I'm not a naturally gifted needle-woman but I was introduced to quilting a few years ago, as a way to pass the time in hospital waiting rooms. It worked well. My quilts are far from perfect but I enjoy doing them and the family appear to like receiving them. The joyfully awaited grandchild will have no choice in the matter: quilt#1 has been completed and #2 is under construction thanks to erp, who kindly sent me the template and instructions for her "literary quilt". I've started on the blocks and for the sashing I'll use the brown fabric. All the fabrics are from the new Anna Griffin 'Evelyn' range.
Of course, when I'm not sewing I am busy baking. Here is a recipe for Jane Austen lovers, one that might have come from the kitchen of Mrs Bennet herself:
Surly Curd Tart
1 pastry flan
2 pints milk
1 tsp. Epsom Salts
grated rind of 1 lemon
2oz currants (optional)
4 oz caster sugar
Have to hand one 8 inch uncooked pastry flan case.
Make 8oz curd by heating, without allowing to boil, 2 pints of milk with 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salts. It will look slightly curdled. Strain through a fine sieve. The contents of the sieve will be curd.
Mix the curd with the fruit and lemon rind.
Beat the sugar and butter together.
Beat the eggs separately and stir into the butter and sugar. Gently stir in the curd and then fill the pastry flan case with the mixture.
Bake in a warm oven for 20 minutes until set and slightly browned. Sprinkle with the nutmeg and serve.
This little teatime treat can easily be prepared while your bread dough is rising, of course! Then off you go to meet your friends for a leisurely lunch, where you can swap recipes and knitting patters while the real women are busy keeping the world of commerce, politics and industry in order.