In the spirit of being kind during COVID-19 IKEA have released their famous Swedish meatball and cream sauce recipe
1CloveGarlicCrushed or Minced
5TbspMilkUse full fat / blue / whole milk not low fat stuff
Salt & PepperGenerous serve
150mlCreamThick / Double Cream
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.
Pan-seared lamb with fresh basil, tender new potatoes and green pesto
Prep Time 15 minutesminutes
Cook Time 25 minutesminutes
Total Time 40 minutesminutes
1wholeLamb Leg or shoulderbutterflied
750gNew Potatoesbaby spuds
5sprigsBasilFresh is best
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.
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”→
5 years ago today at 12:51pm Christchurch was rocked by a large earthquake that killed nearly 200 people. Since then the region has experienced over 14,000 additional shakes. The most recent large quake being on Valentine’s Day 2016.
Each dot on this interactive map represents a quake, With the most significant activity occurring from September 2010 when the Greendale fault ruptured. At the time we had no idea what was to come. Continue reading “5 Years Ago”→
Alcohol contributes to around 30 percent of New Zealand’s fatal road crashes. Over the last 10 years, fatal crashes caused by drink-driving have claimed the lives of around 1,100 people and caused serious injuries to another 5,300.
From 1 December 2014, the alcohol limit lowered for drivers aged 20 years and over. This has created confusion and people are unsure of how much they can drink before being over the legal driving limits.
You can use our calculator below to ESTIMATE your Blood Alcohol Level (BAC)
Before you do though, please read the notes below !!
Temperatures in Christchurch reached 36.1c at Christchurch Airport around 3pm on 21st December 2015. This is the highest recorded temperature ever in Christchurch and beats the previous December record of 34.5 set in 1975.
At one point MetService recorded 40 degrees at Ohoka in North Canterbury.
In an effort to wean myself off Facebook and focus more on things that I find interesting I’d like to welcome you to my website. I hope you find something interesting here. Continue reading “Hello world!”→