Friday, 16 October 2020

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

How are you?

It is most definitely Autumn, I've given in and put the heating on a few times this week.
Not a huge amount to report this week but somehow I've managed to waffle a fair bit...


To commemorate Autumn I thought I would have a go at crocheting pumpkins, 
the pattern is from Bella Coco Crochet - YouTube video here and the yarn is 
Deramores DK - leftover from a previous project.
They are really easy to make (thanks to the video) and 
they make me smile each time I see them.
When the world is going mad - make a pumpkin! 

Bella with my Summer Harmony blanket, still over the end of bed 
radiating happy colours.

And this is my Cupcake Harmony in progress, 100 squares nearly ready to be joined.


Onion Suet Roll 
I've shared this recipe before so cheating a little,
it is step by step photos this week.

You are going to need:

Self raising flour
Atora Suet
Onions (1 large or 2 small)

Chop the onions and soften.
You can do this in a frying pan, I add a little water
and pop them in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
Leave to cool.

I use a slow cooker to cook mine but you can also steam on the hob.
My slow cooker is circa 1980!
Switch it on to pre-heat, place a small dish in the bottom.
The suet roll will sit on this.

Into a bowl place 4oz of SR flour.
No sifting needed for this in fact I never sift - takes too long! 

Next add 2oz of suet.

Mix in about 1/8 pint of water, equivalent to 5 tablespoons.
Add a pinch of salt.

You should now have a ball of dough and softened onions.

Roll out the suet dough onto a floured surface.
If you have one of these non stick mats they are brilliant.
Add the cooled onions, spread across.

Roll like a swiss roll.

Make sure the end is at the bottom.
Place onto a lightly oiled piece of foil.

Next, position on top of a raised dish in slow cooker.
Add water for the steaming, just ensure it doesn't touch the suet roll.

Pop the lid on and forget about it.
Mine went in at 9am and came out at 6pm, setting high.
I don't even look at it or top up the water, I really do forget about it! 

Slice and serve with a roast dinner, perfect with gravy.
You can add bacon to make this a main dish.

It is ultimate comfort food and to be honest right now is not the time
to be counting calories.


Life - all 6 episodes available on BBCiPlayer
One Victorian house converted into four flats and how the residents lives' intertwine.

Fantastic cast including Alison Steadman, Peter Davidson, Rachael Stirling and
Adrian Lester.
I really enjoyed this and watched all six episodes over two days. 
Few plot twists too, I do love a plot twist! 


No garden pics this week as so dull and wet although my winter pansies 
are being defiant against the weather and remaining upright,
the flowerheads do look like faces.

But indoors...
a little insight into how my blog posts are brought to you...

And that was my week.
This weekend hoping to visit Elliott (unless we move up a tier)
and getting to grips with organising my larder - I have new containers,
stop by next week to see those and my progress,
I know you can barely wait! 

Take care friends, truly hope you are managing where you are,
keep focused on happy things.


CraftyCoffey said...

Thanks for the update. The pumpkins looks great, Bella is so cute.


hazel young said...

Love the pumpkins Christine. Gorgeous photo of Bella and your colourful blanket. Wow you don't mess about with the crocheting you are a real whizz with it. I have the suet roll recipe, this is a great reminder to try it as I haven't yet. I have life recorded yet to watch. Enjoy your weekend, have a good week stay safe. I love an organised pantry xx Hazel said...

Morning Christine.
Thank you a great chat.God wishes to your Mum.
Bella is the star she is so cute.
Lovely pumpkins too.
Take care stay safe and have fun Kitty.

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Christine, love the pumpkins and particularly how you have staged them. I suppose it is the American influence but pumpkins do seem to be everywhere this year. Ahh steamed puddings, haven't made one since I don't know when but I know what you mean about comfort food. As London has moved up a tier I suppose you won't be able to visit Elliott now as there is no mixing of households so I hope he stays safe. You haven't mentioned your mum so I hope it is no news is good news and she continues well. Have a lovely weekend if you can. Jackie xx

Littlelamb said...

Lovely to read the blog again. Friday seem to come round so quickly but there is always your “chat” to look forward to. Love the pumpkins. Haven’t made a steamed pudding for a long time bit with a Hiatus Hernia not supposed to have onions which is a shame. I suppose you could also use Veg Suet instead as being Vegetarian I don’t use the Beef Suet. Not done any crocheting this week but have been making my Christmas cards. It will be a shame if you cannot visit Elliott this weekend. Hope your Mum is ok. Stay safe and hope your weekend goes as planned.

karenlotty said...

Thanks for the chat I love the pumpkins I have just finished crocheting a witch so will definitely make some pumpkins for her
The crochet looks beautiful I really need to do a bigger project than amigurami as sometimes crocheting s linger row becomes more rhythmic and therapeutic than lots of tiny rows of that makes sense
The recipe made me smile because my mum used to make it when I was little with bacon and potatoes too My dad used to call it bacon and onion clanger!
Bella looks very industrious sitting on your lap
I’m thoroughly enjoying the series Life too
I hope you’re able to visit Elliott
Take care and have a good week

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