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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:01

P'doc - amazing.  Well done and I do hope the good you've done for others will outweigh any consequences for you after what you've seen and experienced;

Bushman - hope you stay "up" and that the memories of your trip will be a source of pleasure to get you through any future downs.

Busy - sounds like you need to get stern with your GP or change to one who understands the importance of physio;   Being able to garden is so important to one's well being.

LP sounds like you're having ups and downs too.  Hugs.

DD - have a great time in Paris.   There'll be another parcel on its way to you tomorrow;

We had our Belgian neighbours come to visit on Tuesday and I persuaded them to stay an extra night so we coyuld all go to les Sables d'Olonne yesterday - stroll along the sea wall, fishy lunch and then a stroll round the yacht basin to the Vendée Globe village.  Loads of people but also loads of info so I got you a pack - magazines, booklet on the skippers, world map with the route, stickers of the boats so you can chart their progress, a woolly bonnet, a scarf and a baseball cap with a badge.   Posters in a separate parcel cos, of course, they don't fit.

OH is so impressed with it he wants to go back and get one and also have a closer look at the outdoor clothing on sale at 50 and 70% off........

Guests have now gone, heading to friends near Saumur.   We have enjoyed our day off but now it's back to sorting and an appointment at the bank this pm to sign for our new bank cards and cheques.  Haven't had cheques in Belgium for 20 years so a bit odd.

Gorgeous sunny day so off for walkies and then potting up my front door display of tulips and pansies.

I hope all are well and having a good day;

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 14:08

Busy - agree about planting being the best bit, seconded by the popping of seedlings after careful sowing.   Rasta doggy has arthritis in her right shoulder - much diminished since we arrived here where the climate is drier so I hope it does the same for me.  Anyway, the Belgian vet prescribed one month on and one month off of daily glucosamine sulphamate and it works for humans and horses too so see if you can find some.   Sounds like you also need some good massages form a decent physio/kine so see if you can get your GP to prescribe some sessions.

I love baking but have never tried all the fancy icing and other bells and whistles of the bake-off and, cos I can't afford the calories, only do it for group activities or guests.   However, my new oven is gas so I'm not risking it today.  Need to get to know it first.

Dove - there was dry martini but only in huge bottles, too tall for my cupboard next to the cooker.   I'm hoping the herbs in the Bianco will counteract sweetness.  If not, a drop of vinegar or lemon juice should do the trick.  

GWRS - the vanilla cream terrine is from Delia's Summer book and the spiced plums are as follows:-

Spiced Plums

The plums need to be firm.  If they are too ripe they will start to disintegrate and go mushy.  They will still taste great but not be so pretty.  

12                    plums
275ml              red wine
275g                sugar
3                      star anise
6                      cloves 
1                      cinnamon stick 

Boil the wine, sugar and spices till the sugar is dissolved and it starts to become syrupy.  Wash, halve and stone the plums and simmer them for 2 minutes.  Allow to cool and leave for 48 hours to mature.   Serve cold.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 09:28

No.  They'd already left to visit other friends near Saumur when I thought about it.   Found some Oloroso yesterday at La Roche-sur-Yon but too sweet for what I need and also very pricey. I'm going to experiment with Cinzano Bianco.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:47

Gorgeous morning!  Horizontal sun and lots of silvery mist.  Blue skies above.

We had a double rainbow just before sunset as we drove down the motorway the day we moved.  I took it as a good omen.

Clari - I am not much nearer planting my bulbs either but did buy two new pots for them yesterday because I can't see me being ready to empty the two I had intended to use.   Need some proper rain before their contents can be planted out.

Busy - I hope your X-ray reveals a fixable problem or gets you some physio to heal it.

Best crack on - lamb shoulder is now marinating.  Vanilla cream terrine and spiced plums all done.  Just need to clean house and make beds before first guests arrive at 2ish - our former neighbours in Belgium.

Have a great day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:11

Hugs from me too Busy.  Hope you have a good spot for him.

Clari - definitely should have stayed home.  I hope you keep a formal note of all these calamities that stop you doing your job properly.

Dove - sounds like you hand a great day out.

This morning started cold and grey after another night time rainfall.   decided to stay in and do more sorting and cleaning till it warmed up.  Now to get cleaned up myself and go and try a new SM and DIY store.   Need some light fittings and what we've seen so far doesn't answer.   Sun coming out so dogs will enjoy walkies when we get back.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 13:01

What difference does it make which university she went to.  She has brains and is attractive and fit which all helps with the dancing but may be lacking a few people skills which doesn't matter on the dance floor.

I much preferred her Charleston performance to Anastasia's rumba but have no personal experience of Charleston - except as a line dance - so can't see why the judges preferred the rumba.   Still, no real damage done as no serious contenders have gone yet.

I did enjoy Madness' performance too.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 14:29

It was a Gamm Vert in Angers and there's a Jardiland in La Roche s Y and there's this place, just the other side of Mouthiers-les-Mauxfaits http://www.pepinieres-boutin.com/ which looks like a potential sweetie shop.

Can get Heinz beans here too but too sweet for me so I do my own now.  OH laments brown sauce but I can probably make that, like his lime pickle.   Haven't looked for Marmite so can't say.   I can get a Telegraph or a Mail every day except Sunday's.  It's a mystery as to why there's no Times but, in fact, I treat UK papers as holiday reads and not for every day consumption.

OH has distracted me with light fittings so really must go and unpack my apparel.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 13:26

Hi PJ.  We did in Belgium so will, of course, adapt and look forward to trying new things here.  We've done the beans already but decided we prefer my own version using those beans.   Tried some new cheeses too with unpasteurised goat and cow's milk.  Goat OK but not fussed about the cow.   Plenty more to try.  

When we stayed in a gite for the house signing week, they left us a Vendée brioche - lovely but definitely not for weight watchers.  We are also enjoying fresh fish from the market on Fridays and OH loves the sardines.from St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.

Our neighbour rears Blondes d'Aquitaine sold via a co-op.  Lovely meat and we like Limousin too.

Passed through Angers last week on a garden centre hunt - very good if you want riding clothes or horse gear, dog stuff and garden equipment but short on plants and ordinary pots.   Good looking village.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 12:28

There's odd Busy.  I've used dry martini in the past - nothing else it's good for - so maybe that will suffice but Madeira is good for richer dishes.   They did have very large bottle of dry Noilly Prat but that would be sacrilege - and too tall for my next to cooker cupboard.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 12:11

I hope so, otherwise I have to roll over and climb back up from my knees.   Dodgy lumbar vertebrae and not elegant.

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