So what happens when you're blooming sewing machine decides to break down and you've got two more bags to finish before July 7th? Well, you lose out on two days sewing and then on Friday afternoon you borrow a friend's machine.
That means on Saturday morning you're just finishing the lining on the second bag thinking it'll only take an hour and then you realise it's 11.30am and you have friends coming over for lunch at 2 o'clock. You're still in your pyjamas and it's pouring with rain and you do not want to drive out to get provisions.
Well, you ransack the fridge and freezer and find a bag of carrots and some cooking apples and breathe a huge sigh of relief. Then you make the quickest soup in the world by chopping 8oz onions and cooking them in 2 ozs of butter with the lid on:
you add one and half globes of stem ginger in syrup and then 2lbs of sliced carrots:
stir and then add 2 pints of hot water in which you've chucked in some of this:
and cook for about 45 minutes. Then you liquidise it to produce this heartwarming soup:
Then you wash out the Magimix and make some quick pastry using 8oz of plain flour and 4 oz fat (two each of lard and butter). Meanwhile Tom walks in having been out looking for garden sheds all morning (and stopping in laybys to eat sausage rolls. We'll never win Mr and Mrs now as I did not know he did such things!).
So he chops about a pound a half of apples and you cook them lightly with sugar and cinnamon. You roll out the pastry into a circle, plonk in the apple and raise the pastry up the sides and cook it:
It comes out looking less than appetising but hey it's only your ex-boyfriend coming for lunch and you're not trying to impress him anymore.
Meanwhile the bread is defrosting:
and Amber wakes up in time to make some biscuits (chocolate chip ones):
and then you hurry back into your sewing room to finish the bag:
and breathe another huge sigh of relief as that's the bag done and lunch too. You just hope he isn't going to stay for supper as neither you or your husband have thought that far ahead today.
A quick thank you to everyone who left such wonderful comments to my last post and to everyone who read my latest ramblings. You are an amazing bunch of friends ...................