Monday, 21 November 2016

Oh how happy we shall be

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
4ozs sugar
Bring to boil and simmer for 3 minutes
Let cool a little then add
8ozs self raising flour
1 egg
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

If you make the cake let me know how it turns out please

Have a cosy cuddly day x


  1. I love and miss your cooking so yes I am going to try your recipe ( well Steve will). Lol. Can't wait but, I have to have a stove that works correctly! Yesterday had to turn oven down to 390 as anything higher set off all fire alarms in the house. 😡 Charcoaled the roast beef!
    Love you both Jan xxx

  2. Yesterday we hurried to sweep up the leaves--we have 25 trees around our yard, and many more beyond the walls. It's so much easier to clean up leaves when they're dry, and we were supposed to get a storm during the night and today. Well, the wind did howl during the night, but while it's gusty today it isn't a storm. And the sun is shining between the big, black clouds. And it's 21 degrees. Really balmy.

  3. Roz, It sounds like a nice walk even if you didn't get any chestnuts. The cake sounds yummy. Thanks for joining in with Dreaming of France.

  4. I love fruit cake and it always used to be the option that I would choose for my mother to make as a birthday cake. One thing I miss about not living in the same city as my mother is sharing the yearly making of the Christmas cakes and puddings. I'll have to give your recipe a go!

  5. Hi Jan, I miss our get togethers for food and wine, one day xxx

  6. Thanks to all for your comments, I really do appreciate them x

  7. Roz, Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France today. I will never have breakfast in bed either. Mostly because I cannot stay in bed. My son explained that I have FOMO -- fear of missing out. I must get up and see what is happening in the world.
    This morning, my husband want to snuggle in bed and I jumped up singing "Aint No Mountain High Enough" ready for my morning run.
    Thanks again for playing along Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

  8. Thanks to you Dan to have discovered our region and Paris with so much delight! You took some pleasure to be with us and it is also with great pleasure which I helped you for your journey and your purchases for your family.

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  9. Aeldra I think you might have put this post on the wrong blog


I am always happy to read your comments and I will try to answer you all x