Tuesday, February 28, 2012


The chillies have been generous in their production, unlike other things growing in the veggie patch this summer.
I did a little Internet searching for a chilli paste recipe (mentioned in this post) and came across an easy Sambal Oelek paste. I honestly thought that I had enough chillies, however my home grown chillies are very light in weight and this recipe calls for 200gms of chillies!! So I did need to purchase a small amount.

200grams red chillies
1 cup water
1 tspn salt
1 tspn sugar
1 Tblspn white vinegar
1 Tblspn oil

Place de-stalked and roughly chopped chillies into a pan with water.
Bring water/chillies to the boil and reduce to a low heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
Place the chillies/water into a food processor, add other ingredients and blend until finely chopped.

I also made Sweet Chilli Jam. 
This one is a favourite and has become a regular on my stove top.
1kg ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped 
500g sugar
3 Tblspn lemon juice
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
6 long red chillies*, sliced (leave the seeds if you like a bit of heat)
2 tspn salt

Place the tomatoes and sugar into a large bowl, cover and leave overnight at room temperature.
Transfer this mixture into a large pan and add the remaining ingredients.
Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat, simmer mixture for approx 1 hour or until a nice thick consistency.
Place into sterilized jars and seal.
*I use my home grown small chillies and use approx 12-20. 


How do you use up your chillies?

Monday, February 27, 2012

all in a weekend

1. pickings from the veggie garden
2. discovering purple chillies
3. early morning trampoline stories in p.j's
4. making washing powder
5. sewing on a hot Saturday
6. a new bag made from a thrifted pillowcase, instructions found here
7. a new skirt made from a thrifted table cloth
8. & 9. new bath mats made from thrifted sheets and towels :: SouleMama style 
10. jam drops made with my neighbours' homemade strawberry jam :: Gooseberry Jam style
11. a spot of crochet
12. Sunday afternoon thunderstorm

a most enjoyable weekend here, how was your weekend? what did you get up to?

Friday, February 17, 2012

First Swap

48 fat quarters of lovely vintage sheets are on their way to Kel's place for a bit of a swap!
I am very excited to see what comes back to me in a couple of weeks!
There is still time to join in, pop over here for more information.
Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


We had a little photo shoot yesterday, 
approx 40 photos were taken to capture just one nice portrait for kinder....
The many faces of my mischievous 3 year old are priceless, these photos capture exactly who she is.... 

and I finally got one!