Sunday 1 November 2009
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Not too much of a surprise, considering.
Not in the least addictive.
Monday 2 November 2009
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Swords and ploughshares, anyone? Surely, transforming from "something really twisted and ugly" into a machine designed to bring death and destruction is, in itself, twisted and ugly. Discuss.
I'm tempted by fax-to-email services. I still have to use fax technology from time to time, but am getting fed up with the large fax machine sitting in the middle of our kitchen.
Thursday 5 November 2009
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Cat Face has wise advice for Guy Fawkes Night.
Friday 6 November 2009
Old posts that live on
This post seems to live on, with good comments going on. Maybe I should write more food posts….
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Excellent website about strange and unusual aspects of cartography, both current and historical.
Just about the best thing on Jools last week, although Ellie Goulding was good. Diana Krall murdered a couple of songs (and what's with the botox overdose?) and the Stereophonics were both bored and boring. This lot are clearly quite influenced by the likes of Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles, but are generally more cheerful.
Pan-seared tuna with avocado
This recipe shamelessly stolen from Eat This Book: Cooking with Global Fresh Flavours by Tyler Florence – a book of recent discovery (by chance) in this house, with excellent recipes on just about every page. It’s quick to prepare (about 30-40 minutes), darned tasty and looks good too – so ideal for dinner parties or for impressing people, although I think it makes a pretty good Friday night dinner too.
For the sauce/dressing:
- 2 fl oz (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 2 fl oz (60ml) soy sauce
- Juice of 4 limes
- 2 good handfuls of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped (use kitchen scissors unless you have amazing knife skills)
- 1 Jalapeno chilli (or other medium hot chilli), sliced complete with seeds (actually, I think this looks prettier with a red chilli, not a green Jalapeno)
- 1 crushed garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon crushed fresh ginger (I peeled a piece and then crushed it in a garlic press over the mixing bowl, so as to catch all the juice)
- Half teaspoon sugar
- Salt and pepper
For the main dish:
- good quality fresh tuna steaks (there is enough dressing/sauce for four steaks in this recipe or, do as we do, and use this quantity of dressing/sauce with just two steaks)
- 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
- extra virgin olive oil
- a bag of rocket (or fresh from the garden/allotment if you have it – how we miss summer! Our own rocket was miles better than any we have bought anywhere, ever. Period.)
- cherry tomatoes (allow around 6 per person)
First, make the sauce/dressing. This is easy. Shove everything in a bowl. Stir. Got it?
Next, scoot your tomatoes around a griddle pan in a little oil until they are slightly seared and split. Plate them up with a portion of the rocket on each plate.
Then, add a little more oil if necessary and, over a medium-high heat, sear the tuna for a minute or so on each side. Then spoon over roughly a quarter of the sauce and cook for another minute or two. Turn the steaks over and add another quarter of the sauce (or one-third of what remains, if you follow my maths).
Plate up the tuna. Arrange the avocado pieces artfully around the plate and then spoon over the rest of the dressing in a tasteful fashion. Serve with a long cold drink (gin and tonic, good Belgian beer, whatever – you need something long, as the sauce/dressing has quite a kick to it, particularly if (as we did) you make the dressing an hour or so in advance and let the chilli get to work on the other sauce ingredients).
Definitely the best new recipe I’ve tried for a while. Not that I’ve tried many new recipes lately. With everything else going on around here (I’ll write about it somewhen), the cooking mojo hasn’t been what it was. We need to get that back.
Saturday 7 November 2009
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Everything you ever wanted to know about the barmy Belgian enclaves within the Netherlands at Baarle.
Monday 9 November 2009
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The official place to purchase/download EU publications. The EU and its offices (including the CPVO) are moving to paperless (and free-of-charge) publication of most documents.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
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Hmm. We'll see. I hope they give him a good scrub first, since he has spent time at Spurs. Ick.
Friday 13 November 2009
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Russia might reduce number of time zones. Of course, if Britain went over to CET…
Sunday 15 November 2009
Well I never
I once wrote the following on this blog about Brooke, having read an article she wrote about autopsy on Barbelith:
As it turns out, that’s not half of what you wouldn’t have guessed!
I rather suspect that the media storm is only just beginning.
Monday 16 November 2009
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With a charge for "foreign vehicles". Hmm.
Our next short break destination.
I rather like this stuff.
Tuesday 17 November 2009
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The original game that Drench is clearly based upon.
I've stayed in a hotel (Soviet era) next to this building. It certainly is massive and I can understand why they might wish to demolish it. And yet, I hope that they don't. It is a part of European history, even if not a particularly glorious part, and it would be a shame to rob future generations of it.
The influence of the Sun on our climate.
Thursday 19 November 2009
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Excellent on Jools. Real classic blues and R&B.
Excellent on Jools this week.
Some cheeky blighter has used my work Visa card for nefarious purposes.
Apparently the cunning chaps use new fangled computer thingies to put bunches of random 16-digit card numbers and expiry dates into iTunes to purchase songs. When one works, they know that they have a valid card number/expiry date combo and can go shopping.
Thankfully, those clever boffins at the NatWest also use them there computing machines and spotted that, with my work Visa, I’m unlikely to purchase songs on iTunes and then go shopping for t-shirts from a luxury Japanese clothing company. (Of course, with my personal Visa, anything is possible). Consequently, when I was trying to make a purchase this afternoon, I had to get on the blower to convince the NatWest that I am the real me. They kindly suggest that I feed my current card to a pack of wild dogs and await the delivery of a shiny new card. Meanwhile, they’ve refunded the undesired transactions to my account, made sure that the cheeky blighters can’t make any more transcations (apparently they had already tried, twice) and have been awfully helpful.
Dastardly scamps! They should be hung by their thumbs from the nearest mighty oak!
Sunday 22 November 2009
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Quite possibly some of the finest (Belgian) beer we've tasted.
Monday 23 November 2009
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Simply amazing images from the Census of Marine Life. I particularly like the Christmas Tree Worm.
Wednesday 25 November 2009
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Crappy website without online ordering, but certainly the best place to get Ryobi spares (such as a replacement chain oil filler cap – crappy, flimsy thing has finally snapped – replacement is princely sum of ten pence, plus VAT and delivery). EDIT: take care as the key to some of the exploded parts diagrams is incorrect.
Thursday 26 November 2009
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Profile of improvement works to Dutch sea defences.
A fine admission. Will they now label the products as "not proven to do anything for you"?
Friday 27 November 2009
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Pot sleeves and flower sleeves for horticulture.