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Trivia [Aug. 16th, 2010|11:12 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz came back from her parents yesterday with a bag full of curly kale. It was grown in somebody's garden- not I think my in-law's garden but one of their neighbour's. She asks what's for lunch. "Sausages" I say. "And curly kale." she makes a disappointed noise. "You brought it into the house," I say, "So you get to eat it." "I brought it for the rabbits," she says.

Samina had her washing done and pegged out on the line before she went to work this morning. I'm doing my washing now. It looks like it could be one of those rare days when pegged out washing will dry. I was sitting out in the yard yesterday and I couldn't help hearing Samina and a friend chatting in her yard. Samina was saying her yard doesn't drain properly since they had the builders in. Then they were discussing some shop that right-minded people won't go to any more because the shopwoman is having sex with her brother.

It's Ramadan, of course, Samina and her family were having an especially noisy dinner last night to celebrate the sun going down. Their cooking smells good- and I often wish I was having what's on their menu and not what's on my menu. I'll bet they don't bother with curly kale. 

[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-08-16 03:30 pm (UTC)
Curly kale, when it is available at all over here, is frightfully expensive. Sometimes I buy it to make colcannon, but ordinary cabbage works just as well and at a fraction of the cost. I dont know why a vegetable that grows even after frost sets in should be priced so high in the supermarket.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-16 03:36 pm (UTC)
It's not something I'd ever buy, but when you're given it for free it's a different matter.

One thing I hadn't reckoned with until I came to wash it is that homegrown produce frequently comes with homegrown slugs.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-08-17 04:00 pm (UTC)
Another vegetable that costs only pennies to grow but a fortune ($1.50+ per pound) to buy is Zucchini (marrow), a green summer squash. It's best to grow your own, if you have any land at all.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-08-16 04:01 pm (UTC)
Curly kale is too much like cabbage for my taste. Cabbage is ok but for some reason I don't like the kale.

Is there any sign of the new baby yet?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-16 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not crazy for any kind of cabbage- except for cole slaw. I love cole slaw.

No, we're still waiting for the baby.
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