Monthly Archives: August 2012

Girls’ 25th anniversary planning

Dates to save: SAT 3rd – MON 5th AUG 2013 OK for Al, Nat, Mad, Chelle, Manga, Rach, Vic, Ab requesting leave Possible venues for a spa break (staying 1 night):- FAIRLAWNS HOTEL & SPA, NORTH BHAM Website: http://www.fairlawns.co.uk/spa-stays.htm Distance … Continue reading

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Braised Pork Belly (Dong Po Rou/东坡肉)

Used this recipe: http://rasamalaysia.com/braised-pork-belly-dong-po-rou/2/ with the following adaptions: 780g whole piece pork belly Verdict: too salty; I should have gone with my instinct to cut the amount of soy by half. Also be careful when reheating as the pork may … Continue reading

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Potato wedges

To make crispy potato wedges, wash or peel floury potatoes and cut into slim wedges (about 6 from an average size potato). Parboil in salted water for 5 mins, then toss in olive oil with an optional flavouring (such as … Continue reading

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The Secret Olympian

I came across this book through the Kindle Daily Deal emails. It bills itself as ‘the inside story of the Olympic experience’. It certainly is very revealing and honest to the point of making me dislike the author in places. … Continue reading

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Savoury semolina cake part 1

Adapted from http://preetyskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/savoury-semolina-cake.html Ingredients:- Semolina/Sooji:- 1 cup Yogurt:- 1/2 cup Water:- 1/2 cup Frozen peas, defrosted: – 1/2 cup Onion – 2 tbsp (Chopped) Carrot:- 1 (peeled, grated) Handful fresh or frozen (defrosted) green beans, chopped and lightly cooked 1 … Continue reading

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Five Quarters of the Orange

This book is a little dark and mildly menacing. The characters aren’t particularly likeable but I enjoyed reading about this family with all their flaws, interspersed with sumptuous descriptions of food. Although I am sure that it’s very common in … Continue reading

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Chicken chow mein

Used Ching’s recipe from Chinese Food Made Easy: Ching’s chicken chow mein but added dry sherry, garlic & ginger paste, chilli bean sauce and more veg. Also adapted the method: it’s best to fry the coated chicken over a medium … Continue reading

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Sweet and Spicy roasted pecans

Adapted this recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-spicy-roasted-pecans-50400000116410/ 90g pecans (about 1 cup) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin & coriander mix, toasted and ground 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon melted butter 2 teaspoons light brown … Continue reading

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Another fantastic Olympic day

I am very happy. I watched the Brownlee brothers win a gold and bronze in the triathlon (a completely bonkers event) for Team GB this morning, then we won some gold medals in the dressage (so elegant), then Laura Trott … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy

I bought this book on Amazon Warehouse Deals, which sucked me in with its bargains even though I had pledged not to buy physical books this year. I was supposed to borrow books from the library and, if I was … Continue reading

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