Latest posts by Obelixx

Fruit Preserving Books

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 10:22

Home-made preserves by Jill Nice (Fontana paperbacks).   organised alphabetically by fruit and very good.  She's the one who put me on to spiced blackcurrant jelly which is a revelation.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 10:18

Where do you find your golden syrup Busy?  It was easy enough in Belgium towards Brussels but I haven't seen it here.  I do have a supply tho.   Currently "exploring" local baking powder and can't find brown rice in the last 2 Leclercs - Clisson and La Roche.

For anyone with too many raspberries and no more jam pots:-

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

 200g             dark chocolate, broken into chunks*
100g             milk chocolate, broken into chunks
250g             pack salted butter
400g             soft light brown sugar
4 large          eggs
140g             plain flour
50g              cocoa powder
200g           raspberries

 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray tin with baking parchment.

Put the chocolate, butter and sugar in a pan and gently melt, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat.

 Stir the eggs, one by one, into the melted chocolate mixture. Sieve over the flour and cocoa, and stir in.

 Stir in half the raspberries, scrape into the tray, then scatter over the remaining raspberries.

Bake on the middle shelf for 30 mins or, if you prefer a firmer texture, for 5 mins more.

 Cool before slicing into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

* I use all dark chocolate - 54% Belgian

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 10:10

Agree about sprout soup or anything with sprouts!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 10:08

Love lots of veggies here and have some excellent recipes and favourite vegetarian dishes too but the mouth watering smells of bacon, pork chops and roast belly pork would all get me off the veggie wagon very quickly.  

Off to a brocante this morning in the nearest we town - smaller than the village we came from but more going on - and it's cool and grey and a bit breezy.   Poor sun seeking holiday makers.

Album setting fixed Papi Jo - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1708%20Clisson?sort=2&page=1 

Hosta - I take a daily Boots no sleep anti-histamine and wear anti fly spray when I go out in the potager end of the garden.  Horse and cow flies a-plenty down there and in our old garden.  No more tennis ball size lumps after bites tho.

Last edited: 12 August 2017 10:09:47

Lifting up webbing

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 22:06

You could do it yourself.   Talk to the neighbours and get a team going.   If they don't agree, leave well alone.

We have recently moved to a new house and garden and have discovered that the previous owners put down a fibrous membrane on old ruins of a former farm building.  They then covered it with fine, grey gravel except for the bits that have concrete blocks put in to hold climbing frame supports.   It's all got to go so we can clear it to create a seating/eating/cooking area and build and plant a pergola all round.   OH has done about 4m square so far.  I suspect it will be more like 40m square by the time it's all cleared.

A nightmare he doesn't know about yet.

If yo do go ahead, pile the stones up in one place and offer them on freecycle or some such.  Someone will want them.   Then you have to be acble to get the webbing to a local dump and then you have all the soil prep to do to uncompact the soil and aerate and feed it to be in condition to grow a lawn and after that, someone has to lay turves or sow seed and then keep it cut regularly.   Are you  up for all that?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 21:54

Liri - I played lacrosse for 2 years at Levenshulme grammar and loved it.  Moved to Lymm grammar where they play stupid hockey and was banished to never ending netball for being dangerous.  How was I supposed to know the rules about sticks over shoulder height?

PP - fabulous pics.  How lovey to have such a view.

Dacha - I did ask how to get vertical!

Am pleased to report that the smoked prawns are perfectly acceptable to eat but not better than normal prawns.  Delighted to report that the chocolate courgette cake is luscious.   Yum yum!   So luscious that Possum didn't pull a "Yuk" when I told her about the courgette - after she'd eaten hers   I have been known to feed her chocolate carrot cake and chocolate beetroot cake in her childhood because she thinks she doesn't like the veggies.

Finally, photobucket has done its thing - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1708%20Clisson?sort=2&page=1 

Last edited: 11 August 2017 21:55:53

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 19:56

I'm sure many do and gay women too.   Stupid to pretend they wouldn't.   Apparently it's Antwerp Pride this weekend.  Not going then Hosta?

Roll on fibre optics in the Vendée!  Been trying to upload my photos to Photobucket for over an hour on the snail line.

Chocolate Tree

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 19:16

We have one in our garden here in the Vendée and bits got killed off in a very unusual -6C this last winter.  I've always thought the common name was Silk Tree........

I did try one years ago in my garden in Harrow after buying it at Abbotsbury gardens.  It didn't last its second winter there.  Died of cold so if you do get one, keep it very well sheltered form strong winds and cold spells.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 19:13

Hello everyone.   Change of plans today.  We went to Clisson instead of La Rochelle.   It's a beautiful village on the Sèvre Nantaise with an old castle high up on a rock.  Mostly destroyed in the Vendée wars along with the town which was rebuilt in Italian style in the 19th C.  Didn't look particularly Italian to me except for a couple of churchy things but it is beautiful with gorgeous stone bridges, narrow streets, an old wooden beamed Halles and the river.

Sunny dry and pleasantly warm all day and we had a very good lunch on the riverside so just snacks tonight - those smoked prawns.

Liri - is that view across to Darwen folly or are there more round there?   Beautiful anyway.

I'd have thought Devon, like the Lake District, should be avoided if at all possible in July and August unless you like queues for the hills and queues for the coast and queues for pretty villages.......

Sporty bits - used to play netball, tennis, swim, throw javelin, putt the shot and do 400m hurdles and cross country.  Skiing and horse-riding in my 30s.  Dancing and skiing in late 40s and 50s.   Just dancing and dog walking now.   Decrepit knees  and hips and that bloody toe and dodgy vertebrae too so no more skiing or riding.

Dacha - yes, if you want to see into or out of your pergola thingy again your do need to cut it back but it could be done judiciously to leave some on the uprights.

FG - hope you get your inversion.

Have a good evening and a great weekend everyone, especially if you have plans.

Advice needed for evergreen fast growing climber

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 18:40

Lots of lovely variegated ivies in cream and gold with small or large leaves to vary the texture.   It would provide habitat for small insects and other invertebrates and,when mature, nectar in late autumn for insects and then berries for birds.   Great plant.

Just make sure the wall is in good condition and well pointed because ivy will find any weaknesses and expand cracks with its aerial roots and this allow in water and frost damage.  It does no harm to sound walls.

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