Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:00

Congrats to Chicklet and her family.   Hope the celebratory lunch is good.

We took Possum to La Rochelle - again - yesterday.  It's her favourite place at the mo and this time we did touristy things and visited the Bunker museum - bomb shelter cellar dug out under a hotel by German occupational navy to sit out bomb raids.  Packed with info including stuff on Vichy and Jews which always makes me cross and a memorial list for those shot, including 3 women added by another hand as the list was only men!, and those deported as slave labour.  On a more cheerful note, it was sunny and we also visited the taller of the two towers guarding the entry to the old port.

Some shopping for Possum and she and I stayed on to have dinner by the old port and hope for sunset pics while OH went home to check his doggies before coming back to fetch us.  I caught a bit of sun on my shoulders and have more pink bits than the sunset.   Next time, we'll take one of the cruises that goes out into the bay and tours islands and other sites at sunset.   It's a lovely town with a great atmosphere and fascinating people watching as the place is buzzing with locals, tourists, entertainers, street markets ........

Grey today but the wind has swung to the south so none of hoped for rain falling here after all.   Hosta - need to send it here please.   Too dry to garden so I'm on sewing again.   

Have a good day everyone and get well soon, all those with lurgies.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 09:42

Have a look a this LP - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/best-dehydrators-and-how-use-them 

New Wisteria pruning advice

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 09:40

JimBob - sounds like you're heading in the right direction.   I have now shortened all the long, whippy tendrils on mine to promote the flowering spurs.    It's hard t advise you further without seeing your plant and its space so I suggest you have a look at this info from the RHS to see if that clarifies things for you.  It includes a video.


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When To Pick Corn?

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 21:45

The tassels on the cobs will turn brown and go dry but silky as they ripen.   You can then peel back a little of the skin and test a kernel with a thumbnail.   When ripe, it will produce a milky, translucent juice that is neither clear not too opaque.

Make sure you have a pan of boiling water on before you pick them so they can go straight in the pot.  The minute they are picked the sugars turn to starch.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 19:56

That's OK then.  Old Gouda will do nicely since they don't do old Bruges round here.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 19:36

Never heard of Norfolk Dapple and unlikely to find it here.   What's it like?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:21

We saw a hedgehog in next door's grass near the fence a couple of months ago.  Much excitement from Rasta but never seen any in our garden yet.  I shall have to look into making safe shelters for them - cat and dog proof!

Joyce - Minstrel lived on her wits for a while as a very young thing.  Found covered in oil under a truck and underweight for her age.   Cosmos is younger and has always had food on tap so has less motivation but he has progressed from flies to butterflies when playing in the garden.  Still waits for birds to come to him at the feeder tho.   They have his measure but steer clear when Minstrel's about.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:15

Spiced Blackcurrant Jelly - on toast, croissants, goat's cheese or use in sauces for fatty meats

1 kilo blackcurrants
900ml water
200ml cider vinegar
5cm stick cinnamon
12 cloves (I often substitute 3 or 4 whole star anise)
white sugar

Wash the currants then add to a stainless steel pan with the spices and water.  bring to a boil then simmer gently for one hour.   Strain through a fine sieve or muslin overnight but do not press as this will cloud the juices.

Combine the juice and vinegar in a clean pan and then, for every 600ml of juice, add 450g white caster sugar.   Bring gently to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then boil hard until a set is obtained - usual trick wit cold saucers and a bit of the jelly till it wrinkles.

Pour into sterilised jars and seal.   Can be eaten as soon as it's cold and lasts for ages.

Blackcurrant vinegar - Same recipe works for raspberries and blueberries.

1 kilo of blackcurrants, washed
1.5 litres cider vinegar
white caster sugar

Soak the fruit in the vinegar in an earthenware or pyrex crock.  Cover and leave to stand for 5 days, stirring occasionally.   Strain thru a muslin cloth overnight.   

For every 600ml of liquid, add between 225 and 450g of white sugar then bring to a boil in a stainless steel pan, stirring till the sugar is dissolved.   Boil for 10 minutes then pour into sterilised bottlles and seal.

Mix with honey or sugar and hot water as an antidote to tickly coughs.

Use as a dressing for winter salads, with or without walnut, hazelnut or virgin olive oil.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 17:02

I'm sure you can spare a few as he's not tall enough to get many.   I expect our local hunters will be out in force soon as the new season starts.  1st of September I think.   Rasta doesn't like all the bang bang and runs home if she's off the lead.

Busy - Minstrel is a sweet puss and leaves us all sorts of half eaten presents in the bathroom but this was rather larger and in the dining room.    Lots of spiders here too but par for the course at the mo.  No autumn invasions yet.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 16:26

Joyce - lovely foliage.  Lots of kitten excitement earlier as Minstrel - always a busy girl - brought in a rather large live mouse.  Cosmos just sat and watched, fascinated while I went to try and rescue it.  Unfortunately, Rasta doggy is faster than me so that was that.  Exit, one dog with mouse firmly clamped in teeth.  Good job everyone is up to date on wormers and flea and tick stuff.

Clari - can't someone else look after the plumbers?

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