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Visit: Melton Mowbray

The first weekend of October was the East Midlands Food and Drink Festival in Melton Mowbray.

The Make, Do and Spend team – B, C, D and E – enjoyed a lovely Saturday afternoon of Autumn sunshine, beer, street food and regional produce in the UK’s rural capital of food.

We came away with plenty of cheese and chilli based treasures to savour! Here are a few snaps from our day…

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Watch: Polaroids in 2012

I’m excited…

I’ve always wanted a Polaroid camera

When I was younger my parents once bought me a mini one, which printed off tiny sticker photos

Which was great – until it ran out of film

And that’s the problem with Polaroid – it really is great fun, but it’s not easy or cheap to buy – especially now the company have stopped production of much of the film

You can pick the cameras up in charity shops for a couple of quid, but the film takes more than a few coins (I’ve seen just a couple of packs of out of date, original film going for £200 on eBay!)

This is where The Impossible Project steps in

Based in the Netherlands, they were original a group of 10 former Polaroid employees who wanted to help people continue to take instant snaps (without the need for digital)

They’ve recreated a number of types of film – in colour and b&w – and although it’s still not as cheap as 35mm film, it’s not going to bankrupt anyone

And now they’ve moved into something new – everyone seems to love their Instagram aps on their iPhones… why not create a device which take them from digital image to Polaroid-style print

Genius! (I’ll be interested to see how much these go on sale for…)

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Do: Pick your own Jam

‘It’s a bit late in the season, you’ll be lucky to find any” we were told as we collected our empty punnets and embarked on our pick your own adventure.

After some groveling in hedgerows we emerged a kilo of raspberries heavier and had impressed our host with our determination. We visited Whetstone Pastures farm set in a beautiful part of the south Leicestershire countryside.

After a busy morning fruit picking in the sunshine we headed home to make late picked raspberry rhubarb and stem ginger jam.

I’m quite a fan of this flavour combination, this jam is like a little piece of summer captured in a jar to help me through the cold winter months. To make 14  jars of our rhubarb raspberry and stem ginger you will need:

  • To pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees c
  • 14 250ml- 300ml capacity jam jars and lids- or thereabouts, saving and recycling your old ones makes jam making much cheaper than buying them specially!
  • 1kg raspberries
  • 1kg rhubarb
  • 2kg sugar- I used a mix of granulated and preserving sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • A large pan to cook it all in-my 5 litre pan was just about large enough!
  • A jam thermometer. I really recomend investing in one of these as they provide the most accurate way to measure the setting point of your jam and are available fairly inexpensively.
  • a measuring jug
  • stem ginger diced into small chunks.
  • silicone paper circles, cut to the size of the mouth of your jam jars.

These quantities do make rather alot of jam. The basic rule is equal quantities of fruit to sugar.

Wash your freshly picked fruit to get rid of any beasties that may be lurking.

Place the rhubarb and sugar into your large pan with a splash of water and simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring regularly until the rhubarb is soft. Add your raspberries and attach your jam thermometer to the side of your pan, turn up the heat a little to bring the mix to the boil. Stir regularly and keep a close eye on your jam thermometer, cook the jam until it reads 104 degrees c (This will be clearly marked on your thermometer with a red arrow as ‘Jam’!) This takes around 35-40 minutes.

Take your jam of the heat as you prepare your jars.

Thoroughly wash your jars and lids in hot soapy water. Rinse clean and place the jars on a baking tray. Transfer the tray into your pre-heated oven for 5-10 minutes. Scoop off and discard any froth that may have settled on the surface of the jam with a spoon- these are impurities from the sugar and may crystallise as the jam cools down in the jars.

Decant the jam into the measuring jug and pour strait into the prepared jars while they are still hot. Sprinkle in a few pieces of chopped stem ginger (These will sink into the jam as it sets) place a silicone paper circle onto the top of your jam to create a seal and then screw the lid tightly onto the jam jar.

Adding the jam to the jar whilst both are still hot creates an airtight vacuum, sealing the jam as it cools preventing any bacterial contamination (ie mould!) Leave your jam jars to cool completely- I left mine overnight.

And now you have jam!

Delicious spread liberally over toast, crumpets or scones. These make brilliant presents too  i’m planning to send these out at Christmas (Yes i’m starting my Christmas prep now! Is that a little sad?) If sealed properly will last 6-8 months stored in a cool dry place.

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Visit: The lake district


Three swift weeks have passed since my summer holiday, It feels oh how quickly work takes over once again.

So, when I finally got around to developing my films I was reminded of the adventures we had had, exploring unknown territory, sights and tastes and how we enjoyed rooftop views of Ambleside and beyond. The lake district is beautiful. Despite the continual rain! Can I go back now please?

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Do: Leicester LoFi

We met through Leicester Lo-Fi Photography so we’re very excited to be exhibiting our film photography together at the The Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery

The gallery was once the city’s central library, but is now a community space – part of which is dedicated to showcasing the work of local snappers

Saturday was exhibition opening day and the founding members of Leicester LoFi hosted Lo-Fi : DIY  – an opportunity for aspiring photographers to have a go at some alternative printing techniques.

So, armed with cake, we went down to the gallery to join in the fun…



One of the workshops on offer was sunprinting.

Sunprinting creates a rich prussian blue print similar to a cyanotype-a photographic process that dates back the 1800’s and heavily influenced the evolution of photography.

All you need for solar powered photography is:

  • Light sensitive paper
  • sunlight
  • water

Out of direct sunlight place shapes and translucent objects, such as feather and lace onto your paper, then take your print out into the sunshine.

Wait a few minutes whilst the blue areas of your photographic paper turn from blue to white then pop them into some water and watch the colours reverse!

You can also tint your prints with detergent so they turn yellow or sepia.

To find out more about Leicester LoFi (They sell badges!) Visit the website: here

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