Latest posts by Obelixx

The Virtual Café

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 12:13

LP - a lot of the cakes with veg in taste better the day after they're made and most banana cakes are better 2 or 3 days later - assuming you can plan ahead for guests.

I have a chocolate courgette cake in the oven.   Never done it before but am told it's good.   Just done half the quantities in a 7" square tin tho.

Chocolate Courgette Cake – best eaten the day after baking

 450g                         courgettes - peeled and finely grated
180g                         cooking chocolate, grated
125ml                        grape seed oil
125g                         softened butter
360g                         soft brown sugar
1 sachet                    vanilla sugar
3                              eggs
350g                         flour 
pinch                        salt
1 sachet                    baking powder
3tbs                         cocoa powder
130ml                        milk

Peel, de seed and grate the courgette then squeeze dry in a clean tea towel.

In the processor, combine the oil, butter and sugar then add the eggs and all the other ingredients in turn till well combined.

Pour into a prepared 10 inch square cake tin and bake at 180C for 45 mins or till done.

Allow to cool in the tin then turn out and cover with a chocolate ganache.


Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 12:08

I'll stick with the short version PD.

What kind of tree is this, Zakynthos, Greece?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 12:00

Given the climate difference between Greece - hot, dry, no frosts, plenty of light even in winter - and Sweden I think you might be able to grow one in a very tall conservatory with added daylight bulbs.

When you get home, look up robinias suitable for the Swedish climate and ask at you local nursery or garden centre if there are any other trees with similar foliage.

Last edited: 10 August 2017 12:01:41

New Wisteria pruning advice

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:58

The pruning not only keeps it to shape and size but also promotes production of flowering spurs.   I have a young, white one in a pot waiting for a permanent home and have done the pruning of longer tendrils, partly to keep it to its current frame support but also to encourage flowers.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:56

Good grief.  The man is a two-faced, double standard, patronising, self-delusional, dishonest (even for a politician), money grabbing a**ehole!  And that's the short version.

Takes all sorts I suppose.

Snap PD.  Toulouse sausages taken out of the freezer an hour ago for dinner tonight.  Courgette fritters for lunch, a bit later cos I made Possum some banana and blueberry muffins for breakfast and she only surfaced 50 mins ago.   Since the oven is on and I have excess grated courgettes I've got a "healthy" chocolate courgette cake in there now.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  Best eaten the following day apparently but the spatula licking tasted good.

Mystery bush

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 10:16

Even bushes are babies at first Chloe and it's definitely not a herbaceous perennial so bush it is.  That looks like goat willow to me too and needs pulling out before it gets too big and its roots really take hold.

Anti dog bush!

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:47

I don't want to rain on your parade but if my pair (a Lab and a Wheaten terrier) see, hear or smell something, nothing keeps them off the beds.  I've had to fence a new bed off in this new (to me) garden to stop them trampling it while they "wave" at next door's dog.   

Having said that, any sturdy shrub should do well and there are all sorts of shapes and sizes from horizontal conifers and cotoneasters to more upright version plus more roses, hebes, euonymous fortunei  (evergreen varieties) , lavenders, osmanthus, pittospermum if you're not exposed, patio version of buddleia and so on.

Chris on Beechgrove

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:40

I think he's great too - so knowledgeable and clever with design and keeping up with new techniques and plants whilst loving the old too and communicating it all so well.  

Had a chat with him at Chelsea in 2007 - the only designer to stand outside his garden and meet people.  Another old poster - Rhoda Dendron - and I quizzed him about hebes (old GW joke),  Flying Gardener and Hidden Gardens.  He was very friendly.  I've since seen Matthew Wilson and Adam chat to people too and let them take photos whereas Monty just turns his back.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 09:33

TB is not a good way t o start or even end a day.  What were the Beeb thinking?

Have been for my blood test and, as ever, te nurse had trouble finding a vein so I'm full of holes in both arms.   Now I'm having a coffee before I attempt anything else.   Feeling fresh out there.  16C now but a wind chill - in August for heaven's sake - that makes it feel like 11C. 1.5mm of rain is the storms that failed to appear which makes 60mm since mid Jan.

I shall go and weed anyway as soon as I've finished Possum's new top.

AR - we've been watching John Torode in Korea so ordered up some spices and pastes to try a few recipes.  The Korean blast will now be this weekend and Possum can help.

Didn't watch the Partition programme cos I knew I'd get cross.   The Foreign Office had no idea then and probably still no idea now.  Same sort of chaps who did the partition of Africa between Britain France and Germany in the 1880s with no regard to geography or tribal territories.   Where do these people get "educated"?

Hope OH gets better soon Pat.   I leave mine alone if he's rude enough to get grumpy when I'm looking after him but I do ply him with drinks and tempting morsels or just soup.   He likes soup.

RG - I have been known to have words with plants about doing or dying.  Seems to work most times.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 21:36

Being late to the parenting game means we have been restricted to school terms since 2000 when she started in primary school.   One more year of bachelor's then 2 of Masters and we'll be free although restrictions now are more about her coming to see us rather than us going on hols.   Definitely planning to stay at home for future school and college hols.

What's already been done to that church is sacrilege.   Surely no architect involved there, just a bodger.

Got distracted sewing today and t'other pair said nothing till 9pm so threw together a quick stir fry rather than the Korean blast I'd been plotting.   Another night then.

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