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ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 4, 2011 1:43 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear all, the last thread Kitchen and Gardens 1 is at http://cubits.org/farming/thread/view/49380/ and was causing problems with download speed.
So I have created a new one here for you.
Please continue to put your lovely recipes on, and new garden pictures.
Regards.
Neil.
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ImageAnnaZ
Mar 4, 2011 2:15 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Oh, that looks yummy............and I am just having fish. Rolling on the floor laughing Which I have to go and fix now, as SU will be coming in shortly.
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 4, 2011 3:07 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Annaz, it was really cold so I made that simple beef stew and dumplings. Nothing special, but it was warming and filling, and that is what you want in the end.
Tasted lovely though, as I slowly stewed it for a long time!
I was not looking forward to going shopping today with my mother as she tends to overload me with things to carry in my rucksack for her. However apart from the overloading as she thinks I am a Camel, she did buy Sarah some nice stuff in the pound shop. Everything is a pound or under, oh what fun!
All these plants for 50p or two lots for 90 p, so more for me to do for Sarah's border! So I started with 6 mixed Lupins 90p, same with the Eryngium planum or sea holly, then 30 cornliles, 15 Allium species. Looking around a stroke of luck, for I have an area which is but small that some plants do not like as I have a feeling the soil is cream crackered. Spotted some lucky clover Oxalis deppe ' Iron Cross'. Perfect, let it grow and flower and then dig it in, as it fixes nitrogen in the soil and is a green manure. What a result as you get 60 for 90p. So plant 30 dig them in and then the next 30! let us see if that works, I think it will, hopefully!
Plus of course Sarah got some chocolate, which does upset me having to carry that disgusting stuff.
I got something as well, a bad back, how nice.
Regards.
Neil.
porkpal
Mar 4, 2011 3:44 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Cream crackered?
Porkpal
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 4, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Sorry porkpal it means knackered or worn out.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageAnnaZ
Mar 4, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Chocolate is DISGUSTING STUFF?????? I've always said i don't trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate.................it is my favorite food. Big Grin
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 5, 2011 1:51 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Annaz, the so called chocolate they sell as chocolate nowadays is disgusting stuff. I do not trust the people who make this sort of so called chocolate.
Chocolate was first brought in to the UK before 1657 – then London's first chocolate house opened. The shop was called The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll. London's chocolate houses became the trendy meeting places for the elite.
However it was at first used as a food flavoring and a Hot drink, or what we now call Hot Chocolate but without the mass of sugar that is now put in it!
Then as chocolate became more popular people put more and more sugar in it until they made chocolate bars as we know them now. This took away the flavor of real chocolate, which is a pure joy.
With the addition of white granulated sugar (cane sugar), more of that could be added faster and made more profit for the chocolate makers. It went on till it was as it is now a lot of sugar and very little chocolate. Except in certain countries like Belgium and Switzerland where the decline in taste was noticed and laws put into place that all chocolate was to be at least 70% or more cocoa butter.
So if you were to taste Handmade Belgium chocolate which is law over there, it has a fantastic taste and would not taste anything like the stuff that is so called chocolate.
As laws were not put into place all over the world, the stuff you get now so called chocolate is more like 70-80% white sugar then a bit of cocoa butter plus colorants and flavorings.
That is why I call so called chocolate disgusting stuff, as I may as well go ut and buy a two pound bag of sugar add some cocoa powder and eat that!
If you ever tasted the Handmade chocolate that is tested by law to make sure it is what it says it is, you would never eat the cheap chocolate bar they sell in the shops.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageAnnaZ
Mar 5, 2011 3:26 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
My fav is Lindt.............if that helps. Big Grin
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 5, 2011 3:47 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Annaz, Lindt is a good chocolate with that I agree. It is more expensive as it has a good cocoa butter content in it! Belgium is not far from us on the channel tunnel train, and like most places in the UK have bakers and butchers, but they also have chocolate shops. All chocolate are Handmade and Homemade, and each batch has to be tested by law to meet the strict requirements laid down.
But it is still cheap to us on a day out to Belgium. The more % cocoa butter the more expensive it is, as I do not like it to sweet I go for 80%, although you can buy 100% if you want it for cooking and add your own sugar etc.
The stuff is unforgettable and you want more of it.
I am sure it is available in the US, although it may be expensive!
Regards.
Neil.
porkpal
Mar 5, 2011 8:41 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I love the REAL chocolate you describe, but I seem to be able to make do with the modern imitations...
Porkpal
ImageMaryE
Mar 5, 2011 12:09 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Neil, do you know if the products that are made for export are also subject to the 80% law? I'll have to read some labels and try to learn if anything is available here that has a high chocolate percentage. US law says the most abundant ingredient must be listed first, and then on down the line in order. If it says sugar, or any one or combination of the sugary substitutes, (high fruictose corn syrup, sucrose, etc) before cocoa powder, then there can't be much good stuff in it. A friend from Switzerland would probably know if there is anything of quality available here.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 5, 2011 1:07 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Mary, the belgium chocolate that is imported here has on the front and back of the label in big letters what it is 70%- 80% etc. Same as the Handmade ones, but they have it on the bottom of the box! Greens Organic chocolate made in the UK is 70% or you can get 80%, and again it is stamped over the front and rear in big letters what it is!
I will have a look for you and see if Greens or any in Belgium import or where you can get it from in the US!
Regards.
Neil.
ImageKathleen
Mar 6, 2011 3:59 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Thank you for starting this, Neil. To be honest, anyone can start a new thread on all but one of the forums and that is the My Stories Forum. So if you need a new thread, please feel free to start it!
ImageMaryE
Mar 6, 2011 6:48 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I did a google search for it, and came up with this, at, of all places Walmart!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Green-Black-s-Dark-85-Cocoa-Conten...

Is it the same?
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 6, 2011 8:03 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Mary, that is it but a high cocoa butter % at 85% the one I like!
If you like it sweeter get a 70% milk as that one you have showed me is Dark chocolate not milk!
Brilliant for eating and cooking with.
Nice stuff.
Regards.
Neil.
ImageMaryE
Mar 6, 2011 9:17 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thanks, Neil. I'll see what they have next week when we go to the town that has the Walmart. We only go there about once a month.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageAnnaZ
Mar 6, 2011 9:33 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
I must stay away from it all till the end of May. *sigh*.......... Crying
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 10, 2011 6:05 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Some beautiful crocus I saw yesterday.
Regards,
Neil.
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ImageAnnaZ
Mar 10, 2011 6:21 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Ok, here is my bulb haul from the Garden show yesterday. What a wonderful booth there for enablers...........bulbs, bulbs, bulbs.........

Now, can anyone guess what they are? Oh, the soup can is there for size comparison.

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porkpal
Mar 10, 2011 4:31 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Oh boy, a guessing game! I'll have to think a bit before I try...
Porkpal

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