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Old Today, 02:53 AM   #1121
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Originally Posted by novaphile View Post
A friend once asked me if I'd like some zucchini from his garden, I thanked him and said I'd like one, because I don't use them a lot.

Oh what a wag! He brought me a single zucchini that was too large to go into my fridge!

This is how I learned something very odd...

... Did you know, that you can cut slices off the end of a zucchini, and it will keep on healing for weeks?

Every time I sliced more off, the end would glaze over with the internal sap, and go hard. Each time I'd cut off the hard part, and then more slices of fresh zucchini.
I had some overgrown ones that wouldn't fit in the fridge, and I noticed that they kept for weeks without refrigeration. I didn't try that though.
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Old Today, 03:39 AM   #1122
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Originally Posted by The Don View Post
The next challenge - sourcing a 13kg cylinder of gas for the grill.

For some reason, they're like unobtainium at the best of times - last time none of the stockists in the local area had them and I ended up driving to the main Calor Gas agent in Newport. I guess I'll find out what it's like under lockdown conditions.

It's not critical, but a failure would mean cooking on a griddle pan rather than the grill with the associated slightly disappointing results.
I'd suggest Dublin but I doubt that would be helpful.

We're having a socially physically distanced Easter barbecue with the neighbours. Two metre zones by the walls/hedges have been marked.
The cats will be able to socialise however.
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Old Today, 06:08 AM   #1123
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
I'd suggest Dublin but I doubt that would be helpful.

We're having a socially physically distanced Easter barbecue with the neighbours. Two metre zones by the walls/hedges have been marked.
The cats will be able to socialise however.
Don't forget, that can be a vector for transmission. Not because they can catch it (they can, apparently), but from other people petting them.

I've always like petting the neighbor dogs over the fence but have to refrain from doing that now.
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Old Today, 06:33 AM   #1124
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Originally Posted by EHocking View Post
Nah, they don’t taste the same at all . . .

ETA : that is how you test them, isn’t it?
It depends, if you can tell the alcohol percentage by taste you're a coniseur, if you know all the flavours you're a pervert!
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Old Today, 06:50 AM   #1125
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During our brief stint of trying to grow a garden here, one of the few things that the animals did not eat down to the roots was zucchini (of course, why would one doubt that?). The big ones are not bad for stuffing, if you can fit them in the oven. But we had too many for that, so the kids made halloween "zuke-o-lanterns" out of them.

I recall reading a book about the danger of nuclear holocaust (The Fate of the Earth) in which it was surmised that we'd end up with a "republic of insects and grass." I bet there would be zucchini too. They're survivors. A few million years down the road, the world would belong to evolved, carnivorous zucchini, roaming the land like triffids, their fragrant blooms gobbling unwary three foot moths. I don't trust the damned things.
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Originally Posted by Pixel42 View Post
It is, apparently, Tom Lehrer's 92nd birthday today. Many happy returns Tom.

The Radio 3 breakfast show played two of his songs, after asking for suggestions. The presenter remarked that he'd had quite a few requests for this one, but he had decided to hold it back "for happier times". I don't see why, so here it is:

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I was going to mention that for the blacklisted songs thread in FC, but I didn't because it's never gotten any airplay to speak of.
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Old Today, 07:38 AM   #1127
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Originally Posted by bruto View Post
During our brief stint of trying to grow a garden here, one of the few things that the animals did not eat down to the roots was zucchini (of course, why would one doubt that?). The big ones are not bad for stuffing, if you can fit them in the oven. But we had too many for that, so the kids made halloween "zuke-o-lanterns" out of them.
Bread! Zucchini bread is wonderful stuff, which you would totally not expect it to be. I've never voluntary had zucchini in any other form.
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Courgetti-spaghetti with pesto-Genovese is IMO delicious.

Finely grated courgette (and carrot) is a great addition to a meatloaf and makes it really succulent.

Courgette cake can be great.
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Old Today, 09:55 AM   #1129
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Originally Posted by GlennB View Post
Early April and still the risk of frost in the UK. Too early for planting I'd guess.

Meanwhile ... no shortage of anything in our obscure corner of Greece. But I picture the local minimarkets being supplied with pasta and rice etc. by regional depots, which are supplied by national depots, which are supplied by ... ? Are we living/depending on a buffer of reserves?
I know it's early April but I've just got out of my (cheap inflatable) hot tub in the back garden. In April ffs!

Sun, beer & hot tub it's better than being on holiday!
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Apple trees are easy enough to grow but alas they don't breed true, so when the nice hardy volunteer tree starts bearing, chances are overwhelming that you'll get little hard "spitters" good only for cider. Good time to learn to graft. Or to press cider.
Or to make apple wine, one of the churchyards near me has a tree with tiny hard little apples, a couple of bags, crushed with brown sugar and sultanas (for a baked apple flavour, and brewed to about 16/17% alcohol (good brewers yeast). It was delicious, I was intending to keep it for a few months to maturebut it was just too good from the start!
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Bread! Zucchini bread is wonderful stuff, which you would totally not expect it to be. I've never voluntary had zucchini in any other form.
My wife used to make a lot of it. I would also take boxes of them to work and they would mostly be taken.

I had to go to town for a prescription again this morning, so did some shopping as well. I forgot to check the TP aisle. More people were wearing masks, including all the pharmacy staff. Two days ago it was only the clerk dealing with the public.
Totally unavailable today: Diet Coke. I had bought four 12-packs two days ago because it was on sale.
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Old Today, 11:40 AM   #1132
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
Bread! Zucchini bread is wonderful stuff, which you would totally not expect it to be. I've never voluntary had zucchini in any other form.
We made zucchini bread, zucchini stew, stuffed zucchini, fried zucchini. There was always more left over. About the only thing we didn't try to do with zucchini was to make shoes out of it.
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When I was growing up we had a smallish garden out back. Somehow we wound up with approximately 1.43*10^23 zucchini plants. My mother was never the world's greatest cook, and she decided to try and work zucchini into just about anything with predictably horrid results. To this day I can't stand eating them in any form and will eat around/pick out any that wind up on my plate as a side dish.
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We made zucchini bread, zucchini stew, stuffed zucchini, fried zucchini. There was always more left over. About the only thing we didn't try to do with zucchini was to make shoes out of it.

I have several jars of zucchini relish sitting in my pantry right now. Basically the same recipe as pickle relish, but using finely grated zucchini instead of chopped cucumber.
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I'd suggest Dublin but I doubt that would be helpful.



We're having a socially physically distanced Easter barbecue with the neighbours. Two metre zones by the walls/hedges have been marked.

The cats will be able to socialise however.
Cats can catch covid-19.
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
My wife used to make a lot of it. I would also take boxes of them to work and they would mostly be taken.



I had to go to town for a prescription again this morning, so did some shopping as well. I forgot to check the TP aisle. More people were wearing masks, including all the pharmacy staff. Two days ago it was only the clerk dealing with the public.

Totally unavailable today: Diet Coke. I had bought four 12-packs two days ago because it was on sale.
It's phone consultations now. The front door is locked. If you have a script then go to the door, tell the staff what you want and they will bring it for you.
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I have several jars of zucchini relish sitting in my pantry right now. Basically the same recipe as pickle relish, but using finely grated zucchini instead of chopped cucumber.
I confess that's one I did not try. Once long ago I went through a pickling phase, and did sweet gherkins, chow chow, and all sorts of other things. I liked them, but not many others in the family did.

Too late now, I think. No more zukes in the forecast.
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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
It depends, if you can tell the alcohol percentage by taste you're a coniseur, if you know all the flavours you're a pervert!
Ahhhh. The difference between using a feather and using the whole chicken.
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