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BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 10:44

Snow - definitely wishful thinking but we can live in hope, can't we.   Gardeners have to be optimistic.   

Agree with your earlier post too except for CB.   He's a clever chap and could do both except he might need a time turner to fit it in with his other activities.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 09:16

Freezing.  -12C on Monday morning and not getting above freezing by day so far this week.   Should be warmer for the weekend though but only 3C and there's all the snow to melt and soak into frozen ground.  No gardening for a while here yet.

Indoor jobs then for me too.   Enjoy!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 17:31

Well done Frank.

Getting warmer here - only -8C this morning - and set to be frost free again by Saturday but yes, February can be the hardest month here too so no rush to get going but I do need to do some maintenance and mending on trellis panels and posts as soon as it's OK.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 17:29

Mr T gave it up and handed over to Monty.   Quel désastre!

Even when he covered plants or projects I can't grow or wouldn't attempt he made it interesting and fun.

Since this person is to be an extra, rather than a  replacement, I think they could do with a garden pests and diseases expert to do regular features on how to identify and how best to treat in a wildlife friendly manner.

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 15:32

Chris Beardshaw or Matthew Wilson for me.   Both fully qualified, with wide experience and are articulate so can communicate their knowledge and enthusiasm to others.  

Unlikely to happen though as both would show up Monty's shortcomings.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 09:16

I think it might be a Delia Smith recipe so better give her credit.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 17:28

Fidget do it for Xmas gatherings, especially if you don't like Xmas pud.

Frank - don't tell 'em till you serve it then you can have a wee taste and not upset the diabetes bit if you eat low GI stuff for the rest of the day.

Hogweed - This is a good one.

Sticky Citrus and Ginger Cake

200g                        dates , stoned

200g                        butter , cut in pieces

300g                        dark muscovado sugar

2                             eggs

50g                         fresh or frozen root ginger , grated

1                             lemon or orange , grated zest

200g                        self-raising flour

1                             Bramley apple (about 250g/9oz) peeled and chopped into pea-sized pieces

Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3.  Prepare a 20cm round cake tin (about 8cm deep) with baking parchment.

Put dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water.

Heat the butter in a small pan until melted, and stir in the sugar. Allow to cool slightly then beat in the eggs, ginger and lemon zest.

 Drain the dates and chop them finely. Scrape them into the pan too, and mix well.

 Stir in the flour, then apple. Spoon into the cake tin, put the tin on a baking sheet (this stops the base browning too much) then bake for about 1¼ hrs, until well risen. A skewer stuck into the cake should come out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Leave it to cool in the tin. 

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 14:36

It's easy Frank.  Make your favourite sticky ginger cake then layer slices in your trifle dish.  Top with well drained tinned mandarines and pour over some Cointreau to moisten it all.   Make a proper thick egg custard with several nuts of preserved stem ginger (to taste) chopped in small pieces then pour over the base.  Leave to cool then top with slightly sweetened whipped cream and chill.   Decorate with slivers of preserved stem ginger and/or toasted sliced almonds.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 13:28


I have to drive 60kms to the English shop to get proper ginger nuts and only use them as a base for lemon cheesecake.   However, I do make a ginger biscuit occasionally when I want something more chewy and I find a very sticky home made ginger cake is the bees knees for my ginger and orange trifle with cointreau drizzle and bits of stem ginger in the custard.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 11:42

Make your own?  Biscuits are easy.

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