Archive for August, 2009

“I Love the Lakes” mug – Emma Bridgewater Exclusive.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

         

Emma Bridgewater Exclusive - i love the lakes

Our exclusive Emma Bridgewater mugs are now instock and are proving very popular! For each “I love the Lakes” mug sold we will donate £1 to Kendal Mountain Rescue.

 

 

Buy in our Kendal store, in Wainwrights Yard or online at http://www.armstrongward.co.uk/store/bridgewater/

Soft set peach & recurrant jam

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

redcurrentr-&-peach-jam

I do not regliously make jam every year, but this year I been caught by the jamming bug. I came across this more unusual recipe, which is so simple but scrumptious. I’ve Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess to thank for the inspiration, it’s lovely on toast, scones or even just with greek yogurt.

Ingredients:

4 peaches, cut into chunks
Approx 400g redcurrants, remove currants by gently pulling a fork down the stalk
1 kg caster sugar
100ml water
juice of 1/2 a lemon

– Put a couple of saucers in the freezer, to help check the setting point.
– Pop jam jars or preserving jars in oven 140C to sterilise.
– Put all the ingredients into a large pan, warm over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
– Then boil for about 15minutes, stirring occassionally to prevent sticking.
– To test if the jam is set,  drop a little onto cooled saucer and gently push with your fingertip, if the jam crinkles slightly then it’s set, if not boil for a further 5 minutes retest and so on.
– Leave the jam for 10 mins or so, until it begins to thicken slightly (this stops all fruit floating to the top). The ladle into jars, cover with waxed paper and lid.

Family day out fishing!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

harry-fishingSometimes the simplest things in life are free and the most enjoyable.  One sunny afternoon we set off armed with two fishing nets,our wellies and a picnic, we spent a couple of idyllic hours pottering in the local stream.

We did spot a couple of minnows but caught only pebbles!