I was complaining about the verification fiddler to YD , "You do know you have it on your blog don't you mother"? Eeeer no! So I guess those of you who have seen me moaning about it have wondered about my duel standards. Well, YD has helped me to get rid of the thing and we will see if I am inundated with spam. I don't think I'm a big enough blogger to be of interest to anybody though.
I'm so pleased that people found the good advice that I shared in my last post useful. It would seem that neatness is not a quality common amongst fellow bloggers!. Perhaps we should strive to be neater. Why is this not a resolution as important as paying off the mortgage early, or a sealed pot challenge or living on 50 pence a day or finding 100 things to do with and empty yoghurt pot? Hmm food for thought.
In the spirit of one who knows her place I have searched for other ways to improve my housewifery and have some more gems to share over the next few posts.
The last three days have been dry and mostly sunny. I was able to go into the gardens to see what there was to have with yesterday's meat and potato pie and tonight's lamb taginy-type casserole and if there was anything to tempt some very bored rabbits. While picking some perpetual spinach I was surprised at the size of last year's beetroot that were sown alongside the spinach. I pulled a couple and found that there were some small root hairs showing, a sure sign that they will start growing again, when they will become tough as they flower and go to seed. I pulled up half of the row, cooked them and find that they are still quite tender. I will pull the rest up tomorrow and pickle them. The rabbits were happy with the outside of the brussels and some jerusalem artichokes that are still growing like weeds in the three veg plots.
With regard to the veg to go with meals I found Brussels, Brussel tops, Spinach and black kale.
Tonight's meal was a home grown affair. .. Home grown lamb casseroled with lamb stock, whole shallots, (soaked) borlotti beans and frozen tomato passata. At he last few minutes before serving I added a little shredded spinach. To make this more "tagini" I added some pickled sliced lemons at the start of cooking.. I pickled these lemons a couple of years ago and they are still wonderfully unctuous, though their colour is now very drab. If you ever come across some reasonably priced unwaxed lemons I would recommend pickling some in salt. I made three jars and gave one away as a gift.. I will share my recipe is anyone is interested. I served the casserole with a few of the last pink fir apple potatoes and some brussel tops.
Here is another summer picture to cheer us all. The golden rod is always covered in hoverflies and honey bees.
I believe we have another storm on the way.