Sunday, 6 January 2013

Last week at Nelson House

We had more wet walks with Mortimer

And again please!
as well as his friends.

Glad Bennett wasn't coming home with us
Work recommenced on the second guest room (panic ye not visitors - the other guest room is still intact!).

Here we go again!
By which time I'd decided I'd had enough of wearing wellies and steel toe caps and bought these


Spent some time on Pinterest and found Gascony Magic via Kalba at Grillou. Makes me want a holiday.
Slippery stuff piping

Made piping so that I could finish a long overdue upholstery project of mine.

And made this divine dessert for New Year.

Winter fruit compote

If you want to have a go:

Pour a bottle of Pinot Noir into a pan with 6 juniper berries, 4 cloves, 1 star anise & a vanilla pod. Simmer for 20 minutes, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of Cointreau or Calvados. Or probably any fruit based spirit.

In a non-metallic bowl put 250g. dried apricots, 200g. prunes (Agen if possible but softish ones if not), and 100g. dried cherries. Pour over the wine, cover and infuse overnight.

Remove the fruit and set aside. Put the wine in a pan with 125g dark brown soft sugar and heat gently until dissolved, making a light syrup. Pour over the fruit and add 2 oranges peeled and sliced, 100g. walnuts and some fresh figs.

Serve at room temperature with creme fraiche or cream and a glass of dessert wine.

Simple but utterly gorgeous!

Wonder what will happen this week?


  1. Okay. I'd have that for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    1. I can Imagine a spoonful on a bowl of porridge would set you up for a Nova Scotia winter's morning!

  2. I LOVE winter compote! Thanks for reminding me.

  3. I can't believe how wet it is chez toi! Love the recipe too. Now tell me, Sharon, can you actually walk in those lovely shoes? :) (I couldn't. But then I only ever wear trainers, walking boots or Birkies!).

    1. Do you know the Welney flood plain Kalba? The road has been closed since November. Yes I can walk in them! I don't often, don't have the lifestyle anymore :-( and at 5'4" against Andrew's 6'2" I couldn't keep up! But sometimes it just has to be heels. Once upon a time I used to dance competitively in higher shoes than those - but I couldn't do that any more.