|The gardens at Hyde Hall, borrowed from Google Images.|
Yesterday was grand. We went out to the Hare for a meal and, as always, ate very well indeed. I still usually have the small plate option and they have now expanded their range which is good. I had sorbet for dessert and they had apple sorbet which was very, very good indeed. I need to find a recipe!
As expected, I did go onto the Jam Jar Shop and indulged in some more jars, a larger box of them this time. When giving my produce as gifts, the cost has to be included but sometimes I get a jar and lid back again, which is great. If I use the produce at home I don't really count the cost because I always wash the jars and lids and reuse. I have blackberries waiting, and some apples too, but I think the apples will go into a fruit crumble for dinner tonight with some plums and a few of the blackberries.
One good thing about waking early is that I can get things in the oven in good time. I got a full turkey leg out of the freezer yesterday and it has been slowly thawing overnight. It's just gone into the oven on a bed of onion and carrot with stock, white wine and seasonings, to slow roast for several hours. Once it's done, I will strip the meat off and boil up the remains. Some of the meat is to make a turkey and mushroom pie for this evening's dinner. I still have the packet shorcrust pastry that I got last weekend in case the home made variety didn't work out, so I will use that to save me some time. With it I will have fried potatoes, carrots and runners (both from the garden) and maybe some courgette too. With the crumble for dessert, it should make a nice enough meal.
Back off to bed now, to see if I can snatch another hour or sleep. Here's hoping!