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by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?
Replies: 22
Views: 4123

Re: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?

Can anyone tell me if you can run laptops from 12v DC or do they need an inverter ?
I have 3 PCs, sometimes all running at the same time and they use quite a bit of mains power.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: house wish list
Replies: 12
Views: 2111

Re: house wish list

Aga/ Rayburn – to run central heating and to cook on


I don't suppose I need to state the obvious and NOT get an oil fired one.
Also get a Rayburn or Waterford Stanley, Aga is snobs and you pay a lot extra for the name.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Broad beans, pods and all.
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: Broad beans, pods and all.

If you have plenty of seed Colours you can sprout them in a jar on the windowsill and eat the young shoots like Mung Beansprouts.
You can also do it with pea sprouts, very useful in mid-winter.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1200

Re: Homemade butter

Putting salt in first is OK if you are sure of the butterfat content of your cream, early summer cream is totally different to mid-winter cream. Putting the salt in after churning you can add the wanted amount per ounce of butter. That probably only applies if you have your own cow or get milk from ...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: garlic
Replies: 38
Views: 4009

Re: garlic

About now is the time to harvest garlic ... when the tops go yellow and fall over. I absolutely love "wet" garlic, the fresh cloves straight out of the garden still a bit green. Try making a white sauce with a whole head of garlic and pour it over new potatoes. It's a totally different tas...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

Re: Onions and wind damage

If they are flowering they won't keep, but are still perfectly OK for cooking. Just nip the flowering spike off and leave till you need that next onion. I would also leave the foliage of the other ones on the ground, they are probably not broken just bent over and will keep on growing for another co...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: As it's a wet day ....
Replies: 11
Views: 824

As it's a wet day ....

As it's a thoroughly wet day and I have already made about 15 posts, I thought I ought to get around to introducing myself. So, hello all. I was born many years ago on a very rural Kentish smallholding, so I was living the 'Good Life' long before the BBC invented the name, and have been more or less...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Font problem with this updated site ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Font problem with this updated site ?

Hi. Am I the only one to notice a problem with some font characters not showing correctly ? Some non-letter characters are being shown just plain wrong. Inverted commas and the pound sign are 2 that I noticed and I'm pretty sure it has only happened since the site upgrade. I posted an article a coup...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

Re: Onions and wind damage

If they are overwintered onions (autumn sown) then they are just about to ripen anyway and would have fallen over all by themselves. It's usual to loosen them a bit ... sort of half pull them up, to break a few of the roots so that they complete the ripening process. They keep better if they are ful...
by Odsox
Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: quick question
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: quick question

Yes I have and I can highly recommend it.
Rhubarb and orange is very nice as is rhubarb and ginger but just plain old rhubarb jam on toast for breakfast is as good as any marmalade.
by Odsox
Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1200

Re: Homemade butter

Well I'm pleased you got it all to work first time ... well done.
The washing business is only really important if you want to keep it for more than a few days.
Shame I live so far away, otherwise I'd be round for a cream tea !
by Odsox
Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: breadmaker recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 5965

Re: breadmaker recommendations

I must admit that I haven't checked on the electricity usage of breadmakers v oven, but I used various makes of breadmakers over the last 10 years and have now gone back to making it by hand and baking in an oven. I got fed up with the paddles tearing big holes in the bottom of the loaf. Regarding t...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1200

Re: Homemade butter

Yes I used to make butter on a regular basis but not for many years. In a nutshell, the leaving cream for a few days produces 'ripened' butter ... one with a strong buttery flavour. Butter made with fresh cream produces a milder butter similar to Lurpac. Either way it's a case of agitating it until ...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: broad bean leaves ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3726

Re: broad bean leaves ?

Hi. You can certainly eat the tops of broad beans, they taste very much like the beans themselves. It all depends which leaves they are as I think the lower more mature leaves would be too tough to eat. Either way it's easy enough to test, just stir fry a sample for a few minutes and try for yoursel...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Parsnips
Replies: 18
Views: 2106

Parsnips are weird this year, don't give up if they didn't germinate. I sowed 4 rows of parsnips on the 27th of March with fresh seed. About a dozen came up and are doing nicely now, but 2 rows did nothing. I decided to hoe off the weed today in the 2 empty rows and guess what ? Lots of freshly germ...