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    classics, heavy metal, gothic horror
  1. I have the old and updated versions of his Self-Sufficency Manual. IMO it's a great book. Covers so much material from butchering a pig to loomweaving and spinning. He is dedicated to sustainable small scale agriculture, husbandry in the oldest sense of the word. If I could have only one "survival" book, this one would be it.
  2. I got this recipe from a newspaper, it's by their resident nutritionist: Jane Clarke. I've made it a couple of times, used it on it's own as a pasta sauce, with tinned white beans as alternative to baked beans and as the base for a curry sauce. The veggies are all hidden, so it's great for sneaking them into vegphobic kids (or men). Makes about 3 pints. 600g very ripe tomatoes 1 small butternut squash (chopped and deseeded) 500ml/1pt vegetable stock 1/2 onion (chopped) 2 sticks celery (chopped) 1 clove garlic 2 carrots (peeled, chopped) 1 courgette (chopped) 2 400g/16oz tins chopped tomatoes Prehat oven to 220c/425f Put fresh tomatoes and chopped squash in a dish with some olive oil and roast for about 30 mins. Scrape the flesh from the squash pieces and stick it in blender with the tomatoes and half the stock. Buzz until smooth. Put this through a sieve to get rid of the seeds. Heat some olive oil in saucepan, add onion, celery, garlic, carrots and courgette. Cook until soft. Add tineed tomatoes and the rest of stock. Simmer 15 minutes and let cool off a bit. Mix the two together and blend again until smooth. Time consuming but totally worth it.
  3. I just read the Earth's Children books recently. I can imagine how someone so young would be upset or confused by parts of it, even if the whole was stimulating and educational. I don't read much survival themed fiction though: it's too depressing, I wind up feeling that if that's the kind of world we will live in then survival may not be worth it at all.
  4. Sadly the only way to get the government to take notice of anything is to put a $ value on it. Hitting them in the wallet is the only way to hurt them.
  5. As a bitter ex-christian it's not often I feel inclined to say anything positive about a bishop, but I was pleasantly surprised by this: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/bi....match/8756.htm Good on him. Might well have been unthinkable a few years ago. It just goes to show... We may be sliding down the road to a post-enlightenment dystopia, but at least the fundamentalists aren't getting it all their own way. Peace.
  6. I've just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls. My first attempt at Hemmingway. I absolutely loved it, his writing style is so vivid, and not as depressing as so many ppl have told me. Next up, I think I'll go for Lord of the Rings, it's an old favourite Happy reading.
  7. Wow, thats enough ideas to keep me going for years. Thanks
  8. Thanks HSmom , i'll keep my eyes open for books on the subject. MMM lambskin condoms... sexy lol
  9. I've been having trouble finding reliable information about natural contraceptives that would still be available in the event of a long term crisis. I use DepoProvera, which lasts for three months, and keep a big stash of condoms, but even these mostly have a use by date no longer than a couple of years. I have information from my GP about the rhythm method, but ideally I'd like to find out if there are herbs/plants that I could grow which have contraceptive actions. I read that in India, they use papaya for this purpose, but I wouldn't be able to grow that in this temperate climate, especially if the weather becomes more chaotic. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
  10. It's too bad to hear that people are being prevented from homeschooling, but I can't help wondering if it would have provoked the same reaction if the parents in question were Muslims... Just food for thought.
  11. It's a joint of meat, don't know what you call it in the US, like a roast. A larder is a traditional storage cupboard.
  12. I agree, cookiejar, I read them between age of 7 and 10 and loved it, but when I tried to go back as an adult, it kinda spoiled it, the tone is just too irritating. But absolutely give to imaginative kids, I've been a sci-fi/fantasy nut ever since.
  13. Wow. Very Useful. Does anybody here in UK know where you can buy stuff at that kind of volume?
  14. I dip mine in whisked eggs, then in flour, then again in eggs and finally in sesame seeds. Our Laotian market gets the seeds very inexpensive. Then I bake rather than fry the thighs.
  15. I made the pineapple ones at the very end and they need to be kept in the ice box. Ours got moldy before we could finish them off.
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