Canned crab flakes, the verdict

July 5, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day5

For lunch yesterday I had a pasta and bean salad with crab flakes. I prepared it in the morning and as you can see I ate it for lunch at work.

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day5

It was very simple, I boiled up a handful of both wholewheat and tricolor fusili, roughly chopped a couple of inches of cucumber, half a yellow pepper and half a red onion.

Its a bit of a cheat recipe really, I opened a can of mixed bean salad, kidney bean, black-eye bean, borlotti beans, navy-pea bean, chick pea, green bean, sweetcorn and diced red pepper. In fact this can is all you really need the extra are just a nice to have.

Next was a can of crab meat flakes, drained and spread over the top.

When I was ready to eat, I added a squirt of mayonnaise and pepper and gave it a good mix.

Simple and delicious 🙂

As for canned crab flakes, the verdict? not as good as proper creab meat chunks, I’ll give it only 60% good 😦

A present from Cyprus

April 24, 2008

I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little stiff. My ankle felt like I’d slept on it funny and was quite difficult to get out of bed. I walked it off around the pool, thinking it would be ok once I got it moving again. By the time we were at the Airport it was feeling a little stiffer and again I shrugged it off, no way I’m going to be refused travel by asking to see a Doctor!

Landing in Manchester, I was in agony, the damn thing had seized up completely and it was a real struggle getting home, I just tried to sleep as much as possible in the taxi. I took some painkillers once we got home and then went straight to bed.

Paul badgered me about seeing someone this morning, the swelling was getting worse and I then remembered the bite on my ankle. He was sure this had something to do with the swelling, I had to agree at this stage, (I’m not good about being poorly) so eventually he won me over and we went to the Hospital walk in centre.

Turns out it’s quite common, the Nurse I saw had worked in Cyprus, and she was quick to diagnose a Spider bite. A prescription for antibiotics and antihistamines was quickly filled and I was in and out in 20 minutes. I was actually pretty impressed by the NHS service.

Here is a lovely illustration of the swelling 🙂 I can’t put any weight on it at all now and am reduced to hopping around the house in a very undignified manner.


As I write, I think its actually swollen by half again over the last few hours. If it starts going funny colours or anything I’ll be sure to get more photos!

Of course, this all means that I’ll be taking a few days off work, my first sick time since September 2002.

Daytime telly is already driving me to despair, thankfully I have a few items in the Sky+ planner to catch up on. Oh, and the Internet, thank god for the Internet, anyone for Scrabulous??

All wrapped up.

April 10, 2008

I saw a trailer on TV tonight, a Cutting Edge show called Cotton Wool Kids, something about killing kids with kindness or something.

It got me thinking about how things how things have changed over the years. A colleague recently told me a tale of her daughter having a bit of a strop after a bit of wet water was spilt on her jeans. When I was a kid, somewhere around the 80’s, if it rained in the morning I still had to walk to school. I’d then most likely have wet trousers and blazer and just have to put up with it until I dried out.

A day or two afterwards, I was talking to another colleague and in the course, we landed on the topic of his childhood. He arrived from Africa into the UK aged 4, and over several years his family came back together, each taking their own journey to freedom and (some) normality. The most disturbing thing is that he remembers saying to his mum, “If its a war going on, why are people sleeping in the road?”

I’m sure you can guess why he thought they were sleeping.

In conclusion, watching stupid programmes made by idiots about how difficult things are in the UK, just makes me angry.

Guessed where?

March 4, 2008

I’ll put you out of your misery, that is all 3 of you that answered. Here is a another shot of the same scene, showing a little more of the surrounds.

Bradford 009

Karl was pretty spot on mentioning the curries, I think he knew but didnt want to spoil it for everyone else.

It is of course a shot of Bradford taken from the window of my hotel room in the Hilton.

Prague indeed, the Bradford tourist board will no doubt be pleased!

Guess where?

February 29, 2008

A Tower, a Sunset and a Ferris wheel.


I’ve just got back from 2 days away on business, but where did I visit?

Teabag vignette

February 22, 2008

Teabags Vignette

Look at this bounty!

I arrived in work a few days ago and found this little lot on my desk.

What a good friend I have, she had been given a fancy bag load of teabags at the freshers fair and hadnt been interested in them.

I’ll mention no names, she knows who she is and I’ve already thanked her profusely.

All I will say is “Jade, why did you wait so long to bring them into work for me?”

Soup of the day.

February 6, 2008

Over the last few months I’ve really been getting into soup! I take it to work for my lunch most days, heat it up in the morning, stick it in the flask and its still piping hot at lunch time. I’ve mentioned previously that I like to play around with bought soups, adding my own twist by adding extra spices and ingredients.

I though I’d share this recipe with you for the totally home made soup I had for lunch today.

You will need.

500g Carrots
1 Med/Large Onion
2 tsp Dried Basil (fresh would be better)
1 inch of peeled fresh Ginger
1 Clove of Garlic
3/4 Pint of Water
3/4 Pint of Stock
2 Tbs Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Your prep should take about 10 minutes max. Peel and chop the Onions and Carrots, its going to go in the Blender at the end so neat chopping isnt needed. However, the size you chop the carrots will change the cooking time. Chop the Ginger finely, if you dont you may find long string of the Ginger fibres in the finished soup. Peel the Garlic, you can chop or mince this too, in my case I bash it and threw it in whole to be fished out at the end. You want a pint and a half of water/stock, a vegatable stock cube is fine. In this case I used half water and half Chick Pea stock, reserved and frozen from when I last boiled up a batch.

Now the Cooking.

Heat the Olive oil in a large pan and add the Sliced the Onions. Fry the Onions until translucent and just about to start coulouring. Add the Carrots, Basil, Garlic and Ginger and continue frying for a few minutes to soak up the juices.

Add the Water and stock that youre using and bring to the boil, now reduce the heat and simmer for 40mins or until carrots are tender.

I switched off the heat at this point and went to bed. You dont have to, it was 11pm so it worked for me, next time it may not be and I’ll skip this bit 🙂

If your serving the soup right away, blitz it in the Blender in small batches, seriously, you dont want hot soup flying up into your face. If youre doing this when its cold you can be a little more adventurous. Return it to the pan and taste it, you’ll want to correct the seasoning at this point, Salt and Pepper of course and maybe a tiny, tiny drop of pepper/chilli sauce.

I added more water at this stage, you will know how much is right for you when its the consistency you prefer. In my case this made 1500ml of soup, enough for 2 full flasks, so lunch for 2 days. I’m already tweaking the recipe as I sip the soup and write this up, maybe adding a Bayleaf or 2 and less basil in the next version? How about Coriander in place of the Ginger? That would be good. I’m pretty confident that it’s low calorie too, which is a nice bonus.

Carrot & Ginger Soup

Enjoy 🙂