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by contadina
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: A non commericial christmas
Replies: 57
Views: 11531

Oops, didn't notice the remit of the publication that you are writing for...substitute any evergreen foliage that looks vaguely Christmasey for the olive branch and any country wine for the cherry grappa.
by contadina
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: A non commericial christmas
Replies: 57
Views: 11531

More and more people are realising that once you escape from the mad consumer-fed sham that Christmas has become it can become so much less stressfull and infinitely more enjoyable. Why, oh why do people go on a shopping frenzy just because the shops are shut for one or two days? Making decorations,...
by contadina
Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Eco deoderant
Replies: 42
Views: 12944

I've been using a crystal stick since last January and really recommend it - it's still going strong and looks like it will last well over a year. My sister brought it over for me having bought it at Holland and Barrett for £3.50 - seems expensive, but when you consider that it will last over a yea...
by contadina
Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Are borlotti beans poisonous
Replies: 10
Views: 7936

I think that it's only kidney beans that can be poisonous if you don't fast cook them for 10 minutes at the start of cooking. I do this with all dried beans after soaking overnight as it ensures that the scum is easy to spoon off (which helps to cut down on flatulence). After this you can simmer the...
by contadina
Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:23 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Rising Food Prices
Replies: 8
Views: 1410

You're probably right. Thankfully no one's told the chucks that there's a shortage (their grain's gone up 25 cents per 25 kilo) so I'm gonna roll up my sleeves and start pasta making in earnest. Interesting the price of bread has not gone up over here yet, but as the government still sets the price,...
by contadina
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Rising Food Prices
Replies: 8
Views: 1410

And of course their are always manufacturers ready to exploit a rise in food costs. Buying flour from the mill has gone up 5 cents per kilo here in Italy but the price of dried pasta has rocketed (from 29 to 45 cents per 500g). There was a pasta boycott last week. I'm going to be making and drying m...
by contadina
Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:58 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicken questions
Replies: 38
Views: 8977

Another plus is that chickens adore olives - they'll happily sort out your windfalls.
by contadina
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Start now for Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 5012

Take a wander in the woods and hedgerows Christmas week to find interesting foliage, berries , cones etc. Decorate tables, mantels and window ledges with them interspersed with colourful fruit (clove-studded tangerines look and smell great), baubles, candles etc. I'm with Zoe with tree decorations, ...
by contadina
Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Baked Beans recipe for bottling or preserving in some way?
Replies: 7
Views: 3891

You are correct possum, you can jar baked beans safely using a pressure cooker but not the water bath method, which is fine if you only want to make a few jars at a time http://www.pickyourown.org/canningbakedbeans.htm For economic reasons I only jar stuff in very large batches (around 50 kilos of t...
by contadina
Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Baked Beans recipe for bottling or preserving in some way?
Replies: 7
Views: 3891

Sadly jarring beans is too dodgy/dangerous so you'd be better off drying them and using them to make baked beans when you intend to eat them. As I've not had any for ages I'm going to soak some now so that we can scoff them at the weekend.
by contadina
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:45 am
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: the goodlife online
Replies: 20
Views: 9167

Cheers Donna. You are indeed a wise bird. If we don't have it, I should now be able to trace it.
by contadina
Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:14 am
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: the goodlife online
Replies: 20
Views: 9167

We recorded all four series from the TV and regularly enjoy the odd episode. It's great how they've stood the test of time so well. After Christmas lunch we were all set to enjoy the Christmas episode where they invite Margo and Jerry over for some homespun fun including homemade crackers and paper ...
by contadina
Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Courgettes
Replies: 25
Views: 13408

I love having a courgette glut. Yesterday we had courgette and tomato gratin (fry courgettes until transparent and mix with pulped tomatoes, cover with breadcrumbs and or cheese and bake until bubbling. Tonight we had zucchini frittata (baked courgette omelette). Recipe below 4 good sized courgettes...
by contadina
Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: figs and pomegranites
Replies: 15
Views: 6272

If you've got almond trees too this is lovely way to combine them with dried figs. It's called ficchi maritato or married figs. Place an almond minus sleeve in between both halves along with a few tiny strands of lemon peel and a couple of fennel seeds. Squish together and roast in the oven of about...
by contadina
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:58 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: charity shop foraging - yay!
Replies: 26
Views: 5219

I'm quite stunned by your local paper's stupidity Thurston. I'd write in and help inform them of the reality of the retail sector today. The very thought that charity shops are bullying the big boys out of valuable retail space is very funny. Can you picture the nicely spoken blue-rinsed ladies that...