Chilli jelly. I get slightly mesmerised by the way the little bits of chilli are suspended in the jelly. It's a really easy recipe from Nigella Lawson's book 'Nigella Christmas'. Take chillies, jam sugar, cider vinegar and let it boil like fury for ten minutes, job done.
But a word of caution. The chillies need to be de-seeded before they're chopped and Nigella advises wearing gloves to do this. 'Ha', I thought, the first time I made it, 'gloves are for wimps' and I chopped and de-seeded with joyful abandon bare-handed. Half an hour later - oh the pain! You see, oil from the chillies finds its way under your nails and the result is burning nail beds for about a week, which is unfortunate when you've made the chelly as a surprise Christmas delicacy for your husband and so are unable to mention it. Therefore, this year, gloves are definitely not for wimps.
Unlike the warm glowing chelly, the day here is, yet again, grey, damp and generally miserable, but I'm gradually building up a stash of blankets to snuggle in should the cold weather get to me. This one is the first I made. The colour scheme is not my invention, it belongs to Sharron who kindly posted her colour scheme on her blog here.
I'm on the last leg of the grey one but the border is taking an age (a) because the blanket is quite a big one, (b) because the border is a frill so there are three times more trebles to do, and (c) my little red four-legged friend LOVES yarn! But despite the treble marathon, I'm finding this frilly edge a rather pleasing thing.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.
Hope all is well out there ...