Weekend reading

Baked caramel custard.

Yesterday was the first day of winter here and right on time the cold weather arrived. I wrote this post last night when it was 8C degrees outside and I sat tapping at my computer dressed in a summer cotton nightie, lambswool slippers and three cardigans. Daggy till the end, me. Everlong a fashion maverick. 🙄

Thanks to all the people who emailed about the blogging course. We'll start the first course in late June. I'm particularly looking forward to the Skype sessions. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun. If you want to join in, please check the previous post and email me.

I hope you enjoy your weekend doing the things you love. xx

A Bethnal Green childhood
Urban Homesteading - You Tube
No dig vegetables and fruit, and compost - You Tube
If in doubt, add an egg. The 10 cooking tips everyone should know
How to build cold frames
Britain’s new wave of militant grocers
Budgeting tips
How to knit
Nancy Luce – Pet Chicken Folk Hero


  1. You are not the only daggy one, Rhonda. LOL! I just realised when I read your post that it is Friday. Another week gone already. I am rendering lard at the moment so had better go and check on it. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. I had to smile, first day of Summer here and we have 10 degrees C here as I'm off to bed. Pleasant in the day though ☺. Wish a lovely weekend to you both. Pam in Norway

  3. Daggy or not, it's time to layer up in clothing. As I'm writing this, it is a cool 1 deg C here in Ballarat. The sun is shining, another words, even colder, but that means layering with add ons such as boots, scarves, hats and coats. I love the comfort and warmth these clothes give me. Right now though I'm preparing to check out your weekend reading before venturing outdoors. Have a great weekend Rhonda.

  4. Daggy sounds like me too! I always wear a lounger in the house --- thus can't answer unexpected door bell rings. :) Hey, a woman needs to be comfortable right? :)

    Your Caramel Custard looks wonderful! By any chance is the recipe here on the blog anywhere? And if not, would you mind sharing it here?
    Take care.

    1. Hi Sue, yes, we need comfort, that is for sure. The cistard is just my ordinary baked custard, the recipe is on the blog. The caramel is brown sugar, with a little butter, melted in a pot and poured over the custard.

  5. I'll jump on the daggy train. On the couch last night in my thermals, flannel pj's, two pairs of socks with a crochet blanket over my legs. Best part was sharing the blanket with my daughter.
    Really looking forward to the course.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend doing the things you love too.

  6. I love custard, but I've not been successful in making it. My sister, however, makes the best custard pie and shares with me!

  7. Thanks for some great links Rhonda! I hope you have a lovely weekend.


  8. i cannot believe you did not put the custard recipe on the blog. i am devastated!!!!!!

    1. dindin, it is on the blog, I pasted it in for you - wish I had some now! Beth in MN

      Baked Egg Custard

      6 eggs
      1 litre milk
      ½ cup sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      Sprinkling of nutmeg
      1. Place eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat together with a hand mixer or whisk.
      2. Heat the milk so it's hot but not boiling.
      3. Pour the milk into the egg mixture, and beat again until thoroughly combined.
      4. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan and put into bain marie. Fill bain marie with boiling water so it comes half way up the side of the loaf pan. (This allows the eggs to cook gently, which is essential.) Sprinkle on the nutmeg.
      5. Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for 45 minutes.
      6. It needs to be wobbly when it comes out of the oven. You may think the custard is too thin and isn't properly cooked but don't be tempted to continue cooking past 45 minutes; it will continue cooking after you remove it from the oven.

      Allow the custard to cool down before you serve it. The texture will improve even more if you leave it in the fridge overnight. When you serve it the following day it should be light, wobbly and delicious. It's the ideal light cold dessert for a hot summer day. Serve with either fresh or tinned fruit.

  9. Thanks for the Charles Dowding link - his gardens are dreamy!

  10. Am looking forward to some Weekend Reading - thanks for the links and all of the recent posts on the nitty-gritty of Simple Living - always good to check in and make sure I'm not backsliding! Also so happy to see pictures of Gracie, have been missing her. If I was a blogger or aspiring blogger I would definitely sign up for your course. Maybe once I'm retired! And that custard - so dreamy. . . Beth in MN

  11. I, too, am a blogger and was amused to find that you started your blog one week and one day before I did, also ten years ago! A woman from New Zealand who reads you directed me here to find the link about Nancy Luce as I also write about chickens. What a charming article! And this is how blogging works, isn't it? We find people with whom we share so many things all across the world and what a beautiful thing that is. And now I have found you!

  12. I love your blog, it has a very calming effect on me and I find it helps to read about a gentler world of chickens and gardens and slowing down and living authentically so thank you Rhonda from the bottom of my heart. We need your blog now more than ever! Tonight our capital city, not far from us and with close family living and working there, was attacked again and while it may break our hearts it will never break our spirits 😔

    1. Thanks Catz. Having feedback like this makes me want to keep writing. I saw the reports about the London attack and thought, "not again!". I speak for myself and probably a large portion of my readers when I say we're standing beside you in spirit, Catz. Stay strong. xx

  13. I am late getting here but really enjoy this every week.. Thank you, my friend.. xoxo


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