It was rather exciting getting our property all cut. (Before photos)
We were hoping it would end up all neat and tidy lawn.
I think I’ve mentioned my great expectations in the past….
Still, I can now walk the girls all the way around our house – and see where we’re going. That’s Lady Hamilton (Emma) having a sniff at a rabbit hole.
We decided to leave a little stand of trees at one end – someplace for all of the displaced rabbits and snakes to go – rather than our cellar.
The whole area was filled solid with these young trees and blackberry brambles before they cut.
Here is our new little woods as seen from our house: (the big trees behind belong to the neighbor)
We saw a few big grass snakes slithering for cover and the guys killed 2 vipers. I’m really hoping with all the grass and brush gone the serpent all move on.
Mon mari got so enthusiastic about it all, he found a flat patch, got out the roto-tiller and dug over a wee patch for my vegetable garden.
For comparison – the photo below is of the same area as the first ‘before photo’ .
Our only disagreement with the workers was when they tried to convince me that all the cut grass was good mulch/fertilizer.
They wanted to leave it.
I agreed that it would be good mulch/fertilizer if it hadn’t been so long… And they still needed to cut off the tree stumps and clear the brambles.
I wanted them to clean it.
One of them left for a few minutes and came back with a carload of teenagers armed with rakes.
When they left, every one of them came up and shook both my hand and mon mari‘s and said a proper goodbye. I’m always so impressed by how very polite the young people are here.
Now… We have to mow it….
I like fish.
Mon mari really doesn’t
I think it’s important to eat fish.
Mon mari really doesn’t.
I normally fix it on Friday – part old habit and part because that’s the day I do the shopping and I like it fresh.
Every Friday I ask him what kind of fish or seafood he would like.
Every Friday he tells me fish sticks. You know, the frozen, breaded, no-name molded fish.
With tarter sauce.
He really just wants the tarter sauce.
Friday, I finally gave in.
Salmon Patties with Tarter Sauce
8oz (250gr) salmon, net weight
1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
1 tbs chopped capers
2 tbs snipped chives
3 tbs bread crumbs
1 tbs olive oil
Drain the salmon and put into a large bowl, breaking it up with a fork. Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Add mustard, capers, chives and breadcrumbs, mix well. Add egg mixture to salmon and gently mix. Divide into 4ths. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add salmon, forming into patties. Fry, 7 – 9 minutes, until starting to brown. Carefully turn with a spatula and sauté another 5 – 6 minutes. Remove and serve, tarter sauce on the side.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
3 – 4 tbs chopped dill pickle (2 medium – index finger size)
1 tbs chopped capers
1 tbs snipped chives
1 tbs snipped tarragon
1 clove garlic, minced
Mix all ingredients, Best if made at least 15 minutes early to allow flavors to blend.
When I was at university we used to order onion rings with tarter sauce at the local restaurant…. And pretend we were eating batter-fried shrimp.
Next week: Kitchen Cabinets.