Now that's what I call a really good doer!
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Red roses are on sale everywhere for Valentine's Day.
And some rather strange floral arrangements as well.
The sun shone, AT LAST, and we worked in the garden.
Himself did some drastic pruning on the Bramley apple trees
and I planted my new roses.
It was a LOVEly day.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
The gardening stalwarts turned up in waterproofs and wellies.
I bought a couple of early maincrop, 'King Edward Red', a 1916 sport of King Edward which is supposed to have a better taste than its parent and 'Rudolf' which is described as 'top taste' - we shall see! I also bought some waxy salad potatoes 'Belle de Fontenay', as the label read that they improve with keeping.
(I'll still be planting my regular favourites, 'Foremost' for my early and 'Charlotte' for main.)
Some of my swaps. I'm not too sure what they all are - Shoo Fly?!
I also bought a few seeds from a couple of nursery stands. The Herbary's 'Sugar Ann' mangetout cropped so well for me last season that I have restocked for this year and added some different varieties of squash.
But nobody had warned me that they were going to be selling roses!
And that's when the 'money saving' notion went out of the window.
But I showed great restraint and only bought two.
I don't yet know where I'll plant Cinderella,
but aren't the labels lovely? You can see why I couldn't resist.
And a little iris that I was assured would clump up well.
(Now that's what I call a good day's shopping!)
Monday, 4 February 2013
So I did! As you can see, they have opened to show a warm, creamy heart. And I am feeling much better!
I picked a few small flowers from the garden
so very precious at this time of year.
for Jane's Flowers in the House at
Saturday, 2 February 2013
In the Sunday paper last weekend there was an article about how annoyed chefs are becoming at having their meals photographed by eager diners. I would have thought it a compliment for them to be happy about, but apparently not. Okay, standing on the chair to get a better shot is rude and annoying for other diners, I agree, but a discreet photo by phone or unobtrusive small camera, where is the harm? If I admire the food and it's presentation when I am eating out then I am one of those ill-mannered people who record it. On the Isle of Wight I enjoyed very tasty breakfasts. So what did I do - I got my camera out!
At home I do not start the day with such a generous amount of smoked salmon (although sometimes for a light tea I put pieces of smoked salmon in to cook with scrambled egg so that everything is warm and the flavour infuses through. We call it a 'Dennis Healey' as that dish has been mentioned as one of his favourites.)
Breakfast means porridge with either goats' milk or water and a selection of fruit and nuts,
and it varies only in the variety of fruit, day after day, without my ever tiring of it.
I also use a lot of pulses, great for stews
Chilladas with everything home-grown!
450g whole lentils, green or brown.
845ml hot water.
110g butter or similar.
finely chopped 2 onions
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
generous teaspoon curry powder/paste
4 teaspoons tomato paste
Put washed lentils into a pan with the water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer gently until all the water has been absorbed.
Put butter in a frying pan and soften and cook the veg. Season the lentils (they should now be soft) in a bowl and add all other ingredients. Divide into approx 24 rounds.
Dip into beaten egg, then breadcrumbs and shallow fry in groundnut oil until golden. Serve with home-made tomato sauce.
Pudding usually means fruit, often, like these plums, from the freezer, with the addition of nuts and seeds.
And on a good day a bit of custard to go with the last of the Christmas mincemeat!