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Tips and tricks – finding and harvesting nature's resources
Sun 21-Mar-10
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Danny
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Thanks for resurrecting this thread, Fiano - it was out of season for the winter but with all the new growth starting, we would love to learn of more uses for the free stuff in our hedgerows.

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Sat 12-Jun-10
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I found one of my old ladies collecting Hawthorne flowers from the hedgerow so I asked her what she was making....chai...(tea) she said and advised that it was good for regulating the heart.  Now I had just been into Holland and Barratt and paid a small fortune for Hawthorne tablets.....not any more...trying to work out if you can dry out the flowers and use them as and when.

One of my visitors that I was collecting the remains of the cherries for, was collecting the stalks.  Apparently it's made into chai and is considered to stave off cancer and after looking it up...she's right.  I'm learning such a lot out here.  They still have lots of country remedies that have long been forgotten in UK...very close to nature they are in the far south of BG...TeaTeaTeaTea   

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Sat 12-Jun-10
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That's interesting Elsa, I'd be delighted to learn more about natural remedies if you have the inclination to write them for us.

BTW, how many old ladies do you have? Wink

I'll try that again!

Sun 13-Jun-10
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Miwwions and miwwions....no probably about 50 in my stretched out village and I'm one of them. Big_Laugh

As the hints and tips come...I shall send them on.  I did start a little book but my problem is getting a translation.  It's no good someone calling it Janqui, advising that it's good for the heart when eaten straight from the tree when I don't know what it is.  Apparently the local children dip them in salt...me thinks not too good for the heart, but hey...what do I know, only what scientists tell me from day to day  The later process is to ferment them and use the still to make them into Rakia (the local firewater).  Still alive most of them, pickled but alive.... such is the medicineMedicinein these there hills....Big_LaughBig_Laugh

 

Now to work out the maths....orphan confused with brain training...eat your heart out Mr Nagi whatever your name is....

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Sun 13-Jun-10
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I found out the other day that lilac flowers make a good tea which is apparently good for coughs too.

Tue 27-Jul-10
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 Help in identifying these fruits please. The first I have tried and I'm still alive, so they must be ok,  the second I am not too sure about, they are the same size as the yellow fruit. ThanksImage Enlarger

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Tue 27-Jul-10
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I think the yellow ones are Mirabelles and the others could be plums, but someone will be along soon with a definite ID.  Well done on posting the pictures BTW!

I'll try that again!

Tue 27-Jul-10
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Wild plums by the look of them.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 31-Jul-10
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I picked one of the other fruits, kept it on the kitchen window and let it ripen, not as sweet as the Mirabelles but again no side effects so a possibility.

Re the Mirabelles....please note, I'm more a "Cor Blimey" cook than  "Cordon Bleu", I invented "Bung it" cooking,  so faced with a collender full of the yellow fruits, I decided to blindly go where no man has gone before!

First, de-stoning them......chopping board, knife- did one then decided too fiddley.
Next, my faithful Mini Pressure Cooker. was resurrected (works much better than the hi dome prestige on smaller quantities). Half inch of water was enough for the job.

Six minutes steaming, into the siev followed by poking around with the teaspoon, I soon had a heap of pips without the flesh. The remainder returned to the pressure cooker minus the lid, castor sugar added to taste it was left to simmer for about half an hour when all the runny juice had gone.

Bringing the JML Halogen cooker into play, I blind baked the pastry lining the pie tin then added the fruit, finally putting the short pastry top on and baking at 200ºc till golden brown.

It's currently cooling,  however, I noticed how clean the inside of the tarnished  pressure cooker was compared to before use......SWMBO can have the first taste!

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Sat 31-Jul-10
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Oh well done Bob! welldone  If it tastes good and you feel you want to repeat the process, did you make a note of the amounts you used?

I liked your comment 'I noticed how clean the inside of the tarnished  pressure cooker was compared to before use¦¦SWMBO can have the first taste!'   I won't tell her - honest!!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Sat 31-Jul-10
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That sounds like a brilliant adventure, Bob! eeek

Seriously, well done for having a right good go at it. Me, I have never made pastry, so I am doubly impressed.

Re SWMBO - relax.

Gin has the same effect! On metal. You can't go wrong big_laugh

But please do let us  know the outcome. I mean, what the result was about the pie.

(and SWMBO, as an afterthought).

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Sat 31-Jul-10
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Danny said:

But please do let us  know the outcome. I mean, what the result was about the pie.

(and SWMBO, as an afterthought).


 Danny does this mean that you are a caring sharing person.....I obviously under estimated you...but I suppose, it was as an afterthought...back to the drawing board Basil....big_laughbig_laugh

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Sat 31-Jul-10
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The pie was not too bad, both still here, although A little more sugar would have been ideal as it's a tad sharp.
I have to fess up I cheated on the pastry and bought Be-Ro.
There's 3/4 of the pie left and since there are no instructions to bin it, I'd say that's a result for a first attempt.

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Sat 31-Jul-10
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Well done Bob!  welldonewelldone  I think I would like it, not being too fond of sweet things - any chance of a taster? wave

I'll try that again!

Sun 1-Aug-10
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  You'll have to supply your own cream or custard though TA chef

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