Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Another red-letter day on my calendar!

Why is aging on my mind today?  
Perhaps because it's my birthday!

Above, my birthday breakfast.  Nothing really special, 
except perhaps to me. Being English, toast and marmalade
 has always been a favorite . . . . . so today I'll celebrate
 the arrival of another wonderful year with something I enjoy!

No time to post much, things to do, places to go . . . . . . .
 . . . . . . and later an awful lot of candles to blow out!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Thankful for -


Always colorful fun at the pumpkin farm!

This really is my most favorite little cook book for the autumn months and I'll
be making good use of it these coming weeks.
Fabulous recipes, both savory and sweet, from one of Britain's great food
 writers Brian Glover.
Today I'm baking pumpkin breads, and yes, I'm cheating by using Krusteaz 
brand pumpkin bread mix which is really good and quick! 
Usually I use Libby's seasonal pumpkin bread mix, also excellent, but this
 one caught my eye and I love it.
So today, one loaf for us, the other to welcome my new next door neighbors
 who just moved in over the weekend.

To use the bread for a dessert I'm adding a simple toffee sauce, and
 perhaps a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Here's the sauce recipe if interested. I usually make half the recipe.

300g light muscovado sugar
284ml heavy cream
50g unsalted butter

Put the sugar, cream and butter in a small heavy-based saucepan
and heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 3 mins, stirring to
 thicken slightly and make a smooth sauce. 
It's sweet but a small portion drizzled over is really enjoyable and turns
bread into cake!!!!

Yesterday I baked yet another galette - I'm hooked on these easy, 
one crust, rustic style 'tarts.'  
This one is a plum and apple combo, mostly plums, really good.
Addition of a dash of Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur rather than
 lemon juice, and a little grated butter over the top prior to baking, made
 it rich and tasty.

Do you enjoy baking on these lovely autumn days? 

Thanks so much for all the very kind good wishes in
regard to my 'down time' lately.  I'm OK but just want to 
be able to get about on foot and do things without pain!
I'm peering out the window right now and watching Bob in the
 glorious sunshine fiddling about in the garden.
Soon the leaves will be falling and he'll need help raking - I really
 want to be able to do that!

Happy Sunday. . . . . . and a great week ahead to you all.