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by Motherwoman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme ?
Replies: 47
Views: 3243

Re: Parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme ?

I have a rosemary plant that came from a cutting of my mother's plant who in turn got a cutting from a chap along the lane back in 1955. It is a tatty looking thing with thin, almost greyish leaves but it has a much better flavour than the lush green rosemary plants you can buy.
by Motherwoman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Top tips to start seed off
Replies: 91
Views: 6420

Re: Top tips to start seed off

Top Tip is Pa Snip's... sow later and if possible outside. That way you have room for the must sow indoors stuff. I sow all my climbing beans, french and runner, direct in the soil now with no noticeable difference to cropping. And I must admit to feeling quite smug when everyone else's planted out ...
by Motherwoman
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme ?
Replies: 47
Views: 3243

Re: Parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme ?

Golden oregano, that's proper oregano not golden marjoram, has a better, stronger flavour than the green and dries very well. I have a couple up the allotment which get harvested with shears a couple of times a year and again I use the dehydrator. I've never used carrot leaves.
by Motherwoman
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Oldest Cook Books?
Replies: 9
Views: 1141

Re: Oldest Cook Books?

Hi Primrose,

I too have this longing to hang on to cook books, sometimes I just get them out for a browse. And the family memories like the muffin cookbook that my sons used to enjoy so much! At one point I was turning out a dozen muffins a day.

Motherwoman
by Motherwoman
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Oldest Cook Books?
Replies: 9
Views: 1141

Oldest Cook Books?

I've just been decorating in the kitchen and had all the cookery books off the shelves to paint them, shelves not books... and this morning I've been going through the books, giving them a dust and clean, before they go back. I'd forgotten I had half of them, some were my partner's mother and grandm...
by Motherwoman
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme ?
Replies: 47
Views: 3243

Re: Parsley-sage-rosemary and thyme ?

A bay leaf or two in a white sauce never goes amiss. Sage is such a strong flavour it can be difficult to place sometimes other than pork. Like you bay leaves get popped in just about any casserole or soup. Thyme I like a lot but not the soft stuff. I grow mine 'hard' on a dry bit of the allotment a...
by Motherwoman
Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Broad Beans
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

Re: Broad Beans

Secret to overwintering broad beans is to make sure they are not too high going into winter. I sow Superaquadulce direct into the ground at the end of the first week in November. If I get it right they are only about 2" high for most of the winter. I'm in the softie south but on a windy site. I...
by Motherwoman
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Raised Bed & Greenhouse
Replies: 16
Views: 2422

Re: Raised Bed & Greenhouse

If you're in a windy site even polycarbonate can break up on you because they are so light. A newbie on our plots lost his polycarb greenhouse within a week. If you decide to try it then make sure it is well anchored down. Glass may be more expensive but it's heavy and generally stays put.
by Motherwoman
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Walnuts
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: Walnuts

I just leave mine be, seems to carry on regardless.
by Motherwoman
Wed May 25, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A 'Silent Spring' already?
Replies: 12
Views: 752

Re: A 'Silent Spring' already?

We have swallows passing through, and plenty of small birds rummaging in the garden. The bees were crowding out the crab apple so that was good. Having a pond helps for insects, we have long sloping margins with lots of foliage and the birds visit it a lot. We did hear a cuckoo, at 4am the pair of u...
by Motherwoman
Fri May 13, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 13
Views: 1041

Re: Happy Birthday.

Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes, sorry I'm late acknowledging.

I've had a lot on the plate lately and have not been on the forum so much and your good wishes are much appreciated.

Motherwoman
by Motherwoman
Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Stone shortage
Replies: 43
Views: 2135

Re: Stone shortage

So to summarise:

Stones don't grow but soil shrinks
Use for paths is what all thinks
Then there's flints to be honed
To Primmy's plot to get stoned
Rock and roll with songs a plenty
Damn great boulders acting sentry

by Long John Bouldry......
by Motherwoman
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: BACON
Replies: 21
Views: 1219

Re: BACON

My local butcher never uses cling film, polystyrene trays or any other 'wrapping' until he sells it to you. I once bought a chicken from another butcher, it was wrapped in clingfilm and when I removed it at home it stank to high heaven... it went back. At Christmas he hangs sides of beef in his shop...
by Motherwoman
Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Deàd tadpoles
Replies: 10
Views: 1555

Re: Deàd tadpoles

Frost is a possible in a small pond, or a visit from a couple of ducks... they've certainly mucked mine up since they started visiting. Would account for the churned up appearance as they will spuddle about.
by Motherwoman
Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: BACON
Replies: 21
Views: 1219

Re: BACON

Back to the original question, I think the public buys a lot of water in meat products, and they don't have to tell you about it on the pack. Supermarkets age their meat in plastic bags (unlike proper meat aging where it's hung without plastic) to retain moisture in the meat which should be allowed ...

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