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by contadina
Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: I got a free pasta machine
Replies: 13
Views: 3612

If you like fresh pasta then definitely keep hold of it as it's the only way to ensure that you can achieve lovely thin sheets of pasta for lasagna, parpadelle, fettuccini, tagliatelle, ravioli etc. You can also buy attachments to make spaghetti, vermichelli and neater tagliatelle etc. I wouldn't bo...
by contadina
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books on preserving
Replies: 13
Views: 5054

I picked up the Agricultural & Food Research Council book of Home Preservation of Fruit and Vegetables at Amazon ISBN 0-11-242864-9 it covers most areas.
by contadina
Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Should I buy a dehumidifier
Replies: 20
Views: 6388

Winters are very humid and cold here in southern Italy and houses are not built for winter months. Many expats we know have serious problems with damp and mould as they shut all doors and windows and whack up the heating. We've never had any humidity problems as we copy our Italian neighbours and op...
by contadina
Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where's Guy Fawkes
Replies: 11
Views: 1840

I casually mentioned Bonfire Night celebrations to a Northern Irish work colleague a few years back and he, rather more pointedly, informed me that no, he would not be partaking in any ritual Catholic-burning festival. I think that he has a point. Love fire and pyrotechnics but not so keen on the bu...
by contadina
Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:17 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: free patterns
Replies: 11
Views: 3168

Cheers Fee.

I had a scout around for men's patterns but ony found a site for making "revealing" swimwear and that's not going to keep you warm! I did find some knitting patterns for men though.


http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/d ... othing.php
by contadina
Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:38 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: free patterns
Replies: 11
Views: 3168

I'm just finishing some box cushions for a new sofa that contadino's just made and can't wait to finish so that I can start knitting. Sadly I haven't knitted since I was a child so I think that I'd best start with a scarf rather than that gorgeous purple wraparound cardy with the belt. Or I may just...
by contadina
Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: free patterns
Replies: 11
Views: 3168

free patterns

With nighttimes drawing in I've decided that it's time to start making stuff. I saw some good links in the knitting thread but have found a few others (both knitting and sewing) that I thought that I'd share. http://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=227024s (a good mixture of knitting projects) h...
by contadina
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Two Itinerant Wombats
Replies: 92
Views: 13378

And should the weather in Blighty prove too inclement for your antipodean bones Nev, you are more than welcome to come and stay (and dry out) with us here in southern Italy. :cooldude:
by contadina
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making Mayonnaise
Replies: 10
Views: 2231

1 egg (I use the whole egg, but it will keep longer if you just use yolks) half tsp salt half tsp mustard 2 tsp cider or wine vinegar half pint of oil Put egg, salt, mustard and vinegar in blender and blitz for a few secs to mix. Whilst still blending very slowly feed half the oil drop by drop. As t...
by contadina
Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making Mayonnaise
Replies: 10
Views: 2231

Also, it gets thicker the more oil that you add. It's important to add the first half of the oil very slowly (drop by drop) but you'll need to add the rest in a steady stream to ensure a lovely thick consistency. I do mine in either a blender or food processor and it's miles better than shop-bought ...
by contadina
Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bring back hanging...........
Replies: 25
Views: 3696

I worked as a cleaner at my local hospital whilst at school and university (over 20 years ago) and witnessed the deterioration once contracting was phased in. Before contracting, staff were well motivated, reasonably paid and training and checks were the norm. After contracting standards began slipp...
by contadina
Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:13 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Ok I'm really upset right now
Replies: 19
Views: 7689

Most people recoil from barbarous images, which is, I think a credit to our humanity and long may we not become desensitized. I recall a study quite a few years back where it was proven that pictures of discarded shoe piles proved far more effective in showing the horror of the holocaust than mounds...
by contadina
Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Good healthy picky food!
Replies: 22
Views: 5878

Where do you work Fee (you can name and shame if you like but I just want an idea of your job)? Like everyone else who's posted I'm pretty shocked by your somewhat sweatshop conditions. I'm doubly shocked in that I thought that an 8-hour day entitled you to 2 15-minute tea breaks plus and hour for l...
by contadina
Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: 7 hours in London...
Replies: 11
Views: 1769

Hop on a tube and visit Borough Market (its on the south side of London Bridge) and see how much crazy Londoners are prepared to pay for organic goods. It's quite nice just wandering around, soaking in the atmosphere and if you fancy you can pop over to Greenwich and have a picnic in the park and /o...
by contadina
Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Oh I am so insulted, you are so rude!!!
Replies: 44
Views: 7046

This one has been borrowed from a TV drama (Our Friends in the North) and is very useful when someone tries to condescend you. First you ask them if they would like a hankie. When they so no, you simply reply that you thought that it might help them look down their nose some more. I've used this a f...