Monthly Archives: June 2008

New4me: cauliflower recipe. Mmmmm!

I never thought of roasting cauliflower. Check out this blog. Keep scrolling…the recipes get better and better!!  As I have planted caulis this year I can look forward to trying some of them.

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More about garlic scapes

 I have been looking into this, as I thought I didn’t get scapes because I was too far north.  But it seems it must be the variety of garlic that is the factor, not so much the latitude.
I have found a garlic grower in Nairn, Scotland (farther north than Edinburgh, where I am). They are the Really Garlicky Company .  Click on the “More about the products” button to have all your garlicky questions answered. Including all about scapes.  It is the hard-necked garlic that grows scapes, not the usual soft-neck one.
Here is what they say:
“Technically, it is allium sativum ophioscorodon. Unlike the softneck garlic grown commercially, especially in Spain and China, this garlic subspecies produces a hard, woody flower stalk. The flower (topset or umbel) often contains bulbils. Many varieties develop partial or full coils in the stalks (scapes). We have to remove the scape in order to increase the size of the harvested bulbs.”

What a fascinating subject! This certainly is new for me!

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Garlic scapes – a bonus crop

I had never heard of scapes before today. But it seems they are tasty, versatile, free (if you have planted garlic!) and a garlic-lover’s paradise!!

They are a shoot that grows from mature garlic, though I have never seen it in mine. Perhaps the weather in Edinburgh isn’t hot enough, or maybe the scapes are more common on autumn planted garlic (mine usually goes in the ground in February or even March).

You can learn about garlic scapes here.

How about making scape pesto? Sounds delicious!

And if you want links to more scape recipes and stuff go here.

I love garlic, so will look forward to trying out some of these recipes.  This year I may try to get the garlic in the ground in the autumn and look for the tasty scapes next year.


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101 photoshop tips in 5 minutes

Can you believe it? This is amazing – Deke McLelland really knows his stuff!
I am learning little by little how to use Photoshop and this video is a fun challenge to use the tools.

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Organic slug control – garlic

I met a lady who runs a garden centre in East Lothian (damp Scotland!). She was telling me that her dahlias had been badly hit by slugs – in previous years, that is. But this year she is trying a new remedy – garlic water! It sounded good to me, and she said it seems to be working so far. 

Here is Cilla’s recipe for Slug Deterrant.
Take two heads of garlic. Peel and crush them.
Boil for 4 or 5 minutes in 2 pints of water.
Strain, and make up the liquid to 2pints
Leave the liquid to cool and bottle.
To use, take 1 tablespoon of the garlic water and add to 1 gallon of water in a watering can.
Water over your plants and leave to dry. Apparently this works best on a dry day, as the bitter liquid dries on the leaves. The slugs must not like the taste as Cilla’s dahlias are the best they have been for ages!

 This I will be trying on the allotment. We are over-ridden with the wee slimy beasties!

The Root blog has a fascinating page on this very subject of slug control, copper and garlic here .  We can learn so much from each other.

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Cranford – free audio book

As I use my eyes all day at work (mostly on the PC) I find reading very taxing.  That is why I am especially delighted to have discoivered a wealth of audio books – free to download!

There are several sources, but the one I found for Cranford is here.  Librivox has many of the out of print books already  available, and more are being prepared all the time.

The Gutenberg project gives links to other sites which I may explore later.

I have begun listening to Cranford and am enjoying it. Mrs Gaskell’s writing is more appealing to me since I have watched the excellent BBC adaptation of Cranford. It is intriguing to see how, from a few sentences in the original, the BBC adaptors have built rounded characters, and the actresses have added reality, flesh and heart to them.

Regarding the audio version, it is of note that the readers seem to be mainly American.  That does not detract too much from the enjoyment but I did at first find it a little surprising to hear such English literature read with a Trans-Atlantic accent!  But these downloads are free, and that bargain is not to be sniffed at!

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