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  • #91
    Nice one Q, first of many I hope. Good size too
    Location ... Nottingham

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    • #92
      Lovely, QW. How will you eat it? My first one will probably be what they call 'a la romana' here, flip-flopped in flour, dipped in egg and then shallow fried.
      Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Snoop Puss View Post
        Lovely, QW. How will you eat it? My first one will probably be what they call 'a la romana' here, flip-flopped in flour, dipped in egg and then shallow fried.
        We do them like that to freeze. The one in the pic went into ratatouille.
        I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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        • #94
          Originally posted by Mr Bones View Post
          Nice one Q, first of many I hope. Good size too
          Thanks. They fill out fast once they set. We will get two a week for a bit now if all goes well.
          I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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          • #95
            I was so pleased I sowed them early this year, but then life got busy and they sat in 9cm pots until last week. They look healthy enough but I am preparing myself for another year with no fruits.
            Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
            Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

            Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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            • #96
              My plant is still teeny tiny. The tomatoes and cucumber plants all around are growing like mad, but Mr A is sulking.
              Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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              • #97
                Originally posted by Babru View Post
                My plant is still teeny tiny. The tomatoes and cucumber plants all around are growing like mad, but Mr A is sulking.
                You and me both Babru!
                Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
                Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by peanut View Post
                  I was so pleased I sowed them early this year, but then life got busy and they sat in 9cm pots until last week. They look healthy enough but I am preparing myself for another year with no fruits.
                  Life, huh?

                  We've just got a puppy, which is proving to be similarly distracting.

                  Mind you, with 16 hours of daylight for next few weeks they should get going if you can give them more room, feed, and water..
                  I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by quanglewangle View Post

                    Life, huh?

                    We've just got a puppy, which is proving to be similarly distracting.

                    Mind you, with 16 hours of daylight for next few weeks they should get going if you can give them more room, feed, and water..
                    I hope they do!
                    A new puppy, oh how lovely, what kind do you have? If you don't mind me asking.
                    Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
                    Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                    Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                    • ^^^
                      Jack Russel: clever, fast, and with an eye for badness.

                      We lost our last one a year ago and it's actually started to affect our fitness. We are lucky that he can walk off lead right out of the door, once he's jabbed. At present though we have to get up every three hours for business. So a bit sleep-deprived.
                      I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                      • Originally posted by quanglewangle View Post
                        ^^^
                        Jack Russel: clever, fast, and with an eye for badness.

                        We lost our last one a year ago and it's actually started to affect our fitness. We are lucky that he can walk off lead right out of the door, once he's jabbed. At present though we have to get up every three hours for business. So a bit sleep-deprived.
                        Oh sorry to hear that, they leave such a hole don't they, (though how we quickly forget the sleepless nights and puppy training!)
                        I love Jackells (our nickname), my parents had a couple over the years, rough coated. I lost one on a walk when I was younger and ran home in tears, Dad came out to look for him with me and we eventually heard him, he was stuck down a rabbit hole, thankfully my dad was able to dig him out! Great dogs, fab little characters!
                        Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
                        Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                        Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                        • Originally posted by quanglewangle View Post

                          We do them like that to freeze. The one in the pic went into ratatouille.
                          How do you freeze them? I'm guessing spread out on a tray. Do they thaw reasonably well?

                          Not ignoring the dog, by the way. Time for a photo maybe?
                          Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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                          • We are bit downmarket - fritters...
                            • Cut aubergine into 10mm thick slices
                            • Salt both sides and set out on kitchen paper with more on top.
                            • Leave for 20 min blotting moisture off occasionly
                            • Dip in batter
                            • Shallow fry for 10-15mins - tricky to get flesh cooked without overdoing batter
                            • Blot excess fat off
                            • Freeze on non-stick kitchen parchment
                            • Edit cook from frozen on flat sheet. We use a probe - anything over 70°C about 15-20mins at 180°C
                            Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20220611_154236.jpg Views:	0 Size:	1.14 MB ID:	2547511
                            Jack has doubled in size in the three weeks we had him. Won't fit in a soup bowl any more.
                            Last edited by quanglewangle; 16-06-2022, 04:28 PM. Reason: Added bullet about cooking
                            I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                            • Thanks, quanglewangle. Great info and a really handsome dog. Not surprised he's distracting.
                              Location: north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep. Last frost: usually mid-April, sometimes first week in May. First frost: mid-October.

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                              • Originally posted by quanglewangle View Post
                                We are bit downmarket - fritters...
                                • Cut aubergine into 10mm thick slices
                                • Salt both sides and set out on kitchen paper with more on top.
                                • Leave for 20 min blotting moisture off occasionly
                                • Dip in batter
                                • Shallow fry for 10-15mins - tricky to get flesh cooked without overdoing batter
                                • Blot excess fat off
                                • Freeze on non-stick kitchen parchment
                                • Edit cook from frozen on flat sheet. We use a probe - anything over 70°C about 15-20mins at 180°C
                                Click image for larger version Name:	IMG_20220611_154236.jpg Views:	0 Size:	1.14 MB ID:	2547511
                                Jack has doubled in size in the three weeks we had him. Won't fit in a soup bowl any more.
                                I'll try that if I ever manage to grow a blinking aubgergine.
                                Jack is beautiful! I can almost smell that puppy smell (yes I adore dogs and miss having them).
                                Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
                                Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                                Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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