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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.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 09:11

Supposed to be replacing trellis panels today, taking them from one place and moving to another but -12C this morning so, apart from dog walking, we're staying tucked up.

Have given the birds extra rations.

lei landie

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 18:58

Have a look at this thread -

It should help.

organic pest control

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 15:40

Sounds good but wouldn't work with our dogs.   However, neighbours have a riding school and arable farm and NO 2 son is now raising native Belgian poultry for eggs and meat so I may just ask to borrow some of his to clear out the potager in spring if I can fence it against the dogs.

organic pest control

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 15:13

I gave up metaldehyde based pellets some years ago and use the organic approved ones.  The secret is to do it little and often so I start on Feb 14th cos it's easy to remember - or the Ides of March in a normal winter here) and scatter a few round susceptible plants like daffs, hemerocallis, hostas and clematis whose new shoots are like caviar to slugs.

Repeat weekly or after heavy rain - whichever is more frequent.  I've had great hostas in the borders since doing this and no chewed shoots on the others.   The idea is that you get them as they emerge form hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they start to munch and breed.  I can't be bothered going round hunting with scissors and/or salt but any I do find when pottering and weeding I chuck in teh road for instant splatting by passing traffic.

For lily beetles, I use the catch and squish method and find they are easiest to catch at around tea-time so late afternoon for some reason.  For aphids, I hang bird feeders near roses and they obligingly hoover them up to feed to their nestlings.    No sprays here.

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