Neath the spreading chestnut tree.
As I lay in bed this morning thinking how lovely it would be to have breakfast in bed but then I look across the expanse of our king size bed and know I must re-think that one, John is a wonderful husband and soul mate but unless I get up I swear he would stay there all day, so my thoughts went to what enchanting things I could do with my precious time today, you know like cooking and cleaning and oh yes the ironing, as I open the curtains I can see the washing must wait for another day, anyway back to the chestnut tree, I had spied one on the side of the road the other day with its fruit all intact and totally out of reach, now Saturday we had a gale whip through over night so my thinking was that they may now have fallen to the ground ready for harvesting, off I went with my basket to grab them to roast on an open fire, well the top of our wood burner, the lid lifts up just for that purpose so I was really looking forward to them, sadly when we got there they had indeed fallen but someone had already rounded them up...😠
On my return I changed into my other hat and made a wonderfully fruit and nut packed cake which is now cooling ready for a nibble later.I don't like to cut a cake until it is completely cooled, really it should be left for the next day.
For those of you who would like to have the recipe, here it is.
Boiled fruit cake
In a saucepan put:
12 ozs dried fruit
1/4 pint water
4ozs margarine or butter
Bring to boil and simmer for 3 minutes
Let cool a little then add
8ozs self raising flour
Teaspoon mixed spice
Mix really well and put in a loaf tin
Bake at 150 centigrade or gas 2 for 1 & 1/4 hours test after an hour
After the high wind we found this little pile of leaves by our back door as if someone had brushed them up
Have a cosy cuddly day x