Saturday, 13 October 2018

Wet And Wild

I am glad to say that all is well here in our little cottage.  Storm Callum hit with a vengeance yesterday and through the night.  There was a 60 - 80 mph damaging wind making for a noisy night as it rattled and pounded against the stone walls.  There was an Amber warning for localised flooding in Stornoway and 27 of the 28 routes of ferry cancelled.  We have woke to a dreary and overcast morning but we have been rewarded with such a beautiful sky.




The girls have settled in well and have been out exploring their new environment.  Mickey goes down with us but isn't bothered about them at all, so we are thrilled. 



I have had some raspberries soaking in  a mix of distilled vinegar and white wine vinegar for a taste of Summer through the Winter months. (About 4 days)


It was bottled yesterday, along with some chilli oil.




Red cabbage was shredded and divided between the colander and slow cooker.  The cabbage in the colander salted and left overnight all ready to be rinsed off and packed in jars ready for the pickling vinegar.  The slow cooker cabbage cooked with pears and port all ready for braised read cabbage for the freezer.





As it is Communion weekend here in our little corner of the world I have been busy baking for the wonderful occasion and fellowship throughout the weekend.  A shoulder joint of pork in the slow cooker for pulled pork.  Mixed grain bread in the breadmaker.  A large pan of broth bubbling away on the stove top.  Quiches, all ready to be cut.  Mince pies with a crumble, nutty top and banana bread.





I am now going to make a fruit tart and a trifle to take for desert when we go to our friends and neighbours for lunch tomorrow.  A wet and wild few days that doesn't compare to the devastation occurring around the World.  We have a lot to be thankful for 

A warm welcome to new followers, I hope you enjoy my little adventures through life.

See you soon.


39 comments:

  1. I wondered how you were getting on with the storm, so thank you for posting. A great time for hunkering down and doing some cooking and baking - and goodness have you been busy! Your little flock are looking good. Enjoy your weekend, sounds wonderful.

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  2. Great post. How often do you have a communion weekend?

    On a less holy topic, I've never made raspberry vinegar although my Mother used to make it. Is it just a case of raspberries, vinegar and four days? What sort of proportions, please. Thanks in advance.

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  3. I think it must be a good feeling when you are in your cosy home well protected against the storm outside ! What delicious things you cooked ! I wished I could hire you as cook, lol !

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  4. We had a watered down version of the storm and I spent time in the kitchen baking. The very best way to spend a wet and windy day.

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  5. We also got a bit of a battering and it's still blowing wild and chucking it down now. I think a dull, wet weekend calls for lots of baking and crochet practice :)

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  6. You're probably getting more cooking done with all the storms creating outside. 😊 Yum!

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  7. You have made yourselves such a cozy sound spot in the world! There must have been something in the air yesterday as I too baked for the first time in months (it's been far too hot) - made a sweet soda bread and two poppyseed & cinnamon loaves. I am taking some with me for break during Gaelic class this morning and will take some into church tomorrow for Fellowship hour. We celebrated Communion last Sunday as it was World Communion Day - and for Canadians it was extra special in that it fell on Thanksgiving weekend. We are a fairly large congregation but I was surprised at how many stayed for Fellowship as so many were then rushing off for Thanksgiving Dinners with family. Enjoy yourselves tomorrow - and stay warm.

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  8. I’m sure as long as your roof stays put, your walls should keep everything else out.

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  9. Wet and wild outside and a kitchen that must have smelt like heaven inside.
    Your bakes and makes look and sound marvellous.
    Hugs-x-

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  10. Those stone walls must be great peace of mind in stormy, windy weather. Glad that you weathered it well. Oh the cooking and baking looks so fine and the bottled vinegars so pretty!

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  11. My goodness but this post made me hungry! All of those goodies look so delicious. So glad you survived the storm, you certainly made good use of your time indoors.

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  12. I do love quiche! glad you made it through the storm and all is well, I hope you have a great weekend!!

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  13. You are so busy and organized that it shames me. It all looks delicious.

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  14. My, you have been busy! That sky is magnificent. All of your cooking, baking, and preserving looks delicious.

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  15. You have been busy. Delicious looking food you have. I am sure it won't last long. Raspberry vinegar sounds so good.
    betsy

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  16. When you cook, you COOK! My husband would love to be your neighbor.

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  17. All your baking looks wonderfully appetizing!
    I've made raspberry vinegar but not chili oil. I guess I've been scared by the warnings of garlic oil developing Botulism and I thought maybe chili peppers might also.

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  18. I'm glad you made it through the storm! There's been another hurricane in Florida...not good. Thankful friends are safe there but much devastation for sure! Oh you are making me hungry with all your food! I need to make applesauce, most likely tomorrow as busy day for me today. We had communion Sunday last week! Always enjoy it. Have a blessed weekend!

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  20. I'm glad your hens are settling in okay and that Mickey isn't tempted to chase them. Our son's German Shepherd looks like she'd like to get at ours but luckily she can't. You are cooking up a storm, my friend! You're quite amazing. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. The cabbage looks so delicious. One of my favorites, especially in the winter.

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  22. Oh gosh, you have been busy. My mouth is watering at the thought of all those lovely edibles. Hope the storm hasn't done any damage. I was watching the forecast and thinking of you.

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  23. wow, you've been busy. I love pickled cabbage its one of my favourites. I might even try to do some myself !

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  24. All your cooking and baking looks delicious and your preserves look so tempting. I've cooked red cabbage with apple and also cranberries, it sounds wonderful with pear:)

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  25. We are also having lots of rain, very heavy rain. You are really busy with so much work preparing for the winter. Your baking looks yummy!

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  26. Glad there was no damage from the storm. Enjoy your celebration.

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  27. I’m glad that you survived the storm so well. It looks like you kept busy baking. It all looks so good Lorraine. Mickey is so good to leave the chickens alone. Eggs for you soon!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  28. All your baking looks delicious! I remember having pickled red cabbage as a kid in England. I've never seen it cooked with pears. What will you do with the raspberry vinegar, use it to make salad dressing? Glad you are both safe and sound from the storm.

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  29. Glad to read that you were safe and warm in your home. Always wonderful to read about and see the foods you have been cooking. I really enjoy raspberries too and how to be able to enjoy their flavor during the winter months, Lorraine.

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  31. I always love seeing what you are making, and your homemade gifts. The red cabbage mix has me intrigued.

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  32. Glad to hear all is well. Things weren't as bad here as anticipated, although it was fairly wet, and we saw some flooding when we were out and about.

    I'm another fan of red cabbage!

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  33. Oh my goodness! Your kitchen must smell divine! Those quiches look so yummy!

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  35. So glad you stayed warm and dry and cozy in the midst of the storm. Your cooking and baking look so tasty. Raspberry vinegar is such a pretty condiment, and adds great flavour to salads. You are most industrious.

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