A dog day afternoon


It’s summer glut time and I’m suffering badly.  I find it impossible to let produce go to waste.  And I don’t like giving away produce if I think I may need it sometime in the forth coming year.  Cucumbers I am happy to give away because I am determined not to make any more relish or pickles until we have eaten what is in the pantry – and there is not much else you can do with cucumbers. Continue reading


In my kitchen – March 2015


In my kitchen:

Is a prune and walnut roll.  I love “Rolada” brand fruit rolls and have prunes galore so I thought I would try and make one.  I searched the web and collected all the recipes for prune and walnut rolls I could find.  I then chose the one which sounded the most promising.  It was good – it went in one day – but not quite as good as Rolada.  I found it hard to make mine as firm as the commercial ones.  I made the log, lined some poly pipe with baking paper and then put the log into the poly pipe.  I then pressed down as hard as I could to make it as compact as possible.  I then dried it in the dehydrator.  Like I said, it was good but not perfect.  I have ideas for improvement. Continue reading

In My Kitchen – March 2013

In my kitchen:

Are cucumbers and tomatoes.    What else?  You may well ask.

My vegie patch experience has taught me so much this year.

Number one lesson:  10 cucumber plants will feed, at least, 50 people for the summer.  I have never seen so many cucumbers in my whole life – 28 was our record for one day.  At last, they are beginning to slow down. We are now picking about 8-10 every second day.   I don’t know how many cucumbers I thought two people could eat.  Maus has even taken to accosting strangers in the street and offering them cucumbers.  On most occasions, they are so amazed at the offer, they take one.

We now know which of our neighbours are big cucumber eaters.  I am sure this is useful information that will come in handy one day (a bit like all the things in Maus’ sheds).

Here is a photo of Jules doing the right thing for the cucumber cause.  Luckily, my three dogs like cucumbers.  They are a great treat for dogs because they are good for them, they love them and they have very few calories.  Lily has been known to eat half a cucumber at one sitting.  IMG_2560 copy Continue reading