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Tuesday, May 02, 2006


After working over the holiday weekend I finally have a few days off. Today we visited a local garden centre and purchased a couple of Blueberry bushes to compliment the one we planted last year. We bought two different varieties, Hardy Blue and Goldtraube. This is supposed to help increase the fruit yield. We also bought various herbs, which we planted a special herb pot (this type of pot can also be used for growing strawberries).

I picked over 300g of the Morel mushrooms earlier today, and after soaking them in water to clean them, I sautéed them with a mix of herbs. I must admit they tasted rather nice and the texture when being chewed reminded me of broccoli. I didn’t pick all the mushrooms today, and I guess 300g worth was not exactly a test portion. I am happy to report that I didn’t suffer from any hallucinations, so over the next few days I will gather some more and let the Mrs H and the Juniorette try them.

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Blogger Maribeth said...

Glad you are still with us and didn't keel over from the mushrooms! lol
Last year a friend called us and begged us to come pick blueberries. Their bushes were so heavy they couldn't eat them all. I picked and picked and picked. We ate fresh for a long while and I froze them too. I still have three bags left that I'm saving for when Hubby returns from the hospital next month. blueberry muffins seem to make him feel better. I truly love blueberries!

May 03, 2006 12:55 AM  
Blogger Mike B said...

Ummm! Blueberry muffins. Ummm! Mushrooms fried in butter. This blog can be hazardous to your willpower.

May 03, 2006 1:23 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

They are tasty - glad you liked them.
Small tip - when you harvest them, if you leave the very bottom of the stump in the ground, cutting them off just above, they will continue to come next year.

May 03, 2006 6:58 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Are blue berry bushes easy to care for (I am good at killing plants). I would love to have a couple, but not sure if I could keep them alive.

I made some blueberry muffins yesterday. They were soooo good!


May 03, 2006 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Deepblue said...

The Blueberries in our garden are dead, I think, and if anyone knows the name of the wonderplants which are full of blueberries I would be glad to read about them! We sometimes have champignons and Rotfußröhrlinge in the garden, but Morcheln are really luxurious! I have "Elsanta"-Strawberries, and they are really good-growing and full of fruit. Good luck for the Juniorette's garden!

May 03, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I'm with Mike all the way - Blueberries. MMMMmmmm. Morels. MMMMMmmmm. BTW, try the morels sauteed with spring onions and a add shot of Calvados or Cognac, let the alcohol fully cook (don't want Juniorette to hallucinate ;-)) and add a squirt of cream and serve as a sauce with pasta... I'm hungry!!

May 03, 2006 6:24 PM  
Blogger christina said...

We had a blueberry bush. Once. It produced three blueberries. And then it died, poor thing. You'll definitely have to tell us your secret, Haddock. Don't they need soil similar to what you would grow heather or rhododendrons in?

May 03, 2006 10:13 PM  
Blogger The Naked Nerd said...

Dang no hallucinations that takes all the fun out of it. LOL Just kidding. Your braver than I am. I know about 3 years ago a wife and mother of 2 bought some pilz at one of roadside farmer markets just outside Berlin. She took them home and made Jägerschnitzel for the family. She ended up poisoning herself and her 2 sons. Luckily the husband had to work late. His comming home late saved his family's life.

May 04, 2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Mmmmm, berries!
How you doin, Haddock. The above statement is about all I have to say about current post. What's more interesting to me at the moment is all the fist-fights you been picking since I've been away. *LOL* Just can't turn my back on you for a moment, can I? I won't go on about it, only say I'm glad everyone seems to have shook hands and made up. Before I go tho' dude, just for future reference, if you ever need one more with ya behind that pub, count me in. ;)

May 04, 2006 11:08 AM  
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May 04, 2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

The mushrooms look like moldy penises... ick. Blueberries are good though.

May 04, 2006 6:01 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maribeth - We all really like blueberries. Our one bush did really well. I hope the new ones do as well :)

Mike - Perhaps I should turn it into a food blog......maybe not as I am trying to lose weight! :)

Karen - Thats waht I did. I used a sharp knife and cut them above ground level. That will be great if the Morels appear again next year :)

Cynthia - I have had no problems so far. I planted them in a bed with a lot of earth especially for rhododendrons. The berries tasted really nice :)

Deepblue - Sorry to hear that your blue berry bush has died. We planted Blue Crop last year and the berries were quite tasty. We shall be planting the Juniorettes tomatoes and peas in the next few weeks :)

Canadianswiss - That sounds delicious. I really like the alchol part! :)

Christina - Planting with lots of soil prepared for rhododendrons (easily sourced from Garden Centers).That is what our local garden center informed me when I planted my first blueberry bush last year. I added some more of this soil this year. I'm hoping that proves to be the secret again this year :)

Naked Nerd - Man, that is a tough story. Really lucky that the husband came home late and was able to save his family.

Lisa - Yep we all made up in the end. Thanks for the offer of support outside the pub! :)

Nonnie Mouse - Thanks for the spam

Eurotrippen - Everytime I eat those mushrooms now your comment will be in my head - aaaargh! :)

May 04, 2006 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Franzie said...

Sounds absolutely scrumptious!!
I didn't realise you could grow blueberries in your own backyard. I remember hours of painfully picking wild blueberries when we were on holidays and then trying to transport them all home safely. Arrghh!

May 05, 2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

If I don't know what a rhododendron is, does that mean I should NOT own a blueberry bush?


May 05, 2006 8:38 AM  
Blogger Neutron said...

...another Brit in Germany! Hi from Munich...

May 05, 2006 10:08 AM  
Blogger talksmart said...

I like berries too...can we exchange links? :-)

May 05, 2006 12:20 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Franzie - My wife used to pick them in the woods as a child. Its much easier with some bushes in the garden :)

Cynthia -
You never know you could have hidden talents and secretly be the Blueberry Queen! :)

Neutron - I took a look at your blog and ejoyed what I read. I also listened to some of your music. You are a talented chap indeed! :)

Talksmart . Thanks for stopping by :)

May 05, 2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Yum - those blueberries look so yummy. I want to buy some! 3 kids ate some mushrooms here they thought were safe and well one is in a coma! Crazy. I'll stick to buying them from the store.

May 06, 2006 12:14 AM  
Blogger prying1 said...

Sure wish you could email some blueberries to me. Which reminds me. I'm looking for investors in my matter transfer machine... - PayPal accepted!

P.S. Love this post but it did make me hungry.

May 06, 2006 2:37 AM  
Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

blueberry bushes would be wonderful to have! here in Italy it is hard to find blueberries--at least in central Italy. I miss very much blueberry pancakes, and my italian husband has learned to like blueberries quite a bit too.

the morels sounds yummy. back home in my home state of Indiana, morels are quite common, and very delicious.

Nice blog! I just came across it for the first time today.


May 22, 2006 7:20 PM  

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