A Good Day’s Foraging

Walking down by Chichester Harbour – we came across a wild apple tree with some delicious, small cherry red apples – about half the size of a normal apple. This couple of kilos will make us a very nice crumble.

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And on the way home, some friends asked us if we could shift some oak from a tree that they had just cut down – yes we can!

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I couldn’t fit much more in the bus weight-wise! This must have weighed around a ton. I drove home slowly! That’s next year’s wood sorted.

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Fructaholics Anonymous – Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Thanks to a reference from Jonathan Gittos (many thanks Jonathan), I have just watched this video. It really is worth watching the whole 1.5 hours – you will NEVER look at sugar the same way again. I had heard of much of this stuff before, but the missing bit for me was just how dangerous fructose is to your health. I, for one, used to drink gallons of orange juice thinking I was doing myself a lot of good – nope  – real damage!

Incredibly enlightening – if you want to do one really meaningful thing today, this week, this month, this year – watch this video!

 

VW T5 LED Headlamps

I’ve just changed my Phillips 110% headlamps for some Dubflecta LED lamps. Results are good – very bright. Just have to sort out the warning light problem. These lights are meant to be Canbus error free – emailed Dubflecta and waiting for a response.

I thought it might be useful to add a description of how to put these lamps in. It’s not difficult but it’s not trivial either.

  1. Remove rubber sealing cap from around the back of the headlamp assembly.
  2. Locate the 3 pronged electrical connector and remove (simply it pull backwards towards the rear of  your Vdub)
  3. Locate the spring fastener and push this down and back – it will then spring off.
  4. Remove old bulb. Note thick tab is the upper, vertically oriented tab of the three locating tabs
  5. Put the new bulb in place. Best to locate the bulb connecting wire behind the spring fastener i.e. inside it towards the front of your Vdub.
  6. Then ease the spring over the bulb body and place the bulb with thickest tab vertically up. Pushing the spring back on requires a little bit of a push, and you should feel a noticeable click back into place to secure the bulb.
  7. Then attach control unit to the bulb wire (has a locating lug to assist this). Place the whole assembly inside the headlamp housing and reseal the rubber housing cap.
  8. Repeat, test.
  9. Voila!vwh4.JPG
  10. I’ll report back on bulb issues/ performance.

Hop Shoot, Cook

Last year, around 10 months ago, was the last time I collected a fist full of these delicacies. Today on my lunch-time walk, I spotted a bevy of hop-shoots just waiting for me to pick. They really are nice. A subtle flavour when blanched and then sauteed in butter. The blanching helps get rid of the hairy texture – which I actually quite like. They are meant to be one of the most expensive (when sold) foraged items you can find (apart from truffles!). They are good — but not that good. Worth having a try if you find them. Most of the ones I have found tend to grow up hedges made of other plants, and so look like weeds. They have a distinct leaf shape, and the hoppy aroma when you squeeze the leaves between your fingers is a sure give-away.

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