As you may know, I always like to get the sowing of broad beans in early. The earlier I sow, the more I can grow and you do need a lot of plants to get a decent portion of beans. The seeds in the paper cup are left over from last year and have been sitting around in the damp, but I’m giving them a chance, you never know. The others I’ve chosen for quantity and they were bought in the autumn when I sowed my first lot straight into the garden.
I have sowed twelve of each and I’m looking forward to the first signs of growth, probably three weeks.
The ones I sowed in November are somewhere near that polytunnel that’s in need of repair (wind damage!). The water has receded now but who can say whether the broad beans will still germinate. I love the anticipation 🙂
Well we’ve lived in this house with a very large walnut tree in the garden for fifteen years and I’ve never pickled walnuts before. I remember Grandma and Grandad having them at Christmas but being only little I never tried them to see what they tasted like.
So here goes!
Pick them in July. First they need to be tested with a fork to make sure the shell hasn’t started forming. Then put them in a brine for two weeks, changing the brine every three days.
Then lay them out on a tray to dry, they will then turn completely black.
The white dust on them is the dried salt so I rinsed it off before pickling them.
This is the vinegar and spices to be brought to the boil in a pan.
Put the walnuts in sterilised jars and fill up with warm vinegar. I shared the spices between the jars as well
With the kids or on your own we can celebrate food over this strange time of lockdown. You can make pancakes for breakfast, especially at this special time of Easter!
2oz plain flour, 2 eggs and a little milk makes 6-7 small pancakes. Double that for more, halve it if you are on your own (give left overs to the birds) 🙂
I use gram flour as I can’t eat wheat but use any plain flour!
mix it up together with a fork squashing any big lumps, little lumps don’t matter.
Turn on the pan on a high heat and add a tiny bit of oil (we are cooking them not frying them) and spread it out over the pan. You might have to add a little more during cooking all the pancakes but remember a teeny tiny bit!
put a large spoon of mixture into the pan.
Your pancake needs turning over with a spatula as soon as little craters start to appear like the ones I’ve ringed around.
Only leave it like this for a few seconds and then put on a warm plate and make the next one.
Note: When the pan looks like it’s smoking, don’t panic, just turn the pan down a little but not a lot, you need it hot.
Then you can put them on the table with all your chosen toppings 🙂 You can use savoury toppings if you prefer.
Note: in your enthusiasm, don’t forget to move the pan safely of the heat.
it’s a really beautiful day today, if a little chilly, but it encouraged me out into the garden. I love being out in my garden and doing things to make it look nice. I knew one of the things I had to do was to finish cleaning the green house, so I got on with that first. Now it’s not only is it shiny on the outside…..
…..it’s (mostly) shiny on the inside. Which means I can actually see through the glass 🙂
I did some cutting back and sweeping up
and tidied up the rose arch.
I took a sneaky peak at the seeds I sowed about three weeks ago and there’s signs of life.
I love to see things growing, I find it such a blessing, I can’t wait to sow some more 🙂
Even in this early part of January I am encouraged by the new season and the beauty of the world around us. I have just bought this little book which is a real treat.
I don’t really need encouraging to start sowing seeds but this little book has encouraged me. I’ve spent the whole of Christmas and New Year with a nasty cough and cold and this little book has helped a lot. Do you know you can start sowing seeds in a unheated greenhouse or cold frame now! 🙂 I’ve started sorting my seeds and have taken advise from my little book.
I’ve never done well with Sweet Peas, but there’s always a first time. I needed long pots but not having enough toilet roll tubes I decided to make some. You can get tutorials on line.
I had two half started packets so I used them all up. Let’s see what happens
I’ve laid a piece of bubble wrap over them as a bit of insulation in case there’s a nasty frost.
I’m delighted with what I’ve just made. I’ve made a side table for the lounge out of vintage chemists box.
I found this box in the loft of our last house when we were moving and so decided to bring it with us. We’ve been using it to store sketch books and journals until now when we had a need for a new side table.
For a very long tome there had been a pile of large logs on our front drive which Mr O. was intending to deal with but never got round to it. I came up with a solution for the problem……
…….we now have a rockery! I added some rockery stones to the log pile without disturbing little families which will have made there home in the warm and damp. I now am gradually adding some plants, so now as I drive up to my house it puts a smile on my face! 🙂