Latest posts by obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 11:26

Half the votes go to the GBP and Craig's comments to Anita were bound to get people on her side and voting.  She's also the only one left with no dancing experience whatsoever and yet she pulls off an amazing performance each week - not technically perfect but danced with feeling and no fear which is just glorious from someone who is a journalist/presenter with no acting experience either.

Anton is getting the votes from his large bevvy of fans who are pleased to see him with his best partner since the first series.  Katie is also doing well and looks so elegant every time.   Gets fab frocks too which helps.

Georgia and Jay are the best technically of those left but she definitely has the edge on performance.   Kellie is very good and can also perform but isn't well served by the wardrobe and hair people.

I have to say I thought the camera direction and cutting this week was particularly poor. Usual close ups or fuzzy shots or odd angles in the competition dances when we want to see feet and top line together and they missed a lift from Anton and Joanne to focus on the singer's mouth!    Crass.


Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 11:12

I always want garden stuff or kitchen stuff.  OH is resigned to it but Possum always moans that it's boring but that's what I want.  This year it would be more big, attractive plastic pots cos the ceramic ones are just too heavy to heave about when full, timber and paint and help to make some GH obelisks for my clems, some decent new gardening gloves, a magic wand to wave over my hands and nails which are in their usual end of year post gardening blitz state.

Other than that a complete new wardrobe, a new sewing machine cos mine died and a Karcher pressure washer but those aren't going to happen......

I like the idea of a dry stone wall and a new pergola but they'll have to wait for my next garden.

Help please.

Posted: 07/12/2015 at 11:03

No, sorry, but just in case you don't succeed, there's lots of pruning advice on the RHS website.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 20:17

Surprising dance-off candidates but the right one stayed and the right one went.   I really don't think Helen had anything more to give.

Very pleased with the final line up.    

Chicory - still going strong!

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 23:19

I have no idea as I buy them ready to eat, hence the suggestion that you google.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 23:16

Helen, as ever, left me cold.   Didn't see much Paso shaping of arms and hands.   Jay did deserve 4 10s for a lovely, fluid, romantic rumba with good hips and legs and feet.    Loved Georgia's dance and performance.   Anita's performance was outstanding and her technique pretty damn good for such a complicated routine.  Gleb really does push her and Craig was miserable with his comments and points.

Not keen on Kellie's waltz - good performance but didn't like the routine.  Prefer less oomp and more ah in a Viennese.   Nice to see her with an attractive hair style and a half decent frock for once.    Katie was good but not brilliant.   Either of these two can go.

Chicory - still going strong!

Posted: 05/12/2015 at 12:57

I found the following on Google:-

Growing Belgian endive. To produce a blanched head, dig up the chicory root and cut off the top about 2 inches above the crown or top of the root. In a cool, humid place such as an outdoor pit, cold frame, or root cellar, bury the root to force it to produce a blanched sprout: first, cut off the root tip so that the root is 6 to 8 inches long; set the root upright at a slight angle in a box, pot, or other container filled with fine sand or a mix of sand and peat moss just covering the top; water thoroughly, and keep at a temperature of 60° to 70°F. The tight, pale-green head will develop in 3 to 4 weeks.

Have a google yourself for more info.

Chicory - still going strong!

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 14:34

Yes.  Process discovered by accident by a farmer in Overijse, about 30kms frpm here.   The Belgians like bitter leaves but even they draw the line at unblanched chicory, endive  (escarole) and dandelion.

Chicory - still going strong!

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 13:56

Lots of recipes on BBC Good Food.  Just put chicory in the search box.

Chicory - still going strong!

Posted: 04/12/2015 at 12:22

It's a big crop round here - rural central Belgium - and it was all harvested in October.  They take the foliage for cattle feed and the roots go for forcing in the dark to get the pale shoots of chicory which end up on your salad plate or braised to serve with game or be wrapped in slices of ham and baked in a cheese sauce au gratin.

It's so cheap here I have never bothered with growing it myself but friends did last year.  Just stick the roots in buckets of compost, water and keep in a dark cellar till they grow.

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