Sunday, 30 November 2014

Here and There: Post Offices

 Above, the post office in the small Australian town that I grew up in; 
below, its equivalent in Preuilly.
A la cuisine hier: Sweet Chilli Sauce, made with chillies from Colin and Elizabeth's garden. We visited them recently and helped them out with their glut of chillies by taking a bag full. I made two batches of the sauce just to refine the consistency and flavour. It's fairly pokey.
Au jardin hier: I finished planting the onions and have sown half a row of peas. I'm extremely dubious about the peas and fully expect to be providing a tasty feast for the resident rodents. However, the Aged One tells me I should be planting them now. A bed has been prepared for broad beans, but I need to go and buy some seeds.


  1. The "aged ones" here beg to differ...
    your meeces will love their Christmas feast...
    if the pigginz don't get there first!!

    Sow in the new year with something rapid... Pauline planted "Avola" this year which gave a crop in 49 days on dwarf plants...
    exceptionally quick!!
    And you can easily get three good crops a year...
    Pauline started in March with Meteor which didn't!
    Probably meece'd or piggin'd...
    Then Avola, a new one for us, in mid-April.
    We now have a very large quantity in the freezer and we used loads...
    nice and fresh...
    some, oops, straight from the pod...
    bypassing the table!

    Our other staple PeaWee, is still "cropping"...
    just about...
    I saw Pauline scoffing some yesterday!!

    And good luck with the Broad Beans, too!! We do get a good crop from Aquadulce Longpod [Aguadulce à très longue cosse]...
    but they always need "beating up" in the Spring.

    We also grow Red Epicure... planted in the Spring, always!
    The actual beans are red and very well flavoured.

  2. What does pokey mean in this context? To me, it means "slow"...

  3. Tim: I'll probably end up doing both.

    Ken: In British English pokey can mean either a small rather uncomfortable space or powerful. Rooms can be described as the first, cars (and in this case, spicy food) as the second.

  4. The Meteor pea seeds were too old. They rotted in the soil. Avola sown on 5th August were picked in mid September, absolutely brilliant. Meteor and Douce de Provence are both good for autumn sowing. Pauline

  5. Pauline: the ones I've sown are Provencal Dwarf.

  6. Ken: It would certainly be understood and occasionally used, but I would say it's an American word.

  7. Where you say pokey about food, I would sat fiery. Hot.

  8. Ken: Fiery to me could imply so hot it was inedible. Pokey means it's got some serious zing and is perhaps slightly challenging but not inedible.

  9. It can also go with anything strong...
    a well known archeologist from Wessex...
    is known to exclaim...
    from time to time...
    on supping ale...
    "Arrr! That's some pokey old tackle!!"

  10. Tim: That'll be why the word came to my mind! We've watched several episodes of Time Team this week.

  11. The step below fiery, if that's too hot for you, is 'it's got good heat.'

  12. Ken: I suspect that's a better equivalent of pokey.