In a tiny, tentative voice:
Replies: 45 - Last Post: Feb 6, 2013 10:22 AM Last Post By: Donkeystone
Feb 2, 2013 10:26 AM
30Don't worry bjd, I have a large group arriving next week who are beginning to make me feel a bit nervous, the husband has asked for a champagne breakfast everyday which is all well and good, except for the fact he hasn't read the menu properly and instead of choosing one item each from 3 courses, he wrote and said yes! we'll have all of it.
I'm burning off fat by the minute I'm so tired, which is partly to do with tarting up the houses till late into the night, and also because the cashew crop has started ripening and the smell keeps me awake, I feel like I'm being gassed by fermented cashew apples.
Feb 2, 2013 2:39 PM
31Good luck with champagne guy Donkey! Sounds like a recipe for disaster. I think you may have to charge him extra if he's going to eat everything on the menu every day.
Every now and then I think about what's going to happen with my sleep when my neighbor gets around to putting cows in (his grass didn't do well this year so he's going to work on it for next year). I'm sure it's going to take awhile for me to get used to cow sounds, especially since his cow pasture is so close to our house. Although, since we sold him that land for the purpose I suppose I can't complain too much.
Feb 2, 2013 3:32 PM
32Donkey, now we can legitimately keep this going: More, please on the cashews. I've seen them growing in JA a few times but have never been there during the true season. They make a juice and/or a jam with the fruit. Since I know only the nuts-- raw or toasted-- I'm curious. Can you describe the odour? Are you in the midst of an orchard or grove? Cashew 101, please.
(Then we'll get on to those scary-sounding incoming guests.)
Feb 2, 2013 3:40 PM
33Sashac, this raises questions of what is referred to, In Jamaica, as ' praedial larceny". Applied to cattle it's just plain "rustling". And cow sounds may not be as much an issue as cow issues.......
Feb 2, 2013 4:47 PM
34Good question Weaver! I've only seen cashews in cans and have never thought about their odor. I don't particularly like them so when we get mixed nuts my husband eats the cashews and I eat the brazil nuts and we pretty much share the rest.
I've also thought about the cow issues. I actually think it would be kind of funny to have to call in late to work because a cow has me blocked from going out of my door. It happened to my neighbor's wife once. I told my husband that, after the cows come in, if he's not home and I call him, he better answer my call cause I might be stuck inside with cow issues. The ones he's talking about getting are Mexican long horns and are supposed to rather touchy, well, mean. And, I told my husband before we even moved here that I'm not cleaning up any animal droppings. I had to clean up after our Saint Bernard growing up - that was enough for me!
Feb 2, 2013 9:56 PM
35Cashews apples have a pungent nauseating smell, just like the alcohol (Feni) produced from them. The villagers grow them on the slopes of the plateau of which one is right behind my other house and just happens to have two cashew trees in the garden and one from my neighbour that hangs over the wall, they also contantly drop tons of leaves.
Feb 2, 2013 10:07 PM
36....I've never thought of making jam from cashew apples, I think the smell would put me off, saying that I do occasionally drink feni, but only with lemon n' lime from a salt rimmed glass,Femi is the poor mans tequila.
I wish my neighbour would trade in his pigs, guinea fowl, cockerels and hens for a small herd of cows.
Feb 2, 2013 10:19 PM
Feb 3, 2013 12:30 AM
38Well, learn something new every day. The interwebby is wonderful. I had never actually wondered how cashews grew -- at most, I assumed they grew like other nuts -- on trees with softer shells around them.
Sashac, don't be in a hurry to have cows next door. We once rented a small house in a village during the summer. There were cows nearby -- not next door -- and I have never seen so many flies in the house. No screens in France, of course.
Feb 3, 2013 3:38 PM
Feb 4, 2013 2:03 AM
Feb 4, 2013 4:51 AM
41Now then how's about that, talk about clumsy with words, no innuendo was meant, sorry just didn't think. I guess we should leave that kind of talk to the bbc, they're rather good at publicising foul language and innuendos over the net.
It should have read as "my neighbours cashew nuts were much bigger than mine", incidentally I saw his wife this morning and past remarks on her apples, she said they were her husbands pride and joy.
Feb 4, 2013 5:17 AM
42I just noticed that bjd suggested cream in a carbonara.
I used to be religious about this, calling it blasphemy or heresy. I've calmed down a little. Do what you like. But carbonara was made without cream for generations before people outside of Italy started mucking it up.
Alfredo is Alfredo. Carbonara is carbonara. I don't want guanciale in my fettuccine alfredo, and I don't want cream in my carbonara. But please yourselves.
Feb 4, 2013 2:49 PM
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