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by contadina
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy second-hand for lasting quality
Replies: 9
Views: 9992

Re: Buy second-hand for lasting quality

I have a niece who regularly changes everything as she wants a new colour scheme - I just can't fathom that mentality. It makes more sense to me to buy something second hand that will last rather than a fashion gadget set that might all just last long enough before you get bored of it.
by contadina
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy second-hand for lasting quality
Replies: 9
Views: 9992

Re: Buy second-hand for lasting quality

A good nut mill is a treasure. Can it grind them finely enough for nut butters? I struggle to get them fine enough in my old magimix.
by contadina
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Contadina says ciao from Italia
Replies: 5
Views: 2632

Re: Contadina says ciao from Italia

Thanks guys - it's good to see you've not all given up the self-sufficientish lifestyle to become merchant bankers or something daft like that.
by contadina
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Omelette
Replies: 16
Views: 10249

Re: Omelette

It happened to my brother's hens and the vet said it was a common occurrence after they eat acorns. As they were foraged, I guess they must eat them whole :shock:

Mine feast on olives - thankfully their yolks are bright orange not black or purple :iconbiggrin:
by contadina
Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy second-hand for lasting quality
Replies: 9
Views: 9992

Buy second-hand for lasting quality

I love the photo of Winnifred and her much loved cooker http://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/feb/20/household-appliances-cooker-oven-kettle-white-goods I feel pretty much the same way about my beautiful 1961 Necchi Julia Supernova, which I bought a few years back from a scrapyard for €30 and is an ...
by contadina
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Omelette
Replies: 16
Views: 10249

Re: Omelette

...or feed your hens acorns if you want vivid green yolks :mrgreen: , which might look a bit odd, but are perfectly safe to eat.
by contadina
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:10 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Contadina says ciao from Italia
Replies: 5
Views: 2632

Contadina says ciao from Italia

Ciao everyone,

I hope you are all well. I thought I'd check to see if my login still worked, as I gave up when the site went down a couple of years ago. Glad to see that it's back up and running, so I'm just going to have a browse to catch up whilst sipping my tea.
by contadina
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Forum moving-sorry for any hiccups
Replies: 35
Views: 30020

Re: Forum moving-sorry for any hiccups

I always come via new posts and still have to loggin each time.
by contadina
Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Forum moving-sorry for any hiccups
Replies: 35
Views: 30020

Re: Forum moving-sorry for any hiccups

I'm still having to sign in each visit (it's not remembering the remember me option). Just thought I'd mention it, in case it's a common problem you are not aware of :salute: .
by contadina
Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Sewing machines
Replies: 11
Views: 3952

Re: Sewing machines

Most of the new models (Singer included) are cheaply made in the far east, and very old ones require a lot of maintenance, so I'd look for second-hand ones from the 60s to the mid-80s, when they were built to last, with no plastic parts. If you see one advertised, you can check the make and model nu...
by contadina
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Rubbish 'carer'.
Replies: 7
Views: 1958

Re: Rubbish 'carer'.

I'm with MarcherLady. It sounds to me as these were things you've held back from saying for a while and, although it's a cliche, you really do have to be cruel to be kind sometimes, especially when someone has given up and makes no effort to help themselves. Hopefully this will pave the way for some...
by contadina
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How do we feel about artificial meat?
Replies: 28
Views: 7752

Re: How do we feel about artificial meat?

When you consider the health problems brought on by processed foods, what could possibly go wrong? I still believe that moving away from factory processes in the food industry and changing peoples consumption habits a better option. Also, I believe it's another epic fail by PETA, who are happily fun...
by contadina
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Kefir
Replies: 7
Views: 4248

Re: Kefir

I'm not keen on milk kefir grains (way too funky for my taste-buds) but absolutely love water kefir. As has been mentioned, by adding ginger and fruit (the yeast feed on this) you can make a really refreshing summer's drink, not unlike ginger beer.
by contadina
Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:21 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Any good recipes for broad/fava beans??
Replies: 11
Views: 3559

Re: Any good recipes for broad/fava beans??

Dried fava beans are brilliant and as Juzamum suggests can be used to make an Egyptian-style falafel. Down here in Italy's heel, re-hydrated and skinned fava beans are cooked with a little bit of potato and pureed. Add lots of olive oil and salt and serve with either peperonata or bitter greens. I w...
by contadina
Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Any good recipes for broad/fava beans??
Replies: 11
Views: 3559

Re: Any good recipes for broad/fava beans??

This is a tried and tested Yotam Ottolenghi recipe. I make big batches of these every spring to pop in the freezer. Spiced broad bean and spinach burgers (makes 12, so increase as per the amount of beans) ½ tsp each whole cumin, coriander and fennel seeds 25g spinach (beetroot leaves, or chard work ...