Sunday, 9 July 2017
As can be seen our veggie plot is coming along nicely, flowers on all the beans, swede and turnip tops standing up well, the brocolli is doing fine, sweet potato plants spreading all over and we have had our first harvest of mangetout! and very tasty they were too!
Friday, 16 June 2017
Luckily we were able to laugh about it, Nigel so carefully tended our Kohl Rabi seedlings and they seemed to be growing really well. Then Nigel happened to notice other KR growing around the garden and it turned out he had been nurturing common groundsel plants instead of KR - WEEDS!. Never mind, like I say we had a laugh and now have another space in the patch to plant something different. Probably put in some more beetroot which always grow well and we both enjoy eating.
The rest of the patch is progressing, slowly but surely, although the Spaghetti Squash never showed so Nigel has resown some more seeds, fingers crossed! The swedes, broccoli and mangetout are doing really well and the six runner beans that came through are doing quite well, Nigel has put some more in the spaces in the hope they will show. My brother Bobby kindly sent us a packet of runner bean seads from the UK. I've joined a Gardening In France page on Facebook and the pictures other people are putting on of their potagers and the veg they are already picking is a bit deflating, but then I tell myself we were late in starting to plant plus a lot of these people live further down in the warmer parts of France. We've both agreed we need to give the plot a good fertilize before next years planting.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Bread is unfortunately one of my biggest downfalls, I love bread, any sort of bread, especially french bread. I don't miss too many foods from the UK but I have to say I do often miss a fresh baked bloomer or split tin. We had a lovely meal yesterday evening, pan fried haddock (dry fried in seasoned flour) with new potatoes and peas and sweetcorn (my faves). After cleaning my plate I said to Nigel the only thing missing was a piece of bread and butter. Lo and behold when I got up this morning there was Nigel kneading away at a lump of bread dough, he had found a Paul Hollywood bloomer recipe on line. I've just had a warm crusty end spread with butter and it was heaven! Gorgeous, I must say it is Nigel's best bread loaf to date! He's such a treasure my hubby!!
Dogs are such creatures of habit aren't they, our two get five dog biscuits each twice a day, once in the morning and once early evening (they get fed their main meal around lunch time). They both know when its "biscuit oclock" as Nigel calls it because they pester (especially Joli) and when Nigel comes out with the biscuits they have their specific places where they sit and Aimee always expects a little tease play with Nigel taking them away and giving them back etc. Billie has recently decided she should join in and have biscuits too, the first time she had a sniff at Aimee's biscuits she was put in her place and snarled off, Joli, being Joli and soft as anything, moved away to let Billie get in there and I swear if she could have got one in her mouth she would have eaten one. So now at biscuit oclock Billie has her own little pile of Dreamies cat treats (on the settee where she sits). This morning when he had finished his biscuits Joli came over to have a sniff at Billie's and was sent away with a swipe of her paw, claws out! He really is a big softie!
Sunday, 21 May 2017
allrecipes.co.uk. Cant wait till after dinner to dig in, will be gorgeous with a spoon of greek yoghurt.