Just Now I Am......

Wednesday, 17 September 2014












~ Picking a messy tangle of sedum, black-eyed Susan, rose hips and michaelmas daisies.

~ Forgetting to take photos of the things I have cooked recently. If you are interested though, recent delicious things have been this chicken, my version of Salisbury steak, ham and pineapple pizza, a Thai-ish fish and mango curry and good old roast chicken.

~ Baking scones, lots of scones. Scones, I find are the perfect teenager-filler, quick to make, easy to make, cheap to make and sugar-free (although the teenagers do cover them with jam or honey). They have to be a decent size, at least four inches in diameter.

~ Chucking my hodgkin away. It had developed a nasty looking grey mould on its surface. My damson gin is fine though and soon it will be time to make the quince vodka.

~ Wondering whether I shall wake up on Friday morning in a different shaped country.

~ Hoping not.



22 comments:

  1. I really hope not too.
    Scones are the best. They freeze so well too, defrost in a couple of hours, then 2 minutes in the oven to warm through, though nothing beats them straight from the oven.
    Love that tangle of late summer colour.

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    1. I've been freezing them unbaked and cooking from frozen and that works too.

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  2. Please give us your version of Salisbury Steak.

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    1. I just mixed 500g minced beef with a handful of breadcrumbs, an egg, a handful of finely chopped onion, some mixed herbs and garlic. I shaped it into oval burgers, seared them on each side in a frying pan and poured homemade onion gravy over them. I simmered them for about 20 mins. Oh, and I splashed some port into the gravy. They were very tasty.

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  3. Really hoping not!

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  4. Ooooh scones - I may have to make some at the weekend now! :)

    Sky News is reporting that a piece of chicken has emerged from a KFC bucket in the shape of the UK without Scotland. They are wondering whether it's a sign.... I think it's a sign that they have run out of things to say about the Referendum on Sky News....

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  5. Oh four inches is a good sized scone, I think I have been making mine too small. I'm rapidly accruing a big stash of jam and jelly, I need to start thinking of things that I can use it on. Definitely scones.

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  6. Me too, as an ex pat Scot living in Michigan, lol! I like the shape of my country just as it is. Gorgeous photographs.

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  7. Another scone lover here - so easy and delicious. Though it doesn't concern me directly, I await the outcome of the referendum with bated breath. xxx

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  8. I do think we ought to be allowed to vote in the referendum, after all it will have a significant impact on us............
    and now I want a scone.......

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  9. So many spiders around, aren't there? Picking, pruning, tidying anything outdoors seems to result in a crop of little spiders that dangle from my hair or scramble up my arms.

    I can't bear to think about Scotland; whatever happens, we shall never be the same again.

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  10. I've just cast my vote and I am feeling very anxious and concerned. Heaven knows what way it will go but I really, really want to stay in the UK and will be truly devastated if the result is for independence.

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  11. So cross with myself, I hyper-focus, and can't do everything I want to do - haven't baked for ages and it's annoying me. Up to my eyes stitching for the next craft fair (last one this year) and even the music has taken a back seat. Not good. Love your flowers, I don't think we could muster such a wide array, they look beautiful. Lx

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  12. Good evening from Scotland, UK! We could have done with some of your damson gin last night - probably still could as I think we have a rocky few months ahead, but I am inordinately pleased that we are still part of UK.

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  13. We are still one nation, thank goodness. Didn't want to lose Scotland, didn't want it to drift out into the north sea never to be seen again ...
    I love scones. I make them often but when we're out and have them in cafes and tea rooms we have a mental Scone Leader Board and right now there is a tie for first place between The Clock Tower Coffee House in Newton Abbot and Greys Dining Room in Totnes.
    Margaret P

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  14. I woke up yesterday, checked my phone and breathed a sigh of relief that we're still united.
    Love your autumnal flowers. I went to a little restaurant once, on Nantucket, called Black-Eyed Susan's. It was rather lovely :)
    S

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  15. I'm back from my unplanned hols and catching up with everyone ... and here I am coveting your Michaelmas daisies and your new floor.Totally agree about the scones too ... copious supplies of scones and sausage rolls are why my younger son reckons he's now 6' 1" ... his brother, who doesn't like either, ran out of steam at 5' 8" and is actually a smidgeon shorter than me.

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  16. Good to have everyone back together. I overheard a woman on the train saying that her Nan said that if Scotland broke away it might float across to Ireland. Apparently this was to be taken literally.

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  17. I have conquered Feedly - thanks for the tip off! Now I just have to get over the guilt of everything I've missed.

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