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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.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 12:09

Joyce - no, it's dry sherry which I don't like but it's good for cooking. 

Pat - we always have cotton sheets but change the weight of the duvet to non, spring or autumn weights and sometimes a patchwork quilt depending on season and temps.    

Chicky - I guess offers will depend on her choice of subject.  What does she want to study?

We are just back from walking the dogs.  Cold and grey turned into deceptively warm and sunny so didn't even get through the gate before needing to remove jackets and scarves.   Lovely walk round the neighbouring lanes and fields.    No potatoes or sugar beet here, just pastures and sweetcorn for fodder so far but some well tended and productive looking veggie plots in gardens.

Lunch next, then wardrobe sorting.   The pile of cartons is slowly diminishing and OH found my missing spices used as ballast in teh otherwise heavy jams and chutney carton.   That's a relief as I've seen no cardamom or Sechuan peppercorns or tamarind and so on here yet and we've done 3 big and 2 smaller SMs.   Markets used to be a good source in Belgium but the reputed biggest and best is at Challans, the other side of La Roche, and we've not yet had time to go and explore it.

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