Friday, November 21, 2014

almandine garnet syrup and other progress

in which our plucky heroine feels well preserved...

The quince juice and sugar took a long time to come to the jelly stage, and rather than end up with only a jar or two, opting for five small jars of syrup made more sense... Removing the cores and skins also removed some of the pectin, which would have made the set much quicker, but since the remainders are intended to become Quincemeat, not having core and seeds and skin was needful... nothing this delectable is ever wasted... imagine a drizzle of quince syrup over cardamon ice cream for example

The embroidered decoration for Mindy's undergown is finished, and it has done a great job of disguising the tablecloth linen origin of the fabric... My goal is to have at least one garment apiece completed for each of the Blue Cedar House folks that will be coming here for Thanksgiving next week...

Tonight the kitchen continues to smell heavenly, a warm spicy bulwark against the cold rain and howling wind outside. There are seven little jars of Quincemeat cooling down on the sideboard. What I did differently than the recipe was to substitute an additional quarter cup of chopped up dried apricots for the golden raisins, since they weren't available organic. The limiting factor for quincemeat is that it really needs home candied peel; I am thinking about some sort of sweet/spicy conserve with the several cups of cooked quince yet to play with, though this recipe for membrillo sounds both easy and tasty. And as the remaining three medlars have bletted, there are also a few tablespoons of medlar pulp, maybe comfits, or a wee jar of medlar-apple jam?

November SMART goal challenge
1 Norse collar embroidery 3 bubblepack windows broken cot
2 Mindy cuffs embroidery * bag to Goodwill
3 Quince syrup - 5 jars * bag to Goodwill
4 Quincemeat - 7 jars * ----------
5 Mindy yoke embroidery * ----------
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  1. Sounds very industrious! I hope you enjoyed it too.

  2. I really enjoy putting up small special preserves, which will end up either as gifts or to share with doing small batches, it is not the overwhelming task it would be if I had a bushel of fruit to deal with, that sort of thing is much better done in company with friends! I have some ideas percolating for both 6PAC and SWAP sewing, too...

  3. what gorgeous colors and great smells! I wish I were closer - I would dash over and sit and sniff! PS Yesterday I met Bill Dawson in person @ Danaca. Maybe your ears were ringing, we chatted some about you, our mutual friend.