NATIONAL ASPARAGUS DAY 23RD APRIL…

National Asparagus Day is on 23rd April for all asparagus lovers to enjoy lots of different recipes which include asparagus.

The website British Asparagus are counting down the days to 23rd April.

Their site is full of recipes, how to cook asparagus, facts about asparagus, where to buy asparagus, how to grow asparagus, health facts about asparagus and videos on asparagus.

One fascinating fact is that ‘Asparagus is dubbed the Usain Blot of the vegetable world as British asparagus can grow up to 10cm in one day!’ (ooh must try and grow some).

On a healthy note, eating asparagus promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine and can help reduce bloating.

St. George’s Day has also become synonymous with National Asparagus Day, as the date marks the start of the English Asparagus.

The British Asparagus Festival is normally held on this day but due to Covid-19 is not taking place. For many years, Vale of Evesham asparagus has become more and more popular following the success of the famous asparagus auctions at The Fleece Inn at Bretforton. Talks between tourism industry providers and local growers took place to decide how the area could capitalise on this popularity and “fill in” the week between the auctions at The Fleece with other asparagus related events.

According to National Awareness Days every year, the “100 round” – comprising of 120 spears are delivered to a special recipient by Gus the Asparagus Man, together with a fleet of Morgan cars. At his side is the world-renowned asparagus fortune teller, Jemima Packington, Saint George himself and the Asparagus Fairy, together with a retinue of Morris Dancers and colourful characters, all dressed in green. Hopefully all will be back to normal next year.

11 OLD SCHOOL USEFUL HOUSEHOLD TIPS…

The old ones are always the best. Here re 11 old school useful household tips…

1. To remove a scratch from a table, crack open a walnut and rub it along the scratch . Walnuts contain a natural resin which will conceal the scratch.

2. To get rid of ink stains from furniture soak a piece of cotton wool in water and cover the stain with it. That will then draw the mark out and into the cotton wool.

3. To make your own room spray, add ten drops of your favourite essential oil to a plant spray filled with seven tablespoons of warm water. One tablespoon of vodka or pure alcohol as this acts as a preservative.

4. Put some of your favourite essential oil on a handkerchief and put it behind the radiator, if last quite a while.


5.When defrosting a freezer, keep frozen food cold by wrapping it in several layers of newspaper.

6. Some dishwasher powders can be very expensive so buy a cheaper one and add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the dish-water. The vinegar will cut the grease, and leave your dishes sparkling. And to clean your dishwasher simply run a cup of white vinegar through the entire cycle of the empty dishes.

7. Clean your microwave by placing half a lemon in water and setting it to boil.

8. To unblock a blocked sink tip a handful of bicarbonate of soda followed by a cup of vinegar straight down the plug. After a couple of hours, pour down a kettle of boiling water.

9. Add a shot of vodka or lemonade to the water in your vases as this will keep your flowers fresh for longer.

10. Spray nice smelling furniture polish behind the radiator to leave the room smelling clean and polished.

11. To clean your computer keys use a cotton bud and the same to clean the ball of a computer mouse.

11 TIPS ON USING EGGS IN YOUR BAKING…

1. If you add a beaten egg slowly to your batter mix it prevents the batter from becoming too stiff.

2. Always use eggs at room temperature when baking with them.

3. Eggs will whip more easily if left for 10 minutes in cold water before breaking.

4. Place the egg in a bowl of water, if it sinks and lies on its side, it’s fresh. If it sinks and stands large-end up, it’s on the turn so use within a couple of days. If it floats, bin it, as it’s gone off.

5. If you weigh four whole eggs in their shells, then whatever the weight is, that’s how much each of flour, sugar and butter you should add. This will ensure an delicious cake every time.

6. If you’re making soft meringue for a pie topping, say, for our Classic Lemon Meringue Pie, add a teaspoon of cornflour to your sugar. It’ll aid in absorbing any extra water the sugar will attract.

7. To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the mixture.

8. Eggs will stay fresher longer if you store them pointed end down.

9. If you forgot to get your eggs out for baking then just pop them into a bowl and cover with hot water. Take them out after a couple of minutes and use for baking as normal.

10. To separate eggs for baking, tap the shell against the side of a mixing bowl to crack, then break open, letting the white run out into the bowl and holding the yolk in one half of shell. Tip the yolk backwards and forwards from shell to shell to let all the white run into the bowl.

11. When you’re making sponge cakes, beat the eggs together in a jug and add to the butter and sugar mixture gradually, whisking well between additions. If the mixture looks like it’s going to curdle, add a spoonful of the weighed flour and beat again until smooth.

10 OLD FASHIONED HOUSEHOLD CLEANING TIPS…

With us all spending so much more time at home at the moment I though a post on some of the old fashioned type of cleaning tips might come in handy. So here are

  1. To remove a scratch from a table, crack open a walnut and rub it along the scratch. Walnuts contain a natural resin which will conceal the scratch.

2. To get rid of ink stains from furniture soak a piece of cotton wool in water and cover the stain with it. That will then draw the mark out and into the cotton wool.

3. When defrosting a freezer, keep frozen food cold by wrapping it in several layers of newspaper.

4. Clean your microwave by placing half a lemon in water and setting it to boil.

5. To unblock a blocked sink tip a handful of bicarbonate of soda followed by a cup of vinegar straight down the plug. After a couple of hours, pour down a kettle of boiling water.

6. Spray nice smelling furniture polish behind the radiator to leave the room smelling clean and polished.

7. To clean your computer keys use a cotton bud and the same to clean the ball of a computer mouse.

8. Add a shot of vodka or lemonade to the water in your vases as this will keep your flowers fresh for longer.

9. To banish mildew from grout In a spray bottle, dilute one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water. A spray of this now and again will prevent mildew from forming.

10. To remove limescale from your kettle.  In a spray bottle, dilute one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water. A spray of this now and again will prevent mildew from forming.

Failing all these then buy the best book on the subject ‘Hinch Yourself Happy: All the Best Cleaning Tips to Shine Your Sink And Soothe Your Soul by Mrs Hinch, (£6.49) Amazon