So we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. Weve eaten them with most meals for the last month, made gallons of Tomato Frito (Puree) and still have left overs. Those remaining are getting very soft and ripe. We need to do something quick! Making ones own derivative to Heinz Tomato Sauce is the answer. We have just made a batch from one of the best recipes Ive seen so far.
We were given some millet seeds some time ago by David and Aspen of Semilla Besada. Not really knowing what we were doing we did the sensible thing, shoved them in a free part of the “campo” and made sure they were regularly watered. Now in the space of a few months they have grown strong and healthy. We have harvested them today as they are showing some signs of bird attack.
We have a small spanish terrier that my neighbour, Antonio, was going to get rid of. I’ve has him for 2 years now. He’s a fiesty little devil and is typically noisy. We call him “Tapa”, as he is just a bite sized piece for my other dog, Bruno, who towers over him, rather like the Matterhorn dwarfs Zermatt. We got our own back on Tapa for a few sleepless nights yesterday.
I’ve just discovered how to make cheese, well, Indian cheese actually. Called Paneer. It shows I’ve not got too much to do when all Ive got to worry about is either (a) will England manage to bowl out South Africa and win the 1st Test, or (b) will my newly made paneer cheese set properly! Simple this cheese making lark, actually. Boil some milk, add either lemon juice or yoghurt, and voila …….
Bit bored today. Too hot to go outside, so I thought I’d have a go at making homemade pasta. A bit complicated for a northerner like me, but not that hard actually. You go through various stages of dough preparation. Just flour, eggs and lots of gentle massaging, sorry kneading. Leave for an hour and roll out into round pancakes. After 15 mins roll and cut into thin strips. Hang out for another 15 mins.
Bugger! You spend the whole spring sorting water out for the vegetables, religiously caring for their every needs. Then the summer comes around and we have 6ft high sweetcorn plants festooned with corn ears. Mmmm, I can see them now, roasting gently on the barbie! However, along comes this little “thing” (I used much stronger language actually, but am aware I’m “public” on the internet) and gets stuck into his daily eating with vigour.
Yes, 44 years is a long time, as long suffering England fans will vouch for. They are not far behind, as its 42 years since they last won anything! Anyway, Spain deservedly won Euro 2008 last night beating the dogged Germans 1-0. We were in our local bar in Lanjaron, the Flower Bar. As you can imagine the whole place went mad! Fantastic for the country and what a good team they have.
Do you remember the old days when a onion sellers from France or Spain cycled through the UK carrying onions and wearing berets? Do they still do that or have Tesco’s put them out of business as well? Anyway, I had a go at stringing onions, of which a wealth of information is found on the internet. All of this was far too complex so I just knotted them together anyway I could.
Friends David and Aspen Edge at Semilla Besada above Lanjaron, have always argued that, one day, due to the high cost of fuel, tourists will stop coming here, food prices will rocket and there will be petrol shortages. A big argument to get started on the road to self sufficiency? Well, it seems to have started! This week the spanish, along with the rest of Europe it seems, have been on strike over high fuel prices.
Ok let’s get this straight …………… I am a red blooded meat eater, always was and always will be! However I happen to live with a woman who has been a vegetarian for over 20 years. It hasn’t been too difficult for me living with a “veggie” as the veggie cooking world has been easy to get into. In fact I am much healthier now than when I used to eat red meat (and the occasional Macdonalds hamburger) every day.