Friday, January 19, 2007

Sugar and Spice

Thea expressed an interest in making some mustard after seeing a programme on the television. We found a recipe for old fashioned mustard on the web and had a go at making it -very tasty.

Old Fashioned Mustard Recipe
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of dry mustard
1/4 cup of water
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs beaten

In a saucepan mix vinegar and mustard. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to slow boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened, about ten minutes. Store in fridge. Makes approx. 370 gms.

Also found a web site giving lots of recipes using Coleman's mustard. I think we might try the vegetable curry. The site has an interesting section telling the history of Coleman's Mustard in words and old photographs - well worth a look.
Some interesting facts about mustard courtesy of Mustard James
  1. A one acre field of mustard produces 1 tonne of seed, which produces 880kg of mustard flour which produces 4760kg of wet mustard, which produces 47600 jars of mustard.
  2. The word 'mustard' comes from the Latin 'must' (much) and 'ardens' (burning).
  3. It is believed that mustard was first cultivated in India around 3000BC and came to Britain with the Romans.
  4. Mustard was first used for medicinal purposes.
  5. Over 3,800,000kg of mustard is sold each year.

James (that's my James not Mustard James) has just read Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, he really enjoyed it. I have just reserved him the sequel Super Fly Guy. It is lovely to see him so chuffed when he reads a book with relative ease.
Watched a very interesting programme on BBC 2 tonight - Timewatch - Killer Cloud: In 1783 thousands of Britons died in a terrible environmental disaster. Victims of a huge volcanic eruption in Iceland, they choked on the poisonous gases that enveloped Europe. The ensuing winter was one of the worst on record and took countless more lives. The tragedy wrought by the Laki eruption is well documented in Iceland but its impact on Britain has remained a mystery for the past 200 years. Timewatch goes in search of the evidence of Britain's forgotten disaster. One slightly annoying thing was I feel asleep in the middle so only saw the beginning and the end.

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