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by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 9:56 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dandelion wine
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Oh you've started something now.

My OH wants to add Dettol to it to make it taste like retsina!

I suppose we'll be picking lots of green bits off frozen dandelion heads this weekend.

Hey ho.

Maggie :roll:
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnel problem
Replies: 11
Views: 1427

Thanks for that We actually discussed fitting it along one long side first as it seemed to make sense, but decided to follow the instructions instead (even though they were totally counter-intuitive). I think tomorrow we'll try it that way. You make me feel totally inadequate - our 10' x 15' polytun...
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Reusable san pro
Replies: 11
Views: 1606

The mooncup is fantastic. I've been truly amazed at how comfortable, safe it is and no mishaps.
Bit expensive but lasts forever.
Maggie
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Hawthorn Flower Liqueur?
Replies: 8
Views: 1163

cheap brandy

I've got a recipe for plum brandy (which uses whisky but that's a whole other story). The author said she used good quality spirits because she wasn't patient enough to wait for the mixture to mature and mellow. Implying - I suppose - that if you're prepared to leave it for a while you can get good ...
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Trying to be handy .. cheese/butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1329

Not sure - I thought you just used salt (and cabbage of course)! However, it may be a good way of using up the whey rather than chucking it out. (Having discovered paradise and being flat broke all in the same place I'm becoming slightly obsessional about getting something out of every last scrap). ...
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Trying to be handy .. cheese/butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1329

Uses for whey

I'm just reading a book called Nourishing Traditions (bit weird but interesting).
She talks about using whey to cause lacto-fermentation for preserving veg - like sauerkraut etc.
Maggie
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dandelion wine
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Dandelion wine

Hi I've spent the last couple of weeks picking and freezing dandelion heads to make some wine. I've been told by one person that you have to take off all the green bits, but someone else told me that if you leave it on the resulting wine tastes like retsina. Anyone know if this is true? I looooooove...
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnel problem
Replies: 11
Views: 1427

Polytunnel problem

We bought a tunnel from First tunnels. Frame went up just fine but we never seem to have calm enough weather up here to fit the polythene. We've tried in what is relatively calm weather and had to abandon it. We've got their aluminium base rail kit which is supposedly easier than trench digging etc ...
by Green Aura
Mon May 12, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: cleaning stainless steel
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Cleaning stainless steel

When you've got the crud off wipe it over with some baby oil!!! Fantastic.
by Green Aura
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: how do you cook a peacock/hen
Replies: 23
Views: 3312

http://www.godecookery.com/incrd/incrd.htm#016
http://www.lc.capellauniversity.edu/~13 ... eacock.htm

Found both of these with a quick google - both sound a bit Mrs Beeton - "First catch your....."
Maggie
by Green Aura
Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbines and planning permission
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

Thanks Martin - and everyone
Still not sure where I stand but I'll leave it for a while - until our house is sold.
Maggie
by Green Aura
Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from deepest darkest Sutherland...
Replies: 20
Views: 2467

Hi
I too live in Sutherland - near Durness. Do we count as urban self-sufficient? Don't care really - this seems like a really good forum.
Maggie
by Green Aura
Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbines and planning permission
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

That was all completely arse about face. Permission denied under 50m and not needed over 100. + dwelling not swelling! I'm driving down to Manchester today to finish off selling the house so I'm all of a dither - my excuse anyway. By the way if anyone's interested in buying a house in Gtr Man area -...
by Green Aura
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbines and planning permission
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

I've read differing things. I think round here it is impossible to get permission within 100m of neighbours, may get it at 50-100m, don't need it under that. How many people live more than 100m from nearest swelling? Even round here the housing tends to be closer together than that.
Maggie
by Green Aura
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbines and planning permission
Replies: 7
Views: 1717

I know - I can't believe how lucky I am. When I'm rationalising the move I tell myself I've worked towards this for years (retraining etc). But the truth is we were in the right place at the right time and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I still can't believe it - just hope the business goe...

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