‘Tins’ ain’t what they used to be

I opened a tin of peas and carrots tonight to go with our evening meal. We have always loved tinned carrots and my record with cooking frozen peas (unless our own) is not good, as they always come out like bullets and would make good ammo for Hubby’s rifle.
air rifleThe tin said ‘Peas and Baby Carrots’. What it did not say was that the peas were the size of pin heads. Pin Head Peas, that would make a good name for a pop group, giving the Black Eyes a run for their money.
black eyed peas
Our tinned stuffs consist of tomatoes, pineapples, red kidney beans, new potatoes, baked beans, said peas and carrots, and I have one tin of sweetcorn that I won in a raffle at bingo last year.
I can make a meal out of one or a combination of two or more, but the peas and carrots are usually saved for when I do a cheat roast or, like we’re having tonight, fish. I gave up buying chips several years ago, so I’ll be adding to the plate Hubby’s latest fave of Splatty Tatties. He’s one for a small variety of flavours rather than volume of one or two.
chef ladyOur first Veg Patch Year we grew carrots. Ha, only 2 came up, and they were smaller than the ones in the can today! We have the wrong soil here, but it is one of the things we intend to try again in our next house, even if we have to grow them in pots!
pot vegIt has always been a standing joke that I never eat peas out though. I love garden peas actually (not the mushy or marrow fat offerings), but have always been afraid that they will fall off my fork halfway to my mouth and end up in my lap or on the floor, a ‘phobia’ that goes back to my childhood. Daft isn’t it.
Last year, we had a go at growing our own. We had to net them as the pigeons were taking full advantage of the young shoots, and as our yield was not bad, we grew a second batch. One thing we learned was that gain over effort was not all that good, and unlike our green beans, we did not gets lots for the freezer (4 meals actually) .

As the rain tips down outside, it will be doing the onions and potatoes good. The grass will also thrive, and at the weekend we will be coaxing the mower not to give up on us just yet.
Chez nous, things are back to ticking over as normal.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to ‘Tins’ ain’t what they used to be

  1. janegundogan says:

    How funny I called us peas, open my Reader and you’ve written about peas! I love mine with garlic and butter, and I eat them with a spoon.

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