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by contadina
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Salsa
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: Salsa

Too darn hot here and they are scorching, but I can't complain too much as I've already made 60 jars of passata and a few jars of concentrated tomato puree.
by contadina
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Effective Watering
Replies: 3
Views: 793

Re: Effective Watering

All our newly planted trees and bushes have flexible tubing wrapped around their roots before they are planted. The tubing then has a plastic water bottle with the bottom cut off attached to it, which is tied to a stake to allow easy watering of the roots. It's 40+°C at the moment, but you wouldn't ...
by contadina
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:37 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do i make my own energy drink?
Replies: 7
Views: 2336

Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

I've a Argentinian neighbour who always starts the day with the sun salutation and a tankard of yerba mate. Having enjoyed many brews round his, I'd say that you need to add honey to sweeten the drink and make sure that you drink it through a bombilla (metal straw with a filter, which doesn't move o...
by contadina
Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Purslane
Replies: 3
Views: 2019

Re: Purslane

It is a weed, albeit a rather tasty and healthy one, which luckily seems to grow all over the place. My husband has a perverse aversion to weeds, so I sneak purslane into most salads and stir-frys. :iconbiggrin:
by contadina
Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Comparing Mulched Soil to Bare Soil
Replies: 22
Views: 2871

Re: Comparing Mulched Soil to Bare Soil

Living in a hot climate with zero rain from May until September mulching is very important for us and we use either straw, cardboard or olive leaves. In northern Europe, the only reason to mulch would be to suppress weeds, whereas it's all about water retention down south.
by contadina
Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Treatment for cherry fly worms in the cherries
Replies: 10
Views: 6620

Re: Treatment for cherry fly worms in the cherries

Lot's of people over here use limewash to whitewash the trunks of the trees to serve as a disinfectant, deter insects and prevent sun scold, so I think that RRF is correct in saying that it is probably slaked lime. I personally think it looks atrocious so have, up till now resigned myself that we wi...
by contadina
Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Great Mosquito War 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2946

Re: The Great Mosquito War 2012

Long trousers go on around four o'clock. We made mozzie screens for the windows and used voil to make a draped net over the bed and have fly screens over the doors and it really helps keep their numbers in the house down. Having a partner that they prefer helps too :iconbiggrin: ., other than that t...
by contadina
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Anyone on here in Czech?
Replies: 3
Views: 753

Re: Anyone on here in Czech?

Search for JeremyinCzechRep, who posts on here every now and then. He has a blog too http://www.jeremytaylor.eu/
by contadina
Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:45 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Juicing Romaine letuce, broccol;i, purslane, parsley, basil.
Replies: 23
Views: 2364

Re: Juicing Romaine letuce, broccol;i, purslane, parsley, ba

You can eat really healthfully without the need to juice or dehydrate all your food Durgan. Where's the joy and pleasure in that?
by contadina
Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need

A slightly less hysterical piece about the dangers of processed "low fat" foods. Comparing the food and drinks industry to the tobacco industry owing to their overuse of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose syrup as it's often referred to in the UK, to the detriment of everyone's hea...
by contadina
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Any ideas what these are?
Replies: 20
Views: 7025

Re: Any ideas what these are?

Did you sow any aubergine seeds?
by contadina
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Jubilee
Replies: 90
Views: 15959

Re: Jubilee

I'm no royalist, but agree with Boboff, although it actually costs somewhere between 51p and 62p per person on latest figures. This is peanuts and certainly a lot cheaper than it would cost to keep a president, who wouldn't bring anywhere near as much tourism into the country. I was really pleased t...
by contadina
Mon May 28, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How to build a patio?
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: How to build a patio?

or a 200ltr blue barrel filled with water and rolled, or a portly neighbour doing river dance? We managed to combine the two, well almost, we got a very game HelpXer to go over the hardcore with a water-filled recycled gas bottles attached to the rotivator many, many times. He also proved very hand...
by contadina
Mon May 28, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How to build a patio?
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: How to build a patio?

We compacted down our old living room and kitchen tiles, with their original screed still attached :roll: to use as the sub-base, and then laid a cement screed before laying paving slabs (more like crazy paving off cuts, but you get what you pay for :wink: ). In the UK you would need to add gravel, ...
by contadina
Sun May 27, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: BBQ
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: BBQ

Just make regular dough, either white or wholemeal, and allow to rise, before knocking back and cutting into chunks. Roll into balls and let rest for 10-mins, before rolling into shape (either round or oval) and place on an old baking tray, which has been warming up on the BBQ. Flip after a a few mi...