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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
Thu 3-Dec-09
6:27 pm
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I was discussing differences in climates today in an English lesson; the guy asked what we called salami type sausage; I explained that dried sausage not being part of our uk food production it was just a sausage! He then went on to say that this was probably because of the damp climate.

Thu 3-Dec-09
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Shelley, do please instruct your students that it is not always damp here in the UK.

In fact, that is a slur and a generalisation, probably encouraged by the Frogs Embarassed

You should broadcast a loud message that on June 17 2009 it was really warm and dry in the UK LaughLaughKiss

Never knowingly underfed

Fri 4-Dec-09
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weather is dry today, as it was yesterday here!

I think I might even add a jar of onion marmalade to the shortbread depending on time restraints

Fri 4-Dec-09
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LOL Danny; having grown up in Manchester, I have to say that rain does spring to the forefront of my mind when I think UK However, they are always surprised when I point out that it might be hot in Toulouse in summer, but in winter it is jolly cold; colder than southern UK in fact!!

Fri 4-Dec-09
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In reply to the request for cranberry sauce recipe-sorry for the delay Michelle, been busy!- it's not a very scientific method, but it works! A bag of cranberries, the juice and grated rind of an orange, sugar to taste ( make it as sweet or tart as you like). Heat slowly in a saucepan with the lid on so the berries soften and gently pop, add a jolly good slug of cassis, stir and let the flavours blend. This is really intensly fruity and sets like a dream for putting into jars for presents.Keeps for ages! You can stir in red or black currant jelly to sweeten it or blackcurrant jam rather than sugar. If you want a thinner sauce ( that won't keep  and set in jars, but will last in the fridge) just add some fruit juice to the mix- use a flavour that will make it even fruitier...

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 5-Dec-09
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Thanks Kate! I completely understand the busy part, plus finding time to write out the recipe......

The currant jelly variations sound yummy!

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Sun 6-Dec-09
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Your Cranberry sauce recipe sounds totally delicious.  Thank you for taking the time to share it.

I'll try that again!

Thu 10-Dec-09
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I'm making hazlenut liqueur, truffles, 'sundried' (in the oven) toms and some xmassy shaped seed and suet bird food hangers.

For the truffles I'm using a chilli chocolate as well as a plain and an orange variety.  Oh, and possibly some home made candied peel too.

I'm having a lot more fun doing it than fighting round the damn shops at this time of year!

Fri 11-Dec-09
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Sounds like fun in your kitchen Ruth, bet it smells heavenly too.  Thanks for reminding me about feeding the birds, I shall make some fatty/seedy pine cones for mine.

I'll try that again!

Sat 12-Dec-09
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I agree with Toffeeapple Ruthdigs, I bet your kitchen smells fabulous!

Would you be willing to share your truffle recipe? The chilli chocolate sounds wonderful!

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Tue 15-Dec-09
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Thank you for posting the pickled brussel sprouts recipe.  We grew too many this year, so will give this a try.  We pickled runner beans this autumn, which we initially thought was odd but the result was great.  Pickled brussels is a good idea.

Tue 15-Dec-09
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City Smallholder said:

Pickled brussels is a good idea.


SurprisedSurprised What?  You want to prolong the agony??Smile

I'll try that again!

Tue 15-Dec-09
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Completely different note.  I think Kirtsy Allsop, completely stole the name of this thread and then trashed the idea by being in her mansion house in Devon (meadowgate) having glass blowing lessons (£300 a pop plus the cost of actual glass etc) and making baubles that she thinks every home should have. She said they retail at £9 - £15 each.  oh , Please for one bauble? 

Filling Le Parfait jars that are £3 each in the beginning with jelly beans that also cost a packet.   Kirstys hand made and my hand made are a completely different league.  I guess when your parents are super rich and you can afford to drive a landrover around London and then back to quaint Devon (i am from Devon- so I feel the words Townie bubbling to the surface and you are he reason I cant afford to live in my home town - but I wont rant any more...)

Who out there (points to all the readers) has your own woods that you can wander around in and collect foliage...?  I certainly dont.  And I worry about some one reporting me for nicking a piece of holly!

(grumble grumble)  Channel 4 needs to put on programmes that are more attainable by the masses.  Not people who can play at making homemade items.  Some people have no other option. 

On a proper homemade front.  My short bread is going down a storm! Hooray

humph, made my self angry and upset now....Pint if I drank alcohol I would need one now.

Tue 15-Dec-09
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I was less affronted, but I have to agree.  Whilst often lovely, Kirsty's ideas were on the whole exorbitant and unrealistic.

Wed 16-Dec-09
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Hi City Smallholder,

You are welcome for the brussle sprout recipe, I hope you like it. Its like a garlicy, spicy sourkrout, they are wonderful.

Now come on Toffeeapple, I can't stand cooked brussle sprouts, but pickled ones are divine! I always put them out on the rellish tray at Christmas, and the nieces and nephews snatch them up.

SOL, I don't know about the U.K., but here if someone has a plant that is growing over their property line, whatever is over is fair game, since its a hazzard, but if the hazzard ends up decorating your table.............? Wink

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