Well I had so many plans for this week off with the children and hubby , I did not envisage I would be spending most of it in bed with a virus !! . The Jubilee celebrations passed me by and today is the first day I've been up and about and not had to go to bed ( paracetamol and Ibuprofen are just about keeping me going ) . To add insult to injury I managed to get myself up on Wednesday for a Dental appointment , which was supposed to be a filling on a wisdom tooth . OOhhh no , the dentist had other ideas " I've decided your tooth needs extracting , how do you feel about having it taken out ? " As you can imagine I wasn't over the moon about the idea , I wasn't mentally prepaired to have a tooth pulled out . Especially when I had a sore throat and ears ,as well as pounding head . But I went ahead with his advice and 5 minutes later I was missing one wisdom tooth and £78 out of pocket . I don't know which hurt most the tooth extraction or the bill !!! I'm sooooooo sorry to have a big old whinge I just needed to get it out my system .
I've managed to get 1 and half jars of candied peel ready to brighten up a fruit cake or a pudding in the future . All from what at one time I would have put straight in the bin !! . If you fancy having a go It works the same for Lemons too . You need to use 50g (2oz) of sugar to each quantity of peel from either a whole orange or Lemon . So If your freezing as you go, so you can do a big batch then maybe keep a note somewhere of the number of whole peels you have so you can calculate sugar quantity . Scrape off any pulp , then put the peel in a pan cover with water and simmer gently for 1to2 hours . The peel should feel soft and squashy but still hold it's shape and not break . The water may need topping up during process . When tender add the correct quantity of sugar to the pan , stir until dissolved and bring to the boil . Remove from heat and allow pan and contents to cool . Next day , bring the contents of the pan to the boil again and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes . Remove from heat and allow to cool again , uncovered . On the 3rd day simmer until most of syrup has been absorbed . Drain the peel and put on trays to dry . Now my book recommends drying in an airing cupboard , but many modern homes don't have these (we had one when I was a child ) . So what I do is place the fan in the oven on , with the door slightly ajar at the lowest temperature setting possible. So just warm air is circulating to dry the peel . This can be done in fits and starts over a couple of days . Then chop in small pieces like little jewels ( I find scissors the best tool for the job !) Store in airtight containers for up to 6 months . A friend came to visit while I was doing the chopping part today and she kept nibbling at the pieces ( I think she was the unofficial quality control ) . We both agreed they would be fab cut into strips and dipped in good quality dark chocolate as after dinner treats . I may have to try this next .
While I'm on being thrifty I just wanted to share my bargain of the day ...... whilst taking a gentle stroll around town this morning and having an impromptu visit to my local discount book shop which has started selling wool . What a lovely combination books and wool !!! . I spied theses bargains which had just been reduced , At a £1 a ball I just could not resist . That little purchased really did cheer me up ! so I consider the purchase as has having a very much needed medicinal purpose .
Anyway I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I'm off to Crochet little Hare jumpers so ta ta for now . xx