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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.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 11:30

Jo, the greenhouse will keep, I washed mine down in October but will wash it again in spring.
A white one again today in Stockton and not letting up at all, nothing to go out for as some are coming here.
Large Ham cooking and now for the rest.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 17:07

"Vino" Jo, you try the Grappa we ran tanks on it.
Stockton was looking quite bright until seeing a car trying to get up the bank out front, we had no white frost although a snap frost had caused black ice, it was still there when I ventured onto the lane for a paper. Now that is a big adventure what do they train drivers to do these days, it must all be in summer on dry roads.
The antics on the lane would have won the Strictly Waltz comp. they cannot drive with water down or ice, snow, black ice, fair weather drivers with phones permanently glued to their ears in charge of a tonne of lethal metal that can kill.
Rant over.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 14:03

Stockton sunny and clear, a heavy overnight frost still on the front and never moved.
Zoomer I went for a run on the A177 Durham road and had to turn back, water lay in every dip in the road, the sun was shining but nothing will shift that water until the fields dry a bit. Today the fields are ice rinks.
Shopping was a nightmare, I was in early but so was everyone else, the check out girl said she would take her time with me because I was smiling, most had the grumps.


vine eyes

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 09:57

Vine eye's are normally three inches long plus one and a half inches of thread and come in packs, the wire comes in rolls together can be expensive.
A pack of six inch nails or screws can come much cheaper, nails or screws into fence poles and screws into plugs in brick walls. Twine stretched over the nails/screws will support sweet-peas, the green wire from garden shops will support Clematis and Pyracantha as Crissie says will not need support.
I have used all the above and find they do the job, twine will last a year the green wire lasts two or three and the vine eye's supporting my Paul's scarlet rose on the wall have lasted 23 years. It is easy to cut the strings on sweetpeas roll it all up and bin it.


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