Carol Horne

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I have no issues at all with my bread maker (Russell Hobbs) and have always followed the recipes to the letter.
I prefer larger loaves generally so in winter I rise and bake manually in warm kitchen and gas oven - 2 loaves at a time.
The pizza dough recipes worked very well.
1 year ago
I completely agree with you re simplicity. My husband and myself are in our mid-70s and for 20years have been living simply as we can. This includes growing most of our food, using a spring as water supply, cycling and walking wherever possible to reduce fuel usage and my husband makes and builds everything to do with running the house. We’ve never had a dishwasher - but apparently the water usage is lower than hand washing? We don’t have to worry having - at the moment- an ever flowing spring. We’ve moved off wood as it’s become too difficult to heat and have DHW and consumes too much time- we have moved to renewables in the form of wood pellets- wind/solar and heat pumps don’t work efficiently in our location. Apart from underwear I buy second hand clothing. I always try to buy used items or swap. Re car- we live in an isolated property and at the bottom of a 1:3 gradient hill a mile long- so have an electric bike. The bus service barely exists and means walking a mile uphill to nearest bus-stop - good exercise but it can take half a day to go to local town 8miles away and get back. I don’t fly anywhere. We cut our own hair. I make our own medicines (herbal), soap and cleaning agents.
The one thing I won’t forgo is organic produce when I have to buy food…. the book Poison Spring by Vallianatos is a good analysis of use of pesticides. I live on the small island of Anglesey, off N West coast of Wales.
Best wishes to all permies. I love all the posts and ideas.
1 year ago
Of all the varieties E. Palestrina is least ‘edible ‘. I believe the varieties with the inner joint as long or longer than the first joint on the ‘leaves’ are medicinal (pull a joint apart and see). Amongst many other valuable usss it’s Fantastic for healing bones and strengthening hair nails ligaments etc. Can be used long term if heated in an infusion or decoction. Not sure how bioavailable the silica is, but apparently it aids take up of calcium.
2 years ago