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  1. Daphne

    Gardening thread

    I think that's a japanese quince which is grown more for its ornamental value than the fruit. A true quince has larger, paler and less waxy flowers, which are in bloom a bit later than January. Does it fruit at all and if so have you used it for anything? This thread is an excellent idea as a companion to the other one which is just about things we are growing to eat. This thread is more general so more useful in many ways! It sounds very early for honeysuckle as well, very cheery though, you are lucky PL! When I get back to Portugal I am hoping to see my camellia in bloom; the only thing out in my Mum's garden are some snowdrops. Hopefully all 3 of us can't be wrong with our ID!
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    Vet School update

    Well done so far Lewis, make sure you tell us when you finally graduate, you've done so much already, your future progress will be even more amazing I am sure, and any veterinary practice will be lucky to have you 😀
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    Old chickens

    You've done so well, those really are good ages 😀 I got rid of my flock when we moved to Portugal, most of them were around 6; a few were younger. I think because they are lightweight birds they survive pretty well if you look after them properly, they never seem to get respiratory illnesses for example, despite being a Mediterranean breed, or anything digestive. Will you get any more do you think, I don't read so much about Polands now and I wouldn't be sure where to source them.
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    In the kitchen

    That sounds like old fashioned one pot dishes in days of yore, you know the sort of thing, a big black pot over an open fire where you chuck anything and everything in for the night's meal. I am probably a 3 or 4 on the curry scale, but I'm not overkeen on it, I have to be in the mood. Having said that, I do like chili in many things and my current fave are smoked something chilis in Sainsburys for £1 a jar. Not too hot and a bit smoky. I have a chef friend in NZ and he is really getting into Japanese food, added to which we have two Japanese women living close by in Portugal (all very complicated, one is married to a Portugeuse chap and the other one seems to be his girlfriend??!!) and so far they have brought us some homemade sweet things, but I hoping for a meal invite! I can't buy mirin easily here, so I sometimes substitute white wine vinegar and a little sugar. Our smoked fish and pasta dish was horrible. The fish was smoked down on the seafront by a fishmonger, but it was very strong. I think it might have worked if I had also mixed in some creme fraiche and soft green herbs. I have had to light an oil burner this morning as well to take away the stink. Nil points! Tonight we are eating at a friend's house - cheese fondue!
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    In the kitchen

    Well I have been watching numerous debates on the Parliament channel so its probably catching! However, I haven't seen The Uncivil War, so thanks for the reminder, OH and I both want to watch it, I am imagining something like The Thick of It, without the laughs.
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    What has happened to the forum?

    Hello again AG, you haven't been gone so long and I know you went through a difficult period with your Dad, but I have missed you making me laugh! I was lurking for a bit after we moved to Portugal, but now things are more settled I have more time to re-engage with the world.
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    The Recipe Thread

    I rather like the sound of the biscuits as I readily have the ingredients and am about to acquire houseguests; easy sweet treats will be the order of the day as my niece can help make them. My Mum used to make delicious shortbread, her recipe involves ground rice, which probably isn't so easy to get nowadays. Unfortunately the recipe is elsewhere, but when I find it, if I find it, I will upload it here. Your final instruction is my kind of cooking!
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    In the kitchen

    Yes, we can use Andy's thread for actual recipes and mine for general kitchen/foodie chit chat. Lets take back control..... We had roast veg in the week with a butternut squash and other root veg, topped with feta cheese and some oregano. Easy, quick and quite good for you!
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    In the kitchen

    Following comments elsewhere on lets talk food, I should perhaps have called this Recipe for Today or something, but as I am not very good at reciting recipes (most of my everyday cooking is from memory unless I am feeling inspired and get the cookbooks out) I thought I would resurrect the thread we used to have where we could just share what we'd been up to in the kitchen. As luck would have it, not much by me! However, OH made a loaf this morning. He has started mixing the dough (wholemeal flour, yeast, salt and a little honey) the afternoon or evening before in a breadmaker, leaving the dough in the loaf tin overnight in the kitchen, and then baking in the oven in the morning whilst making the morning cup of tea and breakfast. The honey seems to help the rise. This evening we are having some smoked cod, stirred through pasta with smoked chili, crushed garlic and wilted spinach. My Mum's Christmas cake has also just been finished, which is a shame. Not to worry overmuch though, as we were given an Xmas pud as part of our regular homemade Xmas hamper and I love that even more!
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    Hello again

    Welcome back! Friends have just come back from a visit seeing relations in NZ and they are absolutely raving about it. Coincidentally one of my friends from NZ has just bought a property over here in Europe as he fancies a change!
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    What has happened to the forum?

    I think that's a good idea; I remember making a point that several sections (food and self-sufficiency from memory) had disappeared, and I still think that is one reason why there are less people on here, although I fully accept its mostly the result of Facebook and a general waning of interest/added experience in the subject of poultry keeping. This forum reflects Omlet's product lines more clearly than the previous one and so food and 'the good life' are less central to sales.
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    Washing up question

    I can't quite believe I am still contributing to this thread, but here we go. I burnt some food onto a pan a few days ago. Yesterday I was in Tesco and wanted some cheap cola to soak the residue off the pan. I bought 2l of the stuff for 17p! I am horrified, how can 'food' be so cheap? I used Method stuff for a while on my bathroom, but I have to say I didn't find it very effective, but perhaps the dishwashing liquid is better.
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    Dog owners travelling to the EU beware!

    My OH applied for his Irish passport 18 months ago, and there was some delay, but that was because of difficulties reading handwriting on various documents. The Portugeuse government has just announced its position if there is a no deal, and its like France. The system always was that you needed to be registered here, and then you could stay for 5 years and then apply for citizenship if you like. It is a massive relief to hear the Govt is going to honour the registration process, they are under no obligation to do so. Without registration, and in the event of no-deal, you can stay for a maximum of 90 days. On pet passports, I am assuming that an Irish vet would need to be involved to get an Irish pet passport, rather than the pet following its owner's nationality?
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    Daftest pet name?

    Fiordiligi - what a very unusual name; what's the story there? All the dogs we know well in Portugal - bar one - have English names (all 100% Portuguese with Portuguese owners). So they are Dog, (that's English for dog, we were told. I can tell you that Portuguese for dog is cao pronounced cow....), Lady, Boss, Flora and Zoe. The other one is Mathilde.
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    Greenhouse fruit

    I have never had a greenhouse so I can't offer any practical advice I'm afraid, although I really like Beantree's post and the bit about growing toms as I would have advised putting them in the ground but his idea is probably the best of both worlds. My SIL used hers for starting seeds off until she lost enthusiasm, and one of my neighbours in the UK used hers for overwintering geraniums, very successfully. I think I would deffo do the seed starting thing and also grow toms, peppers, chili and aubergines. My grandad used to grow (or maybe just start?) his cucs in a home-made coldframe, I suppose that is the same sort of idea. If you like grapes I would might give one a go; I know someone who very successfully grows one in a polytunnel, and I might explore other sorts of exotica as well. I know parsley grows very well in a polytunnel, so perhaps other soft herbs might do well as long as they don't get too hot, so possibly under the staging. Actually my SIL (who lives in N.France) has since bought another greenhouse, a large one, and uses it as her conservatory for humans. She has a vent in it, an automatic one, which is brilliant as it opens and closes on its own, I think even when it rains. She grows toms right into November, and has a grape, a fig, and a citrus in pots which go in and out according to the season. Have fun!