Some of you may have noticed that I had a bit of a break in December. Did my wrists good but now I am hoping to get back to more regular posting. Looking back at things that were completed in 2021. There was less variety and less new items than in 2020. I seem to… Read More An Old Year – A New Year!
The Flowers I went to Waitrose this morning to do a bit of shopping for things I need before my next delivery on the 13th. As I was packing my rucksack and about to leave, an assistant came up to me and asked if I would like some free flowers, so of course I said… Read More Free Flowers & Focaccia
In July, apart from my normal monthly Montage post, I had three posts about cooking, three posts about crobhet and two posts about my apple tree. Crochet first. I published my latest pattern for a thing that I call a Hexatetraflex. I had made the standard version and a slightly more ambitious version that gave… Read More Monthly Montage – July
For a long time now I have been wanting to make the recipe for Fougasse that came in my Magimix Food Processor recipe book. Just never quite found the right moment. But yesterday I decided that the time had come. Recipe is HERE and the picture is the one in my book but the 100g… Read More I Made some Fougasse
Just a quick post. In 2012 I shared my ‘healthy’ Spicy, Nutty, Banana Bread. recipe with you – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/spicy-nutty-banana-bread-recipe/ Then a year later I shared a variation with you – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/banana-bread-revisited/ That time I added molasses instead of honey and ground ginger instead of coriander. Well recently I realised that I had rather a lot of… Read More Another Banana Bread variation
I don’t normally think in terms of lettuce, cucumber and tomato for a salad these days. Sometimes I’ll just have lettuce as a side dish but when I want a salad to go with a meal instead of vegetables I normally have some lettuce and either a Waldorf Salad or this one. Carrot, Avocado and… Read More My Favourite Salad
No knitting again this month. I must get around to finishing my cardigan and socks! However I did have a couple of photographs showing different ways to celebrate Easter and two sorts of crochet. Cotton crochet in the form of my Summer Bunting and acrylic yarn crochet in terms of my latest blanket. I shared… Read More Monthly Montage – April
To all my followers whether you see Easter as a religious festival, a Spring festival or just an excuse for lots of chocolate or none of these. I always like to photograph my Hot Cross Buns. This year they turned out very well. Here is my most perfect one (no sugar glaze as I actually… Read More Happy Easter
I don’t eat cakes and cookies very often, partly because I try to save the calories for essential nutrients and partly with an eye to my waistline. Though I have found lately that occasionally indulging in a piece of cake (kept in the freezer!) doesn’t seem to push my weight or waistline up. But today… Read More Cookie Craving
End of another month. A more unusual montage this month as I have had no new knitted or crochet items to show you as I continue on with my blanket that is still just a collection of motifs. There has been Pizza! and photographs of flowers in my garden and a look back at past… Read More Monthly Montage – February
Still working on the blanket and not doing anything else except a couple of rounds of my yet to be finished socks. So rather then post nothing, I took a couple of photos of my lunch today. This time the pizza has fresh mushrooms and scraps of roast chicken; same plate though I notice! Whole… Read More More Pizza!
Today my six-week menu said that lunch was Pizza with either bacon or sardines! I had some bacon in the freezer so I decided to finish it up. My food processor can cope with enough dough for thee pizzas, so I made three bases. I cooked two of the bases for five minutes and will… Read More Pizza for Lunch
I didn’t create a montage for November as I didn’t feel I had enough pictures to put in it having not created many posts that month. So here is a joint one with December. In November I continued with the Coastal Coasters and even devised a bunting style addition which will be used to create… Read More Monthly Montage – November/December
After all my other cooking I had a bit of marzipan left, so I looked for recipes and found one for German Bethmännchen. Not all the recipes were exactly the same and I didn’t have any whole almonds but I quickly cobbled together these. Don’t look perfect but, as a marzipan lover, they are an… Read More Christmas cooking P.S.
I like to share my Christmas cooking with you and I introduced some new ideas this year. As always I made a couple of Stollen. The one on the left is for my son who will pop round to collect it before Christmas. Thinking of yeasted makes, I also made a loaf of breadwhich has… Read More Christmas Cooking 2020
I always like walking with a purpose (not just ‘for exercise’) and today I had a reason to go to the Common. I did feel that I was maybe a bit late to the party but a few days ago, after reading Nana Cathy’s post I looked for blackberries. In lots of places the bushes… Read More A Fruitful Walk!
I hope you don’t mind hearing more about my oat cakes. It was time to make some more and this time I thought I would experiment with a couple of changes. The two changes I had in mind was to grind up some of the oats a little less finely and to add baking powder.… Read More Seeking perfection? or just a change?
First an update on the first batch. The flavour improved with keeping which was good. Today I decided to try to make another batch but this time I would use the grinder than came with my new blender instead of the food processor to grind the oats. I was amazed. Where the food processor had… Read More Oatcakes revisited
Not sure how easy it would be to get my favourite sort of oatcakes and having plenty of oats I decided to try and make my own. I actually made them at the same time as I made the Hot Cross Buns as they needed the same temperature for about the same amount of time.… Read More Making Oatcakes
Wishing you a Blessed Good Friday. I include a poem that I think is very old therefore hopefully not in copyright. O King of the Friday Whose limbs were stretched on the cross, O Lord who did suffer The bruises, the wounds, the loss, We stretch ourselves Beneath the shield of thy might, Some fruit… Read More Good Friday
I don’t do a lot of baking these days as I live on my own and don’t want to get fatter! However two things have come together this week: I agreed with my son that rather than Mr Kipling I would make some almond slices for Wednesday supper and my younger daughter and family are… Read More Baking Day
In December the information I shared was almost all about the food I was making as the knitting and crochet was mostly making presents. I shared some bread (as I often do) then Christmas food: mince pies, Christmas cake, Stollen, cranberry sauce, with the recipe I use, and the gingerbread I made as a present.… Read More Monthly Montage – December
Now I can share with you some of the presents I made for Christmas this year. Lets start with the food. My eldest loves ginger and I have made her so many coasters and hats and scarves that I couldn’t think of anything fibrous to give her. So I made gingerbread. The biscuit, ‘gingerbread men’,… Read More Food and Fun!
I have just made this and taken photographs quickly with flash. The recipe is mainly for my niece but I thought anyone might be interested. It is my own personal combination from a variety of recipes as I like the addition of the orange and cinnamon flavours. Here is a copy of my recipe card.… Read More Cranberry sauce recipe
Cake got completed on Wednesday. Just simple this year. I also made two StollenI sent my son a photo as he wants Stollen and not Christmas cake. He said they looked small! But these are the ones I made two years ago! I shared the recipe – HERE in 2012. However I now make a quarter… Read More More Christmas Food
I really don’t know why people choose to have a big party in the middle of winter when all is cold and dark rather than digging a big hole and hibernating! Maybe I haven’t been using my SAD lamp enough lately? (but some mornings it seems like too much effort to set it up – maybe… Read More This Time of Year!
In October I made ten poppies to be sold along with the normal Remembrance Day items for the British Legion by a friend of mine. She reports that they sold well and for a good price. I also devised a Triquetra shaped coaster to go along with my other three designs. I worked on a… Read More Monthly Montage – October
Now that recipe I mentioned last Monday. In my recipe book it is called ‘Danish’ strawberry cake but as it is a ‘Cordon Bleu’ cookbook I don’t know how authentically Danish it is. As we were going to be five for lunch that day, I decided that I needed to make double quantities as I… Read More Strawberry cake
Last weekend I decided to try making some oat bread. I thought I would share the recipe with you. This is how I made it, slightly modified from the book I got it from, though I have given the full quantities not the half amounts that I used. You start with 8oz wholemeal bread flour,… Read More Oat Bread recipe
Well not really rocks, though the ground does look a bit rocky in this photograph! It’s another of my occasional posts about my garden and baking. These are a few cyclamen that I planted years ago but are still managing to come up despite all the changes. I am also rejoicing in my sedum spectabile. which is… Read More Lets Rock ‘n’ Roll!