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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:22

Wet and windy night with gusts so loud they woke me up at 5am.  Finally dozed off again then turned on Radio 4 after OH announced the result and got bloody cricket!

Went to the weekly covered market in Luçon and found some curly kale - not in SMs here - and hake for dinner then went and had a light lunch out.   No sign anywhere of the French muttering about USA elections which was odd.

Distracting myself from gloom (tho I don't think HC would have been any good either) by sorting and listing my seeds so I know what I have before I buy any more.   Might need a couple of glasses of good wine tonight.

Still windy but not really cold, just draughty and occasionally wet.   I hope everyone is tucked up warm and dry and safe.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 18:46

We try and avoid walkies in the dark but have reflective collars and harnesses for when it's unavoidable and OH would don one of those fluo waistcoat thingies you have to have for cars now, in case of emergencies.  Possum has been trained always to have a white or cream scarf and gloves if she's out after dark.  

I don't understand why more people don't wear light or reflective things for their personal safety, especially dark mornings and evenings in contrast deadening orange street lights.

Fish pie looks good but no thanks Dove.  We're having Toulouse sausages from well brought up pork baked with red onions, red peppers and red cherry toms sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and honey.  Sounds odd but it's yummy with some lightly cooked Savoy cabbage.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 18:02

Glad you're home safe Busy.   We've had a light frost yesterday and today some rain and lots of leaves have fallen in the lanes making it slippery underfoot.   Still plenty of green about tho.   More wind and rain expected but not too bad for tomorrow's excursion to a market.

Wonky - glad you're having fun.

Christmas cooking

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 16:22

I have a spare bowl for my Kitchen Aid and it's very useful.   Definitely a plus for getting another Kenwood.

Christmas cooking

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 15:59

Never had a Kenwood Chef.  Always had a hand held mixer and blitzer plus a food processor.   A couple of years OH treated me to a Kitchen Aid which I love and have out on my worktop but I still use the hand held occasionally and wouldn't be without my processor for things like carrot cake or scones or fresh pasta or soda bread or smoked mackerel paté.   I also have a spiraliser which is fun and a wee electric coffee grinder which I use for spice mixes..

The Kitchen Aid is robust and stylish and easy to clean and has attachments for mincing, grating, slicing so is versatile and great for lots of cakes, biscuits, meringues, batters and no doubt could be used for more if I didn't already have the FP habit. 

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Weather station

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:37

We're thinking of buying a weather station to record temps, rainfall, wind speed but there's a bewildering array of options out there.

Does anyone have one they would recommend?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 12:15

Joyce - my GRT was a seedling form a friend's garden which se passed on to me with 3 others when she moved back to the UK.  One survived and is now about 5' tall so should be ready for planting out now.   Need to think about eyelines and sunshine and a liquidambar too though.

Tbird - your weather sounds perfect for your needs.  Hope you have fun with your friend and got your coffee in time.

I used to have discussions with my scientists (English conversation) and their ghast was always flabbered that the UK has no written constitution and goes on custom, precedence and the rule of law.   Couldn't understand the lack of ID cards either from the need to know how many people should be saved in the event of a house fire to working out who's who in other accidents to just plain collecting taxes, voting; opening and accessing bank accounts and so on.

Christmas cooking

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:09

Not so sure about Finnish recipes.   I used to run an international cookery group and the Finnish member's food was not delish!  She did tend towards the Russian peasant end of the "cuisine" tho.   Norwegian lady's food was always brilliant.  The others were Lebanese, German, Greek, Belgian, Iranian, Moroccan, USA and Tex-Mex.  Didn't like Tex-Mex either.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:04

Will you celebrate Hosta?

PDoc - Dove's right.  Humanity has been going to hell in a hand cart for millennia yet we survive.   Some of us even learn and progress and help others do the same so celebrate that rather than focus on the negs.

Sunny start but gone cloudy now and feels cold.   Need to walk the dogs with OH and think about where to plant a golden rain tree to liberate a large pot for more bulbs but am otherwise pottering indoors today.

Christmas cooking

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 20:31

Thanks SV.  Noted for posterity.

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