The sloes this year of epic quality and quantity. I picked 1.5kg in about 20 minutes.

My recipe

300g sloes and 300g sugar in a 1ltr jar or bottle, then fill with gin (500ml fitted exactly).

Shake regularly to dissolve the sugar and once a week after that. ready by xmas, but better by next summer.


A success story – I will also post my disasters!

1 tbsp chopped rosemary

1/4 tsp chopped chilli flakes

100g  flour

100g  cheddar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

100g butter

Mix all together and make a roll in baking sheet Swiss Roll sort of size, maybe a bit smaller).  Put in FREEZER for 30 minutes.  Pre-heat oven to 180C

Take out and cut 3/4mm thick rounds and put on baking tray and bake for 12-15 mins.  Let cool for a few minutes, then on to wire rack for 30 mins.  Delicious!  I rarely make things that I think are really good – but this one is! 

On things not going well!!! My piccalilli is rubbish – I thought I had followed the recipe fairly well (I am not good at this bit of cooking!).  But basically I have pickled veg in a spicy vinegar sauce. 


Political thoughts

Firstly corruption.  I am sure. Actually I am not. The cabinet did not overtly discuss giving contracts to mates, even when it was blatantly obvious they could not supply the goods.  But it must have been acknowledged at some stage.  Perhaps dealing with multi billions just made them complacent.  But how do they give multi million contracts on such life saving issues to firms with no products or experience?

Welcome to theJamJam

Hi there, this is my new blog.
I am not too sure how it will work out. I guess there will be recipes, environmental stuff, lots of geography, gardening bits and pieces (especially re-wilding), political comments or more likely rants! and lots of other random thoughts.

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