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by Karen_D
Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: what home brew have you got on the go at the mo?
Replies: 61
Views: 11243

Re: what home brew have you got on the go at the mo?

Nearly ready: 40 pints of bitter, black cherry wine and some "chardonnay" - all from kits.

Started some mead yesterday.

Does anyone else find watching the bubbles in the airlock hypnotic and comforting or is that just me> :lol:

Wassail

Karen
by Karen_D
Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Vintage Recipes
Replies: 2
Views: 1135

Vintage Recipes

This site reproduces out-of-copyright cookbooks. Mostly from the 1800s and early 1900s there are lots of old-fashioned, frugal ideas in them.

http://www.vintagerecipes.net/

Wassail

Karen
by Karen_D
Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: I don't deserve this
Replies: 30
Views: 2551

Re: I don't deserve this

I think one of the main problems is that people have become very desensitized to advertising and just absorb the info without questioning it. If any of you have some spare time (ha ha) then there is a very good series up on Google video all about advertising and how people are manipulated by it. Fou...
by Karen_D
Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: take your Canvas Bags to the supermarket
Replies: 22
Views: 1836

Re: take your Canvas Bags to the supermarket

Ah, the very funny, very talented Tim Minchin. Well worth finding some of his other stuff on Youtube (not always suitable for kiddies!).

Wassail

Karen
by Karen_D
Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 103787

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

We get free compostable material courtesy of the local council's cemetary maintenance team. We've been barrowing large amounts of now unwanted annual bedding plants and putting them on top of cardboard and newspaper and then covering the whole lot with plastic to rot down.

Oh, and weeding...
by Karen_D
Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:03 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Can Someone Explain How Allotments Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1232

Re: Can Someone Explain How Allotments Work?

There's a good article giving a general overview here http://www.allotment.org.uk/articles/Allotment-History.php Cost can vary. I pay a measly £13.50 per year for two plots which is cheap. In London and other high-demand areas it can be £100 a year. Average is probably about £30 per year. Average si...
by Karen_D
Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Raisin wine
Replies: 6
Views: 1048

Re: Raisin wine

Speaking of raisins. Does anyone have a recipe for Black Beer and Raisin wine?

Wassail

Karen
by Karen_D
Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Well, duh!
Replies: 11
Views: 928

Well, duh!

I've had one of those "isn't it obvious"? moments that always leave me feeling a bit daft (shut up at the back!). Caterpillars are attacking my brassicas. Well, not all of them. They're leaving the red cabbages well alone. Of course, if you are bright green hanging around on something this...
by Karen_D
Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 103787

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

Digging up the "odd" spuds we found sprouting around the plot which we stuck in a corner and which seem to have done better than the ones we bought... Covering bald bits over with newspaper and cardboard and piling comfrey and weeds on top. Our soil is very sandy and if it isn't covered or...
by Karen_D
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: who believes in god (these days)
Replies: 85
Views: 2931

Re: who believes in god (these days)

Well, I'm a polytheist, animist and I worship my ancestors (and you can argue all you like about which god(s) are out there but I KNOW I've got ancestors :lol: ).

Why? Personal experience as well as some shared ones.

Wassail

Karen
by Karen_D
Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Blackstrap molasses
Replies: 9
Views: 1175

Re: Blackstrap molasses

I've used blackstrap molasses to make Shoofly Pie which is very nice either by itself or with custard. Various recipes here http://www.berksweb.com/pam/shoofly.html The closest one on that page to the one I do is this one Shoo Fly Pie 1 c. flour 2/3 c. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. shortening 1 tsp. baking so...
by Karen_D
Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Primitive Skills Website
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Primitive Skills Website

Lots of info and how to instructions for making and using primitive technology.

http://www.primitiveways.com/
by Karen_D
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: People's reactions to what we see as "normal"
Replies: 82
Views: 3315

Re: People's reactions to what we see as "normal"

I think not having a TV has provoked the most reactions and, oddly enough, the most hysterical "What do you do in an emergency?" being my favourite. DH once answered the door to someone trying to flog Sky who, upon being told there was no TV in the house got most upset and said "But y...
by Karen_D
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Pressure Cookers: I now have one!
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: Pressure Cookers: I now have one!

Yes, you can use alcohol - in fact, wine is one of the recommended steam generators. Even so, being ultra-cautious, I always boil for a couple of minutes before putting on the lid if I'm using wine, and I'd do that anyway if using beer, lager or cider to get rid of the fizziness. Thanks! I do like ...
by Karen_D
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Pressure Cookers: I now have one!
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Pressure Cookers: I now have one!

In the end went for a not so cheap version in Stainless Steel and made in Germany. Pleased with it so far and amazed how quiet it is - just goes "pssst" occasionally like a steam iron. What I have been unable to find out is whether you can use alcohol in recipes - beef in beer and so on, o...

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