Sunday, 29 March 2009

Sausage Making

This week also found me learning a new skill. Sausage Making!. My good friend Stuart from Southborough Butchers is hoping to go to Nepal later on this year to help build a house with the charity Habitat for Humanity. He needs to raise a great deal of money so he decided to offer sausage making lessons. I was first in the queue. What a giggle. There is definitely an art to it. I now have a great deal of respect for all of those people who appeared on the Generation Game and made complete fools of themselves. It's a lot harder than it looks.

I managed to get the knack of getting the sausage meat into the skin but trying to twist the things so that they looked anything resembling sausages was a bit of a disaster. However this did not appear to affect the taste and sausages are now a staple part of our diet.

In my quest to make all pressies this year, I was having great difficulty as to what to give my Mum for Mothering Sunday. Being a very creative person herself there is not much that she has not made, or been on a course about or has already got. It was while looking through Leigh Radford's book, 'One Skein' that I came across her pattern for cupcakes. After a rummage through my wool oddments box, I found some yarn and Hey Presto! She was delighted with her gift. ( Apparently she is going to use it for her lace making- I said that she was creative.)
Also my hairdresser saw the end result and has given me an order for two!

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Happy Spring Chicken

Our chicken are enjoying the first signs of spring. All of them are now laying, including this large light brown. She is five years old and her name is Tikka. I know. It does sound a bit odd, but she obviously is not too bothered. The eggs are delicious though.

It is that time of year again, when Hubby and I spend a great deal of time preparing the garden and the allotment for this season's produce. The only problem, is that we have not finished last season's. Still this cabbage and these leeks were very tasty with our Sunday lunch.
Last weekend I realised that it was the birthdays of some friends of mine. They are twins and they were ten. Having remembered my commitment to try and make as many pressies this year as possible, I decided to raid my fabric bin. An hour later. This was the end result!