Archive | December, 2011

My first time!

11 Dec

At making stew that is! 😉 I used diced stewing steak, baby potatoes, garden peas, carrots and a large white onion. For seasoning i used a large pinch of salt, some black pepper and a hefty helping of garlic granules and beef stock.

I have no idea how you’re supposed to make a stew. I prepared the carrots by scraping and chopping them into large chunks. I chopped the baby potatoes into two or three large chunks.

I popped the meat in first, as it seared i added the garlic granules and black pepper. Let that cook for a minute. Then i added the chopped carrots, peas, (peas were tinned) potatoes with water and salt. Then i chopped the onion.

Ainsley Harriot (not sure of spelling, he’s a TV chef) once showed me how to chop an onion tear free. Chop off the top and bottom, then cut almost all the way through on the horizontal and again vertically back to front, then vertically side to side. One diced onion and no tears.

I added diced onion and gave a quick stir. Then i added 2 cubes of beef stock, stirred them in and left it to simmer for 30 minutes. Stirred again and left for another 30 minutes.

Finally i added loose granules of beef stock to thicken remaining water. This part is to your own preference. For me 2 tablespoons was enough you might like more. I have to be honest.

I do not like food, i prefer chocolate and would only eat chocolate if i could. So when i say this stew is tasty, i mean it!

Bah humbug!

7 Dec

Christmas is not a family time! I have done no research into this, it based on my common knowledge, nothing more.

What makes you think Christmas is for families? I’ll tell you, society. It’s as simple as that, the same with Christmas cards but that’s another blog.

Ok let me explain, Christmas is a holiday for everybody! That’s how it was for decades. Everything stopped for Christmas day, atleast. Everywhere was closed, so people stayed at home.

Now think of generations growing up, taking this as the norm, Christmas is soon associated with family and for better or worse, they get together. Ohh the joy of Christmas with family.

Let’s be honest, family life can be tough, the thought of being trapped in a building with family would put some people under a train or drive them to harm others!

Others would jump at the chance to be home with their beloved family! Nothing could keep them away, except the deranged nutters from previous paragraph.

These days we have options but to choose solitude is seen as unchristmassy, selfish, tight and many other negative terms.

Scrooge was seen as the worst a person could be at Christmas. If he had spent his time praying, (for a generous disposition maybe) he would have been the perfect example of what Christmas is about!

No money wasted on tinsel or a tree, just him and God, there are the bare bones of Christmas, nothing else matters, no gifts no trimmings nothing.

The giving of gifts has taken over much of Christmas, because of the three wise men, the real gift was Christ! Let’s put him back at the heart of it, when you write on the tag To: Bob instead of from you put from Jesus. If it wasn’t for him none of this would exist! (~_^)

Fruiflies.

1 Dec

I do love those harmless little flies. Where do they come from? I live above a shop that sells a bit of everything. There is fruit and veg outside at all times of year, so why would those little flies bother with my place? ok i did have some rotten fruit in my bin but that was a month ago!

They were breeding faster than rats on ecstasy! I had a lovely colony of Fruiflies. It was time for a cull, i sprayed fly spray over the bin, they went from what must have been over a hundred to less than twenty, i put the rubbish out. I thought the few that remained would soon die.

They are still with me! It has been almost a month since i’ve had any fruit in my flat! What are they living on??? I drink lots of tea and discard my teabags into the bin. Could fruit flies live on tea? I have no idea but it’s the only explanation i can think of!

As they are so small and harmless. I don’t mind the company. They aren’t very sociable though and often make me cross eyed, when they do a close flyby. (^_^)

I do love insects btw, especially ants and wasps.