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Campion at Christmas - Margery Allingham

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Thanks to Crime Classics, Net Galley and Agora Books I was able to read 4 short stories from one of my favorite  writers of classical crime stories.
The novels feature Albert Campion in three of the stories. Two are  crime stories and one is Christmas with his wife Amanda  and the dog, Poins.
The last novel, Happy Christmas , is about a couple celebrating Christmas like Victorians and with the help of an old lady living at the top of the house.
Margery Allingham is always delightful to read, so this was a real Christmas treat!

Last post

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This will be the last post in English - at least for a while. It is rather time consuming to write the posts in both English and Danish, and as the Danish have the most viewings I will continue there.
It has been great practice writing in English. I read a lot of English books, but my active vocabulary needed to improve.
Should you be interested in my Danish blog, and if Google translate doesn't make sense you are welcome to comment on the Danish blog and I will try to be of help.

Dish Cloth 71

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Cast on 60 stitches and knit 6 rows and then pattern. Remember to start and end all rows with 3 k. When the cloth has the desired length you knit 6 rows and bind off.

Pattern:

1.row: 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k 2.row: 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p 3.row: 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k 4.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p 5.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 6.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 7.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k 8.row: 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p 9.row: 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k 10.row: 5 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 5 p
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A Kind of Butter Chicken

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2 chicken breasts (diced)
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
100 g Buko Chili cream cheese
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1 dl yoghurt naturel
1 can  chopped  tomatoes
 4 tbsp butter

Chop the onion and press the garlic and put it in the slow cooker together with the spices, cream cheese and yoghurt. Mix well and put the diced chicken breast in the cooker too. Stir and then pour the tomatos in the cooker too. Mix well and distribute the butter on top.  Cook at MEDIUM for 7 hours.

Serve with rice and a baked apple.


Death at the Seaside - Frances Brody

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Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody

The book is the eight in the series: A Kate Shackleton Mystery

I have previously blogged about the seventh in the series: A Death in the Dales

In this novel  Kate has traveled to a little coastal village for a vacation and also to visit an old school mate (Alma) and her daughter (Felicity) who is  Kate's god-daughter. Kate wants to buy a present for her goddaughter and visits the local jeweler ( Jack Philips) and finds him dead in the back room. At the same time Felicity disappears, so there is a lot for Kate Shackleton to solve with the help of her two assistants - Mrs. Sugden and Jim Sykes.
A cosy murder mystery set in England in the 1920s.

Quince -and Paradise Apple Jelly

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Now the last quinces have been picked and together with paradise apples made into jelly.
Wash the quinces and cut in smaller bits. Remove stem and blossom ends and discard. Do the same with the paradise apples and cut them in halves.
Put it in a pot and add water. Don't cover the fruit in water - only about ¾ of the fruit.
Cook until tender (½-1 hour) - put it in a jelly straining bag and let strain till the next day.  Measure the juice and add sugar in the ratio  1 liter juice: 800 gram sugar.
Cook for 10-20 minutes. Make the jelly test a couple of times, and when it is fine, remove from heat and add Atamon and put it in clean glass jars.

Jelly test:

Place a tsp hot jelly on a plate and cool (freezer 1 minute). If the surface wrinkles when you drag your finger through the middle of the  jelly, and if it the two edges you make when you drag your finger through the jelly doesn't run together - it is fine. If not continue cooking and repeat the test every few minutes. If you co…

Raspberries?

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Due to the drought i don't think there will be any raspberries this year.  They started but the flowers withered, so this is their second try, but I don't think they will get ripe before it gets too cold.
I still had two portions in the freezer, so this will have to be this years production of raspberry jam.

Recipe::
raspberries
sugar
atamon
Add sugar to the raspberries – 400 gram pr. kilo raspberries. Cook for about. 10 minutes. Drain some of the juice ( see blackberry jam), cook and add atamon and bottle it. Add atamon to the jam as well and pour the jam in cleaned glass jars.