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Summer Holiday, Anyone?

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The last two holidays I’ve taken have been in the February – March time. I went to America in February 2007, and it was bloody freezing. I went to Canada in March last year and yep, you guessed it – it was bloody freezing.

I had to get a brand spanking new passport for Canada since mine was due to run out in July, and now I have one stamp in it and I’m itching for more. I can’t help it kids, I’m day dreaming of a summer holiday again.

I think it’s something to do with taking a holiday so early in the year that by the time summer comes around it’s nothing but a distant memories and all your friends are jetting off for two weeks in the sun.

With that in mind I present to you my dream list of holidays. Maybe one day I’ll get to tick them all off the list, heh.

Short Trips In Europe

Long Haul Flights With Films To Watch & Free Food (Yay)
New York (what girl doesn’t want to go to New York, really?)
The Maldives
New Zealand
Australia (I’ve been before but it’s so vast, definitely worth another trip at some point)
South Africa

I don’t think missing anything right now, but I’m sure I’ll think of more and I continue to browse lastminute.com and find all the cheap deals I could take up. For now I’ll have to content myself with looking tho so if you think there’s anywhere I really much see feel free to comment below :) and if you want to take me when you go, all the better 😉

Pass On At Least 5 Recipes

Posted by in 101 in 1001, A Little Conversation, Food Exploits, Projects

Remember last year when Jamie Oliver was banging on about passing on recipes to your neighbours and colleagues etc, in an attempt to  ‘get the country cooking’ ? I don’t think it really worked, but I did adopt the idea for one of my 101 in 1001’s.

I naïvely thought it would be easy, giving recipes to other people, but it’s been harder than I thought. Most of the people I know can already cook, they have no need for me and my preachy skills barging into their life.

I have, however, been trying. I think. The first recipe I passed on was my Smoked Salmon Paté recipe, to my (now ex) boss. It went down a storm and I came away feeling pretty happy because it wasn’t a recipe from a book, it was one of my mothers that I’d adapted to suit. (if you want it, let me know. It’s blindingly simple).

The second came a long time after that. My mum and I are undertaking the ” Try a new dish once a week for three months” of my 101, and one of those recipes was Tuna Burgers. I’ve passed that recipe on to at least three people, but I’m not sure if they’ve actually been made yet.

The trouble now, is that a) I don’t know who else to pass recipes on to and b) what recipes to use. Should I try to find people who can’t cook, and teach them? My gift to my friend Owen this year (hi, Owen!) was to teach him how to cook, since he’s moved out of home and can just about manage beans on toast. But I haven’t been able to do any of that yet, since I’ve had to move back home. & does it count if you teach one person three new recipes?

I guess since I made the list I can decide my own rules. I’d like to pass on five recipes to five different people, but I’ll settle for three people if I really can’t find anyone else willing to put up with my nagging. With that in mind, er, anyone wanna learn how to cook anything? 😉

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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Anna recently reminded of the existence of chocolate covered pretzels, and how much I really, really liked them when I was in the states.

However, I’ve realised as I went to buy some from Cyber Candy that a) they weren’t in stock and b) they were made my Nestlé. Sigh.

I don’t eat Nestlé, for reasons I won’t go into here, so with a bit of googling* I’ve found a recipe for making them. Sure, it’s simple. Dip pretzels in chocolate. Put them in the fridge until the chocolate sets. But, well. It never hurts to be sure, does it?

I’ll let you know how they turn out, as soon as I can be bothered to get off my bum and make them. Also, what’s a chocolate wafer? Anyone?

*ie I typed “chocolate covered pretzels” into google. I know, I know. Life is hard.

Books! February Update

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February was a slow month for books for me, I had a few other things on but I tried my best, heh.

Read in January:

4. 24/01/10 – Blue Collar – Danny King
5. 31/01/10 – Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Read in February:

6. 01/02/10 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
7. 14/02/10 – Just After Sunset – Stephen King
8. 24/02/10 – Third & Heaven – Ben Patrick Johnson
9. 26/02/10 – Belle Du Jour’s Guide to Men – Belle Du Jour

I’ve a bit behind if I want to real my goal of 100 books this year, but I’ve actually been doing some really fun stuff so I don’t mind so much :)

101 in 1001 – February Update

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So! It’s that time of month again, time for a 101 in 1001 roundup.

In Progress: 20
4. Declutter – progress is slow, but I’m getting there.
8. Delete all mp3s I don’t like – I am doing this letter by letter. So far, a & b are done.
21. Send birthday cards to my closest friends – I’ve been pretty good this year, so far, at doing this.
23. Pass on at least 5 recipes – this deserves a separate post really, which I’ll do sometime this week. Stay tuned!
40. Spend £15 a week for a month (excluding petrol & bills) – first week of this, going well.
44. Try one new dish a week for three months.
47. Take better care of my teeth
50. Pay off my car
57. Read all Terry Pratchett’s books
58. Read off Toby Litt’s books
– reading the last one now :)
63. See two live bands – I saw Los Campesinos! play last week. They were awesome, they played all my favourite songs and I really enjoyed it. Only one more to go and I can cross this one off my list :)
69. Keep the bedroom inhabitable
73. Reach payout on
www.onepoll.com  – £37.05/£40.00
74. Send a real letter to one new person a month
78. Use all of something before buying something new
82. Nothing from McDonalds for the full 1001 days
84. Get 20 hrs on Wii Fit
88. Limit how much TV I watch
89. Try and pay off one of my credit cards
94. Wear my contact lenses more

Completed: 1
#64 Create a paper address book – I found my old one so I tippexed out all the irrelevant people and filled it up again :) It’s nice to carry it around in my bag, actually. Plus it’s kind of encouraging me to write real letters to people again (yay! If you want one, let me know your address and I’ll sit down and write you one.)

Slow completion month this month, but I have some plans for March to tick a few more off :)

Fancy Coming Around For Supper?

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In a bid to improve my culinary skills and repertoire (I’m a bit sick of stir fry and lasagna to be honest) I am attempting to complete #44 of my 101 in 1001 – Try one new dish a week for three months.

So far I’m three weeks in and it’s going well, so I thought I’d share the recipes in case anyone else was feeling so inclined.

Week 1 – was tangy tuna burgers. I’d rate these as a SUPER EASY to make, and a 8/10 for tastiness. We’ve actually made them again since this time, so definitely a success.

Week 2 – was roasted butternut squash with goats cheese. Again I’d say it was an EASY recipe, but only a 6.5/10 on tastiness, it could do with something like chorizo or sausage to really pep it up.

Week 3 – was turkey korma from scratch. This was SUPER EASY and it tasted great, so I’m going to give it a 9/10.

For Week 4 I’m attempting a 5 a day tagine, sounds tasty right?

As a bonus, I’ve also learnt how to make gingerbread (giraffe shaped no less!) and this week I made a cherry bakewell cake, which was gorgeous. (I substituted raspberries for maraschino cherries because a) I didn’t have any raspberries and b) I love maraschino cherries).

I’ve actually really been enjoying it – it’s nice to learn new things and new ways of cooking, plus it means I get to tick something off my list when I’m done :)