We may need a bigger pond

I need to spend some time reading up on the life development of a frog.

Two weeks ago there were half a dozen of them in the pond. They were no more than an inch or so long and if I made too much noise or came too close they disappeared under the water.

This Friday they all seem to have grown by another inch or so and although they might skedaddle if I get too close they are soon back again, basking on the surface of the water, and getting up close and personal with each other and the water is taking on a porridge like consistency thick with spawn. If next years brood is as successful there will not be room for them all.

It must be something to do with the weather which was just about warm enough for us to have lunch outside. I was even tempted to light a BBQ but was quickly told there was too much packing to do for that.

So lunch was using up most of the remaining veg in the house including two fat beetroot. They were peeled and went through a grater together with some carrots, an apple and half a bulb of celery. Some chopped parsley was mixed in along with olive oil, sherry vinegar and salt and pepper and a dozen raisins for sweetness. We had this with burgers the recipe for which is worth repeating.

Bread crumbs were made. As they were ground ever finer I tipped in a whole red chilli, a clove of garlic, some spring onion and a good handful of green herbs. This all came out as a thick green bread crumbed mulch which I mixed with my hands into a pound of mince together with more salt and pepper, a dash of Tabasco and a dash of Sriracha sauce.

They were very good burgers.

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