Tuesday, 31 July 2018

A productive day...

It's been a busy day, haircut this morning (it's a chore, I hate having it done but needs must.)  A quick Costa coffee and then back home waiting for my Mum's results on her endoscopy, an ongoing health concern and she now needs another in six weeks which is a little worrying, but they are keeping a check on things.

Back home to laundry, cleaning and making tea.  I have resisted trying to make pastry for 16 months as gluten free pastry is pretty awful to make right.  However, positive thinking today and I got three quiches made, one for this week, two for the freezer.

I got all the cutting for the Tula Pink Snowglobes quilt done.  You can see a little stitch plate, that's the straight stitch plate for the Bernina, that I managed to leave behind so a good friend posted it out to me, thanks Helen.

Out of a fat quarter bundle I had all this leftover so got the smaller pieces chopped ready into squares and rectangles to make a bag or two and the larger eighths that are left may make another quilt top with some added sashing.

A Merry Cox pattern arrived today, new to me but used, it is in excellent condition and is even signed by the author/designer.  I have been waiting a long time to get some of Merry's patterns so really pleased to have got this one from the nineties.

Gluten Free Pastry Recipe

The recipe I used was the following:-

450 grams Juvela
220 grams Stork Block Margerine
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Xantham Gum
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
2 eggs, beaten
A little water

Mix all the dry ingredients until they resemble breadcrumbs.  Add the beaten egg and about a tablespoon of cold water and should be a soft mixture that can be handled without being sticky.  Sprinkle your worktop with Juvela flour.  This mixture makes enough to line three flan dishes.  Cut the mixture into three and knead each piece for about four minutes, you will feel the texture change and then you can roll out as you would the normal pastry mix.  Bake blind on gas mark 6 for 12 - 15 minutes.  Fill a filling of your choice, Salmon & Broccoli, Bacon, leek and mushroom, prawn, cheese and tomato.

Have a great week all and happy stitching :)

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