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Seeds from Squash

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Every year I take seeds from lots of plants in the garden to sow the following year. I also take seeds from squash and that sometimes gives surprising results. Last year I had some small, round squash of the same coloring as the one in the picture, and I also had butternut squash. They must have cross-pollinated, and the result is this light green, striped butternut. We have tasted one of them, and it was delicious. A bit more dense in the "meat" than a normal green squash. We will have to see if it is  suitable for storage.
I took seeds from  Hokkaido pumpkins as well, but they look as usual 😄

The Templars' Last Secret - Martin Walker

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The Templars' Last Secret by Martin Walker

I have reached No.10 in the series:  Bruno, Chief of Police

Martin Walker ought to be paid by the Tourist Board of Dordogne. Reading his books you so want to go there - even though we have been there earlier. In this novel it is especially the Commarque castle ruin, and also  the caves and prehistory of the region that takes focus. At the same time it is an exciting story, starting with the discovery of a body beside the chateau of Commarque . Stories about he Knights Tempar and terror is part of the plot, and luckily we are not being deprived of the region's good food and wine.


Translated to Danish:

Politimesteren i St. Denis - Bruno Courrèges 1
Dødens Vingård - Bruno Courrèges 2

The series consist of:

Bruno, Chief of Police - Bruno, Chief of Police 1
The Dark Vineyard - Bruno, Chief of Police 2
Black Diamond - Bruno, Chief of Police 3
The Crowded Grave - Bruno, Chief of Police 4
The Devil's Cave - Bruno, Chief of Police 5
Bruno …

Dish Cloth 68

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Now the weather has finally cooled down and made it possible to knit again without the knitting getting sweaty 😎

Cast on 60 stitches and knit 4 rows and then pattern . When the cloth have the desired length you knit 4 rows and bind off.
Pattern:

1.row: 1 p, 9 k 2.row: 1 k, 7 p, 1 k, 1 p 3.row: 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 5 k, 1 p, 1 k 4.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 3 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p 5.row: 2 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p. 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k 6.row: 2 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 3 p 7.row: 4 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 3 k 8.row: 4 p, 1 k, 5 p 9.row: knit 10.row: purl 11.row: 5 k, 1 p, 4 k 12.row: 3 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 4 p 13.row: 3 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 2 k 14.row: 1 p. 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 2 p 15.row: 1 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p, 3 k, 1 p, 1 k, 1 p 16.row: 1 p, 1 k, 5 p, 1 k, 1 p, 1 k 17.row: 1 k, 1 p, 7 k, 1 p 18.row: 9 p, 1 k 19.row: knit 20.row: purl




A Connoisseur's Case - Michael Innes.

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A Connoisseur's Case by Michael Innes.
This is one of my purchases from my library's sale of discarded books. And a very lucky one too, because it is a crime novel in the real English tradition. It is very well written and most enjoyable to read, and the lucky thing is, it is part of the series: Sir John Appleby. This is no. 20 in the series though. There is a total of 36 in the series, and it looks as if 20 of them can be borrowed at the library. I will have to see if i can find some of the books the library cannot provide on flea markets, if I continue to want to read them all.

In this novel  Judith and John Appleby is visiting  Judith's uncle Colonel Julius Raven. On a hike they find the body of an old man in a lock. A man they had been taking to at the inn shortly before finding him dead. He has previously been employed at Scroop House, and the solution to the crime may possibly be found there, related to past events.
There are many delightful characters in the novel.…

Figs in Brandy

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Rinse I2-14 figs and cut off most of the stems. Make  a couple of small holes in each fig using a toothpick or sharp fork (this will make the figs absorb the syrup), and put them in a cleaned 1 liter  glass jar.

Boil a syrup:

4 dl water
400 g cane sugar
juice from 1 lemon
shredded lemon peel from  ½ lemon

Pour the syrup over the figs and let rest until next day.

Drain the syrup and pour it in a pan and cook to reduce the syrup a bit. Take off heat and add 1 dl brandy and 1 tsp Atamon and pour it over the figs. You may have to fill up with a little brandy.
Close the jar.


Let rest for at least 14 days before use.

A Dubious Legacy - Mary Wesley

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A Dubious Legacy by Mary Wesley

The novel takes place in 1944 to 1990. In 1944  Henry returns to  Cotteshaw with his bride Margaret. She gives him a black eye and goes to bed, where she stays most of her life, only interrupted by few unpleasant episodes when leaving it. The story develops around this eccentric couple and Henry's friends and neighbors. We are in upper middle class  England described with distance and sarcasm and often with funny remarks and observations.

Mary Wesley's career as a writer was somewhat unusual. She had her debut and became a bestseller author in the age of 70.

Blackberry Leather

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There are masses of blackberries, and there is a limit to how many I can use for jam and desserts. That is why some of them will be made into "healthy" candy .

I blend ½ liter blackberries with  7 mint leaves and  ½ dl honey.
Spread the pulp even on a silicone baking mat and let dry in the oven for 14-15  hours at 50-60 degrees.

Make sure the fruit leather is dry - no damp patches.


When the leather had dried, I cut it in 4 rows, rolled it up, and put it in a glass jar.