07 October 2007

Been Busy

On Saturday we went to Norwich, we did our bit for Norwich's economy well, John Lewis's, getting the last of Simon's outfit for the day and other sundries. We were on our way to Castle Mall when we spotted a Charity shop - The Big C that had a bridal boutique upstairs.

It was a treasure trove I got myself a tiara £6.50, we had a look around, of course a charity shop's stock is always changing, they had some great stuff amongst perhaps the slightly tired and worn. Retro wedding dresses mostly from the 60s 70s and 80s but they even had one that dated back to 1947, it was stunning, in ivory satin with shoulder pads and a bias cut. Definitely worth a look for anyone looking for clothes for a wedding.

And then today we made chutney, rather like Dan we had a bit of a surfeit of produce but unlike Dan we didn't grow it ourselves rather Simon's granddad donated it to us either from his garden or from when he went scrumping in Sandringham. I prepared the spices first, I had to make the quatre ├ępice then spoon out the right amount for the chutney (the rest is in the fridge awaiting the next casserole). The smell of cloves, light brown sugar, ground ginger, raisins and nutmeg was Christmas cooking. We had to start out in two pans as I underestimated the volume occupied by the uncooked ingredients but we got down to one in the end.
Cooking Chutney
We bought jars especially for the chutney yesterday, there was more than enough of the mixture to fill all three jars.

We zizzed up what was left over in the blender to make our very own special brown sauce and boy is it smashing! Very smashing indeed.


  1. You cheated and actually planned ahead. I didn't read the recipe and didn't realize the four spices thing couldn't be found premade in supermarkets.

    Also I forgot that I'd actually need some jars to put it in, which was a rather large oversight

  2. That's not cheating! that's learning from others ;-)

  3. mmm, I can smell it from here :) might have to try making some!