Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

The Virtual Café

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:34

Vergeoise is a soft brown sugar made from sugar beet. Comes in light and dark brown. The darker one has more flavour. If you can't find soft brown sugar then demerara sugar is fine.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 08:55

I keep trying to think up ways of using courgettes, always have too many at once. Last night we had baked veg, courgettes, red onion, runner beans, tomatoes, basil,cream cheese in it and topped with cheddar and baked in the oven. The juices ran into the rice we had with our fish, which was nice.

Fruity Courgette Cake

 6 oz butter

12 oz Vergoise soft brown sugar

2 eggs

12 oz SR flour & 1tsp baking powder

12 oz grated courgettes, including skin

12 oz mixed dried fruit

2tbs marmalade

Slosh of milk  (so it’s easier to mix, less stiff)

1 tps Cinnamon

1 tps4 épices or mixed spice


 Grease and line a 10” round cake tin. Oven at 180°, turn down to 160° after 20 mins

 Cream the softened butter with the sugar until pale, beat in the eggs.

Fold in the flour then the milk and the other ingredients.

Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour.


 Beat large pot of cream cheese, Philadelphia type, with zest of an orange, icing sugar to taste and a spoon of marmalade.

Last edited: 22 August 2017 08:56:44

Shrubs for Planter

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 08:11

So long as you feed and water regularly and use good compost, like John Innes No.3, you can grow almost anything in a large pot. I use soil mixed with manure and compost, then I top up with compost to keep weeds down. I have climbing roses and a golden philadelphus (which is in the shade) in a pot, which has masses of scented white flowers in early summer. I think the NW facing and a bit exposed is more critical as I imagine there will be less sun and many shrubs like sun. Go to the garden centre, see what you like and ask advice about growing conditions and eventual height.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:58

Morning all.
What a shock for your friend, Joyce, hope she's OK.

Great that it's going so well DD. I almost came for the TV day but I was busy and it's not next door! OH was away.

Bother about the garden prog. I'd noted it down but last night was warm and OH wanted to linger over dinner under the terrace pergola so I forgot it.

38 gardening club to my BBQ tonight. Secretary told me it would be about 20 when they asked me to host it. She must have forgotten the husbands and wives!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 21:39

I'm too busy for both too, this one was first.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 21:31

Like Fairy, I was wondering where Topbird was so I looked her up. She's posting on the Resurrected thread now instead of here. Hasn't been here since 10th July. Rather miss her. Others are there too who used to be here.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 13:16

Need to keep motivated, Dacha! Or I'd sit in front of the TV all day.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 13:09

Hello all.

Fingers crossed for Lily P.

Been shopping for meat for Gardening Club BBQ tomorrow evening. Latest count - 38 coming. Must do the marinades and make a cake for the cake competition. Tomorrow I'll do a flower arrangement for the flower arrangement competition.


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 16:58

Do the leaves smell like your blackcurrant?

Which plants over drains

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 16:56

You needs shrubs with shallow, fibrous roots, like Hydrangeas, Berbéris, Viburnums, Lilac. If you have acid soil then azaleas and camellias could be OK, but azaleas like some shade.

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