Cooks Surprise

Posted on October 28th, 2011 -

Is it a sauce, a jam or a coulee?

I am renowned for just bunging ingredients in a pot and cooking. It sounds random but usually I have an idea at the back of my mind which just develops as I go. I hate waste and love to use fruit and veg in season, especially if it is local or better still from our farm. Naturally when a friend offered me the last of her defrosting redcurrants from the depths of her freezer I jumped at the chance. Fruit jams and chutneys are not my strength but I was determined not to waste anything. Already defrosting I had to act fast and simply dumped the huge bag of redcurrants in a large pan with a large 1kg bag of granulated sugar. Possibly not the correct sugar, but the one I had in the kitchen! It slowly bubbled away and began to thicken. The pith and bits were just too much so I sieved the entire pan full and bottled in old coffee jars. 2 months later I am thrilled to say I am still using my redcurrant goo as a coulee on deserts, as a jam on toast, a sauce with roast chicken or a topping to homemade ice cream! 

I am proud to say that nothing goes to waste in our house, even the pigs rarely get a look in!

  Redcurrant jam all bottled up thick and delicious jamDelicious on ice cream with sliced banana

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Country Kids

Posted on October 27th, 2011 -

Country Kids


Country Kids

Posted on October 27th, 2011 -

An Afternoon with Friends

Half term and our boys had some old friends round for the day.  Fun and play for them and a lovely excuse for me to abandon work in favour of catching up on some mummy chat. On wondering out onto the farm to check on the boys, we found them just over the style from our deer field having a wonderful time in a grand tree climbing competition. I was mightily relieved they all made it down safely and very proud of myself for resisting the temptation to warn them off going EVEN higher, allowing them instead to trust their own judgement.  

 

 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

Hope you can come and support healthy outdoor play for children. From the garden to the beach, I would love you to join in with your snaps or video this week. Read more about Country Kids here

https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/10/10/Country-Kids-from-Coombe-Mill.aspx

This weeks linky

 

 


Country Kids

Posted on October 27th, 2011 -

An Afternoon with Friends

Half term and our boys had some old friends round for the day.  Fun and play for them and a lovely excuse for me to abandon work in favour of catching up on some mummy chat. On wondering out onto the farm to check on the boys, we found them just over the style from our deer field having a wonderful time in a grand tree climbing competition. I was mightily relieved they all made it down safely and very proud of myself for resisting the temptation to warn them off going EVEN higher, allowing them instead to trust their own judgement.  

 

 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

Hope you can come and support healthy outdoor play for children. From the garden to the beach, I would love you to join in with your snaps or video this week. Read more about Country Kids here

https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/10/10/Country-Kids-from-Coombe-Mill.aspx

This weeks linky

 

 


Time Out from being Mummy

Posted on October 25th, 2011 -

Busy lives

Anyone with children has a busy life. Weather you have 1 or in my case 6, they are demanding and time consuming. We cherish and adore them and want to do everything we can to make their lives the best they can be. Sometimes that can leave little time for being ourselves.

Making time for myself

Not everyone will agree with this and not everyone may feel the need, but much as I love my children I need time away from them too. A night away with my husband or a day out with girl friends, even my working time is important to me. I know I need the break when I get snappy at small things and want them in bed before they are really ready to go. It’s not that I love them any less than ever it’s just that I need some time as Fiona and not Mummy.

My treat

This Sunday I spent a night away with friends on a girls SPA break. The Bay Hotel is Just half an hour away in Newquay. http://www.newquay-hotels.co.uk/the-bay.html This has become an annual treat for us and is bliss. Not too far away, this hotel specialises in wonderful treatments and yummy food right on the famous Fistral beach. Never thought I could pack in so much exercise, chat, pampering, food and alcohol into 24 hours! A great place for a girls retreat and 24 hours is just perfect to recharge the batteries and leaving me ready for some more “mummy please can we……” and “mummy what’s for dinner?”

 Our treat captured on video

 

Anyone for the kids?

Next time your partner, the grandparents, a friend, nanny or anyone you trust offers to have the children for a day or a night, try and take them up on their offer. Coming home to hugs all rounds is as wonderful as being away for a few hours. If your children are very young and you don’t feel ready to do this, just park the thought because as they grow older and more independent the time will one day feel right.  


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