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Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 14:29

Heavy showers both yesterday and today - and pretty cold, too.  Danced in and out of the showers and managed to get my dahlias lifted (they're now upside-down to dry off a bit) and planted my garlic in modules.

Garden is a quagmire, so nothing possible in the borders etc.  My brussels and winter cabbages look very sorry for themselves.  I may have to resort to buying greens for Christmas!  And it's our normal tradition to go down the garden on Christmas morning to pick fresh for lunch.  No wonder farmers are so fed up with the weather.

What's for tea?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:47

Rainbow trout with chestnut mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and peas.  Yummy!

Trying to think for a non-dried-fruit Christmas pudding - is it just the vine fruits that are the problem?  If so, other fruits could be substituted eg apricots, prunes, dates (which I put in my pudding with vine fruits anyway) and lots of glace fruits - pineapple, peaches, cherries, ginger, angelica.  You used to be able to get the mixed glace fruits from Julian Graves, but I don't know of a reliable source now.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:37

Thunder, lightning and rainbows at dawn!  Lots of heavy showers.  Lots of rainbows all day.  At least they're pretty!  For the rest - it's pretty dire!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 13:07

Bright sunshine occasionally.  Lots of very sharp showers - sleety and hail!

I was lucky yesterday visiting Wells - managed to avoid the showers, and thoroughly enjoyed the market etc.  Bought some superb garlic, since my own crop this year was a dismal failure.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 08:51

Dull and damp with more rain predicted.  Off to Wells today - no doubt the market will be a bit soggy!

What's for tea?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 20:05

Cold sliced chicken from yesterday's roast with baked potatoes and  lots of veggies, all served with hot, spicy tomato chutney.  There's still a lot of chicken to finish up, so veg and chicken curry tomorrow, with carcass boiled for stock.  (Final pickings from the boiled carcass get given to the cats - so no waste!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 19:59

A better day than predicted - sunny all morning, with some showers in the afternoon. 

We may moan about our weather from time to time - but I reckon I can put up with in in comparison to what they are experiencing on the eastern side of America right now!

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 20:56

Chocolate tart:  OH and son loved it.  I thought it over-sweet and a bit sickly.  But then it was never likely to be much favoured by my less-than-sweet tooth.  Worth the effort, though, when entertaining, methinks.

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 16:14

That soup sounds fantastic.  I'm a great fan of soup - perfect on a miserable winter's day, so I'll definitely give that one a go. 

Tonight it's roast chicken with sausagemeat, onion and parsley stuffing, with lots of veg.  (For me, the plus side of winter is the arrival of Brussels sprouts!  I know - sad or what?  but I really do love them!)

Dessert is Millionaire's Chocolate Tart - recipe in the supplement from the latest Good Food magazine, so don't know what it will be like.  We had expected visitors - but they were unable to come at the last minute.  I had planned to make this - so I've done it anyway, and will slice and freeze it after we've tested it!  (We only have desserts on a Sunday - not actually a great pudding lover.  And I suspect this will be far too sweet for me, especially since I'm not that keen on chocolate to begin with -  I'd rather have cheese and biscuits)

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 16:05

Raining again.  What a difference a day makes.  Grey and miserable.  And we've had to put the clocks back, so it seems like winter really has arrived. 

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