If I want a diet drink, I’ll buy a diet drink. If I don’t, it appears I’m stuffed. Bought a can of RWhites (I think) lemonade (actually a colleague kindly bought it for me as I had run out of money so resorted to scrounging) only to discover it was stuffed with artificial sweeteners. Yuck! I understand some people prefer diet drinks, like their teeth more than I do, want to keep their colorie intake down etc. etc. Fine. But why can’t we have an alternative, with tried and tested sugar for those who want it? You can now have a 0 cal cancer causing drink (allegedly) or a 40 or so cal cancer causing drink (allegedly). They both taste foul. This isn’t the first time this has happened, cheap brands have been at it for a while to avoid nasty expensive sugar, but the big brands…. shame on you.
We just made fudge.
We (Bex and Susan) had a go last night and it came out completely crystallised.
I decided I’d reboil it and see if that helped but it just stayed very crystallised. I added some butter and that didn’t help, so I gave it a swig of milk. It went very very runny and I thought “Oh well it’ll make caramel sauce”. I boiled it anyway and then stirred it, then I turned it out.
It’s set! It tastes like yummy fudge. Actually it rather has the texture of tablet but it tastes great.
The following few posts were written down while on holiday, so posted on block. Post dates correspond to time of original pen ‘n’ ink writing.
After hours in the pouring rain on Sunday affixing bikes to the car, we actually got to cycle in the sun today! We’re on holiday in Oosterhout, just outside Breda in the Netherlands. We rode the 15km return journey to Breda, visiting the excellent tourist information centre (VVV) where the kids got free drinks and biscuits(!) and we picked up soem cycling maps. Fantastic cycle paths and much better driver attitudes than in the UK.
In the afternoon we headed for the pancake house (discovered on our last visit 6 years before) along a nice tarmac track through the woods. The pancakes were great as was the beer – so much better than the tasteless fizz the Dutch export to the UK.
Rebekah showed her true colours eating like an animal, some people will do anything for chocolate sauce…
Great play area for the kids too – if you’re ever in the area, we highly recommend Het Pannekoeckershuys, just to the South of Den Hout.
Step 1: get some double cream and whisk with electric whisk (you can use a jam jar but I’m to lazy to do that!)
until it starts to go yellow, and you get buttermilk!!
Step 2: drain off the buttermilk (you can keep it for other baking!) then put it back in and whisk some more.
Now you should have a scrambled egg like mixture!!!!
Step 3: you now have to add some water to the butter ad keep draining it off til you have completely (or relatively) clean, clear water!!!
Step 4: you can now shape it and wrap it, in either greaseproof paper or cling film.
It will be a bit soggy so put it in the fridge, and enjoy!!!!!
It’s very tasty and really not that hard to make, here is a link to the website where i found it!! http://www.allotment.org.uk/allotment_foods/Making_Butter_at_Home.php
I have become an allotment holder! Well not quite, I have just started sharing an allotment with a friend. So, I have a year of hard work but hopefully lots of nice tasty veg. My garden is the size of a postage stamp, and I manage to grow a surprising amount on it, but it’s just too small for serious growing. Looking forward to this, though my back isn’t!
On Sat DS (age nearly 5) and I started work on the allotment with Andrew. About an hour in DS suddenly says “why are you talking like Farmer Giles?” Hmm…. talking like a son of the soil after just an hour, I must be a natural!
What really amazed me was how cheap it is to rent an allotment. £21 for a standard plot. About what I expected per month. But no, that’s the annual plot fee! I think that’s great, and rather democratic. Us paupers can still farm our little bit of England’s green and pleasant at a very modest cost. Long may it continue!