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Leckie-spaghetti

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Don't let Geert see this, he'd have a fit!
The MC35's feed was shutting off when the ignition turned off and as we'd disabled the stand-by function it would eventually close down due to battery failure. This would initiate a re-boot every morning and complete loss of current data.
(is anyone still awake so far?)
it's now been hard-routed to the wiring loom and bolted to the dashboard, instead of a floppy sucker thing on the windscreen.
And it works, which is nice.
18th Mar 2009, 18:35   comments (2)

Vasileios Nikolakopoulos will not be prosecuted!

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I've just heard on the news that the Greek truck driver (see earlier blog) will not be prosecuted, due to "lack of evidence" (the CPS works in mysterious ways)
great news!
:-)
17th Mar 2009, 11:04   comments (4)

Field trip

The boetster came round this morning, good to see you dude, and we went out on a little photo-field-trip.
Just an hour, just local, but great to do.
15th Mar 2009, 15:50   comments (7)

For the Boetster

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It was a success!
And it's all gone.
Too late, sorry.
:-(
15th Mar 2009, 13:47   comments (1)

Saturday afternoon kitchen (II) Beef Bourguinon

A man need his red meat.
So there.

Great lumps of beef
little bits of (smoked) bacon
Mushrooms
Shallots
Red onions
Garlic
Bottle of red plonk

Brown off those man-sized chunks of beef.
Pop down to the local Oxfam shop to buy one of these retro-slo-cookers (this one was my mum's) they're the bee's knees.
Put the seared beef into the Crock-Pot and switch it on. Then fry off the bacon in the same pan.
Add the (sliced) red onions, the (roughly chopped) shallots (leave the smaller ones whole) and the chopped garlic, fry till brown/soft.
Add the (quartered) mushrooms and herbs/seasoning (thyme, rosemary, parsley, black pepper) and heat through.
Chuck in that bottle of plonk, all of it.
Bring to the boil and throw it into the slo-cooker, on top of the beef chunks.
Go outside and do something fun.
The beef will slowly cook through while you're out. Anything up to six hours is fine, no less than four.
Before serving check if it needs thickening (with a flour and butter paste).
Lovely with steamed potatoes and crusty bread.
14th Mar 2009, 14:30   comments (5)

Saturday afternoon Kitchen;Nut Roast!

Having a Veggie son we are obliged to do "something Veggie" every other week.
I've been meaning to do a nut-roast for some time.
Here goes:

250gr mixed nuts & sesame seeds
An egg (whisked)
100gr melty-cheese
100gr finely chopped shallots
400gr pack of tomato lumps
Teaspoonful of Vegemite, mixed with a drop of hot water
Dried herbs (mint, sage, parsley)

Mix everything (except the nuts) in a bowl together
Gently roast the nuts & seeds in a dry pan (don't burn) till they're, well, roasted really.
Let the nuts cool off a bit.
Then whizz in the whizzer-machine for a little bit (don't want nut dust, just roughly chopped) and add to the other stuff.
Turn the mixture into a (buttered) baking tin (or these individual poofy cake things we have)and shove in a pre-heated (180 degrees C) oven for about 40 minutes.
take out, let cool a touch, turn out, tuck in!
I'll let you know what they taste like when we've tried them, they're for tomorrow's lunch.

14th Mar 2009, 13:46   comments (1)

Red Nose Day!

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Let's break ALL the records.
Donating's never been easier.
www.rednoseday.com
13th Mar 2009, 20:49   | tags:comments (0)

Bigger stuff!

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Just arrived back in the land of Holl. Norfolk line Vlaardingen (Rotterdam).
Home tonight, gonna be lovely weather this weekend too, and I've got a cold coming on.
:-(
13th Mar 2009, 08:14   comments (1)