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by contadina
Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 selfsufficientish books....
Replies: 32
Views: 9976

Good idea Stew. It would be good for people to have an idea just how useful or not books are before they buy them. We've bought some, for example, that were righteous rather than practical; and I need practical - Gawd dammit! When I get five minutes I'll post a review and I'll get to contadino to do...
by contadina
Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 selfsufficientish books....
Replies: 32
Views: 9976

33. Storey's Basic Country Skills (it's quite a tome and good to cross reference with much of the stuff in the Seymour books). And yes the Winnie the Pooh cookbook does have some great, simple and no-nonsense dishes but I'd probably recommend the following for the kitchen as they'll all help you com...
by contadina
Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Winging Pom Has Winge
Replies: 23
Views: 4602

I thought that trading standards were getting stores in the UK to clean up their act with regards to in-store cards. There was so much bad publicity a couple of years back that I'm stunned that any are still pursuing this route. If Matalan are taking adverts out to stress that you don't need one, it...
by contadina
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: CURRY...
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

Missing the occasional Friday night fix I've taken to cooking a selection of side dishes to compliment a curry, including chipatis, which are my must have curry item. To make about eight take a mug of flour (white or wholemeal) and mix with enough tepid water to make a dough. Then add a couple of ts...
by contadina
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: i have a couple of problems - can anyone help
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

I suffered from a number of problems with my back for years and spent a fortune visiting osteopaths and having massages etc and while they occasionally offered temporary relief it wasn't until I visited an Alexander Technique teacher that I made some real headway. By relearning better posture and a ...
by contadina
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Cleaning Water Butts
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

That sounds like a plan and I know where I can borrow one. Thanks Nev.
by contadina
Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:46 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Liquorice in the UK
Replies: 17
Views: 4576

Dunno if it's just because it's April Fools Day but this reminds me of that Dimbleby documentary on spaghetti trees. Who'd have thought that there are liquorice bushes and chocolate vines...? :lol:
by contadina
Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Cleaning Water Butts
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

Camping advice often states that you should regularly clean water butts with warm soapy water - which does seem to work. We used a couple of 25 litre plastic containers to pick up our olive oil from the mill and unfortunately this seems to have tainted them to such an extent that whatever liquid pla...
by contadina
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Self-sufficient in Italy...
Replies: 18
Views: 3741

Good morning all, Yes I am Jeremy's wife and I'm loving our new life here in Italy. Apologies for just popping in without saying hello - I had a very busy baking day yesterday (can't wait to see what our neighbours make of hot cross buns) . As you can probably gather the Italian enthusiasm for food ...
by contadina
Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Chicory - in London?
Replies: 12
Views: 4777

Wild chicory is related to the dandelion family which would explain why they often get confused. Both are eaten with relish at this time of year either raw or braised then covered in olive oil and a little salt. We're currently waiting for ours to grow spears in the middle as these are great cooked ...
by contadina
Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: beat spinach recipes please.
Replies: 10
Views: 4011

Hi Andy, We're also having to get creative with spinach at the moment owing to an abundance in the garden. I've listed a few ideas below, let me know if you want recipes. Spinach works well with wild mushrooms - I often cook the two with garlic and pinenuts and then add this to tagliatelle. Spinach ...