The Land Rover Owners Ex Wife

……becoming me again


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Pickle, chutney and sauce

I've pickled them, made them into sauce, used them in cooking and I've still got loads drying across two plates

I’ve pickled them, made them into sauce, used them in cooking and I’ve still got loads drying across two large plates

I’ve been quite busy just recently and realised this morning that I was  little behind in terms of my blogging, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to rectify this oversight whilst the Mudlets and Mud were otherwise engaged. The weather hasn’t been conducive to me getting outside and clearing anymore of the garden, although to be fair I haven’t had chance to get the manure and topsoil yet so there hasn’t really been much to draw me away from the warmth of the house. I’ve also been a tad occupied with knitting more fingerless mitts but this time on double pointed needles and starting Eldest Mudlets’ Christmas present, both of which will feature in their own posts, although the latter won’t be until after Santa’s done his rounds. Continue reading


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Mrs Muds Chilli Jam Pouring Sauce (EDITED)

Chilli jam pouring sauce: it's actually a vibrant red but unfortunately the sun isn't shining today

Chilli jam pouring sauce: it’s actually a vibrant red but unfortunately the sun isn’t shining today

At last, today, I finally had enough red chillies to meet the 150g requirement for the chilli jam recipe I had found. In all it took 21 Cayenne, 37 Little Elf and most of a 7 inch Ohnivec chilli to meet the weight, stalk end removed. The Ohnivec made the cut due to the fact it was damaged and not suitable for pickling, so I used the red bit, binned the damaged bit and still have the light green tip to use for something else. At this point I should say that contrary to the recipe, I opted not to remove the seeds from the chillies (have you seen the size of the Little Elves?) which probably means that this batch will not be suitable for the Mudlets.

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Freshly ground Cayenne Chilli Powder

A lovely, vibrant orange powder with bits - home made cayenne powder.

A lovely, vibrant orange powder with bits – home made cayenne powder.

I love growing chillis and over the years have grown a few varieties but the two that we have consistently had success with are the tiny 1 inch long ‘Patio Chillis’ which are incredibly hot and which we air dry before storing and the much larger (up to 4 inches long in some cases) Cayenne Chillis. Usually I thread string through the stalks of the Cayennes and these are also left to air dry, this time over the Rayburn, adding a much needed boost of colour to the kitchen over the winter months. Continue reading


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In a pickle

The finished article - just labels and cloth lid covers needed now

The finished article – just labels and cloth lid covers needed now

Mud himself has frequently extolled the benefits of home growing, proudly telling anyone who would listen (and many who actually didn’t want to listen), about how many varieties of vegetables from our garden appeared on his dinner plate the previous night and he has gone on to express his desire for us to be able to produce most of our vegetable requirements for the year. Of course when he says ‘us’ he actually means me. Also, lack of space currently precludes the ‘most of our vegetable requirements’ but he has plans to drastically alter the layout of the vegetable plot which should allow us to increase our overall growing space and, with the addition of netting, the inclusion of the Brassica family. Continue reading