Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Have you wanted to take a close-up photograph of something on a flat surface?
You haven't got a steady hand?

I asked my husband if he could make me a frame to hold the camera.  
In all of two seconds he came up with this!

This is a frame that comes with microwaves with a grill.  Never likely to use it, but it is handy for putting things from hot-pots to pot plants on.  New microwave recently and we have another one!

Took one bar out because the lens of the camera would not go through the bars

and we have a camera frame!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Making an extra large circle in eight steps.

I needed a large circle for a pattern I am creating.

Draw round a large dinner plate

Cut out the circle and carefully fold into four.  Unfold and refold into four again carefully matching the crease lines to one another.  This time leave folded like this

Fold back onto itself and keep folding back and forth till it looks like a concertina.

Unfold and gently pierce the centre, this can be done just using a pencil.

Stick to the centre a large sheet of paper, this can be brown paper or newspaper.

Now decide how large you would like your pattern.

Say for instance you want a 26" circle,
then halve the measurement and mark at the 13" mark.

Put the zero end of the tape at the centre and following the
crease lines, marking as you go

Now carefully join the dots to one-another
  One large circle!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Scotch Eggs, Sausage Rolls and Lemon Tart

I took it into my head to make Scotch Eggs!

I used one packet of Lincolnshire Sausages, 4x Eggs and some bread crumbs.  

(every so often I buy French Stick keep it for a day and hope no-one eats it! then make bread crumbs and keep them in freezer, just taking out what I need use as an when)

Soft boil the eggs for about three minutes, plunge into cold water.  When cold carefully remove the shells. Set to one side for the moment.

Take the skins off the sausages and try and lay each sausage carefully on a plate separately.  

Have a bowl of cold water handy this is to dip you hands in whilst covering the eggs in sausage meat.  It stops the meat sticking to your hands. 

Flatten out one the sausages (meat) into the palm of your hand and carefully place an egg on the meat and then carefully arrange the sausage meat around the egg adding another sausage to cover the rest of the egg then roll in the bread crumbs and place on the a roasting tin. 

No need to pre grease the roasting tin - they didn't stick on my black enamel roasting tin  

Bake in the oven 180 degrees gas 4 for about 35 minutes 

I always buy puff pastry and freeze it if you have and left over sausage meat make Sausage Rolls


Lemon Tart

This is from the Wartime Stork Recipe book

If anybody would like a facsimile of the book I will be quite happy to send it!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Left over cold cooked new potatoes

Left-over cooked New Potatoes
Slice them not too thin leaving the skins on. 
Gently fry in a little oil until golden brown and drain on kitchen paper

Serve and enjoy!