Monday, 31 December 2012

on the eve of a new year....2013

A pot of pansies on our patio just outside the kitchen door, bravely withstanding the wind and rain that has lashed down on them over the past weeks ...
..and on closer inspection, new life, new beginnings; the first shoots of some miniature daffodils poking up through the pansies.
How wonderful to know that whatever life brings us there is always fresh hope and the chance for a new beginning.
Wishing you a fresh new 2013!

Monday, 24 December 2012

FLFF day 10

Merry Christmas from annjenny and mr digandweed x
I hope you all have a very happy and peaceful Christmas
  ... and let's raise our glasses to a year of happy veggie growing in 2013!
 (picture courtesy of mr digandweed!!)

Sunday, 23 December 2012

FLFF day 9

We love marzipan, but not the over sweet icing, so here is our cake - marzipan with a fruit and nut topping.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

FLFF day 8

Our errand the other night was to deliver some of our Christmas cards to the neighbours. We finished our short walk at a lovely thatched cottage just up the road, festooned with Christmas lights. The couple who live there put on an amazing light show each year to raise money for a cancer charity in memory of their son.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Thursday, 20 December 2012

FLFF day 6

In our family we like the Christmas meal trimmings, - bread sauce, stuffing and ... Delia's cranberry and orange relish almost more than the turkey!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

FLFF day 5

winter fens

Photo taken on a lovely frosty morning a couple of days ago, just up the road from here.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

FLFF day 4

Mince pie and cuppa to keep me going whilst wrapping presents. 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Ten days to go .... to celebrate, I thought I would post a festive picture each day in the run up to the 25th. I'm calling it my Fenland lottie festive feast!

Fir cone and log decoration on our windowsill.


Monday, 10 December 2012

Some of the delicious things .....

.... that have gone into my homemade mincemeat.


It might seem a little excessive to make homemade mincemeat when it is so readily available in the shops, but it is so delicious with a rich, fruitiness and none of the bitter aftertaste that some commercial mincemeats have. Plus it is ridiculously easy - simply a case of mixing all the ingredients in a bowl


and putting into a jar! 

As well as the traditional little mince pies, I've also made this rectangular mince tart. I pre-baked the pastry case and then filled it with mincemeat. It's going in the freezer until Christmas, when I will cover it with a macaroon topping before finishing in the oven and serving with cinnamon custard.

I love Delia's cinnamon ice cream recipe and often just use the custard base as a sauce.

Here is the recipe for the macaroon topping;
 2 egg whites
75g caster sugar
125g ground almonds

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then whisk in the sugar and fold in the ground almonds. Spread the mixture over the mincemeat to cover it completely.
Bake at 180c for about 20 minutes. Dust with icing sugar when cool.


Sunday, 2 December 2012

winter wonderland walk

....and the whole forest would give itself up to jollifications for weeks on end'
C.S. Lewis: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Last night mr digandweed and myself felt we had walked through a wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia.

We walked along paths lit by lanterns,

through glades illuminated by wonderful colours

and through forests glowing with light. .

Along the way we heard beautiful music and met magicians
performing wonders with light.
Where were we?
At Anglesey Abbey for their Winter Lights event.
Truely magical!