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Monday, 4 May 2020

Two Fails

   Not complete failures, just not up to my usually (low) standards. They were both the result of having time on my hands and some food item that needed using up.

   The first was a couple of jars of marmalade. In this instance I had an almost ready to expire lemon and some cranberries from the freezer. The resulting marmalade is tasty enough but has a very strange texture. I think I may have boiled it too long and the sugar began to crystallize. I don't think I like the combination of cranberries and lemon either. It was supposed to be grapefruit and lemon. The recipe came from my favourite preserving book, which I have written about before, "Preserves and Pickles" by Catherine Atkinson.

   The second attempt was prompted by a sweet potato lurking in the fridge. The recipe was for chocolate brownies - I have made them before but for some reason, the batter was just too thick. I added an egg and some milk and the resulting brownie is edible and probably quite healthy but, frankly, less than appetizing! I will eat it anyway - chocolate's chocolate after all! It had cocoa and chocolate chips in it.

   Yesterday was brilliant - sunny and well above the normal temperature - but today was much colder. Back to winter clothes. I cleaned the inside of the car of all the remnants of winter so that kept me warm while working outside. I even vacuumed and shampooed the carpets and wiped down the dashboard. It smells heavenly now!

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    1. Thanks, Jill. It doesn't happen very often.

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  2. My car has also enjoyed it's twice annual clean up. Other than the mud from my boots I never really understand how it gets in such a mess. X

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    1. The problem here is the salt that's used to clear roads and parking lots of snow. It transforms the snow into slush which makes a terrible mess of the floor mats in the car when it is tracked in on your boots.

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  3. It happens occasionally, doesn't it. Better to try and fail . . . as the saying goes.
    It's quite a bit cooler here too but it's supposed to warm up again tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
    xx

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    1. I will still eat the results. In fact the brownie is half gone (it was improved with a slick of cream cheese frosting!).

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  4. If they tasted good then that doesn't count as a fail.
    Could you pop over and clean my car too???

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    1. I'm too exhausted after doing my own. Otherwise, of course I would!

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  5. If you like your marmalade and/or brownies, who's to judge (col). I think there are many new recipes being created because of the quarantine & our new respect for food, no food shall go to waste. We had heavy frost over night but oh my the skies were clear & the stars magnificent.

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  6. Yes, a little frost here but it soon warmed up. Still below seasonal averages.

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