Sunday, September 8, 2013

Simple homemade ravioli, potatoes.......and litter...

I woke up the other morning thinking of ravioli, so I made some in the evening! We have limited ingredients here and all the recipes I could find on the net were just too complicated. So I just mixed up grated cheese, cooked and squeezed out spinach  finely chopped up and fried onion and garlic and lots of pepper as the filling. We make pasta regularly and have a pasta rolling machine and this time I left the sheet pretty thick in an attempt for it not to break apart when cooking. This also meant that I could put a reasonably amount of filling in them!!! I have a simple "form" for making the individual pieces. You just lay the sheet of pasta over it, then another plastic mould makes the small indentations, then you fill them, paint water along the edges, put another sheet over, then roll over the top with a rolling pin and carefully turn upside down and push them out! Simple! This recipe worked a treat and was very tasty. I made a quick onion and tomato sauce for the top......



Potato picking day was upon us. We had to do it this weekend as Alexis was available to help and despite it being 23 degrees warm (!!!) we dug them up and it has been a good year! The potatoes are massive!!!! Here is Alexis holding some to give you an idea of size....


Piles and piles!!!


And even more!


And these were a surprise. Last year I missed some of the little seed fruits which form after the flowers and quite a few plants germinated. I dug them up yesterday and was surprised to find a few pretty decent potatoes per plant! These are your normal sized potatoes and all from the one plant! I plan next year to try and grow some from seed and see what sort of results we get if they have a little longer to grow and I earth them up lots! These were with no earthing up what so ever....!


After they dried a bit we put them in these wonderful old gas boxes we got from our neighbour, individual varieties in their own box. We sorted our best variety (the really big ones) and made a box of seed potatoes for next year. This is a variety which our good friend William gave us a few years ago and I completely forgot its name.....so I call it Williams Mystery! It was actually quite difficult to find small ones for seed potatoes!!! Each box has its label.....


Finally they are placed in the earth cellar with plenty of space between the boxes so that air can circulate around. The large plastic container on the left is the box of rejects, ones we stabbed, or have worm holes in which we must eat up first.



The other day I cycled with Alexis to Lysvik as he catches the train from the small station there and on the way back I decided to do something about all the rubbish which lies on the roadside. Fortunately I had a plastic bag tucked under my seat of my bike in case of rain (so I can put it over the seat and keep it dry) and I cycled a few meters, stopped picked up a bit and so on the whole way back. I was actually quite shocked by the amount that I picked up on this small road. I found a large piece of silage plastic, miles from the nearest farm, a couple of large pieces of paper which the forestry use to cover the brush wood. I also found many empty cans of beer, sweet wrappers and snus... (tobacco for putting in your mouth....yuck!) containers. The picture below only represents one side of the road, 4.5km  (nearly 3 miles).....It is very sad, I will do the other side of the road soon.......











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