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Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:33

 I found this poor creature dead on the paving this morning, it is 6" /150 mm long including tail. Is it a Wood Mouse? it seems to have very large ears.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:54

 Pasta alla carbonara

 and the stem ginger and ground almond cake that I posted the recipe for a while back. Hurrah! It seems that every time I put photos into the computer I have to figure out a new way to do it.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:37

Tiger, am having big problems again with photos; I took on of the meal but can't even get it to upload onto computer. Am charging camera battery at the moment in the hope that it will improve things.

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:04

Dove, I'll be a bit North of you, isn't Upwell lovely? If I lived there I would go kayaking on the canal; used to do that on the Thames in London.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:01

OK, so today it is pasta alla carbonara. I believe this recipe came from when the American soldiers arrived in Italy during World War 2; they were given rations of eggs and bacon and they asked the local people to cook these. So this dish was invented.

Cook the spaggetti in the normal fashion, fry some slices of streaky bacon until quite crisp, drain the pasta and return to the pan to which you have added a little butter. 

Over a very low heat add 1 beaten egg per person and some single cream stir gently until egg is cooked, add the broken up bacon and some finely grated Parmesan, sprinkle with fresh flat leaf parsley and serve. I often add some cooked peas to this; it adds a bit of colour.

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 11:45

South of King's Lynn, West of Downham Market; in the middle of the flat Fens. Huge skies and a rather exposed garden. I have been trying for 8 years to grow things over a metal arch that my builder made for me, but half of it is above the fence so any plant is at the mercy of winds from the North East; the rose 'Mermaid' didn't like it and now have 2 Clematis struggling there. Love growing veg, in about 23 sq. metres, also fruit, also have a small flower bed crammed with alliums, roses, self seeded Californian Poppies, Delphiniums geraniums etc. Have loads of biggish pots with spring and summer flowering stuff. My new toy is a proper lean to greenhouse this is my first full year with it. There is a shaded 'woodland' area at the end where it is fun to try out shade loving plants.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 19:02

I have an English palate; what can I do? I don't see the point in eating food that makes my eyes water! Asking us for fabulous recipes at this time of the year is always going to be a disappointment; we are at the tag end of a long winter; nothing much is growing in our vegetable gardens, it is not very inspiring. Just wait a few weeks for when the spring has really started and the sun is shining and we will all be more inspired.

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Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:37

I made a very mild version of your coconut and chicken soup, with NO chilli. It was delicious; the important thing is lots of fresh coriander. I also used ginger instead of galangal as that looked mouldy in the supermarket.

Noooooooo they're awake.........

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 16:36

Are these field mice?

WEATHER this week

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 15:38

Brumbull, what is MPC?

It is raining here in the Fens, and set to rain for about the next 24 hours and then more over the next few days. It means I am forced to do boring paperwork instead of gardening.

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