Sunday, October 23, 2022

Week Four - Day 22 - My Compost Heap Jam ... and Christmas at Booth's


I finally got round to making the Compost Heap Jelly, there's no real rush to make it up once you've cooked the fruit trimmings and strained them, as you long as you keep them safely in the fridge.


But first I had breakfast while the cold juice came up to room temperature.


I had one litre of strained juice, so I had my fingers crossed that my sugar ration of the last three weeks was enough.  I think I have only used it for the scones that I made so Iwas pretty confident that there would be enough left.


There was plenty, I guess slightly too much really as the ratio is usually 600mls of juice to 450g of sugar, but I just chucked it all into the large stock pot that I borrowed off Alan and brought everything up to a roaring boil.  I kept it there for ten minutes and then poured the boiling hot liquid into the jars that were hot straight from the oven.


Sometimes it works and sometimes it just doesn't set first time and I will be honest and say that this time I didn't get the set, it was still runny once it had cooled down.  Now this is great if you want a syrup for pouring over ice-cream etc but I wanted a jam, so all I did was tip all this back into the pan and bring it back to a boil.  I gave it another four minutes and then jarred it up again.  I only lost the small amount that had been in the cup in the evaporation after the re-boiling, and once finished I had the four small jars and the little one which all successfully set.  

One of the jars didn't form a proper seal so that one will be eaten first and will live in the fridge.  The others have been added to my ration pantry and are available at any time I need them.  


There's no evening meal to show you as last night we went to the Booths Christmas Book Launch at our local Booths store.  We expected a few nibbles and a glass of Prosecco ... we got a three-course meal, extra buffet nibbles and Buck's Fizz, white wine, red wine, sparkling wine and a glass of Port.


The buffet nibbles.

To say we were full was an understatement, what an amazing event.

Oh well ... now it's back to rations  😄




Some weekend watching from YouTube.  This episode of The Wartime Kitchen and Garden showing the fake iced wedding cake cover that Catriona mentioned in a comment right at the very beginning of this challenge.


Sue xx






14 comments:

  1. Oh, my word, what an amazing launch - was it a 'by invitation' event? xx

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    1. It was simply advertised on the Booths Facebook page and was a £5 per ticket limited event. Our store had forty tickets available and 37 of them were snapped up.

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  2. What a brilliant event at Booths, not surprised you were full.
    Thank you for giving me a lovely excuse to pop into Keswick and pick up their Christmas Book, which is eye-candy and food-p*rn of the first order 🤭

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    1. It's always a lovely read isn't it, not a lot in it for me though unfortunately. I always play the 'Spot the Vegan food' game ... this year I think there were four items!!

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  3. What a brilliant 'do' at Booths! I would have loved it and Alan certainly looks like a happy man! Did you have to get tickets for the event?

    Your jelly looks amazing. Not sure I would have the patience to make it but it would have been a real bonus during wartime rationing, wouldn't it.

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    1. Yes, they were just £5 each, which is why we thought it would just be a glass of bubbly and a few nibbles. There's not a lot of patience needed really, I just set things in motion and then let it bubble away and then strain away.

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  4. I used to love Booths when we lived in Lancashire. Nothing quite like it anywhere else sadly. It seems to be my benchmark for supermarkets and all others fail against it. Val

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    1. Someone said of Booths recently that it 'out-Waitroses Waitrose' a great quote, the quality and atmosphere is definintely excellent.

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  5. We do all our shopping at Booths when we stay at St Annes/Lytham and love their deli counter. Catriona

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    1. Alan likes the deli counter, although there's nothing there for me unfortunately.

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  6. Your jelly looks very nice. I love the dark rich colour.

    God bless.

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    1. It was surprising the difference in colour that around ten blackberries made to the jelly.

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  7. Need to persuade Booths to move south I think!

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    1. They have spread out a bit in recent years, but I think that the nearest one to you would be in Cheshire!!

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