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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 15:22

Stockton got the black cloud inland from the coast and my Daughter three miles down the road got a white out, heavy snow, we got nothing although it darkens by the minute and I cannot see the hills.
There are little flurries of snow so we may be in for it later.
Daughter had arrived with a bag full of baking still warm, mincemeat tarts with frangipani topping, corn beef and potato pasties, a soft ginger cake and barra brith, so that is tea sorted then.


Thank you so much

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 11:49

Asilvert, Nigelcoad, along with many of the gardeners on this board we learned the craft from older established gardeners who in my case had to feed extended families from their gardens small holdings. It was more the only way to do things was what gave results on the table at the right time of year.
We have gone through many reforms, fads, fashions, and now as times get hard once more it is back to the land, this trend is also giving people the taste of fresh food straight from the soil to the pot and a good thing too.
A lot of us have been on other boards that were not the gentle threads we have on here and I thank goodness most have long gone.
We do make people welcome, answer the repeat questions because the person asking needs to know and probably does not have time to scan back through a myriad posts for the answer.
Even old gardeners make mistakes and learn from them, I still read or re-read my own gardening books, there is always something new or that you missed, if you do find it is not working then think about it try another way or ask on here, someone has the answer.
So welcome to a band of brothers and sisters who's lives are probably poles apart but have the one thing in common a love of gardening.


What's for tea?

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 11:26

Artjak, living in the fens you have some of the best root vegetables in the country and they should be available fresh from the ground soil and all, we can get local produce from the only market garden left and on a par if not cheaper than the supermarkets.
I cook potato and turnip in the same pan for myself then mash but when the family are here for the Saturday or Sunday roast I cook in separate pans, dry mash the turnip then add to the potato's and mash them all together.
Some times I will cooked turnip and carrots together then mash them with the butter cream salt and pepper (salt to your own taste or leave out) a sprinkle of paprika adds some zest and serve with chopped herbs or what we call scallions (salad or spring onion) on top.
My little Granddaughter would not eat any mince meat with root veg in it so I did her a seperate dish in the oven cooked the root veg dry mashed the lot and mixed it in for the last half hour of cooking, she ate the lot and told her mother I made the best mince, she also eats my roast beef which she will not do at home, with children you need to educate their taste buds, gently.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 10:25

Stockton still some snow and ice, blue sky sunshine and cold.
A dark band of cloud to the east over the coast which is creeping inland over the hills ten miles away, so not looking good for "Rain" who lives under them.


What's for tea?

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 10:18

In the north we just call them all turnip and eat them by the ton. It is tradition to add them to all soups casseroles stews or mince. Any one who had school meals works canteen meals or army food or even all three took it for granted they would be eating turnip, in war time it was to bulk up the meagre ration of meats. Lord Woolton even made a pie from it all I do have the recipe and no meat added.
When roasting a mixed veg tin for lunch with roast beef it all goes in turnip and all, some needs parboiling and goes in at differing times but the turnip potato's and carrot will be first in with the whole onion.
A mash of turnip potato cream butter salt and pepper (Neeps--Neaps) is lovely with a roast meat or chicken in winter and here in the North having just had three days of snow and ice with more to come we need comfort food not the Chefy stuff, three blobs on a plate and a speck of "jus" (what the h### is that?) would go down very badly, add a glass of good properly brewed beer (girls as well) to a good wholesome plate of food and you have a night out to enjoy.
We all have our likes dislikes fads local dishes and I notice the fancy chef's are cooking offal again!!! we who killed our own animals took it for granted you ate the whole animal or fowl, nothing wasted and most of it very good to eat, they still sell tripe in the local market.
Wealth appears to allow people to set trends in food although time lack of money or good local produce means others have no choice unless they are prepared to spend a lot of time in a kitchen.
To each their own.


PS my word check did not like NEEPS at all saying it is NEAPS and calling me names because I would not alter it.

All I want for Christmas is...

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 17:28

My Daughters to bring their Christmas present plants to me before they are on life support machines discussing whether to switch it off or not.
"Oh" take it to dad he will have it back in no time, then it is the major operation, the touch and go period followed by convalescence and handed back glowing only for them to be back on their last legs a month later.
Please give them something they cannot kill Santa?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 09:49

Stockton on Tees today is a white out, the frost has settled on the snow which did not get away yesterday and is reflecting the bright sunlight back as I look out of the window.
The sky is blue a little cloud and the Cleveland Hills looking lovely bathed in sunlight though it is bitter cold out there.
The greenhouse south facing with a wall at the back is still warm, it does pay dividends having a lean to, it gives a head start with plants.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 22:57

"Err" why would anyone go from Bournemouth to Morcambe in winter???
I am a northener and I do not even go to Morcambe in the summer, Blackpool yes.


What's for tea?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 15:48

In this neck of the woods NE England we often cook turnip with the potato then mash them together it is called Neaps. Carrot and turnip cooked together and mashed is also a winter dish for cold days with roast meat.
A mix of potato turnip carrot and parsnip parboiled sprayed with oil and roasted in the oven also goes with meat or chicken. Turnip was a winter staple along with other root veg, sprouts, kale and cabbage provided the greens.
I use turnip in all stews or in mince for the base of pasta dishes and when peeling and dicing it will often eat it as I go along with raw carrot, that is the fresh turnip not the soft stored too long stuff.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 08:39

Awoke this morning thinking I had slept in it was very light, opened the blinds to find a covering of snow.
Stockton snow low mist and cold cannot see the woods a field away, cars struggling to get out as we are the very last to get any grit.
"Oh well" we will call it winter then.
On the up side winter leads to SPRING so I can sit planning what I start to do Straight after the new year which comes after Alpha Omega and Sigma, all presents bought will be wrapped today when Daughter arrives first though granddaughters birthday, who says the 13th is unlucky, I certainly do not.


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