Archive for September, 2009

Green Tomato Chutney

Over the weekend I decided to pick the last of our tomatoes that hadn’t yet ripened, they were pretty miserable looking, little small green one’s. So waste not want not, i decided to use them up, and trawled through some cookery books to get receipe for green tomato chutney. It came out a lovely texture & tastes really good.

Green Tomato Chutney

4 small pieces of root ginger, bruised

450g cooking apples, peeled, cored & minced

2 medium onions, finely choped

1.4kg green tomatoes, thinly sliced

225g sultanas

225g demerara sugar

2 tsp salt

450ml malt vinegar

1/2 level tsp cayene pepper

1 tsp mustard powder


1. Tie the root ginger in a piece of muslin and place in a saucepan with all remaining ingredients.

2. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionly, until all the ingredients are tender, reduced to a thick consistency and no excess liquid remains

3. Remove the ginger, spoon the chutney into prepared jars and cover immediately with airtight lids. Makes about 6 jars.

Hope you enjoy the chutney!

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Apologies for the lack of posts, of course it has nothing to do with our weekend of sunshine & September Fest in Phoneix Park last weekend!  I wanted to do a tutorial on the cute teddy bear next but in my move to my new amazing house, i forgot all my icing stuff at home! however, am hoping to collect it in the next day or two & will keep you posted on any upcoming exciting modelling that i do, as i’m Back to School next Wed! whooooo…altho i don’t think the new course will have any sugarcraft flowers 😦 however will just have to keep teaching myself…i promise also to post all of my pics from my sugarcraft last year maybe as a calender of the weeks & what we did, then post tutorials bit by bit . . can’t give it all away at once !!

Here’s to a weekend of sugarcraft & Baking!!


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Last weekend I went to London to visit family. The first day we arrived we went to Notting Hill & had brunch in a lovely little cafe off the beaten track its called Charlies, you walk down an alley way & there is tables in the midst of trees & then the doors/ windows are open to walk in. There is really cool seats like old church pews. I had Gloustershire Old Spot Sausages with mash, it was nice, we saved Dessert till later.

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We walked down through the market and wandered in an out of all sorts of shops, vintage clothes, antiques where we stumbled across the hummingbird bakery where we stopped to get two cupcakes, one red velvet with vanilla cream icing & the other vanilla cupcake with pink vanilla cream icing, we settled down outside Cath Kidston to eat our treats, which were yummy… 🙂




On my arrival back home a few days later, i came home to a welcome suprise, my sister knitted me a little bunny egg cosy! I hav been bugging her for ages to make red & white stripey ones with a tossle on top, which i spotted in cath kidston last year however I luv my new egg cosy- thanks Catsy! Can’t wait for my egg and soliders next sat morn 🙂

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Back to School

Just a quick note to let you know of some of the sugarcraft courses that are available for the winter:


St. Colmcilles community school in Knocklyon offers two sugarcraft courses for a 10 week period up till Christmas


Newpark school in Blackrock also offers 10 week term for beginners & improvers.

Another upcoming event is the International Cake Decoration Exhibition in NEC Birmingham 7th & 8th November 2009.

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