Friday, 28 October 2011

Baking & Making

Have been busy in the kitchen all morning, baking pumpkin and sunflower seed bread, spicy beetroot soup and a Bara Brith. Have never made one before but a friend brought us one back from her Welsh holiday and we enjoyed it so much, thought we'd give it a go. 

We got the recipe from this web site and used the lower main recipe but only half the quantity here
Here is a picture of the beetroot soup, which has been adapted from a Madhur Jaffrey recipe.

Peel and dice 1 1/2lbs beetroot (weight after topping and tailing). Heat 2-3 tbls oil in a pan and when hot put in 2 tsp whole cumin seeds. When sizzling add 8 oz diced onion and fry gently until softened then add 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic and cook them until softened. Add the beetroot, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp crushed dried chilli and 1 pint of stock (I used 1 1/2 vegetable stock cubes). Bring to a simmer, put on a lid and cook for about 1 hour - more if you feel the beetroot isn't cooked - it should be slightly al dente. Add 2 tbls tomato puree and thicken with a little cornflour and water and adjust seasoning. Serve hot with a dash of yoghurt or sour cream on top. Enjoy.

Reference using my home made laundry detergent, I have just finished washing a pale wash and can report it has come out perfectly clean. I have read somewhere that if you have stains on your clothes you can rub a little of the detergent into it before washing. 

Got to make the spare bed up now as our DS and FDiL plus our grand-dog S. (we don't yet have grandchildren so S. is our grand-dog!) are staying overnight so DS can get his car serviced locally. A flying visit only but very much looking forward to it.

Here she is, about 10 months old now. Ain't she gorgeous!



  1. Sage is beautiful.
    Your pumpkin and sunflower seed bread sounds lovely. I love beetroot soup, yours looks lovely.

  2. Those recipes sound delicious! How nice for you to have visitors coming. The dog looks grand!!

  3. What a gorgeous dog. We have Bold staying with us at the moment , and I always refer to him as our grandkitty - he's the nearest I'm going to get to a grandchild from K and A!


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