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Mandy Launchbury-Rainey

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Retired teacher reforming a house with 1 acre at 'La Vida Verde', Virís, Lugo province.
Galicia, Spain zone 9a
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Recent posts by Mandy Launchbury-Rainey

I have made this whole meal for my vegetarian friend.  It was soooooo good!

And just for more deets on that gravy...

1 week ago
This is a particular favourite of ours discovered when living on Mallorca.

Frito Mallorquín is a traditional dish  made from heart, lung, liver and kidney, usually of lamb but can be from any other animal - goat is particularly good.  Small cubes of the meats to be used, potatoes, red peppers, onions and bulb fennel are fried in olive oil with salt, pepper, fresh fennel, bay leaf and pepper, but a little chilli makes it spectacular.  It neesds to be eaten piping hot so heat bowls before serving, serve with bread and aiollí.  This is probably arabic in origin and I have never seen it 'up North'. The Spanish make a great deal from offal and it is readily available in butchers, but we never find chicken with their giblets.  Odd.
1 week ago
I would just like hot water and a shower this year.  I have given up hoping for a kitchen, to see my family or that my poor old dog will start behaving herself.  Being clean and being able to wash up indoors are my two main ambitions now.
1 week ago
La Vida Verde en Virís
1 week ago
Please remember that Imperial and US imperial are different.  Have fallen foul of this when measuring vinegar to make chutney.  I agree that cups can be a great idea but do not always hold true for different types of flour, sugars etc.  Please let us know how you are getting on.  I love recipe books but lost so many when we were flooded, including my Grandmother's Mrs Beeton's Household Management.  Broke my heart.
1 week ago

Ken W Wilson wrote:Rhubarb and raisin pie is my favorite. The sweet and sour work perfectly together. I like pie to have a little tartness.  I lost the recipe. It just had the fruit, sugar, flour for thickening, and a little cinnamon. I don’t remember the amounts. I’ll try to find the recipe.

Soak the raisins in cider for a few hours first.  Like little flavour bombs going off amongst the rhubarb!
1 week ago
When planting oak,beech or chestnut in the new forest you are contributing to pannage.  Important to keep to local species in those situations I think.

and a little more info..
1 week ago
Ooooh, good thinking!  Try English Heritage too!
1 week ago
we are from the UK but  now live in Northern Spain because it is just like southern England without the people, crime or traffic.  Lots of very inexpensive property and land and many permies secreted about the place, quietly growing their way to better lives!
1 week ago
I miss the beautuful woodlands of the UK.  Here, we have lots of woods but not the majestic oak and beech stands where you can walk underneath for miles.  I did think of tryi'g beech here but the fact that there aren;t any makes me think they would either not do well or compete unfavourably with the oak and chestnut that predominate.
1 week ago