Things I learned at Waltham Place (Part 2)

1. The way to cut an onion without all the tears is to first half it, then peel each half, then slice it, leaving you with the two ends. The chemicals that make you cry are released when you cut the end off which has the roots so if you cut that off first, all the chemicals will be released, hence all the sobbing while chopping.

2. Sorrel is way tasty!

3. Nettle soup is surprisingly bright green.

4. Cows will let you know if they like you or not. If you put your hand out low, they will come over and smell it, rather like a dog. If they lick, then you’re in there. If they lick your face, then you’ve really pulled. If, however, they shake their horns at you, it means they definitely do not like you.

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5. Chickens have a self programmed ‘bedtime’. Without any prompting, at the bedtime, all the chickens, on cue, will run to the coop together and go inside to bed.
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6. Commercially produced bread is full of additives, one of which is put in to delay the arrival of mould when it is getting old. Yet it will start to grow mould after just a few days. Homemade bread, however, has no additives and, so far, I have had it for five days and there isn’t even a suggestion of mould.

7. Adrian, the chef at Waltham Place, spent six months working at the Savoy. There were 65 chefs working in the kitchen there and all the cooking terms were in French. You either picked up French very quickly or you got bollocked for doing everything wrong!

P.S. Part 1 can be found here.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Could have used that onion tip the other night making my Vindaloo. And would love to try the cow experiment–just one thing: palm facing up or down?

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    • Down, apparently. So it sniffs your knuckles. I got a tiny lick on my finger then when I went to stroke it, I got a shake of the horns!

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    • Posted by Rambler5319 on May 5, 2013 at 15:48

      Btw don’t try this if there are a number together in a field. They tend to surround you and you can easily be injured. Just think of their weight. On one occasion I was crossing a field with someone and as they came towards us we had to climb over a barbed wire fence for safety. They stood looking for a while then gave up and we made a run for it!!

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  2. I love farms! I want a farm that is close to the beach ,because of my water sports!Have to be close to the city,because I also like the life of big cities!

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    • Same here. I want a farm that is close by and easy and doesn’t need much work and is, basically, small enough to fit in my back garden! Think big, aim high. That’s what I say!

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    • Same here. I want a farm that is close by and easy and doesn’t need much work and is, basically, small enough to fit in my back garden! Think big, aim high. That’s what I say!

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      • I agree! I have a friend who has a small farm.It has close to beach and next to a river. He fishes in the sea and in river own food. He has a few animals on the farm.A garden with vegetables and some fruit trees. A farm is small but very beautiful and has everything they need.

      • O, that sounds idyllic!

  3. Posted by Alex Jones on June 24, 2013 at 21:35

    The tip about cows is useful since I always seem to end up in a field full of cows when I am lost.

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