I'm sure you realise that 'Just Now I Am...' is a euphemism for 'some random pictures I took this week cobbled together into a blog post.
Just now I am.....
~ Not making marmalade. Yes, the marmalade season is in full swing, it is spread all over my instagram feed but I am not joining in this year. The jar in the picture above is the third of my batch of eight from last year. There are also two jars of lime marmalade from the year before. Clearly we will not be running out of marmalade before January 2016. In fact I am seriously considering doing no preserving at all this year. Why?
3 apricot jam
3 blackcurrant jam (july 2013)
3 quince jelly
2 crab apple jelly (august 2011)
2 damson jelly (september 2011)
6 damson chutney
2 mint jelly
That's why. We just don't get through it. Not quite true, we get through the chutney but jams and jellies not so much. That said I quite fancy making some blood orange curd when I can find some blood oranges but that will be a very small batch.
~ Finding January colour and sparkle .
~ Walking everyday. Well, every week day. Mostly.
~ Reading The Runaways by Elizabeth Goudge and finding it delightful.
~ Listening to The Diary of Samuel Pepys with huge enjoyment.
~ Thinking about baking some gingerbread this afternoon.
~ Making use of some rather leathery smoked salmon trimmings in this kedgeree.
Chop a small onion finely and soften in butter, stir in a spoonful or two of curry paste or powder. Add enough cooked basmati rice for however many people you are feeding and stir it around in the spicy buttery onions. Toss in smoked salmon (I used 250g for four people). Add a handful of peas and handful of sultanas. Stir in some double cream if you have any (I did) and lastly place halved hard boiled eggs on top. We ate ours with hot mango chutney.
Any smoked fish is great in kedgeree.
~ Looking forward to opening a bottle of red this evening.