Archive for March, 2012

Next year’s broad beans

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We’re converts: broad beans are divine. We grew them as green manure last year with some incidental eating. This year we’re growing more and planting is now till April (I think). They’ve just poked through the ground now.

First ripe olive of 2012

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It’s a week old now but I have to document the first ripe olive of the year. The deep purple on the backdrop of green is very effective and it speaks of deliciousness to come! This olive and its arborial brethren will be pickled for eating in either late 2012 or 2013, and the harvest is looking to be a good one.

Nature’s disgusting bounty

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For those who knew what was coming and doubted I’d do it: yes I ate some snails. After feeding them some fresh lettuce then nothing for a few days, I washed, boiled, extracted and rewashed the snails, before frying them in butter, garlic, chives and parsley. The result: a fairly unpleasant texture, and the taste of garlic and butter would have been improved with the removal of the snails. Dunno how the french get them so nice but I can’t be bothered experimenting further. Back to stamping on them!

Wet weather bodging: shoe drier

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So a good reason to scavenge and hoard is that you often end up with the right parts on hand at just the right moment. Usually my boots don’t take on water but it has been exceptionally wet this summer and i’ve had to wade more often than is good for boots. With the amount of water around they weren’t drying naturally. Enter the shoe drier: it’s a fan connected to a power supply, so it’s no showcase of technical prowess, but it does show that stuff +  need can equal a free solution!

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