There is something truly wonderful about Jam Tarts. I don’t know if it is the simple wonder of having a small open pie that you can fit in your mouth in one fail swoop, or the fact that it bellows nostaliga and they are the perfect elevenses treat.
I whack together a batch of these on days when life is getting a little bit too serious and jam is the only way to cure grown-up behaviour.
- 180g plain flour
- 60g icing sugar
- 120g butter
- 2 egg yolks (or 1 egg yolk + 2 tsps of water)
- A jar of jam (I always use my surplus amounts of homemade jam, but I won’t tell if you use shop bought)
- You need to make the pastry early as it needs a good hour and a half of chilling.
- Sift flour and sugar into a bowl and then quickly rub in the butter. Make sure you only use your fingers for this, as your palms make it all too hot. You can ensure this by lifting your hands up out of the bowl as you rub in the butter. This could get messy so be careful.
- Add enough of your yolk mixture to make the pastry come together.
- Flatten out into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for an hour to chill.
- Roll out your pastry onto a floured surface and cut your circles out using a cutter (or the top of a pint glass works quite well as I found out at Uni!). Make as many rounds as you can and place them into bun trays.
- Put back in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200ºC or Gas Mark 6.
- Remove Bun trays from fridge and dollop in a small amount of jam into each round. DON’T PUT TOO MUCH IN. You may think it looks meager and sad, but trust a girl who has on more than one occasion, had to hack her jam tarts out of their tins due to jam-like cement that has overflowed.
- Bake for 15 minutes. You may need a little longer or a little less dependant on your oven. Don’t let the tarts get too brown, just golden.
- Take bun tins out of the oven and let the tarts cool in the tins.
- Fish the tarts out of the tins when completely cool and serve.
YUM! You could make these a little more festive by using Cranberry Jam!
My plaited bowl rug really came about by accident, I was aiming to make another rag-rug trivet for hot-from-the-oven dishes on the dining table, but due to how I sewed this bad boy, I’ve come out with a handy little fabric bowl for my overflowing bangle collection.
This bowl began as one of P’s old tshirts that had past its prime, I made a small snip in the hem and ripped it around and around, spiralling up the tshirt (more luck than skill!) to make one really really long strip that I then cut into 3 shorter.
I then plaited it together and began to hand sew it on itself around and around like a snail shell. It wouldn’t lay flat, so I decided to go with it and create a bowl.
I guess the lesson I learnt during this little project is to be adaptable! Things don’t always turn out the way you expect.
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I have been on the hunt for things that make me smile this week. What with my American friends celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I have looked for the little things that make me glad to be around. So if you are feeling down, like I was most of this week, remember, there is always reason to smile and to be thankful.
Like bucking traditon and looking fabulous doing it.
Like remembering my feelings towards food.
Like geekiness is just purely happiness with a theme.
Like a cup of anything at the right time and in the right place is truly magical.
Like singing in the rain.
Like fixing a booboo.
Like friends being the best medicine.
and like realising that even though life is shocking right now…. you never know what might be round the corner.
Happy Sunday everyone…I’m off to munch some cake!
If you haven’t read (or contributed) to Allright Gawjus, you are truly, truly missing out. Men say some actually hilarious things to women on dating websites…. I just wish I’d saved some of the actual corkers I got before I met P.
Pop over and have a giggle.
P complains sometimes that we don’t eat a lot of meat week to week in our evening meals.
The reason meat is so lightly peppered into our diet is due to the fact that it is so expensive. I even pad out of beef mince with breadcrumbs so it goes further, like my grandparents used to. Vegetables are so much cheaper, but I gave in this week as sometimes you do need a bit of meat.
This recipe was born out of P’s need for meat, and my unwillingness to spend too much on our food bill.
Banging Chilli & Mash
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 4 Sausages (of your choice – I used bog standard Pork)
- 1 400g tin of Kidney beans
- 1 400g tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 red chilli, deseeded (but throw in a few seeds if you like it hot hot!)
- A good old whoosh of Worcester Sauce
- Potatoes (enough to mash for 4)
- Knob of butter
- Glug of milk
- First of all, get your potatoes peeled, chopped small and in the pan, bringing to the boil. They will need to boil for 20 minutes. They can do that whilst you crack on with the bangers.
- Chop up your sausages into small discs and fry in a teensy amount of oil….because they let out LOADS of their own.
- Drain off the excess oil (into an empty can to cool before you bin it…not down the drain you naughties!) and remove from the heat to add your kidney beans and tinned toms.
- Return to a lower heat, add your chilli and Worcester sauce, giving it a good stir.
- Now let it simmer for 10 minutes and turn your attention back to your spuds.
- Drain and mash your spuds, adding the butter and milk to make it creamy and then add your chopped chives. I use frozen chives that I have salvaged from my plant weekly. It defrosted pretty quick and doesn’t make the mash go green which I prefer.
- Serve and enjoy.
I know the recipe says Serves 4, and we are only 2, but P had seconds and I used some in a wrap for my lunch today. Was even yummy cold!
THRIFTY – I bought a pack of 8 sausages, which meant that I still have another 4 left, making this quite a cheap, yet meaty meal! You could even add an odd chopped slice of bacon or two if you are feeling flush!
I am currently in Disneyland in Pareeee! I shall be putting my face in all things formerly Jim Henson.
I LOVE THE MUPPETS! That is all.
I stumbled on this fahhhhhbulous recipe for Sweet & Salty Roasted Chickpeas by Stef over at The Cupcake Project and I cannot wait to get home after our trip to Disney (I leave tomorrow morning! Eeeee!) to have a go at these as an alternative to popcorn.
Stef’s blog is wonderful and I urge you to head over there and get lost for an hour or two.
Is it just me or are belts the WORST thing to store?
I recently came up with the best solution for me.
My belts already live in an box in a drawer, but the fact they were resembling a box of snakes was irritating me beyond belief!
I keep all the elastic bands that hold our shop-bought vegetables together (apparently my craziness knows no bounds), and I use these to keep those wily snake-belts under wraps.
Just roll the belts around the buckles and then secure with a band…this is great for when you pack them in a suitcase too!
Any handy hints with belts to share?