I cannot restrain myself. Don 'Berk':Total betrayal of any positive reputation the man had. As if a chlorine based polluting pulp mill in a valley area with an inversion layer could ever be World's Best Practice. Let's build it next door to his 'forest garden' then shall we???? Oh, does every know what a berk is?? The actual rhyming slang meaning is very very rude, but I have used the term in it's normal way, ie the man is an idiot!!!
Three Cheers for Peter Cundall. Now that's your bloomin' lot on that topic.
We have been busy doing not much. It was Show Day and so MrsDrWhoand I ate the corn 'pancakes' and watched Stargate Atlantis. We only have three episodes to watch, we have devoured it. We don't usually watch the very last episode because now our memories are so bad that when the new season comes out we can't remember what happened in the previous one. So we save the last episode or two and watch them immediately before the newer season. The changes aging brings!!!
Then on Friday there were nibbles at Mr and Mrs Reno's house. MrsDrWho came, along with Mr and Mrs HouseOf and Wee Jock's mum. It was lovely to see them all and I made a delicious and easy cheesecake. So easy that I whipped up another one on Sunday for Uncle and Auntie Dutch. They came to visit, much to The Labradors' delight, and mine!! They de-blackberried for a few hours and I sent them home with cheesecake and morello cherry sauce. Recipe but no pictures will follow. MrsDrWho are you reading this?? I am whipping one you for you too later in the week too!!!
Harki and Peri have been helping me with some sewing again. I was making a toile for some drapey trousers. Well actually I wasn't for quite a lot of the time as first one Labrador, and then the other, came to lie on the fabric. They have a lot of rugs and blankets of their own, one that MrsDrWho gave them that even has two lovely Labradors on it. But when they are asleep, everyone 'nose' why I love them!!!
For Kate, whose knitting hopes were dashed last time, here is some actual knitting. The Waving Lace Bamboo sock has made it to the foot. I did knit three whole repeats incorrectly on Thursday so I had to unravel and reknit but I have made it to the foot and it is plain stocking stitch sailing from here on. It has been hot, 24*C and so the time for knitting anything large is fast approaching. I need to knit a few tops, I have the milky cotton and the corn to do so.
Yesterday afternoon I sat on the couch and finished clearing up the DVD HD. I had 28 pages, and at 6 per page that's 228 programmes. I have it down to just 18 x 6 now.
The BlackSpot of DoomLight(TM) is having a 20% off sale today and I am debating whether to go or not. There will be no wool, and I have lots of fabric, but maybe some embroidery thread and zips??? I will see how I feel a bit later on.
Oh when we were shopping on Saturday Miss HouseOf, who is four I think, spent all her time finding me green things. She has just realised I like green with a vengeance.
I found a potential husband, to her utter horror.
Some people are posting every day in Blogtober(sic). Not me. But I might have a sock or two finished and some sewing as well later in the week. Here's hoping.
Easy Not Baked Cheesecake with Cherry Sauce
- 3 teaspoons of gelatine
- juice and rind of 1 or two lemons
- 150-200g biscuits crushed into crumbs
- 75-100g melted butter
- 300ml cream
- 500g cream cheese at room temperature
- 3/4 cup or 165g caster sugar
- 1 jar of morello cherries (460 g here)
- 1 extra tablespoon of sugar or to taste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornflour.
The most important thing here is the order in which you progress. This makes sure that everything is set or cool at the right time.
So, place the juice and gelatine in a container and microwave for about a minute. Stir to make sure all the powder is dissolved and then sit the container in a larger one of cold water.
Now line a 23cm spring-form tin with baking paper, mix the butter and biscuit crumbs and press firmly into the base and refrigerate. The different amounts are because it just depends on the tin you use, and how thick you like the base.
Now whip the cream and set aside. Beat the cream cheese, lemon rind and sugar until smooth and then pour in the cooled gelatine mixture. Fold in the cream and spoon into the tin, smoothing the top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
To make the cherry sauce, strain almost all the juice into a pan, add sugar to taste and bring to the boil. Mix the cornflour with the reserved juice, Remove the pan from the stove, stir in the cornflour mixture, and then bring back to the boil, stirring, for a minute or so. Add the cherries and cook for a further 2 or 3 minutes. Cool then refrigerate and serve drizzled generously over the cheesecake.