Monday, 18 October 2010
This weekend we went to visit Jane Macrae a friend from Orkney who is removating a beautiful bungalow down here in Hampshire. I was telling her that I had inadvertantly walked over Jane Austen's grave as we walked out of Evensong in Winchester Cathedral. It turned out Jane Austen's house was in the next village. We went in today for a visit and were well pleased with our time there in the village of Cawton where she spent her most productive years, and wrote or revised all her successful novels. I never realised how many of the stories were inspired by her own experiences but I know now. Her kitchen was clean too!
Friday, 1 October 2010
Simple living needn't take lots of gadgets. One tool can do many things. In my recent travels I have learned to make good toast with hair straighteners (browns both sides simultaneously) I have neatly chopped a large onion with my nail scissors for soup and I have always been able to fry an egg in an empty shoe polish tin by holding it over a burning almond. (Blame the girl guides for that one.) It needs to be a tin of Kiwi polish and you need to eat it out the tin as it sticks. I have also managed to make a clootie duff in a pair of clean boxer shorts. If you don't want to be found out remember to put the mark made by the seam underneath. when you serve it. I have rolled pastry with the cling film roll and I have shrink wrapped the mast of the boat with what was left of the cling film, although that wasn't strictly culinary more chandlery! Despite all this I wish I had the contents of my loft.