Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

November 16th-30th 2010

Tuesday 16th November - Overstrand Remembers, First Frosts and Demons!

On Sunday at St Martins Church; Overstrand remembered the fallen war heroes at the Remembrance Day Service. It is sad to reflect on the loss of lives, the poppy wreaths and tributes surrounding the War Memorial will continue to remind us during the months to come of those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The first frost of autumn was crisp on our front lawn on Monday morning, just a few yards closer to the sea; our back garden was totally frost free. Not so on Tuesday when the top of the chicken’s coop was white and the edges of the grass crunched as I walked across to move their run and let them out to scratch about. The days have been outstanding, clear blue skies with bright sunshine, it feels good to be out, wrapped up well with scarves and gloves; I can ignore the cold frosty starts with fresh clear days like these.

I have just started an ‘Out and About’ directory page on my site, it is surprising just how much there is to do and see without straying far from the village, I still have quite a number of entries to add and will no doubt continue to build on this section. I have also inserted another website to my Links page; headed Coastal Erosion, this connects to a short video

I amassed all the ingredients in my kitchen on Friday afternoon to make the mix for our Christmas Pudding. I like to leave the mixture overnight and cook the following day; this allows time for the fruits to plump up, enhancing the flavour. I chose a recipe from several in a 1923 edition of Mrs Beetons Household Management. This is a fascinating book passed down to me by Peter’s Mum, it is full of all the information you would have needed to run a household, the photographs and sketches of elaborate table decorations, assorted jelly moulds, pots and pans, cookers etc. serve as a reminder as to how different our domestic lives are now.

I like to keep a stock of mutton cuts in the freezer, so after eating our last joint on Sunday, a trip to Aylsham Farmers Market was called for on Saturday morning. In the past we have bought half leg joints, racks and neck fillets but this time we bought

Decision time at Aylsham Market

Jelly Cottage Plant Stall

a mutton chump roasting joint and two leg steaks plus four loin lamb chops. The market is held on the first and third Saturday each month and in addition to Green Farm’s Lamb and Mutton, there is usually beef, pork, fish, cheese, preserves, fruit and vegetables, eggs and plants stalls. The plant stall had a very impressive array of seasonal baskets, arrangements and wreaths as well as individual plants, it was the door wreaths which caught my eye, I think when we return in December to stock up again with mutton, we will purchase one of these.

Green Farm Lamb & Mutton Stall

Saturday 27th November - Moussaka, Colour in the Garden and Snow Flurries

Nathan Boon’s Mutton Moussaka is a dish not to be missed, very tasty and included on the Spanish & Greek Night menu at the White Horse on Wednesday evening. I always advocate using lamb and not beef in Moussaka but mutton was even better producing, along with the aubergines, sauce and cheese, an authentic dish. Nathan’s individually prepared Moussakas were a sell-out and late-comers were disappointed! Starting with, for me a Vegetable Tempura with dips and for Peter a Sweet Potato Soup, this was a very enjoyable evening and well worth braving the inhospitable weather.

Final Bloom?

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