Month: March 2010

The cure for the annoyingly cheerful!

Listening to Dylan Horricks (of Hicksville fame) today on National Radio (be still my beating girlish heart) he played a section of this fantastically funny clip.  I giggled like a young girl!  It comes from  The Onion that wonderful American News Institution.  Prepare to be entertained.


Golden Sausages

Oh the pain!  This is not my fave!  I never make this anymore, but when the cherubs were little and cute and fluffy wee things I used to make this all the time.  It came from my Mum originally and I probably also liked it when I was a kid, but I’m blanking that.  It is easy and one of those really good, feed many for nearly no money recipes!  I guess my tastes have changed over the years.  Anyway, I have had a request from one of the cherubs, and, given that this blog was supposed to be for sharing the family recipes I better put it on.

500g sausages, 1 onion – chopped, 2tblsp of Boss or L&P’s sauce (or other black sauce), 2tblsp flour, 1tblsp of brown sugar, 1 tblsp of tomato sauce (Watties) 1 tblsp of vinegar, 2 cups of boiling water.

Boil the sausages, cool and skin.  Place in a casserole dish with the sliced onion.  Mix dry ingredients and mix with boiling water and the sauces.  Pour the liquid over the sausages and bake in a slow oven for an hour.  Serve with mashed potato and other traditional style veges.

Evensong at Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

The link above will take you to an audio from the BBC where you can hear the lovely – and soon to be back in Dunedin for a visit – Karl Read,  singing in Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel in England. Karl sings there every day.  This was recorded on 23 March.  I think he posted it on his page as proof of life!  Anyway it is totally beautiful.  Have yourself a wee religious music moment.

First Aid Kit singing Tangerine

I have my little YouTube widget set up now to send me videos that ‘it thinks I will like’ it is kind of a mixed blessing, I get a lot of dross.  There are also some lovely gems that come through so I am staying with it.  This one was there today and I think it is lovely.  As a fan of the ‘semi country style’ this one is just my cuppa tea.  Have a wee listen/watch and see what you think.  It makes me want to get a guitar and strum along like I did when I was 14 and all I wanted was to be like Shona Laing!

Tyre Potatoes!

The tyres back in January

Pictured on the left are two stacked tyres.  These ones are not my faves.  These are the rubbish ones and we will quickly move on from the fact that these have produced one lousy radicchio plant, and three slightly stumpy zucchini.  They have been rubbish!

Moving quickly along, let us discuss the successful experiment to grow potatoes in tyres.  I head all sorts of opinions on this but in the NZ Gardner magazine they assured me that it would be fine.  And it was.  Yesterday I harvested an enormous sack of potatoes from a three tier of tyres.  I grew Red Rascal and Agria potatoes in them and although some of the spuddies are a little funny shaped – kinda flatish rather than roundish – it was majorly successful.  I still have a whole heap of spudies in the ground waiting to be harvested but they can just wait until some of this crop have been cooked up.  Note to self, find some new potato recipes.  Or I could revisit some like this one from a previous post

As for the dismal lot in the photo, those tyres are going to be moved and shifted and I might try a different root crop like yams or kumura.  I think the problem is that the tyres get too warm for leafy crops.  Ideas welcome.

Dahlia Time

Kelvin Floodlight (maybe)

I have been totally neglectful of my garden for about 2 months.  The lawns are long, the weeds are long and the clematis is so long it is choking the roses.  I have a spectacular pumpkin completely overtaking the potato patch and climbing up the roses along the fenceline.  This is not good, but I do have spectacular dahalias at the moment.  Here are some of them.  The huge yellow one is Kelvin Floodlight.  Well I think it is, Dad has grown this dahlia for years and the flowers are as big as a large dinnerplate  but my lovely sister is convinced that this is an interloper and that Kelvin Floodlight looks different.  Well I dunno but in the meantime it is pretty spectacular.  I think the orange one came from the very same lovely sister but we don’t know what it is called.  Anyone out there know?  Both of these have really strong stems which for really large dahlias is great often they need their flowers held up with support so that they don’t flop all over the place. 

The large maroon one here, it isn’t that great a photo to be honest, is called Midnight.  The first blooms are quite big but they shrink in size ad the season goes along.  I really like it, it looks great picked and in a vase with some white roses – Margaret Merril for preference if you ask me, mostly because she just smells so good but my Margaret hasn’t been great this year so I have been picking Elina to put with this one.

People have commented a lot that it has been a really bad season for Daliah’s here but for me it has been one of the best, even some of the ones that hadn’t been great and were being threatened with the fork have done well.