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  Topic: Mint and currant pasty
hermil

Replies: 1
Views: 2845
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Mon May 01, 06 8:49 pm   Subject: Mint and currant pasty
This is a traditional Yorkshire dish. Haven't got exact quantities but I don't think it's too critical.
Make some shortcrust pastry and roll it out into a round. Pile some currants on to one half of ...
  Topic: Any thoughts on pressure cookers?
hermil

Replies: 20
Views: 4381
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Mon May 01, 06 8:27 pm   Subject: Any thoughts on pressure cookers?
Rather irrationally I'm a bit scared of them in case they explode or blow the lid off etc.
I was given an old-fashioned one donkey's years ago, the sort where the lid sort of screws upwards into pos ...
  Topic: Still preparing ground ?
hermil

Replies: 28
Views: 4953
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon May 01, 06 8:20 pm   Subject: Still preparing ground ?
If you think you're behind..... up in Aberdeenshire, the commercial growers are only now planting spuds, and the carrots haven't gone in yet (this week or next).

Carrots, don't mention carrots, las ...
  Topic: Rhubarb
hermil

Replies: 33
Views: 6649
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon May 01, 06 8:02 pm   Subject: Rhubarb
Our rhubarb is absolutely huge already. We've only got one crown but OH took 2kg excluding leaves off it yesterday. I blame the huge stack of manure and compost it's been under for the winter...

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  Topic: Still preparing ground ?
hermil

Replies: 28
Views: 4953
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Apr 30, 06 10:09 pm   Subject: Still preparing ground ?
Well, it's practically May and we have got in all the potatoes and onions, a few broad beans and some cabbages which I bought because the ones I sowed are so far behind they don't look as if they'll b ...
  Topic: feeling very stupid
hermil

Replies: 9
Views: 1992
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Apr 30, 06 9:55 pm   Subject: feeling very stupid
Don't worry, I was planting out some broad beans on our plot this afternoon when the woman who, with her husband, has just taken over the plot next to it said, "What are they? BUSY LIZZIES?"
Her hus ...
  Topic: Charms/wooden initial etc
hermil

Replies: 8
Views: 3396
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Sun Jan 01, 06 10:49 pm   Subject: Charms/wooden initial etc
If you think you'll be doing a lot of pyrography the machines are very good and I should think could be picked up on eBay for less money than you could find them for in craft shops. Just a thought. Yo ...
  Topic: Filling in holes in the wall
hermil

Replies: 17
Views: 20921
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Sun Jan 01, 06 10:36 pm   Subject: Filling in holes in the wall
I've got a tip for filling smallish though awkward holes where the edges always crumble when you try to do anything to them and the hole in the plaster just gets bigger and bigger. Such as the holes l ...
  Topic: evil blackberries
hermil

Replies: 22
Views: 13846
PostForum: Seasonal and Frugal Shopping   Posted: Sun Oct 30, 05 10:35 pm   Subject: evil blackberries
I really jib at the prices supermarkets charge for soft fruit, raspberries, blackberries and the like. Now I've got an allotment and our raspberries grow so plentifully it almost seems absurd - we mad ...
  Topic: Recipes you don't make
hermil

Replies: 20
Views: 5044
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Sat Oct 29, 05 9:39 pm   Subject: Recipes you don't make
A lot of people seem to think making your own jams, jellies,syrups and wines are messy and time consuming but personally I find it very relaxing, theraputic almost. And the smug feeling you get when ...
  Topic: Spore print pictures/cards
hermil

Replies: 12
Views: 3496
PostForum: Make Your Own/DIY   Posted: Sun Oct 16, 05 8:19 pm   Subject: Spore print pictures/cards
I made one once with an ordinary mushroom and put sticky-backed plastic over it - it worked OK.
  Topic: A good dent is made in the allotment!
hermil

Replies: 17
Views: 26774
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Sun Oct 16, 05 5:47 pm   Subject: A good dent is made in the allotment!
I love broad beans. I eat a lot of them in salads so they don't even last long enough to be cooked. The trick is to pick them before they get old, when they do lose some of their flavour, and the skin ...
  Topic: When I go...
hermil

Replies: 27
Views: 20439
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Sun Oct 16, 05 5:40 pm   Subject: When I go...
When my grandma died, my dad scattered her ashes on her allotment. So I suppose she got recycled.
She kept up her allotment until she was well into her 80s and didn't really want to give it up then.
  Topic: Just call me stig of the dump
hermil

Replies: 12
Views: 7970
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Sun Oct 16, 05 5:35 pm   Subject: Just call me stig of the dump
And now from this thread I hear that some tips actively prohibit you from reusing something somebody else doesn't need anymore/grown out off.

that makes me very sad,

That's definitely the case ...
  Topic: Charity Shop Treasures
hermil

Replies: 53
Views: 27955
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Sun Oct 16, 05 5:26 pm   Subject: Charity Shop Treasures
I work in an animal shelter (independent) and we have a charity shop. I now have very few clothes that don't come from there (staff discount). Except underclothes, which I usually get from Matalan. Pl ...
 
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