Beat the Blues, Make Marmalade

seville orange marmalade, oxford marmalade

Seville Orange Marmalade

“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred orange and scrub the floor.”
Author: D.H. Lawrence

The  marmalade that I set out for breakfast for house guests this  morning  had them in raptures and  was voted the best they had ever eaten!      In my household we like a gutsy, full flavoured marmalade with proper chunks. Its not a marmalade for the faint hearted … indeed, guests caught  picking out the  chunks and leaving them to  languish on the side of their plates – well – they don’t get asked again – not for breakfast at any rate !  Continue reading

Free Spirit: tips to support your Dry January intentions … and beyond.

 

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Make yourself something beautiful

Picking up on last weeks ideas for New Years resolutions , I thought those of you who have taken the plunge into a Dry January  might be in need of some ideas if not support. It probably seemed like a good idea on January 1st, but a week in, and maybe your resolution to go dry for the month is slipping.  As part of Stirring Stuff’s Recipe for success I have gathered  information , supportive tips, and ideas for drinks to encourage you in your very worthwhile endeavour.

And, you will be gladdened to hear I hope, that going dry has never been easier or tastier. One exciting by product of the new wave artisan distilling boom is an ever increasing choice of  classy non alcoholic spirit mixers.  Try these for size, Thomas and Evans, Seedlipdrinks, both make interesting distilled herbal mixers for adult pallates.

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Shine your Light in 2017 with Stirring Stuff’s New Year’s resolution ideas and recipe for success.

Happy New Year 2017.Peaceful New Year

Wishing the World a Peaceful and Happy 2017

 

Do you want your resolution to be a bit different and special this New Year? Here are six food and cooking related ideas for you to think about. Over the coming weeks, I will pick up on each theme  more fully, but in the meantime follow the links to start your information gathering. Don’t procrastinate for too long – just pick one and get going with it.

I know – keeping up that resolution is the problem. If you have relented by Lent, then pick yourself up and start again. And, as luck would have it, January 1st isn’t the only new beginning.  New Year has been celebrated variously between March and January throughout European history. Other countries, cultures and religions hold New Beginning celebrations in different months. The Recipe for Success is to use these as opportunities to regroup and recommit.   Happy 2017! Continue reading