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  • Started 6 days ago by Christine Berrett
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  1. Christine Berrett

    Well that about wraps it up for GBSB 2020, so let's start a new thread for chat - over to you, ladies...

    Posted 6 days ago #
  2. Bloody cheek Mrs. Berrett - I nominated our Helen for Head Girl's job on this string and now you've pinched it.....

    She's been the most stalwart of posters so far and I felt she deserved a promotion (see Sewing Bee page 8 penultimate entry Helen if you don't know what I'm on about.....)

    What a way to start a new string - dissension in the camp.....mumble.....mumble.....

    Posted 6 days ago #
  3. Christine Berrett

    Well now Mrs Midgley, please remember who is the sole Administrator on this forum?

    (never let it be said that absolute power goes straight to my head)

    Posted 6 days ago #
  4. Hello Mrs. Berrett......well of course it's gone to your head..... but never mind, we still love you to bits.....Helen might not have wanted her promotion anyway I s'pose......

    I'm having a good day today....enjoying the fact I am still alive....... wasn't sure I would be after last night's dinner.......

    On Thursday evening I took some diced lamb out of the freezer (it had only been in there for a year) and left it to defrost overnight. Next morning it went into the slow cooker along with some chopped up carrots, leeks and potatoes. However when I went to add the rest of the ingredients I found my little box of bay leaves were two years out of date (really? - where did that two years go....dunno.) I also needed some red cooking wine - hadn't got any so used some white wine vinegar - that was only a month out of date but I thought 'vinegar....hmm, should be okay) redcurrant jelly, yup that was okay, lentils, yup always got those, Dijon mustard. An unopened jar - but 4 years out of date......oh dear - this was turning into recipe for disaster.

    Anyway I left it in the slow cooker all day and then Friday night turned it out into a bowl and put it in the fridge overnight. Yesterday tea-time I put it into a casserole dish topped it with sliced potatoes and put it in the oven to cook through and roast off the potato topping

    So, we had a lovely dinner last night, lots of nice veggies and gravy but I confess to going to bed wondering if I was going to be poisoned in my sleep and not wake up this morning !!

    However, I'm here, Geoff's here and all in the Midgley household is functioning as normal. I have though thrown away the now opened jar of Dijon mustard and distinctly grey and musty smelling bay leaves (although I hate wasting stuff) - but perhaps better to be safe than sorry.......

    I'm thinking of putting myself forward for the next series of Masterchef or summat - optimism might get me through even if my cooking doesn't........

    Posted 6 days ago #
  5. Christine Berrett

    Good Morning Brenda, and I'm overjoyed to see that you are still very much with us today!! Please remember that throwing away food that would make you ill is much LESS wasteful than eating it {wink}

    I understand (but don't quote me on this) that there is/was going to be a move away from putting 'Best Before' dates on food to discourage waste. When we were little 'uns our parents would use their nous to decided whether or not something was still fit to eat. Mean-to-say, putting a 'Best Before' date on something like Worcester sauce is a rather pointless exercise...

    Posted 6 days ago #
  6. Hi All

    Welcome to the new week & it's wet.

    Didn't touch the computer yesterday so only just catching up with you.

    Christine is definitely in charge so I don't mind her starting a new topic.

    I've managed to book a short break for us up near to Bamburgh in July - hope it's a dry week.

    I think it was "Use by" dates that were to be replaced by "Best Before" or just to disappear from certain products - how can vinegar go off? Dry herbs can't go off, they just lose their taste. If we get to go to Leicester Brenda you can have some leaves from my bay plant that I bought on one of our weekends - the trip to the American Museum at Bath, I think.

    Anyway I better do some work & will catch up with you all later

    Posted 5 days ago #
  7. Christine Berrett

    Helen! Lovely to see you on the new thread and very happy that you are not feeling miffed at my high-handed manner ;o)

    I have a bay tree (as in, you can use the bay leaves in cooking) by the back door, and it grows like billy-o. You can't keep a good bay tree down, or so it would seem. Having said which, the dried leaves have a much more distinctive flavour. Wonder if one could dry the leaves oneself??

    Posted 5 days ago #
  8. I've just had to have my password reset - obviously had too much to say for myself.

    Christine, I'm sure you can dry the leaves yourself. Try cutting some & hanging up in a cool place. My bay plant is still fairly small, but it is still in it's original pot as we didn't want it to get too big.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  9. Barbara Stone

    Christine, its very easy to do - we just cut a bough off, and hang it up in a cool place, then when its dry, strip the leaves off and Bob's your uncle. (actually he's my husband, but who's counting?)
    Helen, Mrs. Pale Bum, hasn't been around much, but I know we've got babies in the garden, as we had a quick view of them, but couldn't find out where they were hiding. We've left a big area at the bottom of the garden as a wild garden, and they do seem to like it down there.
    Talking about dates on food - my Mum is moving, and she and my sister cleared out a cupboard and found a tin of something, dated best before 1989! That went straight in the bin! I did suggest she opened it and find out what it was like, but she didn't like that idea.

    Posted 4 days ago #
  10. I knew someone would know how to dry herbs. As the bay has leaves all year we just pick them when we need & don't bother drying them.

    The froglets seem to have all hopped it after the storm last week so Mick has cleared most of the pond weed (it was getting overgrown), planted some new irises & got some new fish to keep the ones we have company.

    The fireplace is almost finished, then we can start to put things back on the walls.

    Posted 4 days ago #
  11. Christine Berrett

    Thanks ladies, I will try cutting a branch to dry out and seeing what happens. I know there are fresh bay leaves all year, but I think I actually prefer to use them dried in my cooking. I have in the past had rosemary, thyme, oregano and mint in the garden, but they all died. And I didn't think it was even possible to kill mint! Only the bay is still going strong...

    Posted 4 days ago #
  12. Next door used to have mint that grew on the boundary, but they managed to kill it. I used to cut my side to make mint sauce.

    Let us all know how you get on with the bay leaves.

    I'm having a "fed up" day - really need things back to normal now.
    I'm going to make an effort tonight to finish the stitching for the pocket for the subscription gift bag - can't believe it's taken this long to do 4 watbo patterns. It must something to do with stitching on 40 count.

    Posted 4 days ago #
  13. Christine Berrett

    Well I've cut some bay and hung it up in a cool room - let's see how we go...

    Posted 3 days ago #
  14. Got Andrea's newsletter today & the watbos that are now kits are the four designs I've used for the pocket for my bag. I changed the autumn one as I did't want 3 pictures that are basically all the same. I finished the stitching last night - it now needs pressing & making up

    It's getting very dark outside - think it's going to rain again

    So what are we all going to watch tonight?

    Posted 2 days ago #
  15. Jean Strange

    Hi everyone
    Well I have a conservatory except final bits. Jeff has painted walls and is putting on skirting boards today. Getting quotes for carpet and blinds. Actual building including plastering 3 weeks and 1 hour out of 3 weeks there was 1 day without anyone here. The 1 hour was the final clean of glass etc. Quite impressed but we feel it is that they have been without work for 3 months. Carpet and blind companies say they are very busy
    As for killing mint mine gets eaten I couldn’t understand what would eat mint but have discovered it’s the ants in my garden!!! My bay tree has gone great guns this year and produced more new leaves than ever before. Might have something to do with not having two small boys pulling it out of its pot and carrying it around the garden by the “stem”. like a sword or lance. Bought a small cutting not one of these fancy topiary things several years ago. Bought a new rosemary plant as mine had got so old and woody. Managed to get a tarragon plant last week they seem to be hard to get had trouble last year too.

    Drying herbs I have heard of the hanging up to dry method have done that with lavender but I am sure I have a book somewhere that gives instructions for drying herbs in the microwave.

    Posted 2 days ago #
  16. Jean, I'm so glad your conservatory is nearly done. Have you got the chairs in it yet?
    The final sign off on ours is due to be done on Tuesday. Mick has finished the fire place (need to get a fire) and it looks so much better than it did before. That means we just need a carpet & some blinds.

    I have gone back to 28 count fabric after 40 count and the holes seem to large!!

    Posted 1 day ago #
  17. Jean Strange

    Helen haven’t put chairs in yet. Apparently the floor needs another coat of something to seal final screed to make it smooth so carpet tiles can then be laid straight onto floor so Jeff wants to wait until that has been done and carpet tiles laid. Carpet people say can all be done in about half a day. Just waiting for a second quote on carpet tiles then that should be done next week or beginning of one after.

    Had one firm quote for blinds but very expensive!!! Waiting for one other who have been and measured then one other company coming next week.

    Off to caravan tomorrow (first day of opening) just until Tuesday night/Wednesday morning depending on what we feel like. Be nice to get away for a few days.

    Posted 1 day ago #

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