Friday, 21 October 2016


Welcome to Margaret Halz via here.

Changed our shopping day to today as DB had to go and pick up some new spectacles. He had dropped and driven over his last pair whilst on holiday - like you do!

Certainly a lot of Halloween, Bonfire and Christmas items appearing now. We buy just one or two extra German items for Christmas such as Stollen and Lebkucken and that is about that on the 'sweet' things.

I have enough ingredients now to make a half batch of mincemeat - can't abide the bought stuff, way to sweet - plus one or two different types of green tomato chutney. I will also have to bake GF bread sometime over the weekend as we are nearly out of it. Again, don't like the bought stuff - a bit too dry - but although my home made version is softer and far less dry, it doesn't always work and I can't fathom out why. Ah well.

That's it for now folks, have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Autumn Muffins GF or not...

You can use this link here for a version of this recipe. I increased and exchanged the flour for 9oz of gluten free into which was added one teaspoon xanthum gum and two teaspoons baking powder. Next, the nuts were exchanged for sultana's, white sugar was used, then I added a teaspoon of mixed spice and topped them with a grating of marzipan.

They were baked at 180C for 25 minutes:

There was a little mixture left over so the marzipan was stirred into the cake mixture to make two smaller ones.

I'm sure the dried fruit could be swapped out for chopped walnuts, just think Autumn and the world is your oyster. They are not the same texture of regular flour but not too bad. The marzipan topping was very sticky the next day but all in all, a good trial.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Chutney and Marmalade

This year seems to have run away with us. I think it might be due to the summer well and truly spilling far into autumn. Barely a preserve/jam has been thought about let alone made:(

My neighbour has been away and asked us to pick as many of his tomatoes as we wished, which we did, and I made chutney with them, more about that another day.

Today though, I decided to make plum and date chutney, the recipe for which is not freely available on the internet though there are similar ones available. As such, I prefer not to  print it due to possible copyright issues.

I only had enough for half the recipe:
I also made some whisky marmalade (the two on the left) and some orange and ginger marmalade (the three on the right):