The ingredients for a walnut, orange and whiskey mincemeat were added, the aroma once again evoked memories of Christmas's past. It took some stirring due to my shoulder but between us we mixed it well.
Another bowl used to mix the ingredients for another mincemeat using figs and apricots as well as the more traditional sultanas and currants but once again it was given a good stir.
It was left overnight to develop the flavour. So you can imagine the smell already. The tantalizing smell of aromatic spice blending with the fruit, peel and juice was a delight. The stove was already lit due to the temperatures dropping and yet another storm hitting so we lit a couple of Yankee Candles to add to the atmosphere. Beautiful.
This morning we woke to gale force winds howling around the cottage and rain, lots of rain hammering against the windows. We are thankful that we have a roof over our heads and heat. Once again the ferries are cancelled for today so I am thankful for our store cupboard and all the extra food I have put away.
I have packed the mincemeat into sterilised jars and labelled them. I have also made some covers out of scraps of cotton and stamps.
I use Archival ink which is permanent/waterproof. It seems to work.
All ready for the store cupboard to be used as little gifts when needed.
The recipes I used were from an old Women's Institute book that I had so are easily available from the internet. I have made it a little earlier than usual but we are hopeful of getting away to visit family through December, we shall see...
I once again thank you for your comments and emails, Gerard is feeling much better the steroid injection has certainly helped. Rest, warmth and a little spoiling goes a long way.
See you soon.