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Latest posts by Palaisglide

Brussels sprouts

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 10:54

Val8, it all depends on which kind you planted they come in early medium and late, the medium being ready for Christmas and the late from December to March.
The ground should have been well dug over with Manure, or Compost added then a sprinkling of granular fertiliser.
Plant them on in wet weather mid September (easy this year) if it is dry then wet them every day for a week until they take.
The bottom leaves will start to yellow so take them off but leave the top ones as a frost guard and pick the sprouts from the bottom up.
They do need some Autumn sun and usually a good frost when they have grown on the stem. As you pick them they will start to green up again from the bottom, we ate that as it was very good when greens were short, although back then food was seasonal.
Important, do not plant next years plants in this years ground move them on, a four year rotation is ideal.
Part cook the sprouts then put bacon lardons with some finely chopped onion in the frying pan and when nearly cooked drop the sprouts in and finish the cooking, that goes down well in our house.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 10:32

Stockton on Tees is dampish, warmish, and very dark, I have lights on everywhere so those windmills will be working overtime, either that or another ton of brushwood gone up in flames at Wilton (green fuel) or so they tell me???
What happened to the simple life and cheap electricity.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:13

The frost got frostier, the fog got foggier, the cold got colder and the idiot drivers on the supermarket car park got more idiotic, they were fighting over the parks closest to the doors when 20 yards away dozens of empty places.
It will not be a good night in Stockton then.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 10:27

Stockton has heavy frost with a mist, freezing when I put the bins out, it is trying to brighten up so the sun is up there somewhere.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 09:59

Stockton on Tees, Light frost, light cloud, quite light, cold.
No mist can see the hills with the sun behind them although not breaking through here, "oh well" another day another dollar as they say.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 09:19

Stockton, bright sunny and no frost, the plus side of living with one foot in the North Sea "Rain" cool in summer warmer in winter. My Son in the Vale of York has heavy frost.


What's for tea?

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 15:12

Hi Caz, It was my being stationed in Bridgeend that I got my taste for marmalade in bread pudding, Nesta's mother did make a good one and would use marmalade on the bread.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 13:17

Stockton "err" not quite sure, sun at the moment but it keeps going dark a quick shower then sun again. The wind is biting although drying the wet paves in no time, have to go out tomorrow, think I will stay warm today inside.


What's for tea?

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 13:13

We made our own mince meat for years then last year doing the math's I discovered I could get two large jars and a jar of apple puree for less than the cost of the dried fruit.
Mixed the puree with the bought mince meat with a couple of drops of rum in one lot and made the pies. Result:- "just as good as you always make dad"?
Now I even use jus roll on occasion as I find using some lard and butter the best way to make it but do not always have the lard, or the time to rest and cool the pastry.
Topping are a taste thing I like to top some with a cup cake type mix then a blob of icing on top, handy if you are out of ground almonds. Hot mince pies with brandy butter are to die for.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 11:13

Stockton Bright sunny warmer blue sky and I can see the Cleveland Hills and the details thereon, in other words a day to lift your spirits.


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