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🍄Wild Mushrooms 🍄Scarlet Elf Cup – Homesteading 🌽

Good morning, afternoon and evening from me in England!


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Photography by Darren Claxton


Whlist out on a woodland walk with my family today, I came across the most unusual mushroom.
At first, we thought it was some kind of toadstool or funghi, but in fact, it was an edible ‘Scarlet Elf Cup.’


Here’s some information courtesy of
https://www.wildfooduk.com/articles/wild-mushrooms-for-beginners/


Scarlet Elf Cups

Safety Rating 10 out of 10

These little beauties stand out a mile because of their colour, unless like me you are a little bit colour blind… The Scarlet Elf Cup is aptly named, it’s beautiful scarlet colour and it’s cup shape are 2 of its key defining features. The other 2 are that this mushroom does have a stem, which tapers down a bit like the stem on a wine glass. The stem and the back of the scarlet elf cup are also never the same colour as the cup itself. They are always a more orange to off white colour. You can both see and hear the spores being released from this mushroom by picking one, quickly blowing across the cap and holding it near to your ear.This mushroom also grows in mid winter when not many others do. From December up to March is when you are most likely to find them.There is one mushroom that you could mistake these for that is very similar. That is the Ruby Elf Cup. It has all the same features with a slightly deeper colouring, but that would not be a dangerous mistake to make as it is equally as edible.In the Kitchen


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Photography by Darren Claxton


Culinary Rating 8 out of 10

Slightly unexpectedly, these little cups have a lovely mushroomy flavour, and a reasonably firm texture. Lightly cooked they make a lovely colouful addition to any salad, but use them in any dish in a similar way to normal mushrooms, or cook them a bit more to use as a red mushroom garnish on top of a steak.



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Toad in The Hole – Good Food on a Budget

Toad In The Hole – Frugal Living & Delicious Food on a Budget


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We’ve been living the #frugal #life for the past year now, after deciding that we were spending far too much of our hard earned cash on overly expensive food, from rip off supermarkets and local shops.


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I love to cook, and am the head-chef in our house as well as doing the weekly ‘Friday Big Shop’ at Aldi. I work full time at a Special Educational Needs school during the week, and rarely get a chance to muster something yummy up of an evening, but I always cook for my little family on a Sunday.


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Our newest family members – Dorothy and Annie – They free range and produce the best eggs!


A firm favourite that I cook (as voted for by my better half and kids) is the good ole’ British favourite


‘Toad In The Hole’

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Now, to my non-British cousins here, this meal possibly sounds like a weird dish that ‘The Twits’ would make!


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But rest assured, it’s a delicious and belly-filling experience that you need to try. Made with ‘Yorkshire pudding batter mix and the best free range quality sausages, this really is a wonderful Autumn into (dare I say it) Winter warmer.


You can also use vegetarian sausages if you’re a veggie too!
There’s even a Vegan recipe too, which will please my besty @d-vine and other vegans reading this, which you can find here on the VeganPunks Web page


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Here’s the ingredients and method of my recipe for you to try. There are loads of recipes online, but I’ve adapted my own and it works a treat every time! so trust me folks!


Cost breakdown – In GBP ££
All Ingredients are from the supermarket Aldi


Ingredients


8 Cumberland Sausages (72% pork) – £1.39
Plain Flour – 45p 2kg (bulk buy which lasts for weeks)
6 Large Free range Eggs – Free from Dorothy and Annie
Olive Oil – 1l – £2.29
Semi-Skimmed Milk 6 pint – £1.48 (best to buy a large jug for our family)
Salt and Pepper – £1.00 together


Preparation time -30 mins to 1 hour
Cooking time – 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves – 2 children & 2 Adults

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
The hotter the better, which will really help that batter rise!


You will need this equipment


A rectangular glass oven dish (I find that the batter doesn’t stick as much with these)
Weighing scales
Whisk
Measuring Jug with ml/fl oz
Preheated oven at 200c/400f (Moderatley hot)
Ingredients
4 eggs
140g/5oz – Plain flour
200ml/7fl oz – Semi- skimmed milk
1 pinch of – Salt and Ground black pepper
8 good quality – Pork sausages
3 tbsp – Olive oil
pinch of dried mixed herbs and onions
Method


Here’s how to make the batter


Sift the plain flour into a large mixing bowl, then add the salt and pepper for seasoning.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack in the eggs. Using a wooden spoon, gradually beat the eggs into the flour then slowly beat in the milk until the batter is the consistency of double cream.


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Stir in the mixed herbs, cover and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
Place the sauasages in the dish, drizzle with olive oil and pop into the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
I like to prick holes in them to let the fat out, this will help with the non-sticking process.
Pour the batter over the hot sausages in the oven dish and Immediately return to the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes or until well-risen and golden-brown.


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I like serve it with different veg each week so today I chose some delicious new potatoes and garden peas, with thick good ole’ Bisto Best gravy!
I also like some hot English mustard on the side for the sausages, and mint sauce on the peas.


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Straight from the oven!


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The aromas are mouth watering and incredibly inviting…I bet you wish you had smellavision!


I hope you enjoyed my cooking blog post, and that you’re now rushing off to the kitchen to cook up this classic ‘Great British’ favourite! Happy cooking and eating folks, and please post your pictures in the comments section if you managed to re-create this dish!
Kindest
DC


All Photography Copyright © 2019 Darren Claxton

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🌱Homesteading and Horticulture 🌱

🌱Homesteading and Horticulture 🌱

Good morning, afternoon and evening from me in England!


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I’ve just been out to my Polytunnel in our rather bijou cottage garden, to check on the tomato seeds I sowed last Sunday, and, voila! We have lift off!


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I bought the heated propagator from Ebay last year and it works a treat.
The unit has been designed to automatically maintain the compost temperature at 19 degrees Celsius (+/-2 degrees). The electric heated base is designed to transfer gentle heat to the compost – when the heat is on, it will feel warm rather than hot to the touch.


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The Birds eye Chilli’s that I grew last year,
Which are 100-200k SHU, still had a some fruits left on the plant so, I extracted the seeds amd left them to dry out for a few days. I’ve just planted them too so should have a good crop of seedlings in a month or so, thanks to the
Propagator!


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I look forward to the spring and seeing all the fruits of my labour! It really is a wonderful passion, horticulture and homesteading.


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All Photography Copyright © 2019 Darren Claxton

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My First 6 mile Run (10k) and a Hearty Winter Warmer!

My First 6 mile Run (10k) and a Hearty Winter Warmer!

 
 

As many of you that follow me know, I started running on the 28th December and soon after, gave up drinking alcohol on the 31st December.



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It’s been an epic task, but every time I go out for a run, I push myself that little bit further! And today, in – 1 Degree centigrade, I managed 6.2 miles in an hour! That’s 10k, a popular distance here in the UK.


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I was trying out a few different pairs of running shoes like the Asics Gel and Kalenji Kiprun, but these were no match for my £34.99 Skechers (that I bought on a sale a few years ago, when I thought about taking up running)


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My old faithful runners!


So, I love to cook and always make my children and lady a nice Sunday dinner.
I prepared it all before I went out on my epic adventure (well, it was to me) and cooked it all when I got home.



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Sausages, Broccoli, Green Beans, Savoy Cabbage, Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy!


Thanks for checking out my blog post today! Have a safe and happy week.
DC
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All Photography Copyright © 2019 Darren Claxton

Rosemary Bonsai

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Rosemary Bonsai

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Here’s my lovely little Rosemary Bonsai tree. It’s around 4 years old now and is happily in its new home! Bonsai herb plants are really great and especially if they have a wooody stem.


What kinds of herbs can you use for Bonsai?


There is an almost unlimited variety of herbs to use for Bonsai. The choice depends on what you like, and what is available to you. Especially Rosemary and Thyme are often used for herbal Bonsai. Some of the herbs you can use for Bonsai
are:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Lemo Verbena
  • Sweet Bay Laurel
  • Lavender
  • Sage French Tarragon
  • Scented geranium
  • Oregano

You can read more on Herb Bonsai over at Bonsai Empire

Food Glorious Food! Frugal Living – Delicious Food on a Budget – Toad In The Hole –

Toad In The Hole – Frugal Living & Delicious Food on a Budget


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We’ve been living the #frugal #life for the past year now, after deciding that we were spending far too much of our hard earned cash on overly expensive food, from rip off supermarkets and local shops.
I love to cook, and am the head-chef in our house as well as doing the weekly ‘Friday Big Shop’ at Aldi. I work full time at a Special Educational Needs school during the week, and rarely get a chance to muster something yummy up of an evening, but I always cook for my little family on a Sunday.


Chickens.jpgOur newest family members – Dorothy and Annie – They free range and produce the best eggs!


A firm favourite that I cook (as voted for by my better half and kids) is the good ole’ British favourite

‘Toad In The Hole’


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Now, to my non-British cousins here, this meal possibly sounds like a weird dish that ‘The Twits’ would make! But rest assured, it’s a delicious and belly-filling experience that you need to try. Made with ‘Yorkshire pudding batter mix and the best free range quality sausages, this really is a wonderful Autumn into (dare I say it) Winter warmer.
You can also use vegetarian sausages if you’re a veggie too!


There’s even a Vegan recipe too, which will please my besty @d-vine and other vegans reading this, which you can find here on the VeganPunks webpage


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Here’s the ingredients and method for you to try, there are loads of recipes online, but I’ve adapted my own and it works a treat every time! so trust me folks!


Cost breakdown – In GBP ££All Ingredients are from the supermarket Aldi


  • 8 Cumberland Sausages (72% pork) – £1.39
  • Plain Flour – 45p 2kg (bulk buy which lasts for weeks)
  • 6 Large Free range Eggs – Free from Dorothy and Annie
  • Olive Oil – 1l – £2.29
  • Semi-Skimmed Milk 6 pint – £1.48 (best to buy a large jug for our family)
  • Salt and Pepper – £1.00 together

Preparation time -30 mins to 1 hourCooking time – 30 mins to 1 hourServes – 2 children & 2 Adults


Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
The hotter the better, which will really help that batter rise!


You will need this equipment


  • A rectangular glass oven dish (I find that the batter doesn’t stick as much with these)
  • Weighing scales
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Jug with ml/fl oz
  • Preheated oven at 200c/400f (Moderatley hot)

Ingredients


  • 4 eggs
  • 140g/5oz – Plain flour
  • 200ml/7fl oz – Semi- skimmed milk
  • 1 pinch of – Salt and Ground black pepper
  • 8 good quality – Pork sausages
  • 3 tbsp – Olive oil
  • pinch of dried mixed herbs and onions

Method


Here’s how to make the batter


Sift the plain flour into a large mixing bowl, then add the salt and pepper for seasoning.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack in the eggs. Using a wooden spoon, gradually beat the eggs into the flour then slowly beat in the milk until the batter is the consistency of double cream.


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Stir in the mixed herbs, cover and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
Place the sauasages in the dish, drizzle with olive oil and pop into the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
I like to prick holes in them to let the fat out, this will help with the non-sticking process.
Pour the batter over the hot sausages in the oven dish and Immediately return to the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes or until well-risen and golden-brown.


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I like serve it with different veg each week so today I chose some delicious new potatoes and garden peas, with thick good ole’ Bisto Best gravy!
I also like some hot English mustard on the side for the sausages and mint sauce on the peas.


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Straight from the oven! the aromas are mouth watering and incredibly inviting…I bet you wish you had smellavision!


I hope you enjoyed my cooking blog post, and that you’re now rushing off to the kitchen to cook up this classic ‘Great British’ favourite! Happy cooking and eating folks, and please post your pictures in the comments section if you managed to re-create this dish!Kindest
DC


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Monsanto Goes to Trial

Source: sfgate.com

A groundskeeper claims that he developed terminal cancer due to exposure to the herbicide Roundup for the past 2 decades.  Dewayne Johnson was a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District.

His is accusing Monsanto of hiding evidence about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.  About 4,000 other people have made claims that Roundup made them sick and the majority of them are planning to take Monsanto to court.

Johnson’s attorney said in his opening statement that a mountain of data has been complied since 2000 showing how glyphosate can cause genetic damage that may lead to non Hodgkin lymphoma.  He alleged that Monsanto ignored that data and published information ‘ghost written’ by staffers which denied the toxicity of the chemical.

Monsanto’s attorney cites more than 800 scientific studies that show that glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer.  Their defense also relies on the EPA’s decision not to impose regulations on the chemical.

The decision resulting from this case will hopefully end a long fought battle between Monsanto and farmers in the US.  Most eastern countries have already limited or banned the use of glyphosate.

All You Can Eat

Source: asiaone.com

The Jiamener hotpot restaurant in Chengdu, Sichuan province was forced to close its doors after it offered a month long all you can eat promo.  On June 1, the restaurant offered its membership card holders the all you can eat offer, the member was charged about $25 or 120 yuan for the deal.

The restaurant incurred an expense for all the food of over $100,000 or 500,000 yuan.  The promo was very popular as customers would start lining up at 8am and the last of the customers would still be there until midnight.

The restaurant owners mistakenly believed that they could gain a loyal following with the promo.  At the onset, the owners knew the promo was a losing proposition but they felt that the acquired customer base was worth the loss.  Little did they anticipate that the promo would be so successful.

The restaurant owners were taken aback by the uncivilized behavior they witness from the customers.  The loss they incurred over the month long promo was too much for their finances and they had to shut their doors.

What Goes Around Comes Around

Source: zerohedge.com

Mussels harvested from the Puget Sound are testing positive for opioids. The source of the drug is coming from treated sewage water being returned to the Sound. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration estimates that 300 pounds of pharmaceuticals, personal care products and industrial compounds are introduced in to the Sound on a daily basis.

Mussels are filter feeder and they don’t metabolize opioids. As they filter water that they need to obtain nutrients they also intake and store pollutants in the water. To determine the level of pharmaceuticals in the water, they took clean mussels and placed them at several locations. They were left for months and extracted. They were analyzed for drug levels they stored.

The analysis showed levels that were too lower to affect people consuming the mussels. The test did indicate that the level of opioids is increasing.

Mexican Rice – My Version of the Recipe

This is a basic, restaurant-style Mexican rice recipe, and can be used as a side dish. I cook this dish especially for guests or when there is an occasion, such as a one-dish party.

The key to it is the use of seasoning.

Ingredients

In original recipe, you can use the ingredients listed below, but you can also use Taco seasoning (which is optional).

  • Vegetable oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Uncooked long-grain rice – 1 cup
  • Garlic salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped onion – 1/4 cup
  • Tomato sauce – 1/2 cup
  • Chicken broth – 2 cups

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add rice to it.
  3. Sprinkle salt and cumin while stirring constantly until golden and puffed
  4. Add onions and cook for few minutes
  5. Then add tomato sauce and chicken broth and bring it to a boil
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes till liquid is almost absorbed and rice is tender.

Some adaptations

  • You can sprinkle more spices to make a different version of the recipe
  • You can also fry an onion in oil until it is golden brown before adding rice.
  • You can use sea salt instead of garlic salt.
  • You can also add chopped bell pepper that is added with the onions about half way through the sauteing of the rice.

Kachnar benefits


Its botanical name is Bauhinia variegata. It has many health benefits. Its flower buds are used as a vegetable. It can be cooked with chicken, mutton, beef , potato and with peas. This plant is variety/specie of flowering tree. It looks so beautiful when at bloom. These flowers has good aesthetic value.

Its buds are cooked before flowering and so tasty having enormous health benefits. It is good for stomach health and regulates blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
Its is also used as a ornamental purpose due to its beauty. It can be planted near roads for its esthetic value.

Production Technology of Moringa


Moringa oleifera is a evergreen tree. It has enormous health benefits. Its leaves, pods and flowers are full of vitamins and minerals. It can be propagated through stem cutting and also with seeds. Its exact sowing time is From first week of February to first week of march. But it can be grown under green house in polythene tube during round the year. Its leaves and pods can also be used as a fodder for livestock. Its flower buds and pods can also be used as a vegetable which is full of vitamins and minerals.

 

Moringa pods as a vegetable


Moringa pods are used as a vegetable when they are in tender stage. The pods are rich source of protein and vitamins. Its vegetable is so tasty and can be cooked with beef, mutton and chicken.

Top health benefits of Green Tea. (Part 2)

Green tea has innumerous health benefits. There are many varieties of green tea in the world. More or less all the varieties have common benefits. These are as follows;

 

3. Curing of Flue and Constipation.

Constipation directly relates with the digestion of food in the stomach, therefore when food is easily digested then bowl movement regulated, ultimately constipation problem cured. If we use lemon in the green tea then the circle of flue completed very fast, therefore flue problem solved easily without antibiotics.

4. Controlling Obesity

It is helpful in regulating the metabolism, which results in controlling the obesity. Obesity is the mother of all the health problems, therefore if obesity is controlled then all the health problems solved. Use green tea without sugar for the controlling of the obesity. Green tea also normalize the BMI (body mass index).

5. Improving health of sexual organs for controlling Impotency

If we use green tea with honey, then it improves the health of sexual organs. Therefore it controls impotency.


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Thanks a lot, for taking time to read this.

 

Moringa as a Nutrient Suppliment


Moringa is a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Its leaves are more rich in minerals but its pods have more vitamin C. Its leaves have protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, Iron, Riboflavin, Magnesium and Vitamin A. Moringa has enormous health benefits.

Top health benefits of Green Tea. (part 1)


Green tea has innumerous health benefits. There are many varieties of green tea in the world. More or less all the varieties have common benefits. These are as follows;

1. Curing of Stomach Problems.

• As stomach is the main part of humane body, because all the food items we eat are digested in the stomach and energy is produced for the function of all body parts, therefore it would be true that the green tea is a great tonic for stomach functions and problems.
• It helps the food digestion.

2. Regulating the Blood Pressure and Sugar level.

If we use green tea with lemon during early in the morning when stomach is empty then;
• It regulates the circulation of blood.
• It regulates the blood pressure.
• Sugar patients can use it without sugar.

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Moringa as a Fodder

Moringa oleifera used in different ways and have enormous health benefits. It is used as fodder for small ruminants and also for large animals. Its leaves and especially pods are rich in protein and vitamins. Its foliage is used during fodder scarcity periods.

Where the words “Tea” and “Chai” came from?


In different regions of the globe people Usually use different words for tea but there are some amazing similarities in these words because almost all of these words are derived from only two origins. Why they call it these particular words? there are particular reasons & history behind these words. Some call it “tea” while others call it “cha” or “chai” & they have two groups & both have Chinese origin.
Recent studies show that tea’s origin was China. It is also believed that India or Taiwan or other neighbor areas can also be included in the first known areas where tea was produced in ancient times. Due to its bitter taste it was called “tu”, which was used for bitter vegetables. In 7th century this word was changed to “te” & in different Chinese dialects its translated as “cha”. There are China’s two languages where from the both words are derived, Sinitic & Min Nan. the both are varieties of languages, in Sinitic its called “cha” & in Min Nan its called “te”. If tea reached to us through sea than we call it “tea”, “tee”, “te” or “thee” other wise we would name it as”cha”, “chai” “chay” or “shay”. In Chinese coastal regions they call it “te” because they use Min Nan dialect. The Silk road is also being used for thousands of years to supply tea to other regions of the world & its supply centers are the Chinese areas where Sinitic dialect is used & they call it “cha”.

Sources:
https://qz.com/1176962/map-how-the-word-tea-spread-over-land-and-sea-to-conquer-the-world/
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/ce/Museum/Arts/7thingsabouttea/en/ch1_4_0.htm

 

Moringa Pickle


Moringa oleifera roots are used as pickle. It is good source of vitamins and so tasty. Its pods are used in pickle and also used as vegetable. Its pickle is made in different ways. When its planted for pickle, it is grown with seed and harvested after attaining the four to five feet shoot length.

Spring Has Finally Sprung! Do you Love Gardening and Permaculture?

Spring has finally sprung here in Derbyshire, UK

I’ve managed to get out into our lovely cottage garden this afternoon to assess the potential damage caused by ‘The Beast From The East’ which hit us two weeks ago.


This adverse #weather forced many parts of the UK to a complete standstill on the Wednesday, and through to the weekend. Schools and businesses had to close and some shops even ran out of supplies for the rest of that week. Now, for those of you used to 10-12 inches 0r 30cm #snow during winter, maybe laughing at this amusing anecodte, but we’re just not geared up for that kind of freakish weather here! It absolutely battered our little rural village, with 2 foot snow drifts, which was overly exagerrated by the 80mph winds which caused face melting blizzard like conditions. We’re a few miles from the nearest main travel route, but Luckily, the snow plough arrived early on the Saturday morning to clear our lane. The garden has survived surprisingly well considering we had some -6c thermometer readings for 5 consecutive days. A few of my outdoor bonsai and some bulbs have perished, and I can live with that. All is good in my horticulture world and I look forward to many more green fingered evenings this#spring and #summer, if I can drag myself away from #Steemit and#Discord for long enough!


The Crocus is one of my favourite first blossoms in spring.


Permaculture has been on my mind recently and I’m finding more and more ways to embrace frugalism and sustainibilty. Composting old fruit and veg and recycling everyday items to use around the garden, have been on my list of priorities last year and going forward ito this growing season.


I now grow our strawberries in these re-purposed nylon builders bags, which are great for keeping those hungry ground dwelling creatures from gorging on these sweet fructose rich fruits!

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What is Permaculture?

I was really intrigued about this way of living, after talking to my fellow horticulture friend Huw Richards of @huwsnursery – We met after talking about me writing some instrumental music for his YouTube videos, and how gardening and growning your own food is such an inteseting and rewarding way of life.
Huw has an extensive knowledge of homesteading and permaculture, which you can learn from his very popular YouTube Channel 
But I wanted to know more, so I set about everyones favourite search tool#Google and found a website dedicated to this sustainable way of living.

Here’s some info from the home page of their website –https://www.permaculture.co.uk/what-is-permaculture

Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living. It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.
By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.

This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.

Permaculture is not exclusive – its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere:

City flats, yards and window boxes
Suburban and country houses/gardens
Allotments and smallholdings
Community spaces
Farms and estates
Countryside and conservation areas
Commercial and industrial premises
Educational establishments

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Really interesting reading I’m sure you’ll agree. I recommend you visit Huw’s channel and the website I mentioned, as they have so many amazing ideas for us all to try, however large or small, or rural/urban your area is. There’s no excuse not to grow something of your own, to then enjoy natures bounty for yourself.



Our composter full to the brim ready for our wrigglers to do their magic!


New seedlings grown from last years Naga and Birds eye chili fruit,s that I cultivated in our poly-tunnel.


Parsnip seedlings are doing very well under cover too – They tend to be quite a tricky crop to cultivate and car for.


Spring onions benefit from an early sowing under cover – These were sown early January to be transplanted outside after the last frost.


I went all exotic last year and bought some banana seeds online to try at home.
This variety of banana is ‘Musa balbisiana’ and was sown last February. The fruit are between a blue and green colour and are considered inedible because of the seeds they contain. I did read that agriculturists must of cooked and eaten these centuries ago to establish how to modify the heavily cultivated varities we consume today. As you can see, it’s doing really well so far, much to my good lady’s delight of my plants being spread all over the house on any empty windowsill available.


Rhubarb is one our summer favourites and is so easy to grow, as nothing seems to like to eat it! I make a crumble from it by chopping the stalks into chunks and covering with the mixture which is made from flour, sugar and butter –

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food

THICK VANILLA CUSTARD

Heat 600ml double cream until steaming but not boiling. Meanwhile, mix together 6 egg yolks, 4 tbsp caster sugar, 2 tsp cornflour and ½ tsp vanilla extract in a bowl. Pour the cream onto the eggs, stirring continuously as you pour. Pour the whole lot back into the saucepan the cream came from and place over a medium heat. Stir until it thickens, about 10 mins, then pass through a sieve and serve.
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Another successful trial was to grow one of my favourite fruits, Nectarines! I sowed this seed last March which I got from a fruit that I ate.
you have to carefully crack open the stone to reveal the slim oval shaped seed inside.
I didn’t do anything special to it either, but did purchase a heated propagator for £30 online which has been an amazing investment. It germinates seeds very quickly by keeping them at a constant 21c.



Our cottage was built in the 1850s of Early Victorian England and some of the plants have probably been in the ground a lon long time. This is my favourite sash window which looks kind of bare at the moment as we’re just coming out of winter. I’ll try and grow a grapvine each side on the trellis this year. It’s sheltered and get’s lots of sun too as we have a south facing garden.


The Pansies I sowed in November are now budding nicely.


I also love to upcycle wood, so I made this nesting box. I’ve seen some interested birds hanging around in the tree opposite so they’ll hopefull be moving in soon!

I hope you enjoyed my first indepth gardening post and liked the Rhubarb crumble recipe too!
Let’s get out in our gardens, rooftop spaces and kitchens and grow some food! It’s fun and good for the soul!
Many thanks
Mr Bloom


Yes, I made this chair too!

Food Glorious Food! Frugal Living – Delicious Food on a Budget – Toad In The Hole –

Toad In The Hole – Frugal Living & Delicious Food on a Budget

We’ve been living the #frugal #life for the past 6 months now, after deciding that we were spending far too much of our hard earned cash on overly expensive food, from rip off supermarkets and local shops.
I love to cook, and am the head-chef in our house as well as doing the wekkly ‘Friday Big Shop’ at Aldi. I work full time at a Special Educational Needs school during the week, and rarely get a chance to muster something yummy up of an evening, but I always cook for my little family on a Sunday.

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A firm favourite that I cook as voted for by my better half and my kids, is the good ole’ British favourite
‘Toad In The Hole’
Now, to my non-British cousins here, this meal possibly sounds like a weird dish that ‘The Twits’ would make! But rest assured, it’s a delicious and bellyfilling experience that you need to try.

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Here’s the ingredients and method for you to try, they are loads of recipes online, but I’ve adapted my own and it works a treat every time! so trust me folks!
Cost breakdown – In GBP ££
All In Ingredients are from Aldi –
8 Cumberland Sausages (72% pork) – £1.39
Plain Flour – 45p 2kg (bulk buy which lasts for weeks)
6 Large Free range Eggs – 89p
Olive Oil – 1l – £2.29
Semi-Skimmed Milk 6 pint – £1.48 (best to buy a large jug in our house @meesterboom
Salt and Pepper – £1.00 together

Preparation time -30 mins to 1 hour
Cooking time – 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves – 2 children & 2 Adults

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
The hotter the better, which will really help that batter rise!
You will need this equipment
A rectangular glass oven dish (I find that the batter doesn’t stick as much with these)
Weighing scales
a whisk
a measuring Jug with ml/fl oz
And a preheated oven at 200c/400f (Moderatley hot)

Ingredients –
4 eggs
140g/5oz – Plain flour
200ml/7fl oz – Semi- skimmed milk
1 pinch of – Salt and Ground black pepper
8 good quality – Pork sausages
3 tbsp – Olive oil
Optional extra – Dried Mixed herbs and onions.

Method
Here’s how to make the batter – sift the plain flour into a large mixing bowl, then add the salt and pepper for seasoning.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack in the eggs. Using a wooden spoon, gradually beat the eggs into the flour then slowly beat in the milk until the batter is the consistency of double cream.

Stir in the mixed herbs, cover and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
Place the sauasages in the dish, drizzle with olive oil and pop into the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
I like to prick holes in them to let the fat out, this will help with the non-sticking process.
Pour the batter over the hot sausages in the oven dish and Immediately return to the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes or until well-risen and golden-brown.

I like serve it with diffent veg each week so today I chose some delicious new potatoes and garden peas, with thick good ole’ Bisto Best gravy!
I also like some hot English mustard on the side for the sausages and mint sauce on the peas.

Straight from the oven! the aromas are mouthwaterngly incredible…I bet you wish you had smellavision!

7. And Most Importantly…ENJOY!!!

I hope you enjoyed my very first cooking blog post here on #Steemthat, and that you’re rushing off to the kitchen right now to cook up this classic ‘Great British’ favourite!
Happy cooking and eating folks
Kindest

Darren

Pisang Coklat Crispy

Hai sahabat stishitian…saya mau share resep pisang coklat nih bisa buat cemilan nanti sore lho…

 

Bahan
1 bungkus kulit lumpia (saya guna kulit yang dibuat sendiri)
5 buah pisang raja
Mises ceres
Susu coklat

Cara Membuat

Pisang raja dibagi menjadi 2 bagian, letakkan diatas kulit lumpia tambahkan ceres dan susu kemudian gulung dan goreng dalam minyak panas hingga kecoklatan. Siap untuk dinikmati bersama secangkir teh hangat

Foods that People with Anxiety Should Eat

People with anxiety can incorporate these foods into their diet to fortify the nervous system and prevent disorders such as anxiety, irritability, stress, and depression. 

Discover the benefits of eating green vegetables, nuts, sunflower seeds, brewer’s yeast, basil, and other foods to cope with anxiety.

Dealing with nerves

Although we may believe that nervous people will always stay that way, there are other factors besides personality that can alter your nervous system.

Some nutrients, such as the vitamin B group, magnesium, and phosphorus, can help us balance our nervous system gradually and naturally.

foods to cope with anxiety

Foods for anxious people

1. Green vegetables

Green vegetables

The greener and darker in color its leaves are, the more beneficial the vegetable will be for your nervous system, thanks to the large variety of nutrients that are found in green pigmentation.

There are two ways to consume these vegetables in order to consume the necessary quantities:

  • As side dishes to every meal (lunch and dinner)– for example, a salad rich in lettuce, arugula, watercress, chicory, etc.
  • Green shakes for breakfast or for a snack, made with green leafy vegetables and fruit (bananas, strawberries, pineapple, papaya).

See also: 8 Healthy Herbs that Will Help Your Weight Loss Diet

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a very nutritious cereal that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. It helps the nervous system in two different ways:

 

  • By revitalizing and increasing your energy levels.
  • It relieves nervous disorders such as anxiety or irritability. 

You can consume it in granola, shakes, soups, stews, drinks, etc.

3. Brewer’s yeast

Brewer's yeast

Brewer’s yeast, or nutritional yeast, is an excellent supplement for anxious people. 

It contains a large quantity of B group vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, magnesium, and zinc.

  • Besides being used to fight stress or anxiety, it is also a good remedy for skin, hair, and nail issues.
  • You can take a tablespoon (1og) per day, and mix it with juice, yogurt, or any other food.

4. Basil

Basil is a natural nerve suppressant that also calms all manifestations of nervousness in the stomach, such as pain or indigestion. 

You can consume it uncooked, in infusions, in sauces and vinaigrettes, or use its essential oil on the skin or to aromatize a relaxing bath.

5. Walnuts

Walnuts

Walnuts are a type of nut with antidepressant properties.

  • Their essential fatty acid content favors the production of serotonin, a powerful transmitter that produces a sense of well-being within us and calms anxiety and depression. 
  • Walnuts also contain B group vitamins, which fortify the nervous system.

A handful of raw or toasted walnuts per day is the recommended serving.

We recommend: 7 Benefits of Walnuts You Probably Didn’t Know About

6. Bananas

Bananas are delicious fruits rich in carbohydrates that give us plenty of energy. Furthermore, bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are two very beneficial nutrients for the nervous system.

  • You can take bananas anywhere because of their portability.
  • You can also add them to shakes, or even bake them in the oven to enjoy their sweetness.

7. Lemons

Lemon

There are different citrus fruits that help us improve our mood naturally, while providing us with a large number of nutrients. We highlight the lemon for being one of the most medicinal.

8. Lentils

Lentils improve your nervous system thanks to their magnesium content and group B vitamins, and they’re also an excellent source of vegetable protein and fiber.

For those who don’t enjoy eating lentil soup, we recommend trying them in hamburgers. This is a delicious, different, and very healthy way to eat lentils.

9. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper is a very hot spice with surprising health properties, among which is its ability to calm nerves and combat insomnia. 

However, you must begin by consuming it in very small quantities so that your stomach can get used to the hot pepper.

10. Avocados

Avocados are an excellent, delicious fruit.

This superfood helps us balance out any deficiencies thanks to its wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and essential acids. It also contains a fair amount of protein, fat, and fiber.

Be sure to include avocado in your milkshakes, salads, snacks, soups, garnishes, etc.

Juicy Corned Beef Special at Hershel’s East Side Deli

This visit takes me to the Reading Terminal Market
and a big heaping juicy Corned Beef Special at Hershel’s East Side Deli.

 

Right across from DiNic’s, Hershel’s serves all the classic deli meats –
pastrami, brisket, and my favorite, corned beef.

I had the Corned Beef Special (Russian dressing and coleslaw),
and as you can see I had a heck of a time keeping the sandwich together.

I even found some on my backpack as I was putting my gear away.

About Hershel’s

Hershel’s is named after the owner’s uncle Hershel, who fled WWII era Poland to Russia, then to the US,
where he settled in NYC and got a job in 1946 as a cook in Katz’s Deli on Manhattan’s LES.

When Katz’s Deli was sold in 1989, he retired, feeling as though he made his mark.

from the website:
“Steven Safern, together with his partner, Andrew Wash, and with the support of many others,
opened Herschel’s East Side Deli inside Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

While working in his old-fashioned, Jewish-style deli, Steven is often addressed as “Hershel”
by customers who don’t know his real name.

Far from taking offense to the mistake, Steven says that being called Hershel brings a smile to his face
because it serves as a reminder of the deli’s inspiration.”

“Their food is made from scratch daily – you’ll never see any prepackaged meats or salads.
They carve everything fresh right in front of the customers and make orders to customers’ requests.
Steven believes “that’s how Uncle Hirsh would have wanted it done.””

http://www.hershelseastsidedeli.com/

Reviews

Enough about what I  think….

4.5 stars on Yelp
(on a basis of 357 reviews

4.5 score on Zomato
(on a basis of 55 votes)

4.5 score on TripAdvisor
(on a basis of 171 reviews)

 

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