Friday, 15 April 2016

Missing.................

or to be more accurate ..............in a box somewhere in the shed

My large cream metal colander
A chopping board
A pile of new tea-towels and  new oven glove
Stainless steel meat carving plate with spikes
and lots of other things that I haven't missed.............yet.


 I've just finished the latest Tracy Chevalier - The Edge of the Orchard. I've read most of her books and I like the way they take a real person from history and weave a story around them. The real person in this book is Johnny 'Appleseed' Chapman who took apple trees and seeds all round the States.
This is the summary from the library website.

What happens when you can't run any further from your past? Ohio, 1838. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. Life is harsh in the swamp, and as fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. James patiently grows his sweet-tasting 'eaters' while Sadie gets drunk on applejack made fresh from 'spitters'. Their fighting takes its toll on all of the Goodenoughs - a battle that will resonate over the years and across America. Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through Goldrush California. Haunted by the broken family he fled years earlier, memories stick to him where mud once did. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past.

My rating - A Good Book

I've just heard on the news that we have to limit our intake of Dolmio pasta sauces to once a week, that should be simple here as they are something I never buy. A Pasta sauce made from a tin of tomatoes, a chopped onion, some tomato puree, a little brown sugar and some seasonings must be one of the easiest things to make. Vary it by adding in some chopped veg - aubergine for instance-  make a big batch and pop in the freezer.
Simple.

Oh Goody, the countdown to the EU referendum starts today. Odd really as I seem to have heard quite a lot about it already! Are you like me.............the more I'm told what I ought to do the less likely I am to do it.

Thanks for all the comments

Back Soon
Sue

31 comments:

  1. Curious...why are you supposed to limit the pasta sauce to once a week?

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    1. The company that make them - Mars - are going to label their sauces with the recommended number of times a week you should eat them.....because they are jam packed loaded with sugar! 9 and probably other things that should be restricted - like salt

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  2. Googled it and answered my own question!

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    1. replied before I read your second comment!

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  3. Like you I have never understood why anyone needs to buy a pasta sauce so I wasn't bothered by the need to restrict either!

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  4. I never buy pasta sauces either, full of salt and sugar as pointed out today!

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  5. I just added that Tracy Chevelier book to my reading list. I always enjoy her books and was happy to see she is writing about the Midwest (where I live) again.

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  6. I'm another one who makes our own pasta sauces from scratch. They are so simple and can be varied so easily. A pinch of sugar is all that is needed to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes and even then I taste first and sugar only if it needs it.

    There's always some things that go missing in a move isn't there. Have you had any breakages?

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    1. I broke something before we moved when I unpacked a box I packed before but can't even remember what it was! Haven't found anything else so far although there are a dozen boxes that are in the shed unopened because the bungalow is full up.

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  7. I read the French woman's 1st book; she walked up 80 flights of stairs to get to her job in a skyscraper in New York, in high heels! Need one say more? Perhaps so. She's lived in NYC for 3 or 4 decades with a very rich husband...

    I very much enjoy reading your blog!

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    1. I wonder if you have left this comment on the wrong blog?
      Tracy Chevalier isn't French, she was born in the USA but now lives in London

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  8. Pasta sauce is indeed so easy to make. Plus I try not to buy tinned tomatoes. No matter what they say I still think the tomatoes acid and the metal, coated or not is bad. Plus I am very careful of any nightshade so maybe that is my problem.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Like Pat says below, fresh tomatoes here are tasteless unless you can grow some yourself and get enough sun and heat to ripen them well, even then I found they were often too watery to make a good sauce.

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    2. I cheat and use canned tomatoes for a pasta sauce, but when I make tomato & courgette soup I always use fresh tomatoes, and it's truly delicious (but it needs just a pinch of sugar - and I mean a pinch) to a panful of soup to take away the acidity. With some basil and an onion as the kick-start base to the soup, and some basil, then simmered for 20 minutes and then whooshed with a hand-beld blender you have the most wonderful, natural soup without any additivies, extra salt or too much sugar.
      Margaret P

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  9. I agree about the sauce Sue, and I also think that, living as we do in a place where apart from a few Summer months tomatoes are not very tasty, it is inevitable that good tinned ones need to be used.

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  10. I have a question but it doesn't have anything to do with todays subject. I was re-reading some of your earlier blog and wondered how you priced your vegies and fruit for sale? I have been playing with the idea of selling at my driveway and am not sure what to charge. Dorothy on Vancouver Island BC Canada

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    1. On the smallholding we were away from the village, so to get people driving by to stop, things needed to be priced much the same as supermarket. I priced to sell rather than have stuff left at the end of the day and found it was elderly people who had time to stop and look so liked to give them good value.

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    2. Good idea I am away from the village as well.Thanks that helps.

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  11. That is a book I want to read - I love her work. We never buy Dolmio (or similar) sauces either but I always cook from scratch.

    I hope you don't need that box of stuff you can't find! It's so annoying when you can't find things. I should know - had to go through the junk room TWICE last week for something - it took all afternoon.

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  12. Bloody Dolmio puppets have been lying to us all this time. Burn them!!!!

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  13. I am still missing a box convinced its in the storage unit with sons boxes, hubby says he has checked and it isnt, I hope your box turns up

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  14. It is three years since we moved. There is still stuff in boxes!
    Obviously I don't need it although I would like to look at some of the pretty stuff. So sorry to read of your husband's illness. You are both very brave.

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  15. It is three years since we moved. There is still stuff in boxes!
    Obviously I don't need it although I would like to look at some of the pretty stuff. So sorry to read of your husband's illness. You are both very brave.

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  16. Ha ha - my pressure cooker is missing in much the same way. I can visualise it in a box - but which one....hmmmm.

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  17. ha ha, ...'while Sadie gets drunk on applejack made fresh from 'spitters'' .... sounds like me! ;o) I think I should change my last name to Goodenough now. Corking name.

    Just having a catch up, been a busy week here with school starting up etc.
    I buy jars of pasta sauce, because it's easy and I like it. So when I heard the news yesterday, I added some to my weekly shop, just because. It's yet another thing they'll bang on about we shouldn't eat. Got to admit it gets on my nerves.

    You are settling in nicely, sending best wishes to Col as always :O)
    Ah Pizza Hut, it's ok, but I agree, pretty expensive for what it is. Violet always loves the ice cream situation best! ;o)
    Have a lovely weekend x

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    1. Col had the ice cream but the machine ran out had to wait an age for it to be refilled and get working again - I suppose it bears a slight resemblance to ice cream!He wanted smarties but they only had chocolate drops and mini eggs!

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  18. When we used to rent we moved often and something always went missing never to be seen again!

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  19. From the BBC website 10 things with more sugar than Dolmio http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36054494/six-everyday-things-with-more-sugar-than-dolmio-lasagne-sauce I knew about most of them.

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  20. I agree with you entirely, Sue. Who on earth buys these sugar-infested sauces? What could be easier than a tomato sauce from a sautéed onion, can of plum tomatoes, a pinch of brown sugar, some tomato puree and a dash or herbs (I add one veggie Oxo cube, too.) I tried a cook-in sauce once, something which was supposed to have wine in it, and it was the most disgusting thing ever. Well, I exaggerate a bit, but it tasted weird and synthetic. But if someone has been brought up on such things and never made a sauce themselves from scratch, they won't have any idea how delicious real sauces can be, sadly.
    Margaret P

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  21. I'm thinking many of our possessions will be 'missing' for quite some time! EU...what a good opportunity to turn off the goggle box and get outside and live a little. x

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