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Old 15th Mar 2016, 16:04
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"they never tell you owt"....

...... yeah but, no but, yeah but - did you ask? You're an intelligent chap. See my earlier remark about tongues and heids.

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Old 15th Mar 2016, 18:17
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Well tiz more they tell you what you already know,ie not to involve yourself cavorting wi dancing girls and desist wench chasing and drinking rum out of the bottle and to cease smoking and fist fighting.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 18:27
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So, when do you plan to stop engaging in fisticuffs Mr D?
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 21:23
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Those bloody French

Our neighbour, without so much as a by-your-leave or a pardonnez-moi, has dumped upon us a carton of two dozen leeks from his vegetable garden. Does he think we are Welsh, or something?

Where in the name of are we going to put an armful of leeks? The spare space in our garage is taken up with the two stone of red potatoes which he foisted on us last week. OK, they are delicious, but delicious is as delicious does, and the garage is supposed to be for the car, and not potatoes. Or pumpkins, carrots or jerusalem artichokes.

I could open a fecking leek and potato shop, but nobody around here would buy them, they all grow their own.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 21:34
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I used to assist one of me old bosses in trips to the countryside to gather various forms of exotic dung for his leek trench,always rewarded wi a couple of show leeks that had failed the final cut,the size of of ten pounder cannon they were.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 21:52
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Leek & potato soup?

Make a large cauldron of it and freeze blocks of it in clingfilm lined containers. Tupperware or similar.

When frozen remove from containers, and stack blocks in freezer.

Thaw & heat when needed.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 22:00
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Various Working Men's Clubs used to put on a leek broth one day a week during the show leek season,with careful planning one could partake of a bowl of leek broth every day at a different Club.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 22:05
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"two dozen leeks"

I can try to find a receipt for some leek pies. Pies with vegetables are essential part of my country's culinary tradition and leek pies along spinach and cheese varieties top the list.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 22:29
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I should contact the local Brotherhood of the Leek, who dress up in leek-like costumes and parade around at various local festivals, in the fraternal company of the cauliflowerists, the endivists, the shallotists etc. This be vegetable country, oh-arr.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 23:02
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My departed mother (God rest her soul) used to make a sort of crispy savoury 'parkin' which was made using leeks in a sort of suet 'pastry', which, IIRC, was called something like 'brandy something' - it was more like a savoury pudding or a traybake, but it definitely had leeks in.

My mother was a Durham lass:- https://countydurhamcommunityfoodboo.../leek-pudding/

Edited to add:- I believe the 'brandy' bit is a bum steer, and it was, maybe, called leek pudding, but you know how children adopt ridiculous names for things.

The main thing was that it had a crispy topping, but a soft 'body', and was baked in a flat tray about an inch and a half deep and usually served with a meaty gravy.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 23:11
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I have recipes for leek pudding, and probably even some Atora in the back of a cupboard somewhere, but this is faff with a capital F.

Similarly your pies Ris, delicious though they most certainly are, I would guess the nearest filo pastry is back in Brussels and even there it would be hard to find (and even if I got some, I wouldn't know how to start using it).
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 00:57
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I have had my 'flu jab for this season, and what I am experiencing is in no way 'flu, but I seem to acquire the snuffles from every meeting that I attend.
I don't know which meetings are responsible, as I do not know the incubation period of the snuffles.

I did acquire an irritating cough (which wasn't a sore throat, but hurt my 'missing' lung) which persisted for about a month before disappearing (although the latter stages might have become a habit).
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 01:50
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I have just had a quick look but can't find anything lately from the Puffin man of Alderney.
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 04:54
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Hmmm ... I wonder how Big Hammer is doing. Anyone heard?
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 07:22
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No. I sent Big Hammer a PM from here and elsewhere over a fortnight ago
but have received no reply which is unusual for him. I'm quite concerned
about him now.

A repeat of yesterday as far as the weather is concerned - overcast and +5C.

My TV in the lounge finally gave up any pretence of recognising any signals
last week. I had my suspicions as to the cause and when I chopped the co-ax
and a pint of water ran out of it they were confirmed.
So yesterday afternoon saw me up a ladder and a new aerial installed.
Oddly enough the tv works perfectly now.
While the ladder was out I took the opportunity to remove an old analogue
dish and fix the guttering down pipe.
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 08:07
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Morning peeps,dull here, three different jobs there Mr Handsfree you could have developed three separate invoices.
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 08:27
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Good morning all. Overcast here, looks like rain soon. Wish I could get a decent nights sleep.
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 08:45
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While the ladder was out I took the opportunity to...
Another proof of one's theory that it's not the task itself that deters one from completing it. It's the preparations (e.g. getting the ladder out) - and of course the cleaning up afterwards.
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 09:23
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Originally Posted by EDDNHopper View Post
Another proof of one's theory that it's not the task itself that deters one from completing it. It's the preparations (e.g. getting the ladder out) - and of course the cleaning up afterwards.
Isn't that the truth Mr Hopper.
It's taken me a week to summon up the courage to extract the ladder from the garage.
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Old 16th Mar 2016, 09:25
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Morning folks.

Sunny now that the fog has lifted.

Puffin cam doesn't seem to be working at the moment.

One has noted a certain friskiness amongst the ducks on me canal.
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