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by Stravaig
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: spaghetti sauce recipe
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: spaghetti sauce recipe

This seems an odd question for a first-time poster. A bushel is about 8 gallons (about 36 litres in the UK and 35 litres in the US - remember their pints and gallons are different to ours). I'd expect only a very confident home cook or a professional would be making sauces in that kind of volumes. D...
by Stravaig
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Oops - is this aimed at me? (Or you?)
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Oops - is this aimed at me? (Or you?)

Peanuts aren't nuts, they're legumes. So a pack of peanuts might not contain nuts.

It's way beyond my bedtime so I'll just say goodnight all and sweet dreams. :)
by Stravaig
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Oops - is this aimed at me? (Or you?)
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Oops - is this aimed at me? (Or you?)

At the risk of sounding like a girly swot , I suspect it's not the mould which could be a health risk but because the cheese is made with raw milk rather than pasteurised. Thus it's one of the categories of food, such as raw eggs, which "vulnerable" people, eg pregnant women, children, &qu...
by Stravaig
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bay Leaves
Replies: 14
Views: 292

Re: Bay Leaves

Many thanks to both of you for your advice. Geoff, my bay leaves look pretty much the same as yours. Thanks for the photo. However, there are two differences. Not all of my leaves have that crinkle-cut look at the edges. Many do but more of them have fairly smooth sides. Also, there's no sign of any...
by Stravaig
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 26
Views: 393

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

It's already winter here in Ukraine. The few plants I had outside are already indoors. We had snow last week. Not a lot and nothing that stayed on the ground, but it was snow nonetheless and there's been frost too. Oh well, every cloud has a silver lining, the balcony that was my outdoor garden in t...
by Stravaig
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bay Leaves
Replies: 14
Views: 292

Bay Leaves

As a keen cook, I often use bay leaves in soups and stews, etc, but I've always just bought dried bay leaves from the supermarket. Last year I bought a small bay leaf shrub from a UK garden centre and have carefully looked after it. Now it's taller than I am! And it's growing upwards at an alarming ...
by Stravaig
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4101

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

...arranged for a farmer to deliver a trailer load of manure. He delivered it and, understandably, tipped the trailer in the only possible place, on my drive (well drive is overstating it - it is the width and length of a car). I climbed over the pile to return to the house and started barrowing it...
by Stravaig
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4101

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Dear Stravaig, you didn't swap a cow while on your way to market, for anything did you.... :) :lol: As it turned out, the rogue plants turned out to be nasturtiums. Very handy, that, considering none of the nasturtiums I planted in a different little trough at the same time have come up. Erm, penny...
by Stravaig
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 149
Views: 4336

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

oldherbaceous wrote:A surprising amount...I always have plenty of friends at this time of the year..... :( :)


Would you like to visit us in Ukraine next September? :twisted:

Blimey! What a huge crop!
by Stravaig
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4101

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

OH, I'm glad you started this thread as I could no longer contribute to the summer one. :) The threat of frost (already!) has forced me to bring indoors the few plants I had out on the balcony. My tomatoes are all still green. On the plus side, the physalis I've started on the little windowsill hydr...
by Stravaig
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Giant Veg?
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Re: Giant Veg?

OH, well done on your win. It's nice for me to be friends with the guy who won a prize for having a big one. I deserve a prize for some of the things I've grown here. It's not easy when you live in a flat. The flat is spacious and very pleasant but I do miss having a garden even if I'm not much of a...
by Stravaig
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1165
Views: 146242

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

Here's one as ancient as most of us here.

Q: What's the difference between Bing Crosby and Walt Disney?

(This only works if you're a Scot or can do a convincing Scottish accent.)

A: Bing sings and Walt disnae.

OK. I'll get my coat. :)
by Stravaig
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Giant Veg?
Replies: 7
Views: 254

Giant Veg?

I saw this and it made me laugh. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2019/sep/13/what-a-turnip-yorkshires-giant-veg-in-pictures I've seen some veg in the local supermarkets, particularly some varieties of squash, that are much to heavy for me to move let alone lift. My guess is that they jus...
by Stravaig
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I hope the kohlrabi gets biggger
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: I hope the kohlrabi gets biggger

I'd never thought to eat kohlrabi before and had little idea of what to do with it. However, I met a Thai chef here the other day and we were talking about Thai food in general and green papaya salad (Som Tum) in particular. He suggested that the best substitute for green papaya is white kohlrabi. W...
by Stravaig
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 149
Views: 4336

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

It's been mostly warm and sunny here but our "dry" problem was for a different reason. Workmen digging up the road outside our flat damaged a water pipe so quite a lot of buildings in our street, including ours, had no tap water for two days and one night. We usually have drinking/cooking ...

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