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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:26

Yes, Dove, but what flavour ice cream would you choose?

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:21

...and half the fun is making your own labels...made from lemons hand picked by nuns in the vast lemon groves of the Norfolk Fens...

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:20

Oh yes But be warned, like all liqueurs it is v. sweet. I use Lidl vodka.

Time to Chop?

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:16

Many years ago, an old Norfok man told me that to regenerate an apple tree, shoot it on the side opposite the dying area. At the time I was living in London and my apple tree was dying. But the thought of going into a rough looking pub and taking out a contract on my apple tree was more than I could handle, so don't know if this would work!

Garlic planting

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:12

My neighbour swears by planting garlic on the shortist day and harvesting on the longest. I prefer to get them in by late October. I am puzzled that every year there are a few thet don't split into cloves, it can't be lack of cold weather because all the others have managed to split. Am a big fan of elephant garlic, it does well here. I then pickle some of the garlic. If anyone is interested I could dig out the recipe.

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:02

Lemon liqueur;

4 thick skinned unwaxed lemons, 3 cups vodka (675ml), 1 cup granulated sugar (200/225gr)

Soak lemons 1/2 hour in cold water, remove and dry. Use veg peeler to skin lemons with NO pith. Put peels in Kilner jar, add 2/3rds of vodka. Close lid and stand in dark place 72 hours.

Combine 2 cups (450ml) cold water with sugar in saucepan over medium heat till boiling; remove from heat, allow to cool 2 hours. Add this mixture to jar and mix well. Filter through several layers of paper towel into clean jar, replace lemon peels, add last cup of vodka.

Close lid; stand in dark place 36 hours. Filter again, discard lemon peels, let stand for 1 week before using.

This is from The Taste of Italy by Giuliano Bugialli, and it really works.

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:42

I have changed to mains electricity for my greenhouse this winter because paraffin is now soooo expensive, plus you can no longer take the container to be filled. you have to buy the stuff in a new container each time. The heater I have is the equivalent of a 100 watt bulb and has a frost detector wired in to the system.

A friend down the road with a large shed/workshop has installed a smallish stove with chimney for wood/coal. My studio has a calor gas heater, which I only use if I really have to as it smells and exudes humidity.

You wont believe our favorite telly programs.

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:36

Bill, am I right in thinking you live in Canada? When I had an American friend to stay a few years back, he was completely bemused by the English class system; I advised him to watch 'keeping up appearances' and all would be made clear!

My fave is 'Dad's Army', the script and the acting are just so brilliant.

Planting & Staggering !

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:31

I see you live in Bristol, so it should not be too cold; I follow the instructions on the seed packet and a good veg growing book.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 18:24

ZombieG, I made my own staging in an afternoon, and even my builder was impressed! I think the treated timber from Wickes cost about £43. I really enjoyed doing it. (8' long with a shelf underneath; followed a chap on u-tube, but made it more sophisticated than he did) Hurrah for lady pensioners!

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