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Charsley Triple-C jam

Or cranberry-chilli-crabapple, if you prefer.


2 packets (one M&S, one Sainsburys) cranberries
1 pack birds eye chillies (Sainsburys)
1 pack red chillies (ditto)
Approx. 300ml crabapple juice
Approx. 250ml combined rice vinegar and raspberry vinegar.
1 kg preserving sugar

1.  Dissolve sugar in vinegar and juice, slowly, with no stirring.
2.  Decide the slowly no-stirring approach is a waste of time, considering you aren't planning on making a jelly and the crabapple juice is already cloudy anyway, and stir.
3.  Add cranberries.
4.  Blitz chillies in mini food processor and add.
5.  Realise that medium pan is really, really not big enough.
6. Blame Nigella for your decision to use this pan rather than the pan you used for the chilli jam which was perfectly successful.
7.  When pan inevitably boils over, transfer to larger pan and clean hob.
8.  Feel guilty about blaming Nigella and blame self.
9.  Boil for 10 minutes, stirring fairly frequently.
10.  Remove from heat and leave to cool down a bit
11.  Transfer into sterilised jars - fits well into 5 250mlish kilneresque jars
12.  Resolve to buy a jam funnel.
13.  Resolve to buy Kilner, not merely Kilneresque, jars next time.
14.  Label in the most confusing way possible as Grandad would have approved :)
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Don't worry, it's not a 'proper' update... ;)

Of possible interest only to the Dragonsilver group (and apologies for omissions, was going for an endgame sort of thing... Made with Gaia avatar creator (when trying to avoid working...)

And because I apparently did this but failed to post it, so why not:

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Got a feeling I have read this actually, but a looong time ago…

Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
– Bits for quoting, never got round to reading the whole thing.  Does not live up to the childhood promise of Ulysses 31  Ul-y-see-eee-eee-eee-ees, no-one else can do the things you do!: almost no robots or spaceships.  Terribly disappointing.
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian: a novel
– Nearly as bad as Angels and Demons, although it didn’t start out too badly iirc.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World - Prophecy
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
Angels & Demons
– Please note that the only way they got me to read this was to bundle it free with something else and put me on a sufficiently long train journey and therefore it was not my fault… It’s dire.  Don’t bother.
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
In the process of reading this.
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
– Don't think so, but maybe
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things – We have this.  Should I have read it?
A People’s History of the United States: 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon (Might have read this, it sounds familiar, but if so then it evidently didn't leave a lasting impression...)
Oryx and Crake: a novel
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Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

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Just been to see Death Proof and felt... moved to write about it. I'm not sure I enjoyed it, exactly: it's such a nasty film that I think it would be difficult to enjoy, exactly. But it was, I don't know, satisfying, perhaps: the plot is minimalistic, to say the least, but somehow that doesn't stop it being a good film.
I've just realised that I already have some desire to see it again...
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from querimonious:

1.) Go to Career Cruising
2.) login nycareers password landmark
3.) Take the career match maker quiz and list the top 10 responses

1. Artist
2. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
3. Illustrator
4. Animator
5. Website Designer
6. Graphic Designer
7. Stylist
8. Sign Maker
9. Political Aide
10. Pet Groomer

Not quite sure how #9 fits into the theme there... !
(Last time I did one of these, my destined fate was to become a makeup artist... that's now down at #31.  Just below 'Ship's Crew'.)
much too much stuff going on...

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I just picked up the phone and was greeted by a flood of Foreign. Sorry, I say, I think you've got the wrong number, and start to put the phone down. She laughs, and says No, no, this is the right number, (in English, you understand) and starts talking again in Foreign. At this point I am rather flummoxed and I'm afraid my natural politeness rather deserts me, so my response is "Um, sorry, what?" rather than anything more tactful or coherent. She then puts the phone down on me...
Hmmm, actual news. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by everything at the moment while at the same time not being able to get much done. Still haven't been able to register at Exeter because of 'problems with my IT account'. I'd be more worried but the head of the course rang me up the other day to check my contact details, so I know I'm still expected... We seem to finally have a date for the house move, so hopefully that'll go through alright. Oh, and Dragon Quest 8 is a great game (worryingly perhaps, you do get used to the freaky Dragonball character design), and The Mighty Boosh is just great. Go find it and watch it. :)

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