Wednesday, 14 April 2021


We thought we had gone through a travel and time warp yesterday when we came across 3 large fields of rhubarb - very ususal for us:

It looked a bit sparse in places but the rhubarb crowns were just starting to push through to fully through in other bits - a lovely sight.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Hemp Seed Milk

Hulled hemp seeds (hearts) are readily available in most health food shops and online. Bought milk, which sits on the shelf, has additives to keep it safe such as Acidity Regulator (Dipotassium Phosphate), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Stabiliser (Gellan Gum), Sea Salt.). The rest, which is the base of the milk, = water and hemp seed base (4%).

If you make it yourself, it doesn't have these as it is stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. It is so easy to make so I had a go. There are various recipes 1/2 cup hulled hearts to 2 or 4 cups of water or 1 cup of seeds to 3 cups of water. I decided to try 1/2 cup hearts to 2 cups of water. Some add vanilla extract and/or maple syrup/one date, a pinch of salt. Just the hearts and water were put into the large container of my blitzer:

Blitzed for 15 seconds, rested and blitzed for the same time gave me this:
I added 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract but forgot about the pinch of salt. This is the sweetened version, some like it without these additions. I am storing it in an ex coconut oil jar in the door of the fridge:
It splits a little overnight but a quick shake and it is good to go. My smoothie this morning used one banana, 3/4 of an apple, 2 spoons of pumpkin seeds, 2 spoons rolled oats and this milk. It was different but nice.

Next time I make it might try 2/3rds cup of hearts to 2 cups of water. Alternatively cashew nut milk might  get made.

I love cows milk but like to try alternatives, especially in my smoothies, porridge etc. All part of my better healthy eating regime!

Monday, 12 April 2021

One of those days ...

Going to wash the pots this morning, the kitchen tap had been left on and all the hot water was gone. That also put paid to washing my hair first thing.

Get the washing on I thought, no DB was out walking Ruby in a pair of trousers (I thought) he wanted washing so that too was put on hold.

Change the covers on Ruby's beds - done but she was filthy when back from her walk, so needed a hose down - now got one damp bed - ah well.

Couldn't find my bag of poppers and tool to apply them. Trim Ruby - can't do until she is thoroughly dry:(

So far, not so good. Anyhow, the sun is out, I am alive, so that's good isn't it?

Our meal the other night consisted of steak strips with onions, mushrooms and soy sauce with another new recipe of potato salad:

We made half the recipe which can be found here.
 Yesterdays batch of dried and powdered nettles - above.