Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Baby leeks, hosepipe, confusion

In the vegetable garden are some baby leeks, planted later than they should have been, and growing in a row like spring onions, rather than having been transplanted in the normal way. I lift a bunch of them and braise them in olive oil and lemon juice, seasoned with paprika: leeks a la greque.

A neighbour has buried strips of green hosepipe in his front garden leaving lengths of it exposed. The intention is to deter cats, from crapping there, on the assumption that they mistake the hosepipe for a snake. He says it works.

"Confusion was immediately restored" is an expression which was, according to John Murray's commonplace book, in common use during the second world war.

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