Thursday, 16 November 2017

Yesterday in S W France.


Outdoors.


Indoors.


Autumn/Winter has really taken hold, and potatoes are now regularly being baked in the ash pan of the sitting room wood-burner.


For crispy skins they are cooked naked; for soft skins they are wrapped in foil. Both are wonderful; we use a variety called Mona Lisa.



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  1. Woodland, log fires and jacket potatoes - perfect. I'm missing it all. (Although we are having jacket potatoes tonight with Sainsburys sausages!)

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    1. .... and Mince Pies, and Crumpets, and Pork Pies, and Ploughman's Lunches with Branston. I know, I know.

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  2. Wonderful fire area. Far more rustic than ours . I might just try and hang some chilies. Gives a certain country authenticity! Not that you need that. Your blackened bricks speak of centuries of hard working peasants.

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    1. The last of the chilies are still drying. Yes it's a nice old fireplace; 300 years of use!

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  3. Wonderfully nostalgic.

    Does it make toast as well?

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    1. It does indeed. I think you can just see our toasting fork on the extreme right.

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  4. 25c here, last days we had dust storms, now the air is clean again with a lot of sun.

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    1. I can but dream of 25 C. It'll be about 5 months before we get anywhere near that.

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  5. lovely..bracing out and snuggly in!!
    I've baked apples in the ashes in the past,in foil

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    1. Last night it was actually far too hot, but the spuds cooked very well.

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  6. I love your woodstove. I could spend a winter dreaming beside the fire if I had one!

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    1. A Dog on your lap, a glass of wine, and flames leaping in the fire.... Can't be bad.

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  7. Your sitting room looks so comfy and and inviting. Lovely!

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    1. A bit cluttered, but that's how we are. It ain't a 'Show House'.

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    2. A house is an object, your’s is a lovely home that looks welcoming and warm.

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  8. What a beautiful outdoor walk. You home looks lovely and comfy. Love your stove, the best lunch or dinner I have is a baked potato, no foil, crunchy skin outside soft fluffy inside !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Our stove gets almost too hot, and the skins tend to burn if I leave them 'naked'. Wrapping them in foil avoids this, and they're still delicious.

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  9. I had not thought of using the ash pan to bake potatoes in, but will definitely have a go. Your room has a lovely cosy feel to it and emanates warmth.

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    1. It's very 'cosy' at this time of year. Cluttered but cosy.

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  10. Maris Piper bake well too.
    Now that I am on my own I have bought myself a Remoska - it does good jackets.

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    1. There are lots of alternatives to traditional ovens etc nowadays. My daughter has a Air Fryer, that fries chips without any oil. Miracle.

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  11. I haven't had a "proper" jacket potato since I was a child at Guy Fawkes in the south of England. I have to make do with oven ones... I'm a bit nostalgic for the cold at the moment..22 degrees here not too hot but a bit windy.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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    1. We always had baked potatoes too for Bonfire Night; done like above. We'd then put them in our pockets as both central heating and a snack, to go out and enjoy the fireworks etc.

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  13. Another sigh! I'm having baked potato tonight but my gas oven will be doing the work.

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