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Thursday, 4 November 2010

What's Been Cooking


This week I've combined Kirsty's Wednesday Crop with this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge to come up with this layout.

A few posts back, I made a layout depicting how our quince tree was bursting with fruit. Well this is just a small selection of the jars of stuff made from them. We gave a lot of the quinces away to friends and family and virtually anyone who bravely rang our doorbell or entered the house. The ones we kept were converted either into quince jelly (or jam if you prefer) or this favourite concoction of my better half's, Mostarda.

Our cellar is now wall to wall with jars of homemade condiments. Not bad considering how small our kitchen is. Cooking the evening meals was like trying out for the Krypton Factor. Now I read in this morning's Guardian that sloe season has begun. No doubt we'll be descending on our secret sloe bush location and filling up large rucsacs with the berries before turning them into umpteen bottles of Sloe Gin. Anyone fancy a Sloe Comfortable Screw this winter? Thought not.

20 comments:

Julie Ranae said...

Terrific post, my friend! Love the story and of course, I love the layout and the ways you used the colors from The Cafe...even in my 'middle age', I have yet to 'can' anything, although jams and preserves would be my first stop!
x

kjjc said...

A WHAT? you don't surely mean that do you Paul?

Paul said...

It's a cocktail KJJC haha. I know it sounds naughty but it's made with Sloe Gin. Quite innocent I assure you :) xx

Paul said...

oh and the comfortable part comes from Southern Comfort. x

kjjc said...

yeh yeh yeh. I'm sure!!!!

Paul said...

You know me, pure as driven snow ;)

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your post and your layout though I'm not quite sure what a quince is!!! Also sad to say, I KNEW what the drink was!

alexa said...

Stunning, Paul. Beautiful photo and such a clean and fresh page. You do this style so brilliantly! Please count me in for any left-over sloes, since I missed the quinces!

Sarah Anderson said...

I'm not sure sloe gin is ever innocent!!! Love the layout, so, so clean and simple, and a great story too. Those jellies etc look amazing :) See you Saturday :)

Tracy Evans said...

Great take on the challenge this week Paul, love your jars and so beautifully displayed. Great story too. Have a great weekend. Tracy Evans x

Dotpat said...

Looks very tasty Paul, you know did not look at my quince to see if it had fruit as is usually has nothing on

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful CAS L/O - looks like you have plenty of goodies all preserved! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

Maria said...

A great layout! Mmmm sweet goodies you've canned. Love reading your witty posts...too funny!

Michele said...

You've been busy! Fab LO - love the cleverly arranged jars, so that the focus is one the one with the green lid, that ties in beautifully with the strip of green paper ;) x

Andrea Ewen said...

You are a delight Paul! I love reading your posts, they are so "down to earth". And your wit is refreshing. Love your project, so wonderfully out of the box. Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

*** Suzi B *** said...

Lovely to meet you yesterday Paul...
love the layout! I can almost taste the jelly/jam!
Hope to see you again at The Cubbyhole.
Sue x

Suzanne C said...

Great post! Love your layout! The clean design is wonderful! Thanks for joining us again at the PDCC!

Fiona said...

elegant and clean LO - lovely :)

Susan Allan said...

Very professional, Paul.
It is lovely to look at reminds us of what we can find to stock our larders with for free!
Love it
Sue xx

Michelle said...

Congrats on your Cup of the Week Win! Well deservd!