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by contadina
Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:36 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Got any Chili preserve recipies?
Replies: 16
Views: 5576

Here's one from southern Italy called Peperoncino cotto. It's keeps for a couple of years and is fab on bread, cheese, meat etc. Peperoncino Cotto Cut chillies into tiny pieces (take out seeds first - you could keep them in if you're hard enough, but I'm not sure if this will affect preserving quali...
by contadina
Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Easing into vegetarianism
Replies: 48
Views: 9449

We're bravely (or stupidly) preparing an Indian meal for Italian friends tonight (dhansak, dahl, bombay potatoes and chapatis). Whilst I love the food and the passion for it over here it's so local that we could end up with some very hungry guests.

All the more for me - yum!
by contadina
Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Easing into vegetarianism
Replies: 48
Views: 9449

Hi Ina, I feel for you being vegetarian in Scotland. Beautiful part of the world but not a good place to eat out if you don't do meat. My husband and I got married in Scotland and all we could eat on our various scouting missions was plastic macaroni cheese with chips. I was very excited by a Mexica...
by contadina
Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Easing into vegetarianism
Replies: 48
Views: 9449

Hi Rhonda, I've been a vegetarian for nigh on 30 years and have found it to be most liberating in the kitchen. Like many, when I first stopped eating meat I experimented in recreating favourite foods that contained meat - send me a pm if you are interested in any in particular. Nowadays I can create...
by contadina
Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Olives again!
Replies: 5
Views: 2350

Not sure if this will help but it’s what we do with our olives. Jar them in a brine solution 2 pints (1 litre) of water plus 3% oz (100 gms) of salt for every 1 kg of olives. Place the pan with this solution on a moderate heat. As soon as the water comes to the boil take it off the heat. Leave the...
by contadina
Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Harvesting Potatoes
Replies: 18
Views: 4549

Morning all. I harvested all of our spuds a couple of weeks ago as is the norm in southern Italy. Although I'd been picking them as and when needed everyone digs the lot up after the festa of Saint Antonio in mid-June. I love the way that the gardener's diary is tied in with religious one over here ...
by contadina
Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:56 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: Suggestions for next 101 we can reach
Replies: 14
Views: 4580

As someone with a really, really slow t'internet connection would it be possible to list (just the name and number) the current top however many, so that I can check out what has been suggested so far? Cheeky request from someone who hasn't suggested a single 101 so far but it would help me get past...
by contadina
Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Lavender freezer cordial
Replies: 12
Views: 2830

Thanks for the idea Thomzo, as we get through a fair amount of homemade lemon squash this will make a welcome change. I love the idea of using the flowers in ice cubes too - pretty funky. I guess that they'd work quite well in G&T or even whiskey if I was feeling daring.
by contadina
Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Lavender freezer cordial
Replies: 12
Views: 2830

Thanks for the idea Thomzo, as we get through a fair amount of homemade lemon squash this will make a welcome change. I love the idea of using the flowers in ice cubes too - pretty funky. I guess that they'd work quite well in G&T or even whiskey if I was feeling daring.
by contadina
Sun Jun 10, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: limoncello
Replies: 12
Views: 3383

And what's more I've found a recipe that only takes a week to make, rather than one mese! If anyone's interested let me know. I've just discovered how to make another digestivo using basil leaves - really nice and fresh tasting. Digestivo al basilico 500g alcool (or cheap vodka) 500g sugar 500g wate...
by contadina
Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: mega wasps!
Replies: 21
Views: 3990

Contadino's not giving you the whole picture. The wasps that made one of our olive trees home last year were as big, if not bigger, than fifty pence pieces and Italian's are terrified of them as a sting usually results in a hospital visit. I had to kill (and me a vegetarian too) about 15 of them one...
by contadina
Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:40 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Help with suggestions on removing glue from jars!
Replies: 23
Views: 7806

A little dab of essential oil gets stubborn gluey gunk off too.
by contadina
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What a Pain in the Chest!
Replies: 28
Views: 5554

Probably not something that I should be proud of but I was once pelted with a water bomb. The morons who threw it were driving a red convertible so they really stood out. Later on that same day myself and a friend had the satisfaction of standing on a bridge and pouring the contents of our chip bags...
by contadina
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Storey’s Basic Country Skills
Replies: 3
Views: 2860

At the back of the book there is a list of other titles including the one that you mentioned Robin. I can't comment on them as I've never read any, but I'm guessing that Storey’s Basic Country Skills contains a synopsis of each title.
by contadina
Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Storey’s Basic Country Skills
Replies: 3
Views: 2860

Storey’s Basic Country Skills

Storey’s Basic Country Skills - by John and Martha Storey Subtitled A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance, this encyclopedia contains a collection of 150 different authors specialising in different areas of expertise. Covering almost every area of rural living this is a great reference book to have a...