Thursday, 30 August 2012

Chilli jam

Another month has rolled by so quickly and this months cookery club challenge was making jam. I always like to buy and cook food in season, where possible. So I visited the market to see what I could buy.
There was quite a choice strawberries, plums and even some damsons, but they also had lots of cherry tomatoes going for a song! Last year I made some chilli jam, which my son was very keen on, so this is what I decided to make.

The recipe is taken from Delicious magazine


  1. 2 tsp cumin seeds
  2. 2 tsp coriander seeds
  3. 750g ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 2 onions, finely chopped
  5. 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  6. 2 large mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  7. 5cm piece fresh ginger, grated
  8. 250ml white wine vinegar
  9. 300g soft light brown sugar
  10. 2 tsp fish sauce (nam pla) or soy sauce
In the picture above there is no ginger. I knew I had some and only found it after I had taken the photo. It was lurking in the depths of the deep freeze. I only learnt recently that you can freeze it, and grate it from frozen, but it worked really well.


First of all I took the cumin and coriander seeds and heated them gently to bring out the fragrance, they did smell good! Then I crushed them in a pestle and mortar.
All the ingredients were then added to a pan (I used a wok) - what a glorious colour.

Then simmer until a jam-like consistency is reached and add the fish or soya sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Take off the heat and spoon in sterlised jars and seal when still warm.

Serve with cheese and oat biscuits. It did taste good!

I am looking forward to seeing what other jams everyone in the cookery club has made. The other participants are as follows :-

Lucent Imagery (cooking club founder)
From River’s Edge
Anything Squirrel Squirrel
Under Lock & Key

Thank you once again Lucent for organising this fun challenge.

Sarah x

Monday, 27 August 2012

The Simple things in life

As I drove back from Exeter on Friday after helping my son move into his new home my daughter asked me what were my plans for the long weekend and I realised that for once we didn't have any. How relaxing....

To walk along the shoreline enjoying the view

Watching families feeding the goldfish and carp.

Sitting on a deserted beach gazing out to sea.

Seeing the sunrise. 

Admiring homes with such glorious views.

Having a coffee at a beachside cafe while viewing the waves crashing below.

Watching the insects busy in the garden

Picking and eating simple fresh local food. I found this recipe for Runner bean and potato curry it was a great way to use by a glut of runner beans and all the vegetables came from the garden.

Listening to the rain, after all it wouldn't be a bank holiday weekend without some !
When the rain stopped activities outside revamping the look of my blog and visiting many of my blog friends.

 I hope you all had a relaxing weekend too and are all refreshed for the week ahead. Thank you for all your wonderful comments and a big hello and welcome to new followers Yoshiko, PatriciaFlowers and homeBarbee, Clare,Gerda and Pomona, thank you so much for joining me.

Sarah x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Watching the sun go down

I love watching sunrises and sunsets and they are even more special if this happens over the water. 

The Chesil beach is a popular place for fisherman in the evenings and some will remain there all night in the hope of getting a good catch. 

The views and colours change every few moments .......

Another evening a different location.......

A simple pleasure ...hope you have time to watch the sun go down too.
 Sarah x

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The walled garden in the summer sunshine

Many of you will recall my story of living in the Head Gardeners Cottage in Littlebredy with my parents and how my Dad took on the walled garden see here.  When we left it nature took over again for a few years before another garden called the Scented Garden was created with the walled garden filled with an amazing collection of  flowers. Two years ago the garden was taken over by dedicated volunteers who have fallen in love with the garden and want it to survive. It is now open to the public on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of September and I wanted to share it with you as it still a very special place.

 The vine house is on the right of the picture and stretches down to that purple bush at the end, unfortunately it is very overgrown now.

 The greenhouse half the way down is the hill is in the process of being restored.
View from the bottom of the walled garden the River Bride flows through here on the left of the picture where the irises are growing.

Isn't the planting combination of colours magnificent?

Looking down across the valley

To celebrate the Jubilee a display of garden tools used in the 1950's. I remember my parents using a mower like this!
Then a walk around the village. This is the church where we got married many years ago!

The lake below the church the setting is so beautiful and you can have a picnic or wander here .
There is also a beautiful waterfall which is nice and refreshing to stand close to on a hot day
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Welcome to my new follower Emmie and Emma , thanks as always for all your lovely comments.
Sarah x

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Hearts and bunting by the sea

Down one of the back streets in Weymouth, close to the beach, is one of my favourite shops.

 It has many sea themed items, always popular with me!

The words on the bag below bring instant visions of the British seaside and next to it are such pretty windbreaks.

I loved these owls too!

Hearts, bunting and china and painted furniture what more could you want?

I failed in my quest to just take photos and had to buy this basket of vases just the thing to show off some blooms from the garden. 

Hope you are all having a good week.

Sarah x

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Final view of the Olympic sailing

The two weeks of the Olympics is over, what an incredible two weeks it has been. It is refreshing to see the newspapers and television reflecting good news for a change. The stories of the athletes and their personal journey to reach the games, have been so heartening to hear and marvel at, and to share their joy and heartache.

 I hope you aren't too fed up with seeing another post of the Olympics from Weymouth. Last Sunday was    what was termed the "Battle of the Bay", between Team GB's Ben Anslie and the Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen. Over 100,000 people visited Weymouth and Portland to watch this particular race. Ben Anslie won the Gold despite Jonas having a two point lead. It was the 4th Gold Medal he has won at consecutive games, making him the most successful Olympic sailor ever.

 The atmosphere was amazing with so many gathering close to the shore to cheer on the sailors. This included my family and myself, but unfortunately a mishap occurred to me! I was excitingly waving at the Norwegian sailors (the saying every girl loves a sailor comes to mind), and in doing so dropped our camera on to some boulders and it disappeared out of sight! Although we were able to see it we couldn't reach it until one of my sons' friends came to the rescue. Unfortunately it is broken beyond repair, so some of these photos have been taken with a phone instead.

Weymouth beach after all the competitions had taken place.

 The Australians came at the top of the sailing medal table with Spain 2nd , Team GB 3rd, Netherlands 4th and New Zealand 5th. congratulations to them all .  The success of the games has also been thanks to the work of the 600 Volunteer ambassadors who have given up to 2 weeks of their time to to look after the visitors around the streets and ticketed area in Weymouth and Portland.

Picture taken from Sailing Blog 2012

It was so hot on Thursday and after a successful day house hunting for my son in Exeter we decided to go down to the beach with my daughters boyfriend and have a bbq to round off the day and cool down. As we were finishing our food a Chinese reporter and camera man came down on the beach to do some filming.

They saw me taking a photo of them and asked whether they could interview us. It was the first time they had been to England and they had come down that day to see the Olympics in Weymouth. Daisy was memorised by the microphone I think she thought it was something to eat! It felt very surreal especially when we found the interview on the internet later!

 Hope you have enjoyed the Olympics too it is so unique how it brings everyone in the world together.
     Welcome to my new follower Fiona (I couldn't find a link so please let me know of you have a blog.)
  Sarah x

Monday, 6 August 2012

Wildflowers of Dorset and Devon

I love looking at the wild flowers at this time of year, here are just a few that I have captured over the last few weeks.
A patch of daises on the edge of a field

Giant Hogweed



Photo from This is Plymouth

Last winter this area on the edge of Plymouth shopping centre and a major road was the site of a protest camp demonstrating over corporate greed and injustice. Now look at the area, isn't it wonderful growing wildflowers in the city centre for all to enjoy?

What a transformation!

Daisies and corn flowers

I took those photos and as we walked away I turned back and saw a little girl standing by the flowers. Later that day Kazzy from Country Rabbit put this post on her blog and I realised that the little girl was her daughter Sweetpea! How I wish I had known who they were and met them. The flowers were so beautiful and uplifting that one just had to photograph them and share them with you all!

Welcome to my new follower Ade,  thank you for following me.

Sarah x


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