September To Do List

Tuesday, 3 September 2013



1) Make something with the crab apples.
2) Make something edible with the crab apples. Chilli jelly and herb jelly if there are enough.
3) Buy damsons





4) Make damson gin, damson chutney and damson purée . I froze my damson purée in ice cube trays so that I can defrost a cube at a time to stir into my morning yogurt.
Damson chutney recipe here, the best chutney ever.
Damson gin how- tos here.


5) Knit a shawl.
6) Collect some more clouds.
7) Open my new sketchbook and actually draw in it.
8) Pick hips and haws.
9) Make this dish again. Baked potatoes, their insides mashed with crumbled, fried chorizo, onion and cheddar. A Nigel Slater idea.


What's on your September to do list?


31 comments:

  1. Well I love what you made with the crab apples!!

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  2. Oh, lots of things. Garden is still going strong, and there are so many things to pick and prep and store - not to mention that 6lb of blackberries I picked so far are nowhere enough, so there's more to pick.

    I am giving damsons a miss this year as we have - gasp - decided we do not really like them all that much. The wine was too sweet (think sweet cherry), the jam was too tart (it served as an excellent base for Chinese-style plum sauce though), and we are still struggling through the last two jars of the chutney. Oh, and I still have some damson cheese left, too - that's nice, but I'm the only one who eats it, and it's lasting just about forever.

    I do hope you remembered to use your olive stoner for stoning damsons this year !

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  3. I've gotten into a bit of a Nigel Slater habit - he happens to be on a Sky channel during my pre-supper crochet time. I love the way he cooks almost instinctively with wholesome, not-so-fancy-pants ingredients.

    My crab apple tree (malus gorgeous) has boughs laden with fruit but they're still green with not even the slightest pink blush yet. I'm going to have another go at the chilli jelly - it was a bit runny last time I made it.

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  4. I have both of my children's birthdays this month so there's a lot to do around those events. I will get to work on a new afghan, maybe start a cross-stitch sampler and plant some perennials in the backyard. I don't have enough apples this year to do anything with them other than pick the bad ones off the ground.

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  5. Ha! I have been making that potato thing since I was about eighteen- my next-door-neighbour, Anieka and I called them Fab Fabians. No idea why now, except my sister had a friend called Fabian...
    My to do list includes drilling more Roman glass, picking more blackberries and trying not to eat them all so I can make bramble jelly, and making some pinecone firelighters.
    Love your crabby spiral,
    Ax

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  6. The spiral is beautiful, installation art at its best.

    My September to-do list involves vigilantly monitoring the completion of your to-do list from the sidelines while having the odd square of Marks and Spencer Fairtrade dark chocolate.

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  7. I've got buy damsons and use new sketchbook on my to do list too, along with make blackberry doughnut muffins, finish a cot quilt and a baby cardi and tidy up the garden. If I can ever get my accounting deadlines met!

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  8. I need to de-clutter, shift rooms around so that everyone has their own bedroom, sort out the garden and allotment, maybe a spot of decorating and find a job.

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  9. I love crab apple jelly! Never made it, mind you, just enjoyed eating it. Those potatoes are making me hungry.

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  10. Well Sue, keep on reading your posts for the fun, wisdom and inspiration that I always find hereabouts. That's for Sept, Oct, Nov etc.

    I love that first crab apple spiral photo. xo

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  11. I have about six manky 'eating' apples that my father brought the other day. No-one will eat them. And they wouldn't look that hot on the lawn.

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  12. Buying Damsons here is not as easy as buying them where you live. I shall have to grow my own tree.

    Doesn't Nigel do the best things with food?

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  13. Dear Sue,
    I hope you have had a good summer. I've been reading your posts this summer but not always have had the chance to write comments on them. I have thoroughly enjoyed them, though!!. I love your twine bag, I am definitely going to make two, one for me and one for my mum, they would make a nice pressie, don't you think? Damson gin is definitely on my to do list, will order them from my local grocers this week as their season is quite short, isn't it? Have loved your pictures and recipes, in that Nigel Slater one, what do you mean by "crumbled" in the sentence "the insides mashed with crumbled", is like the crumble mix you would use in an apple crumble? Sorry, my English language is not always there.
    Have a lovely sunny day! It's beautiful here in London,
    Pati xx

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  14. No 7 can be notoriously difficult. Ways around it: cut up a large, used envelope to the size of the sketchbook. Pretend it is in the book. Draw on it, knowing that you can throw it away and no one need see it again (not even you, if you wish). Repeat as necessary until, one day, you foget to find an envelope, and your book has the makings of drawings!

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  15. 'Spring' clean my house and finsih lots of niggle jobs off - I start Uni in 3 week and won't have time for 3 years!

    Plan lots of cheap easy meals that hub and oldest can make when I am working 12 hours days with a 2 hour commute.

    Finish a crochet blanket for youngest.

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  16. Writing a September to do list.
    And by the way, eat your heart out Andy Goldsworthy.

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  17. Spent an age this morning while walking the delinquent dog trying to remember the word 'haws' - thank you for putting me out of my misery!

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  18. Lovely post. This is definitely a time for having a to do list isn't it - I must add some of your ideas to my own list!

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  19. Making crabapple spirals is a wonderful displacement activity, isn't it? So much more interesting than crossing the real necessities off one's list. I'm going to do that potato thing tonight. Looks delicious.

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  20. Anonymous11:27 pm BST

    Excellent idea to write a to do list and top of mine is finishing three knitting projects I started this time last year! By the way, what will you do with the hips & haws? Aren't they best left for the birds?

    Tasha

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    1. Photograph them! I shall pick a few branches and put them in a jug. You can make jelly with the haws and syrup with the hips but I never have.

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  21. Love the look of that potato dish - definitely going to give it a try! As for September.... Judging by the number of plums on Victoria, our plum tree, at the moment, I suspect I'll be looking for things to do with plums most days. Also, I'm just about to start some work for a meat marketing company, so I'll be writing mostly about meaty matters. Any other time will be spent playing hockey or chasing sheep as we wean our lambs!

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  22. Nigel Slater....ahhh, now there's a guilty pleasure! September to do list grows ever longer, but foraging (apples have been gained from MiL's garden, but Blackberries, sloes, Hips, Haws & Hazels are still to be found, Walnuts will wait a little yet hopefully) is high on the agenda. A trip to the PYO place for autumn raspberries, visits to one or two places I've read about and thought "I must go there" and clearing down the freezers enough to freeze the foraged goodies...!

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  23. Mum and I made a batch of plum sauce on Wednesday - there are plenty more plums on the tree for chutney, then the apples to deal with. Chilli and apple jelly which is delicious with just about anything - on toast for breakfast, on cheese sandwiches, with cold meat/pork pies, with sausages.

    We used to live in Cumbria and one of our favourite autumn pursuits was to go and pick damsons in the Lyth Valley. Now, everyone knows about them (thanks, Rick Stein) and the production is becoming increasingly commercial, and the damsons increasingly hard to find, which is a shame. I love damson jam.

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    1. Celebrity chefs...don't get me started.

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  24. I am in denial about it being September........

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