Friday, 21 November 2014

cinnamon pumpkin butter

Undaunted by the disappointment over my last pumpkin recipe, I decided to use some of our squash stash to make a recipe for cinnamon pumpkin butter which I found on Pinterest.
The recipe can be found here.
I was enticed by the beautiful photos ( do take a look) and by the intriguing sweet/savoury combination which somehow reminded me of that American favourite peanut butter.
According to google, the 24th January is National Peanut Butter Day in the States, although google also informs me that the first person to patent peanut butter was actually a Canadian called Marcellus Gilmore Edson which perhaps explains why mr digandweed, whose family are part Canadian, loves the stuff.
But I digress!

The recipe for cinnamon pumpkin butter was very easy.
I made the pumpkin puree by cooking chopped pumpkin in a tiny amount of water in the microwave and then blending it.

From then on it was just a case of mixing everything together.

The butter tastes good on toast, but I also think it would make a delicious filling for some little sponge cakes, although I haven't had a chance to try this out.

And since there is a bit of an American theme to this post, what with talk of pumpkins and peanut butter, it seemed a timely reminder to wish our friends across the pond a very happy Thanksgiving for next Thursday !

Monday, 10 November 2014

november weekend

Mr digandweed took part in the local parkrun on Saturday.
 Whilst I waited on the sidelines, half wishing I was taking part too, I passed the time by taking pictures of the autumn leaves on his iphone and playing about with the editing.

It was a damp, murky morning and mid afternoon there was a torrential downpour.

In contrast, yesterday was a beautiful autumnal day.
 One that starts with mists and chills which soon lift to give a crisp and sunny morning.

Mr digandweed and I made one of our regular trips to Cambridge for breakfast in our favourite cafe,  a walk past the beautiful colleges ... and a spot of shopping.

Cambridge is resplendent in the autumn.
In fact it is beautiful at any time of year.
These were views from Clare college bridge and along The Backs.

Back home, soup seemed like the perfect supper for a November evening.
And after a trip across the fens, soup made with fenland celery even more perfect!

I based it on this recipe but omitted the apple.

p.s. thank you for all the congratulations in response to my last post.
Tiny girlie is adorable and we are totally smitten!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

a week of firsts

This has been a very special week for mr digandweed and me.

At the beginning of the week we became grandparents for the very first time.
Our beautiful little granddaughter made her appearance last Sunday. 
Weighing 8lb 3oz, she is, in her mummy's own words, 'a perfect darling angel'
Mummy, baby ...and daddy are all doing well.

So began our week of firsts:

first glimpse of our tiny girlie
first cuddle
first gaze as she looked into our faces and tried to make sense of this bewildering world of which she is now a part
first dirty nappy -first of many!
first trip to the park with a new precious life tucked up in the pram.

So many firsts. So many more to come.

We are thrilled!!