We knew we may have problems, but planted courgettes from seed late, along with plants for something called turks turban!!
The turks turban, is a squash it may have some taste.
Before we headed up to the Scottish mists, there were signs that they were being eaten before they had even set, the slugs love them. The courgettes they were leaving alone.
The flowers are also attracting some bloody great bees, so we were loath to give them up as a bad job and pull them out.
On return from the mists, whilst hunting for the courgettes, I found a whole untouched turban, looked up the recipes and decided... decoration may well be the answer!
So the problems expected?
A surfeit of the small marrow, and indeed we have, so I have to think what to do with the damn things. I've still got courgette chutney in the cupboard dated 11/10/11! Good stuff it is too.
So one exceptionally large specimen weighing 14ozs, which had eluded an earlier harvesting of fingerlings, ended up thinly sliced and "spaghettied" to go with my special bolognese sauce.
Unfortunately the 'phone rang, it was Jim, the old boy across from us, he needed me urgently.(more later)
On returning, after giving specific instructions to my sois-chef, "keep an eye on that it's nearly done," I came back to an almost mush.
She left it in the simmering water,when she should have drained it.
Can't get the staff nowadays!
Mixed with the sauce though it wasn't bad, but not as expected though...al dente!
Tomorrow we go and get the pickling stuff, and some other veggies for some..err... pickle/chutney making.
I have a great mustard piccalilli recipe!
We shall see!!
The reason for the urgent 'phone call?
For some time Jim ( the old fella who broke is leg being chased by a wasp swarm a few years ago) has been not wanting to go out , not wanting to eat, and worst of all not wanting to go to the pub, in fact he's wasting away, and was now hallucinating!
He's been under the doctors care for sometime for various old man's ailments, but in recent weeks has given us, and all his friends, the impression that he's giving up.
Despite all our goading, things hadn't got any better.
So yesterday the doctor got called round, and to cut a long story short, Jim is back in Lincoln Hospital, for observation, feeding up and, I think, some convalescence.
We're not certain exactly what is wrong, but he is now somewhere he can be given a good checkout.
Meanwhile, I've got his house and car keys, emptied the foetid celery and cucumbers,cream and milk from his fridge, and disposed of other bits and pieces well past their sell by.....
I also found some hidden washing up by following my nose to something like N-Butyric Acid.
Encrusted Weetabix in soured milk, is tough to handle and get off damp stacked dirty dishes even after a long hot soak!
We shall see!
I've not mentioned this for sometime, but so far so good, thank you, although I have a couple that are showing a loss, a couple of my holdings (oil and biotech) are due to break out any time now, and I don't want to miss out on that.
The trouble is I've been topping up and cash flow is tight, so this week is crunch time.
Will I have to sell some at a loss?
" This time next week Rodney......".
We shall see!
Just listening to Radio two breakfast, they're plugging the old man's latest single.
If it was anybody else it wouldn't get air time, how does this man get away with it ?
At least the Stones sound like they are still with it.
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