My Twitterings on 2008-10-16

October 16, 2008
  • a man came to fix my 1 month old fridge yesterday, it hasnt made any difference, have to ring them again today, I want a new one now. #
  • is shutting down, cos it’s HOMETIME 🙂 #
  • ….. so I took the fridge back and brought another one home, so far so good…… #
  • @cheezus69 oops, I did the stab thing to our old freezer, fyi when the manual says don’t use sharp things to aid defrosting, they mean it! #
  • wondering if there are any Bear Grylls shows where he DOESNT drink his own pee or pee on himself ? #

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Salmon & Kippers or Chalk & Cheese ?

October 16, 2008

I mean really, could we be any different?

I’m having a lovely piece of Salmon, carefully pan fried to perfection. Paul is boiling some Kippers in a bag.

Salmon Kippers

Of course I loved the Salmon, but I do envy the ability to eat Kippers. I love the taste of the smoked Herrings but I cant abide all those tiny bones.

Although I love the fish (of all kinds) I wasn’t brought up with it. It seems I never learned the trick of eating boney fish with mouthfuls of bread and butter to help the bones slip down!

PS, Please excuse my dirty hob, I do clean it regularly, you’ve just caught me at the end of my clean/dirty cycle 🙂

My Twitterings on 2008-10-15

October 15, 2008
  • email is fixed 🙂 lost some though, if you sent me anything yesterday, send it again will you 😦 #
  • is just back from Dentist, needed a small filling so he did it right there. I’m such a brave boy, I only squealed once! #
  • Oh dear, the blue cross sale strikes again, still, you gotta have some new threads for your hols! #

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I *heart* the Avocado

October 15, 2008

Way back on the 6th of July I prepared a couple of avocado nuts/pits, hoping to get them to sprout and grow into lovely decorative* plants.

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Imagine my excitement yesterday when I turned over the Avocado nuts and found that one has split at the bottom and a root has appeared.

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Hopefully, it will soon be looking like this plant which was given to me by one of my team.


*Sadly there is little to no chance that they will bear fruit, if they do it will be around 4-6 years 😦

My Twitterings on 2008-10-14

October 14, 2008
  • is enjoying his homemade Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup. Yummy, remind me to blog the recipe, its a triumph! #
  • enjoyed play Spore: Creatures on DS at lunch, I take it all back, IT IS fun after all! #
  • hmmmm, incoming emails have died, it seems I can give but not receive. Who knew! #

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Spicy Butternut And Lentil Soup

October 14, 2008

Today my lunch was this wonderful homemade soup. Look at that colour!!

Do I have to mention that it was a triumph?

Spicy Butternut And Lentil Soup

Oh, and the Butternut Squash are from the brother-in-law’s allotment, aren’t they beauties?

The recipe:

Spicy Butternut And Lentil Soup.

Before I start I’ll just say that although I found the recipe title on the net and thus got the inspiration, I threw away their recipe cos it was boring and made up my own version 🙂

Serves 4 (or 2 of me:-)

1 large or 2 smallish Butternut Squash (around 600g)
100g Red Lentils
1 medium-ish Onion
2 cloves of Garlic
2 fresh Chilli
1tsp Garam Masala
1tsp ground Turmeric
1tsp ground Cumin
1tsp Cayenne Pepper
2-3 Cloves
2-3 Bay leaves
Water as required to make the soup thin/thick enough for you 🙂

The method:

Rinse lentils in water until it runs clear.

Peel, slice open and de-seed the Squash, then chop into inch chunks. Peel and chop a medium Onion into similar size chunks. Bash open a couple of Garlic cloves, removing the skin in the process. Place the lot in a roasting dish and chuck in a couple of fresh, whole Chillis. Drizzle the whole lot with Olive oil and toss to coat. Stick in the oven at around 200 degrees for 40 minutes-ish, during this time take it out and toss it around a couple of times to ensure even roasting.

Bring the Lentils to the boil in a pint of clean water. Boil for 10 minutes, then simmer for a further 10-15. In my opinion, if you are skimming the water as you go, you can skip the step of changing this water later. Once the Lentils are tender (you can drain them here if you wish and use fresh water), add a Veg or Chicken stock cube. Now you can add the rest of the flavours and spices, the fun part here is deciding how YOU want it to taste. I’d definitely recommend you at least try using the Garam Masala 🙂

Let the lentils simmer a little more, they are probably going to disappear around this point, dont worry they are doing their job! This will also give the spices a chance to cook out.

Once the Squash is tender, add the contents of the roasting tray to the soup base. Simmer the lot for another 10 mins (unless youre pushed for time) to let the flavours mingle. Add salt and Pepper to taste, before finally fishing out the Chillis and Bay leaves. You might also take out the cloves if you prefer. Now its your choice of blitzing or, as I did, using a Potato Masher.

My top tip here (and you deserve one if you’ve stuck with me so far!) is that if you are going to use your partners treasured* plastic masher AND you’ve used Turmeric, you might want to think carefully before proceeding!

*Really! Apparently, its made by Prestige and it was a massive £5.95 way back in 1992.

My Twitterings on 2008-10-13

October 13, 2008
  • Monday, monday, what a fun-day! #
  • is making soup…… #
  • is lmao at That Mitchell and Webb Look on youtube. Touching cloth? its funny because it involves poo! #

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And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

October 13, 2008

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That is all.

My Twitterings on 2008-10-12

October 12, 2008
  • why, thats ridiculous, we would have to invent some sort of re-bigulater! #
  • @msmac I’m constantly homesick for Australia, an I was only there for 3 weeks! If we go to Woolloomooloo, I’ll have a Tiger, what about u? #
  • @msmac I heart u, you totally get me! ps if u have an aussie passport perhaps we can come to some sort of arrangement? (ps dont tell craig) #
  • is ripping Brokeback and Beautiful Thing to xvid,wanna watch em again on upcoming holdays 🙂 #

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My Twitterings on 2008-10-11

October 11, 2008
  • why did I get up so early? Is 9am too early to take a nap? #
  • just been to town on a mission to open two child saver accounts, sadly aborted due to lack of staff in the branch 😦 #
  • saw the cutest thing in town, 2 boys, not emos, just normal sweet looking 16 y/o boys, walking along holding hands, how times have changed! #
  • just been to debenhams sale got a rocha-jon-r shirt now enjoying beer and free wifi in wetherspoons 🙂 #
  • Wanted dimsum ended up in chinese buffet. Not so bad 🙂 #
  • watching x factor the result: scott is ok but since when did matt bianco have any luck? Also, that Diana looks like she just got out of bed #
  • so its battle of the girl bands with stoopid names; “bad lashes” wtf does that mean and “girl band” wtf kind of lazy name is that ? #
  • omg girlband’s dresses look like sacks of sh*t #
  • fyi to the blonde one in bad lashes, don’t stand in front of a spotlight if you have almost 100,000,000 split ends! #
  • bye bye bad lashes #

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