Ode to a celeriac

I picked up this gorgeous guy at the grocery store.
Have you ever cooked with celeriac?  For such an ugly vegetable it quite honestly produces the most delicious aroma while cooking up in a pot of wintery soup or Bill Granger’s chicken casserole (I will be forever grateful to the Waffler for that one).

I am basing a character in a book on a celeriac so I actually bought this particular specimen to model for me. He’s doing a stellar job but might end up being a wee bit cuter. This one looks like something out of  Pirates of the Caribbean. Regardless of the hairy ugliness of this celeriac right now, I see a bright future for him ahead; mingling with lemon rind, chicken, bacon and melt-in-the-mouth onions in an autumnal casserole.

Inspired by: Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall on eating veg in the Guardian:
“Undeniably, we are faced with the very challenging question: how can we eat really well every day without contributing to global warming, the suffering of animals or the pillaging of our precious marine resources? There is one, unequivocal answer: to eat more vegetables. Addressing this issue isn’t about giving anything up, it’s about filling your boots: embracing a world of fabulous, fresh ingredients and finding some new and irresistible ways to cook and serve them. The crucial thing is the mental shift: after that, I predict you will find it a breeze.”

Following up from the treehouse post:

My Dad writes:

Here are some sites I found useful, but there are plenty of others online if you google “building a treehouse”.

Treehouse construction
1. The Treehouse Guide
2. Out’n’About Treehouse construction

Also some more general sites dealing with decking, stairs and framing
1. Renovation Robot
2. How to Dig Post Holes & Install Posts
3. Buildeazy

Also Peter and Judy Nelson’s book, “The Treehouse Book“, has a useful introductory section about building.

Keeping digital scrapbooks: I have a handful of accounts for bookmarking stuff I like – feel free to have a look around. I collect recipes at chompers, pretty boho house pictures at shameless housey, gardens at creatures of habitat, awesome online videos for kids at meilz and lilo, and everything else at loobylu tumbles. And pintrest. There’s always pintrest.