As I get older I’ve picked up a few wee life Hacks along the way which can make those harder jobs just a little bit easier. You probably already know some of them but I’m going to post a series of them for posterity.
Those tricky wee cracks n crevices that seem to collect grime and gunk. Well just grab a wooden toothpick snap it in half and use the snapped part like a small brush to scrape the grime out. For smaller gaps use the sharp end.
You’ll be amazed how easy it is to get the gunk out and how much cleaner everything will look.
Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper
Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover, and store in the fridge for 2 hours. This will help them hold their shape whilst cooking.
In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C with a fan) and cook for 30 minutes more.
Melt 40g of butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of flour and stir for 2 minutes. Add 150ml of veg stock and 150ml of beef stock; continue to stir. Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp dijon mustard.
Halve any larger potatoes, then cook in a pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes, or until tender, adding the peas to the party for the last 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, rub the lamb all over with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
Starting fat side down, sear the lamb in a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat for 15 minutes, turning regularly until gnarly all over but blushing in the middle, or use your instincts to cook to your liking. For larger pieces of lamb you may need to finish it in an oven.
Remove to a plate to rest, then, with the frying pan on a low heat, make a liquor by stirring in a splash of water and a little red wine vinegar to pick up all those nice sticky bits, leaving it to tick away slowly until needed.
Drain the potatoes and peas, tip into the liquor pan, pick over most of the basil, add the pesto and toss it all well.
Serve with the lamb, sliced thinly, then pour over the resting juices. Pick over the remaining basil leaves, and tuck in.
SO I’m compiling a list of commands I’ve used with google home that are confirmed to work. It’s starting out small and hopefully will grow large.
Sanity Check: Commands can and do change as Google updates and generally screws round with the Google Home app. I’ll try keep a status and last confirmed date but hey things change.
I use a simple setup. I’ve got a Google Home mini, a bunch of chromecasts and some of the last available Chromecast Audio’s which are a great way to add an old but awesome set of speakers with an analog or optical input and turn them into a cheap Sonos type speaker that you can add to speaker groups or use as a single set of speakers.
“Hey Google. Play the latest episode of Aly & Fila on the Kitchen Stereo
Hey Google. Louder.
So here are some things you can try on your Google Home while you listen to some awesome music.
Bottom line, could this be the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices? We sure think so. The only folks who can say definitively are the keepers of the recipe at KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands. We asked, but the company would only say, “Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one’s ever been right.”
I have a little Satnav, it sits there in my car.
A Satnav is a driver’s friend it tells you where you are.
I have a little Satnav, i’ve had it all my life.
It’s better than the normal ones, my Satnav is my wife. Continue reading “Before Google Maps We Had SatNav”→
There’s just a few simple ingredients you’ll need for this recipe and chances are most they’re already in the pantry. Salt, pepper, brown sugar and ketchup. The only things you’ll need to buy are some of your favorite pork chops and an onion. The onion was actually my favorite part. They’d get nice and soft on top of the pork chops with that delicious brown sugar cooked right in. Continue reading “Baked Pork Chops”→
The vessel carries approximately 1000 20 foot shipping containers of supplies and equipment needed to keep the station running for another year. The vessel offload is one of the busiest times of the year on station.
The Ocean Giant comes in via a channel cut in the sea ice by the US Coast Guards icebreaker Polar Star, which is the most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker in the world. The Antarctic Treaty prohibits leaving any waste on the continent so once the cargo is unloaded all the previous years waste and old equipment is loaded back on the vessel for transport and disposal back in the United States.