Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A moment of whimsy??

Do you think God was having a moment of whimsy when he designed these flowers.......?

I think they are absolutely amazing with those tendrils at the edges, the middle with it's purple spots and it's little propeller on the front...

I don't have much exciting news, although I am off on a quilting weekend in 10 days or yearly get-away with a great friend, on which we sew, eat and laugh. I'm looking forward to it immensely but am spending at lot of time wondering what I should take. So much stuff in my sewing cupboard!!
Anyway, hope you're having a good week!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tomato Relish Recipe

Sorry, there's not been a lot of spare time around here lately to blog! But just in case you have spare time..and some rapidly squishying (is that a word??) tomatoes, here's my Mum's famous Tomato Relish Recipe.

Tomato Relish Recipe

1.5 kgs (peeled and sliced)
500g onion- chopped
1/4 cup of salt
300 ml white vinegar
500g white sugar (or bit less is probably better)
2 tabs cornflour
1 tabs curry powder
1/2 teas ground pepper
1/2 teas ground cinnamon
1/2 teas ground ginger

Add tomatoes and onions together in big boiler. Sprinkle salt on top, so that it leaves a salt layer. Leave overnight. In the morning drain off all liquid and add sugar and 250ml of the vinegar (leaving 50ml until later). Boil until tender, usually 20-30min. Using the remaining vinegar, mix together with cornflour, curry powder and spices, until you have a smooth paste.
Add to the mixture and boil for another 15min.
Bottle and enjoy!

(contributed to the Caroona Cook Book (circa 1960?)by Mrs A Aitchison, Lismore)

In our family it's traditional to throw a tablespoon of this stuff in with the good old Dolmio jar to make a quick Spaghetti Bolognaise. (but we've been known to be a little strange...... hmmm......)

Have a great week!