At a recent car boot sale I found a book called Ann Carr's Recipe Collection. c. 1987 but it had my sort of recipes in and tbh, 1987 still seems like last year to me!
Then when in town today I couldn't' resist a copy of the BBC Good Food series "One Pots" from which I wanted to try just about every recipe, so it seemed good value at £3.70 - you get 100 recipes for that. I keep my food magazines for years anyway, so feel it's a good investment.
I really enjoy cooking but I have to admit that since the girls have left home my horizons have been closing down on me as they are the ones who like "interesting" food (e.g. tasty!) My menfolk like their food fairly plain and boring. My husband's idea of fancy cooking is corned beef hash! So now and again I get some inspiration to cheer myself up.
Talking of the kitchen, I got some paint for it today as I am sick of it being white. It has always been one shade or another of yellow and it just didn't look right white - we painted it that colour to make it look lighter to anyone viewing. Well, no-one is viewing and we have to live here, so s*d it! I spent the afternoon painting the bay window walls in Buttermilk, and it looks like it should do and a deep Clotted cream colour rather than yellow. I was also Very Good and I set to and cleaned the paintwork and windows (inside and out) and scrubbed the floor there too.
The sleepy late-summer feeling of early Autumn has now been replaced with winds and rain. I look at my apple crop and hope it will get larger before the birds peck every single apple off the trees . . . The apples are like this year's blackberries - where they are present, they are very small and hardly worth picking. The elderberries are virtually non-existent (although one of the bushes in the yard has cheerfully begun to flower again) and several people have said there are no sloes, so I am glad I have some of each in the freezer from last year.
What is the wild harvest like in your neck of the woods?