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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.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 17:38

You have to be drunk - or tone deaf - to like it.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 17:14

Sorry RB but if I go out for an evening with music it's usually to dance and you can't do that when you've been on the sherbert cos the feet get confused so if they play YMCA I leave the building or go to the loo till it's over.   Birdy song is another such.

Can't stand that song/Singer

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 16:09

Love Frank Sinatra but can't bear My Way or New York so have to change channels.


The wrong version of songs I love and anyone doing karaoke or shouting instead of singing which includes programmes like The Voice, Britains' Got Talent, X Factor and lots of younger singers like Avril Levigne, Britney etc.

Whiny voices like Sam Smith and Neil Young and Johnny Mathis.

Most French pop and rock and all is crap too.   Rare to find a gem there.

 Agree about sing-along-a-Cliff and Xanadu.

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 11:15

Euphorbias in any shape or form including poinsettias in the house.

Nasty plasticky looking begonias and busies.   Don't mind the Guinea busies though.

Bamboo and most "ornamental" grasses though I do have a few I like.

Tropical/jungle plants in colder climes.   Why bother when they need to wrapped in swaddling for 6 months?

Strictly is back!

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 10:34

It's been done before but with couple eliminated one by one which is another dance competition format that doesn't do well on Strictly given the camera work.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 10:25

Thank heavens Peter has gone.  He's been underwhelming from the start - all show and no substance and no significant improvement in technique and way too much blah-blah.

Helen's VW was good but the choreography was a bit dull and there was some gapping.   I loved Anita's rumba except for that stupid, ugly lift.   She got the leg and hip action very well and her hands were beautiful.  Arms sometimes a bit staccato rather than fluid but that was the choreography he gave her.

Jay's tango was very good but he was too upright.  It should be danced with some bend in the knee.   Didn't like Kellie's salsa - no armography to speak of and it's all about armography with the feet just keeping the rhythm.   Georgia's Paso was excellent but would have been better with proper music.  I find the rock tracks detract from the dance.   Anton is never going to be believable as a sultry Argentine gaucho but I enjoyed the dance and it was good to see him do one at last.   Katie was very good but her posture should have been less upright and more leaning in to him.   Bit too English tango attitude but great leg flicks.

Len was very grumpy which isn't very professional of him.   He's paid, I assume, to be impartial and draw on his professional experience when judging and that should extend to his comments and their delivery.  I agree it's good to see some recognisable steps in each dance but there should be room for innovation too.

I utterly fail to see the point of the Quickathon if the cameras aren't going to show the footwork and top line to the TV audience and let us judge for ourselves.

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