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Post by freebird 23rd July 2015, 8:07 am

Broccoli and stilton soup is good for using up a fair quantity - bung it in the freezer until the weather is colder.

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Post by Ploshkin 23rd July 2015, 11:03 am

That would be instant divorce in this house if I filled the freezer with broccoli & stilton soup!  They're probably 1 & 2 on Mr P's list of most hated foods.

I'll definitely give the veggie curry a go when I have a bit more to cope with.

I made gooseberry ketchup yesterday, I've never made any form of ketchup before, it took rather a long time to evaporate off the water (probably should have used less) & I only ended up with 2 small bottles but it's always nice to try something different & I have gooseberries in the freezer from a previous crop anyway.

I'm getting a good 2nd flush of strawberries in the gh, really big ones, so I'm making strawberry tarts today.  They're one of Mr P's childhood favourites coming as he does from the soft fruit growing area of Perthshire.  (His grandfather was a raspberry grower)


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Post by Dandelion 23rd July 2015, 1:11 pm

What are you harvesting today, and what's on the menu can be summed up in one word - courgettes! I can't quite believe that we had visitors this morning, and forgot to give them any courgettes to take home!!

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Post by Chilli-head 14th January 2016, 9:10 pm

Just snacked on teacakes toasted in front of the woodburner. Oh my, so much better than a toaster Very Happy
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Post by Chilli-head 15th August 2017, 10:25 pm

Pasta with a sauce from homemade passata tonight. Then we've been cooking up more green beans. Indian ones tonight for the freezer, Greek oily ones tomorrow. I may soon be weary of seeing French beans. Note to self - don't need to sow so many varieties next year.
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Post by Dandelion 30th August 2017, 9:46 pm

Dandelion wrote:What are you harvesting today, and what's on the menu can be summed up in one word - courgettes! I can't quite believe that we had visitors this morning, and forgot to give them any courgettes to take home!!

Two years and one month later, and we're eating a lot of marrows!!

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Post by Ploshkin 31st August 2017, 10:31 am

On the subject of courgette excess I've been meaning to say .....
Last year I read somewhere that cucumbers are best not stored in the fridge but wrapped in cling film and kept somewhere cool.  I didn't exactly have a surfeit of cucumbers but kept them like this until I needed them.
I really have had an enormous quantity of courgettes this year, all from one plant in the polytunnel and found that they were going dimply quite quickly in the fridge so I tried wrapping them individually and not putting them in the fridge.  It's been brilliant.  I've found that they have kept really well for at least 3 weeks in the spare bedroom.  I think the cling film stops them losing water because it is wrapped tightly.  I have tried keeping some in the green plastic bags but they still lose moisture and the bag gets wet inside after a while.
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Post by FloBear 31st August 2017, 10:12 pm

Useful information, thank you.
I'm a fan of those green bags though I try to get out as much air as I can.
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Post by Dandelion 2nd September 2017, 10:31 pm

Interesting! I'll certainly give this method a go for the many marrows which I am trying to store (there are only so many marrows you can eat in a week...)
I was actually stupidly pleased when I found a pile of courgettes in the salad drawer of the fridge which had gone mouldy, as it was a good reason to heave them onto the compost heap!!

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Post by Dandelion 5th September 2017, 10:10 pm

I can't believe that I actually had to BUY a courgette for the tart I made tonight. The problem was that even the small courgettes had big hard seeds in the middle, so they weren't suitable for slicing for the top of the flan. (I used up quite a few tomatoes though!!)

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Post by Chilli-head 21st June 2018, 10:12 pm

Gucci motter paneer. That's Indian paneer cheese, mushrooms and peas cooked with a puree of onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, mint, yoghurt and (of course) chilli. I thought I had posted the recipe on here, but I can't find it.

Anyway, this was because we had a fair bit of coriander leaf - it hasn't quite run to seed yet, but surely will.
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Post by Ploshkin 24th June 2018, 12:56 pm

I often grow coriander but rarely get to use much because it goes to seed so quickly. I did dry some a couple of years ago but it seemed to end up with a bit of a musty smell.
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Post by FloBear 24th June 2018, 4:46 pm

I have something that has sprung up in my pea bed that might be coriander. I tasted a bit but it's not that strong a taste. Not sure what I ate now!
There is also flat leaf parsley which pops up all over the place. I don't know if they hybridise - I know some of those herbs have a very permissive lifestyle!
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Post by freebird 25th June 2018, 3:58 pm

I've never had any luck with coriander either. However, I'm going to try a late sowing as I know that some plants will run quickly to see before summer solstice, but are slower after.
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Post by Chilli-head 25th June 2018, 9:38 pm

I have had a few packets of coriander seed from the seed swap, presumably donated by you who have given up on it !

It is quite tricky to get a proper crop from, but having had a few goes which bolted, I now usually get some self sown volunteers in a convenient enough place to let it do its thing. If I'm lucky I get some leaf off it, but if it runs to seed - it runs to coriander seed, which I always can use. Especially for the Cypriot dish Afelia, which is rather nice and benefits from fresher seed.

Surprised to get much leaf this year given the weather.
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Post by freebird 26th July 2018, 11:39 pm

Lovely Madhur Jaffrey chicken Korma tonight, with masaladar sem (spicey green beans), aloo gobi and naan bread. Lots of home grown garlic went into the meal, along with French beans and potatoes out the garden, and last year's dried chillies.
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Post by FloBear 27th July 2018, 12:32 pm

Sounds fab, freebird.
I'm keeping us in tomatoes and cucumber for salad at the moment. Had a crop from a volunteer Pink Fir Apple potato to add to the mix a few days ago.
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Post by Chilli-head 13th April 2020, 8:20 pm

We went back in time to the 1950s today, and used the remains of the leg of lamb from yesterday to make a meat and potato pie. There was enough pastry left over to make some jam tarts for afters Very Happy
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Post by Dandelion 13th April 2020, 10:15 pm

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Post by Chilli-head 16th November 2020, 10:40 am

I have managed to get back in the kitchen this weekend. One legged cooking - I will have the grace of a flamingo by the time the pot is off ! I can also use a couple of stools; a bar stool to sit on, or a footstool with cushion to kneel on with the bad leg. Fortunately I have a plentiful supply of stools !

Made a fruit cake on Saturday, helped Mrs C-H with pizza (regular Saturday night favourite for our only TV dinner of the week) then made Madhur Jaffery's Lamb Rogan Josh for Sunday. Which was very delicious.
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Post by Ploshkin 16th November 2020, 11:22 am

I've been missing good beef since we sold our cattle and it is so eye wateringly expensive I only ever buy mince or occasionally stewing steak. We used to dovWelsh Black x Angus. Last week we bought a £100 box of Aberdeen Angus cuts from a farmer who Mr P does straw dealings with. The individual pack prices in the box actually came to £180. We've had some first class rump steak and I made a shepherds pie with some mince and polytunnel carrots and parsley. I won't be currying any of the meat because it is too good to mask the taste.






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Post by freebird 17th November 2020, 9:58 am

Good that you have found a supply Ploshkin.

The thing that I find so puzzling is why, in the land of sheep farming, lamb is so hugely expensive. It's probably my favourite meat, but we rarely have it.
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Post by Ploshkin 17th November 2020, 10:21 am

We hope to get £2 / kg for our finished lambs when we sell them. (That's live weight, they kill out at about 50%).
I can remember getting £2 / kg 20 years ago. There were EU subsidy payments per head then too.
Needless to say the production costs are not the same as 20 years ago.
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Post by Chilli-head 17th November 2020, 10:49 am

Interestingly parallel to what I saw John Shropshire from G's (huge salad grower) saying in a talk recently - all the costs sneak up, but the product price has remained static, so they have to find new ways of working.

SImon Reeve touched on the difficulties of sheep farming in the second of his seried on Cornwall which we watched last night. Much more uplifting programme than the first of the series which was a bit depressing TBH. And last night's program feaatured very cute beavers Very Happy
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Post by Dandelion 19th November 2020, 2:24 pm

We only discovered Simon Reeve relatively recently, and have binged watched his programmes as a result! I never read the Radio Times, so thank you for that heads-up!!

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Post by Chilli-head 19th November 2020, 4:00 pm

I like Simon Reeve. I went to see him at a local theatre, he basically presented himself - how he got to where he is, what excites him about his travels, etc etc. A very troubled start, narrowly avoided suicide, and turned out a thoroughly nice bloke (IMHO).
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