Pillows and potatoes
I love potatoes – utilising them in nearly every meal that I cook – it will be of no surprise to many that I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to establish what the deal is with German potatoes
They are not as waxy as British potatoes but there are varieties within the UK spuds so I expected the same here. Alas! The skins of all the types I’ve now tried (7) are not very thick so forget a good jacket potato. It is the custom, here, to peel them after boiling and generally utilise them differently. (There are even kitchen utensils for this) If I thought I could grow potatoes more to my liking, I would. Some more research is definitely required! It could be that the types harvested are decided by the demand and being that the most common uses are starkly different here, perhaps there’s still hope for a vegetable patch. But it could be that such delights as Maris Pipers are simply not possible in Deutschland. I’ll keep you posted – I know you can’t wait.
In the spirit of having much more time on my hands than ever before (and the trend for curtains here being fairly see-through) I took the challenge of making curtains. I had already seen fabric that I wished to use and with some help from a certain Fred Broom, mastered the blind hem and, albeit rather slowly, sewed them by hand. By the way, Mr Broom does have a wonderful eye for crafts, and taught me and many others to knit – you can check out some of his creations here
And now pillows: I was aware that square pillows are a thing over here. Upon choosing a duvet cover (with two matching square pillowcases) we therefore also purchased rectangular cases that would match.
Hurrah! 1-0 to us.
Or not. It seems the UK and Germany utilise different templates for pillow sizes as the rectangular cases make my pillows look like over-filled sausages. Before we buy any more sets, I shall measure the pillows. I mean, really!