Friday Five Favourite: Two Ronnies Sketches

26 04 2013

Not all contain both Ronnie’s, but all contain at least one ๐Ÿ™‚

Four Candles

Mastermind

The Royal Society for Mispronounciation

Opticians

Blackberry





Pork, veg & couscous in apple juice

21 04 2013

I eat the same thing nearly every Sunday, partly ‘cos I think it’s pretty tasty, partly because it’s kind of healthy, but mostly because I’m a creature of habit!
I made it for my parents over the Easter weekend, and have a couple of other foody bits I keep meaning to share, so welcome to a new category on my blog!

What I like about this recipe is that it’s the meat that’s cooked healthily, and the vegetables that are less healthy, but as there’s not a whole lot of veg in some of my meals, I think this is a good one to get lots of it in my system.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless pork loin steaks
  • Clear apple juice
  • 1 Courgette
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 Packet of mushrooms
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 2 Packets Mediterranean style couscous

Method

  • Pour a thin layer of juice into an ovenproof dish to coat the bottom.
  • With the help of some scissors, pull the strip of fat off of the pork bits, and chop the meat into strips or chunks. I like to eat this meal without a knife so I cut mine mainly into bitesize chunks.
  • Put these pieces in the dish trying not to put any on top of each other – if possible keep them just one layer deep. Then pour juice over them all until all just submerged.
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  • Chop onion up into vertical segments and seperate the bits out.
  • Cut the courgette into chunky slices and quarter them all.
  • I often use baby button mushrooms for this, but if I can’t get them I quarter some normal size ones
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  • Mix the veg on an oiled baking tray and drizzle more oil over them and mix about a bit to ensure it’s all got a bit on./li>
  • Put the pork and the veg in the oven at about 200 degrees centigrade and set the timer for 15min.
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  • Chop up the pepper into long pieces and when the timer beeps, add to the vegetable tray and make sure they get a little oil.
  • Put it back in the oven and set the timer for another 15min
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  • Boil the kettle, and when the oven beeps, prepare the couscous according to packet instructions.
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  • Remove the meat and veg from the oven and turn it off.
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  • Now it’s time to plate up! Start with the couscous in the bottom of a pasta bowl.
  • Scrape the veg off the tray on top of the couscous
  • Using a ladle, scoop the pork pieces on the top of everything, make sure to include plenty of the juice from the oven in the spoonfuls, allow this to pour through the veg into the couscous
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  • Serve and enjoy with a glass of the apple juice
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Friday Five Favourite: Kids TV Shows

19 04 2013

So I did a blog about a year ago on my favourite children’s TV shows, but really that was preschool shows. I said at some point in the future I might do a set of more primary school aged shows, so here it is! Happy nostalgia Friday to you if you remember these ๐Ÿ™‚

It was REALLY hard to get this list down to 5, so I’ve saved some like Kenan & Kel and SM:tv live for a secondary school list somewhen and hope I don’t have too many then!

The Wild House

Blue Peter

Recess

Art Attack

Zzzap





Banana and chocolate loaf cake

14 04 2013

I took this into work for a fundraiser this week and it went down well, a couple of people asked for the recipe so here goes ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a great way to use up those bananas that are a tad overripe, just past edible!

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 2oz Butter (I use tub Stork because it’s already soft!)
  • 5oz Caster Sugar
  • 8oz Self-Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g Milk Chocolate

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C
  • Mash up the bananas in a small bowl
  • In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
  • Beat in 2 eggs (I use an electric whisk for this)
  • Sieve in the flour and salt and fold in
  • Add the bananas and mix well
  • Break a bar of chocolate into small pieces and mix these in
  • Grease and line a 1 1/2lb loaf tin. That or buy loaf tin paper liners, I have some that are slightly siliconised and give such a great finish! My friends thought the last I was made was bought because of this!
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for an hour. One oven I used to use used to burn around the edges so I covered it with foil partway through, so keep an eye on it.
  • When an hours up, test with a knife and if it comes out clean, put it on a wire rack to cool, else pop it in for a little longer

Banana and Chocolate loaf cake





Friday five favourite: Morecambe & Wise sketches

12 04 2013

Anyone need a good giggle on a Friday night?
These 2 blokes never fail to please ๐Ÿ™‚

Andre Previn

The Breakfast Sketch

Mastermind

Singin’ in the rain

Eric & Ernie in bed

– with the fabulous ice cream line ๐Ÿ™‚

It may not be a sketch, but you should always finish with…
Bring Me Sunshine





Two things I learnt today!

11 04 2013

Firstly, a group of beavers is called a colony.

Secondly, if you have blue eyes, this is very similar to having fair skin when concerned with the sunshine! If you have fair skin you’re more likely to burn easily and should be careful to wear sun cream etc. If you have blue eyes, my optician told me today, then your eyes are more susceptible to damage from the sun, and you should make sure that you wear sunglasses when necessary.

You really do learn something new every day!





Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl

8 04 2013

Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
were none the less equally mean.

While working out what to read that could compete with The Hunger Games, I thought I may as well do another Roald Dahl! It’s only 82 pages so I did it in about 2 sittings over Sunday afternoon, but still a great story! Yes it encourages stealing and drinking…. but only in a sense of finding something to eat when your whole family is starving – the book tells us that it’s ok to thieve in that case!

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A couple of years ago a film was made of this book. I don’t know if it’s just me but I really didn’t like it – the animation style made the film look like it was 20 years old! They also added a lot to the plot – although I suppose you have to for such a short book… here’s the trailer, if you’ve read the book, see what you think!