven't done a making stuff post for a while, but two are probably going to come along at once. The first week of February was Children's Mental Health week in the UK and so school gave us two Zoom free days. Mostly, that meant the boys watched a lot of TV and played on… Continue reading Making Stuff 16: Chocolate Banana Cake

Caption "Making Stuff: Gin bottling and jam" with a backdrop of home made jam in jars
Children, Food, Making stuff

Making stuff 15: gin bottling and jam (2020)

Last year I had a marathon session making jam and chutney and kicking off the gin. The fruit stays steeping in the gin for at least a month, then its bottling time. This year, I wasn't planning to make any jam, there's still a cupboard full from last autumn. However, the elderberry laden trees at… Continue reading Making stuff 15: gin bottling and jam (2020)

homemade pesto manufacture
Children, Food, Making stuff

Making stuff 13: wild garlic pesto

The first time I encountered wild garlic was on a walk along the river near Cromford Mill. We came round a corner and into a heady ether of garlic fumes rising from a huge patch of beautiful white flowers, looking almost like a dusting of snow over their glossy green leaves. It was a stunning… Continue reading Making stuff 13: wild garlic pesto

little pigs house with cotton wool smoke
Children, Crafts, Making stuff

Making stuff 11: reception crafts, a pig house

That dreaded moment when your reception child comes home with the newsletter that says "homework is to make a 3 little pigs house, it will be tested for strength with a hairdryer'. Not just crafts, but a challenge, a competition. I HATE crafts. I am not arty or good at engineering things. In hate glitter… Continue reading Making stuff 11: reception crafts, a pig house

12 mince pies in a tray with star lids, glazed with egg wash, made with homemade mincemeat
Food, Making stuff

Making stuff 10: mince pies

This year's mince pie production process started sometime last autumn. Probably at the end of October. The mincemeat recipe I use is my Nana's (great-grandma, my mum's mum's mum). I'm very lucky to have vague memories of her, she died when I was 3, in her nineties. This takes a good day to go from… Continue reading Making stuff 10: mince pies