baking, books and spices

November 12, 2010

I was sitting down reading recent back-posts of some of my favourite food blogs the other day when it hit me that I’m finally back. Reality hits hard.

I haven’t done a scrap of exercise in two weeks and I still haven’t got fully back on the cooking wagon. I’m constantly exhausted. But I’m happy to be home and I’m slowly but surely settling back into life.

I have to be honest, Austin is on my mind constantly. Ok, not just Austin but the wedding day. I can’t shake it out of my head. I dreamed about all the pieces of that day for a long time and then they came together and happened in a mad, exciting, happy jumble… and then it was over. It really is pretty crazy.

Anyway, I’m home and catching up on life and normality and having free time again. It’s pretty awesome. I have cats to pet and Mad Men to watch. Life is good.

If you’re catching up with me then here are some things I’ve been making and doing recently as well as what’s been getting me excited and inspired.

I’ve well and truly got the Autumn bug! Everything I seem to be drawn to is spiced, warm and toasty. It’s infectious. I’m excited for baking more butternut squash bread and making little batches of pumpkin pie spice to give as gifts around the holidays. Yum.

In that vein, I’m also totally coveting this book, Baked Explorations. Their sweet and salty brownies are calling my name! Has anyone read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I also have a couple of cases of mason jars left from the wedding (any guesses as to what we used them for?!) which makes me want to can like nobodies business. Enter this book:

Canning for a New Generation would go down a treat one of these quiet non-wedding planning weekends I have coming up! I have big plans for some delicious winter jams.

And that reminds me, I am beyond excited to get our wedding photos back! They should be here in a couple of weeks and the anticipation is killing me! I’ll be sure to share :)

Finally – I updated my recipes page and my about page. Check them out and while you’re at it, check out Eating for England on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to see you there.

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emily (a nutritionist eats) November 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures!
I have a wedding-planning weekend this weekend – I hope to get a lot accomplished!

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elise November 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

dude, where are your wedding pics? cmon now…

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Angharad November 14, 2010 at 12:45 am

They are coming! Trust me, I am dying of anticipation. I think we should have them in the next week or so and I promise to share!

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Holly November 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

reality bites sometimes, no?

but i am SO GLAD you are back, and i saw some wedding photos on facebook – absolutely GORGEOUS!

love you long time. and no shame on the real housewives. they suck us all in.

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Grace November 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Canning for a new generation. Two years ago this title would have made me snort with laughter but these days I’m all about preserves. I will share my best chutney recipe with you as an extra little late wedding pressie…
2lbs Apples (I always make this with my mum and use bramleys from our tree at home. Any cooking apple with do but most eaters don’t cook down enough – it needs to go quite mushy)
1lb soft brown sugar
1lb raisins
1/2 pint white vinegar
1tbsp each of finely chopped garlic, dried chillis (I like to use very hot ones to offset the sweetness), grated ginger
1tsp salt
Peel, core and roughly the chop the apples, put them into a massive pan and add everything else. Bring to the boil, then simmer on a low heat until chutney consistency.
Bottle in the usual way (sterilised jars etc) and it will keep forever! It’s amazing with cheese, pork pies, salad, cold meat leftovers. In fact I’m going to have a little bit on a cracker now with some cheddar. yum!
I’m going to experiment with a beetroot and horseradish chutney to go with smoked fish, I’ll let you know how I get on.
Really looking forward to seeing your wedding pics too – you saw the state of my photography skills so the ones we took don’t do it justice.
Speak soon, G x

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Angharad November 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Grace: Thank you so, so much for sharing this! Best bonus wedding present ever! I want to make your chutney! I had it all planned out to make something else and now you’ve got me questioning everything I believed to be right and true. I think it’s because you used the words “chutney” and “cheese” in the same sentence…

Really though, this is awesome and I’m excited to try it. Good tip on the baking apples vs. eating apples too. I’ve never really canned before (can one “can”? Is that a verb? It is now) but I’m getting more and more inspiration for it! Much love chick.

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