Just a tin of sweets from Alan's Christmas stocking, I couldn't resist buying it for him, naughty really because it's full of boiled sweets ... but don't worry I'll help him eat them ;-)
Anyway I was stood staring at it the other day in a little thoughtful world of my own, as one by one I added boxes and bags of fruit from the freezer to the jam pan.
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, lemon slices and rhubarb, lots of lovely tart rhubarb. You can see now why the shelves of the freezer emptied so magnificently!
The apples from the fridge drawer went in too ...
... then finally a block of apple puree from the freezer.
Once there was no fruit left to be seen in the freezer or fridge I brought the large jam pan up to a roaring boil.
Finally after a good simmer in the bottom oven of the Aga for an hour I mashed everything up a bit with the potato masher.
And poured it into my jelly straining bags to be left overnight.
All the while thinking and pondering over what to do as my next Challenge.
Now the strained and made up jelly is jarred and labelled ...
... and because of the large amount of rhubarb in there I am loving it.
There is no overly sweet edge, even though as with all jams and jellies there is a lot of sugar incorporated into each and every jar. Delicious and a perfect jelly like set.
I am still pondering though.
The ideas in my head at the moment, both from my own brainwaves and from folk that have emailed me with suggestions, are currently a choice between ...
50p a Day Budget
with a basic store cupboard
Money Saving Tips
£10 spent in a different shop each day, every day for 7 days
A Specific Diet or Way of Eating
Yellow Sticker Only Shopping
Cooking from One Recipe Book Only
our evening meal each day
I really don't know what to do but as you can see I have lots of choices up to now. Whatever it is it will be just a seven day Challenge.
Maybe I'll leave it up to you ... maybe :-)