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Well, ot quite as bad as 16 bridesmaids skirts all the same, but still...

Six coats all at the ready-for-fitting stage by 3pm yesterday.
Three frocks likewise...
Last frock will be ready for fitting by lunchtime.  Fitting for this and
one coat at 3pm today...

5 coats fitted and hems pin marked for turning up.  Couple need pockets
moving (in-seam D pockets, so easy to pop out and shift up 2"), one
needs longer tie...

One frock needs taking up on shoulders and neckline then re-cutting so
it doesn't choke the lass!  5 now have hems marked...

Coats need:
Hems up
Shoulder tabs
Buttons
Buttonholes

Frocks need:
Hems up
One shoulder & neck alteration
one frock putting together (it's going well).

I need coffee!  Luckily Himself's hand has recovered from surgery*
sufficiently that making coffee is something he can do.

*Carpal tunnel surgery of right hand last Wednesday: the lass wot did it
said it REALY needed doing, so we were glad this cancellation slot came up!
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I'm glad Alan's surgery went so well.  And I'm really glad he's up to making
the coffee.....I need a cup after just reading all this!!  Good going,
Kate!

Sharon
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pig.

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Sharon Hays wrote:
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The alteration done and dusted, and the frock completed for
fitting/fixing hem length.  Now to get on with the coats...

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Hurray for Alan, and Kate needs her support staff with all that work to do!
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James has been a super-hero!  He's turning into an excellent cook, and
did Greek salad for lunch and Blamanger of Chicken (our fave mediaeval
dish!) with peas fpr dinner.  He also cooked Tuesday's dinner - venison
burgers, oven bakes 'sauste' potatoes with garlic, and baked tomatoes &
mushrooms.

He and Alan did the menus for next week too!

The current mad sewing fest will be done by Wednesday: I then have until
mid May to complete the Victorian corset, drawers, chemise, skirt and
bodice, and a Regency pelisse!  The corset will be fine as I've done the
fitting for that.
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"Kate XXXXXX" wrote...
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He's a good man, Alan, and I'm glad his wrist(s) is (are) well again. And
yes, you've got a lovely boy there, although he doesn't look it at first
sight. ;-) Gotta go, dinner... (No, I've still got to make it. <sigh>)

U.



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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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James tends, like most adolescent lads, to suffer from bouts of Teenage
Grumpus!  ;)  MOST of the time he's fine, but he's so large that if he
gets a sulk on him, it kinda spreads...  And he LOOMS!  :D

They are both wonderful and put up with a lot from me...  Jams even
helped sew buttons on this lot this evening, made coffee for the
customers, went and quarried in the stash for coat hangers, and was a
generally cheeful gofer.

Everything is done and delivered, and I'll put pix up when I've eaten
and my paws have recovered!  My dinner is out of the freezer...  Home
made a couple of months ago, and stashed for just such an emergency!

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Yeah well, I remember those days of my youth and I think I must have been
far worse. But in my days there were no computer games to hide behind, just
books on the loo. ;-) Plus, I had brothers who were always better in most
anything, so I didn't get any praise, no matter what I did. <sigh> It must
be nice to be a single child...

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An amazing young man, indeed. Man enough not to be above helping his mom,
whatever it is. I guess he'll grow into just the kind of guy to partner the
self-confident 21st-century woman; happy to be together with a successful
woman without being a wimp (or whatever it's called). It's nice to hear of a
promising youth once in a while. ;-)

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Yes, I know that type of dinner. I had that in my freezer when I was still
at university. There were days when I was so down that I didn't even like
stuff from the pizza man. I had some portions of home-made bean soup from
beans out of my garden. Do you know something similar, soup of green beans?
It's called 'Schneiderscourage' (Tailor's courage), don't ask me why, but it
was heaven to come home and indulge in this type of meal. And isn't
microwave the greatest thing since sliced bread? ;-) Hope you enjoyed your
meal.




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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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My parents were very strange...  They praised each and every one of us
for the things we did well or tried hard at (even if the results were a
failure!).  They taught us how to think for ourselves and to do all the
practical things: bro can cook, iron his own shirts, run his own
house...  Us three sisters can change fuses and plugs, paint walls, mix
concrete...

My mum wanted a bookacse for the bedroom Big Sis and I shared.  She went
to evening classes and built one.  40+ years later she still uses it.  I
wanted a shed.  I helped Alan put the roof on it!
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There are lots of them about.  Trouble is, we really only hear the bad
stuff.  MOST kids are just fine if you look beyond the general
anti-teenager attitudes of the press.
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I did!  Do you have a recipe for that soup?  It sounds like it would be
lovely, and just the ting for those 'I'm too tired/busy/in pain to cook'
days.

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"Kate XXXXXX" wrote...
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Not strange, good! I'm sure that my life would have looked a lot different
with a little bit more praise. But at least none of us was ever discouraged
if they wanted to learn skill typical for the other gender. Anyway, from
where I am now I can see that the burden my parents put on my back is just a
fraction of what theirs (and WW II) put on their backs. So I mustn't
grumble, especially since I've been able to learn to cope with it. Mind you,
what is perfect in this world? ;-)

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You know what I think? 'Gender specific work' is an invention of snobbish
upper classes (or patriarchic forces, depending on how ultra feminist you
want it ;-)) ; in the olden days, the farmer and his wife had cope with
whatever workload was there, and if you were a poor man's wife you couldn't
tend your sewing basket all day but had to give your husband a hand out in
the field or where ever he worked. Made you an equal, though, and
uncomfortably self confident I can imagine. Ah well, I'm drifting off and
haven't got the time to follow this road (coffee at mum's and dad's).

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Yes, it would, especially since it's got the right name. ;-) As for the
recipe, it's one of those you learn from you mother and never get proper
amounts, more like 'take this special pot and fill it to here with water,
then add this bowl full of whatever'. It'll take a while for me to translate
and write down the right measurements, but then I'll gladly share it. If you
think it might be of interest to the entire group I'll post it here. Sorry,
gotta go now, getting myself and everything ready for the afternoon out.
Promised to bring 'Waffeln' and whipped cream, made the batter, DH is baking
them. Anyway, still loads to do. Have a very happy Easter,

U.



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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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If you just say 'fill a saucepan 2/3 full of whatever', I'm sure we can
all work it out from there.  I have recipes that start with 'Take the
carcas from Sundays roast chicken, break into large chuinks, put in a
soup pot and cover with water...  ' and go on from there!  However much
soup you end up with depends on the size of the chicken to start with,
how much stock you make, and the quantity of leeks you happen to own
that day.  :D

Today may be Easter Sunday, but I really *NEED* to tidy up the sewing
stuff and get all the bits dragged out from wherever put away again
properly, leaving out only the stuff that is In Progress, and all that
neatly bagged and ready to roll!

I'll parcel up your fabrics and shirts and get them off to you, and
follow as soon as possible with the patterns and the new toile (without
godets) so you can see what it looks like.  :)

I'm in a right old mess hear (more so than usual!), and some easy-peasy
been soup in vats in the freezer would make life so much simpler!

I am going to TRY to clear the decks enough to finish Vickey's Knickers
- the Victorian bloomers for Vicky the Customer!
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'Tailor's Courage' (Schneiderscourage)

"Kate XXXXXX" wrote...
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OK, I did my best, I hope I translated the essential ingredients correctly.
Don't hesitate to ask if I didn't express well enough. Here goes:

Tailor's Courage (enough to feed a small army or freeze for many unhappy
days as a 'comforter'
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2 l cold water
500 g of boiling meat (beef, with fat, bones and some nice meat)
1 bay leaf
5 allspice berries
½ Tb peppercorns
1 - 2 Tb salt

 Let it boil up and then simmer for about 1 hour. Or just use stock cubes
for 2 l of broth.

Add
4 Mettwürstchen (German pork sausage, smoked and soft, not hard like salami)
in slices
or about
2 cups of baconbits. The taste of smoked pork is essential!

Add diced (in order of appearance while the pot is already beginning to
heat):

1 bit of celery root
1 parsley root (optional)
1 small parsnip (optional)
1 - 3 carrots (matter of taste)
6 or so potatoes (size of chicken eggs, and anyway, it's a matter of taste)
1 sprig of lovage (fresh, don't bother with the dried stuff, don't know
about frozen)
½ - 1 leek (matter of taste)

Add last (in case of the stock-cube version when everything has begun
boiling)
1 kg fresh green beans cut into 4 cm-pieces (not the princess ones, should
be thicker) or the same stuff, frozen. If you want to freeze the stew, don't
use tinned green beans, they'll disappear into nothingness after thawing.

Let boil until everything is done (watch the beans, they tend to overcook,
at least with me ;-))
Take out the boiling meat, pick it over and return the nice parts in small
pieces into the soup.
Season to taste with salt, ground pepper, perhaps more stock cubes.
If you like hot Dusseldorf mustard, put some on the soup to go with the
beef. Chopped fresh parsley on top is nice, too.

Guten Appetit! ;-)

U.





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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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Excellent.  I can work out a nice lower fat (essential for me) version
using beef stock, a little roast beef, a reduced fat 'German saussage',
and work from there.  I dare say every tailor's wife did their own
version anyway, so little variations here and there aren't a problem.
It's soup, after all, not Pavlova cases, where the slightest deviation
from the recipe and method results in soggy, flabby things rather than
crisp pavlova that snaps into a suggary, powdery mess when you bite it
(as it should!) :D

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Kate:  I answered this yesterday, but it seems to have disapeared into
cyberspace.

Anyhow, I do just about everything lowfat these days - save the fats for
when they really DO make a difference - and the way I do something like
this is I split it into two days.  The firat day I prepare the stock,
just pop all the ingredients into the Crock-Pot and let it simmer all
night.  The next morning, strain it, put the meat on a plate and the
liquid into a glass jug and refrigerate both.  Leave them there all day.
  Then when the fat has risen to the top and hardened, I take it out and
either discard it or save it to use as dripping, put the rest ofthe
stuff into the pot and carry on from there.  If I do the second stage
also in the slow cooker it will take care of itself while I get on with
other things - like reading a novel, maybe if I am not desperately sewing.

Ursula, this sounds like a great recipe.  I have printed it out and will
file it after I have tried it.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans







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Olwyn Mary wrote:
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That sounds like the standard way mum taught me to make stock.  We both
always hated greasy soup!  ;)   have a fat separating jug, so I can
speed things up a bit, but I'm thinking of cheating and using stock
cubes this time out, as we so rarely eat beef (it's one of the things I
can only cope with in miniscule quantities well spaced!).

I alternate the slow cooker and the pressure cooker, and have been known
to use both in one recipe!  :D

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I find the fat separating jug does not do such a good job as putting the
hot juices into the fridge and letting the fat rise up then solidify. OK
if you are in a major hurry, but the slower way is better.

I never, ever, use commercial stock cubes.  Too much "ingredients) for
my taste.  OTOH, I always have stock in the freezer.  Every bone which
comes into the house goes through the stockpot, and I occasionally buy
beef or pork bones just to make stock to have available when needed.  In
my house, "stock cubes" refers to homemade stock which I freeze in an
ice cube tray, then pop out and store in a freezer bag.  Two or three
are usually just the think to deglaze a pan or whathaveyou.

Interesting note about pressure cookers.  I discovered it was more and
more difficult to find the sealing rings for my old one, so gave it to
the church rummage sale and bought a new one.  The new one is easier to
use, but takes decidedly longer.  For instance, the beef stew recipe
used to take quite a while to get up steam, but then had to cook for 12
minutes.  In the new one, you don't have to wait for it to get up steam
then put the pressure valve on, but it takes half an hour to cook the
stew beef.  Oh well, perhaps the total elapsed time is about the same, I
shall have to stand in the kitchen and time things completely one of
these days.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.




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Olwyn Mary wrote:
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I think a pressure cooker is a pressure cooker, old or new.  You could
have done the same thing with the older one, and I have done sometimes
when it was inconvenient to stand around waiting for the steam to start
coming out.  Same with the new one.  If you l like, you can wait to put
the weight on instead of starting out with it in place.

The seals are still available, but a little hard to find because there's
so little demand for them anymore.  Microwaves and convection ovens seem
to be the current hurry-up processes.  Sometimes a pressure cooker is
just the thing, though, since it tenderizes shoe leather and other tough
bits.
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I coudn't live without mine, and when the old one broke (the handle
broke, and the newer ones, which are otherwise exactly the same), have a
different fitting.  Mind you, the old one cost me a quid at a rummage
sale, and I asked for the new one for Christmas, so neither cost me
much!  :)  Mind you, the new one is now over 10 years old and they've
'updated' it again...

Mine is the slightly older version of the Prestige High Dome 5L cooker
with the 3 piece presseure knob.  I can cook at 5, 10, or 15 PSI.
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You can even get a pressure cooker that works in the microwave!  I
wonder if it can have a meal ready before you decide what you want for
dinner?
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CLOFF!  Need to wipe monitor...

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