The petunias have made a remarkable recovery… see here…
…and more on Frodo… see here…
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I have just received this email from John Scott and feel I need to share…….
As I was putting three slugs into the bin tonight, I thought what a waste, when there seems to be so much ‘eating’ on them, and I was going to ask you if you’d ever come across any slug recipes, but I’ve actually found one – on the Rick Shaw Unschooling blog here.
“They were like a cross between chicken and calamari. A bit like escargot, although I’ve never experienced deep-fried escargot, so I can’t say, exactly! Certainly they were delicious, and the combination with green tomatoes was lovely!”
So there you go – a simple alternative form of meat for those who are allergic to everything else, though the comments that follow the post above seem to cast some doubt on whether European slugs are such suitable fare. I suppose one could import “banana” slugs and cultivate them…
I must admit that I thought I had a pretty strong stomach – and I do hate slugs so eating them would be a suitable revenge – but having read Emily’s post…… Judge for yourselves…
PS. The picture is of Emily’s son at the ‘soak in hot water and vinegar for 10 minutes to kill and remove slime’ stage!
Following on from the sad tale of my parsley’s demise….
An edible garden designed by designing-edible-gardens.com
I have just, rather belatedly, been catching up on the far sadder tale of Denise Morrison of Tulsa, Oklahoma, not to mention Ron Finley of Crenshaw, south LA and Adam Guerrero of Memphis, Tennesse, all of whom have had their edible gardens targeted and, as far as the first two are concerned, destroyed (Adam did get to keep his but only with serious restrictions) by their local authorities. The latter seem to have taken agin’ them for reasons which are hard to divine. At least my slugs and snails are feeding themselves….
Denise Morrison has had a lot of coverage for her ruined garden which included more ‘than 100 plant varieties — flowers, apple trees, pecan trees, grapes, lemons, stevia, strawberries and several types of mint among many others — that Morrison used not only for food, but for medicinal purposes such as treating her diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis’.
See this report from Mother Nature Network, or this one from Oklahoma’s Own, or this one from Reason Hit&Run , or this one from TreeHugger and if, having read all of those, you want to support Denise in getting her garden back up and running, you can sign this petition, or you can send donations to Denise via Lori Fulbright, C/O News On 6, 302 S. Frankfort, Tulsa, OK 74120.
Anyone who follow my recipes will know by now that I am pretty obsessed with coconut oil. I fry with it, casserole with it, spread it on my bread, have even taken to using it for cleaning my face. (If you want more nitty gritty details see here….) But I bring you this further wonder with my Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management hat on.
Coconut oil does not stain…….
I was having a piece of rye toast with coconut oil three days ago and a large splodge of the melted coconut oil percolated through the toast and down onto a pair of clean blue trousers leaving a large and very dark oil stain. I muttered suitable imprecations and debated scrubbing it with soap and a nail brush, but previous experience of doing that with olive oil stains suggested that I would probably take the colour out of the trousers but was unlikely to get the stain out. So I sighed and resigned myself to adding yet another pair of trousers to my ‘gardening’ pile.
As it happened, because there are various house upheavals going on here at the moment, I went on wearing the same trousers the next day, and yesterday during which they got gradually dirtier – and I noticed that the coconut oil stain had faded slightly, as most oil stains do. However, last night when I decided that they really had done as much as could be expected of a pair trousers and needed to head for the wash, I looked, just for interest, for the coconut oil stain. It had gone. No, not just faded – completely, totally and incontrovertibly gone….
So how did that come about? Are there any scientists out there who can explain to me why coconut oil (90% saturated fat, medium chain triglycerides with 45% lauric acid) does not stain while butter (63% saturated fat and also high in medium chain triglycerides) does? Or are their fat contents irrelevant? I am happy to live with the fact, but I would love to know…..
And while on the ‘household management’ theme, can I warn anyone out there who is happily growing lots of lovely green leaves for their summer salads in their gardens that, if you thought that slugs and snails would not like parsley – they do……. Along with delphiniums, hostas, marguerites, cosmos and petunias!!! I planted three vigorous parsley plants last weekend and when I went to pick some last night, they had all vanished! All that was left were a few chewed stalks……. I even found a snail oozing its way up the delphinium stalk next to the parsley – having munched the parsley, on to the delphinium!! Aaaarrgh….. I think I am currently keeping ‘Organic Slug Stop’ in business!
PS….. 3rd September…. Another wonder……
Alex Gazzola has just sent me a link to a BBC News article about how coconut oil can combat tooth decay!!! Admittedly, it does need to be treated with enzymes to do the trick but the enzymes could not have done it without the coconut oil!!! Read more….
So, another Chelsea Flower Show is nearly over – and even though we did not get a low-allergen show garden, we did get an excellent display from the Royal College of Pathologists in the RHS Environmental Zone in the Grand Pavilion: Urban Greening – Not to be Sneezed at! Plants for a Low Allergen Garden. So excellent, in fact that it got a Silver Gilt Medal and some words of praise from HM….
The RCP team exhibit was organised by ex-vice president Dr Tim Wreghitt with assistance from staff at Cambridge University Botanic Garden and Phillip Ball from the University of Cambridge Medical Graphics Department who provided some great graphic displays. The display was a mock up of an apartment roof garden in London focusing on low allergen plants such as choisya, geraniums, hydrangeas, acers and periwinkle – and provided lots of help and advice for respiratory allergy sufferers wanting to go all Alan Titchmarsh. Even if you didn’t see it, you can still access their information via their website right here.
I am really pleased that the RCP have once again taken up the cause of allergy, and organised such a great exhibit but….. I still want to see a low allergen garden out there amongst the show gardens.
In writing earlier today about the FreeFrom Skincare Awards, Alex Gazzola commented that many entrants to the awards treated them purely as beauty awards so could not see that the products’ health profile and freefrom credentials were relevant. But to me – and to the various awards that we run – you cannot separate the beautifying qualities of a skincare product, the taste of a food or the glories of a garden from its ‘healthiness’ and, if you are allergic or intolerant, its ‘freefrom-ness’.
Just as, from an architectural point of view, incorporating accessibility for disabled people into an inspiring design should be part of your skill and your remit (see, for example, the lovely ramp and steps at Cromwell Road entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London’s South Kensington), so devising a deliciously pampering ‘freefrom’ beauty product or a stunningly beautiful a low allergen garden should be an exciting and fulfilling challenge for its creator, the more satisfying because it has incorporated more than just the on-pack requirement. Well, I shall keep on wishing…
Meanwhile, there was another very low allergen visitor of importance to the show… Followers of my garden pages may remember the arrival, some months ago, of Tawny Pipit, all the way from Troon in Ayrshire. Just spool a little way down this page and you will meet him. (No fear of an allergic reaction here, unless to any pollen that gets caught in passing…)
Well, his progenitor, Laura Antebi of the Wire Studio has been exhibiting this week at Chelsea (and also going to visit the ‘Joey’ she made for the WarHorse exhibiton next door at the National Army Museum) and has been staying with us while she does so. And, as a little pre-thank you she brought us Tawny Pipit’s wee cousin, Tiny Pipit. Allow me to introduce you…