Happy birthday to me!

August 29, 2007

Another year’s gone by and I’m another year older! Had a nice day today: Did a bit more of the cab and added the casters to the monitor frame (see pics below), met Kate in town on her lunch break (which was a nice surprise!) then I went and played 18 holes of golf with Tim at the Weald of Kent (I played ok too – finished up 18 over par, only 7 over for the back 9). Then tonight Kate and I went for a meal at Pauls restaurant in Folkestone. I had Steak strips on Lyonnaise potatoes with creamy peppercorn and brandy sauce (mmmmm…) and Kate had some salmon and pasta dish (well, she liked it!). All in all a very nice day, which I thoroughly deserved, seeing as though I’m THIRTY FOUR!!!!!!!!!

Casters on!     It fits!

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Friday night…

August 24, 2007

Played golf with Tim and Dad after work. I played pretty shite really… started well then went downhill. My driving was ok, it was my short game around the green that was shocking. Played 10 holes on the top course at Etchinghill.  Although I played crap in general, I got 1 par, and I got a really nice birdie on the last hole. 🙂

Golf was promptly followed by takeaway curry (from the Clay Oven) at the Neshets, of which I had Chicken Tikka Dal Bhuna, Rice, and Tarka Dal (Kate may be in for a rough night). We ended up Simpsonizing ourselves on their PC.


Reggae Reggae Sauce

March 26, 2007

I have just discovered the thing that goes best with Reggae Reggae Sauce. It’s Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ Mustard Sausages! OMG it was absolutely gorgeous… I ended up having 4 sausages and wished there were more! I can’t wait to try Mr. Levi Roots’ sauce on barbecued burgers and sausages when the weather gets a little hotter. Mmmmm….


Kate’s Party and a Vegetable Curry Recipe

March 18, 2007

Had 13 people over for Kate’s birthday party last night, so I had to cook for 15 people: Me, Kate, Andy, Marie, Tim, Cassie, Nick, Karen, Rob, Letitia, Hew, Hannah, Spencer, Julia and Martin! It was a really enjoyable evening and I ended up cooking 3 curries (a korma, a vindaloo, and a veg curry), some tarka dal, and rice. Had a great chat with Rob and Nick about astronomy and telescopes etc, and as a result I’ve signed up to the New Scientist newsletter. Hopefully next time we’re round Nick’s house, if its a clear night he’ll let us take a peek through his telescope at the moon… and with any luck Saturn.

The vegetable curry I cooked was adapted up from a recipe I found for Marrakesh Vegetable Curry on allrecipes.com. It was quite spicy but really delicious, and it was dead easy to make too: –

Ingredients

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 green pepper, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 courgette, chopped

6 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons sultanas

1/4 cup flaked almonds

1 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cinammon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

Fry up the sweet potato, carrots, onion and peppers in 3 tablespoons of olive oil, in a big pan, for 5 minutes, on a medium heat.

In a medium saucepan place the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinammon, salt and cayenne pepper, and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.

Pour the garlic & spice mixture into the big pan with all the vegetables in it. Add the almonds, sultanas, courgette and orange juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes, covered.

I ended up adding a little more orange juice and a bit of water, since I used quite a large sweet potato. You can always vary the amount of spices to taste, too.


It’s Kate’s Birthday!

March 14, 2007

Happy Birthday honey! 🙂 I bought her the K-PAX Trilogy to read and we’re going out to Bella Pasta tonight for a nice meal, which I’m really looking forward to. I just hope I can hold the fork after cutting my hand earlier!


2 Chili Recipes

February 1, 2007

Mum invited us round for dinner and my sister Laura cooked a really nice Chili. Here’s her recipe: –

  • Minced Beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Stock Cube
  • Paprika
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
  • Brown Sugar
  • Courgettes/Peppers
  • Chili Powder (or a real birds-eye chili)

Fry up some onions and garlic, stick in the mince and while its browning chuck in the stock cube chili powder, some paprika and some cocoa powder. Once browned add in the chopped tomatoes, brown sugar, and chopped up veg. Add some water if its too thick and simmer till the veg is cooked! Season with salt/pepper to taste.

Now I’m not saying that this was better than MY chili… but it comes close 🙂  Just for the record, here’s my own concoction:

  • Minced Beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Red Wine
  • Stock Cube
  • Birds-eye chili
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cinammon (tiny bit)
  • Cumin seeds (only a few)
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Tomato Puree
  • Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
  • Cherry  Tomatoes
  • Red/Green Peppers
  • Lemon or Lime Juice
  • Dried Sultanas/Raisins

Fry up onions and garlic, add the mince and start to brown it. While browning add some red wine and a stock cube. Once browned add all the other ingredients except the Cherry Tomatoes and sultanas – these get added about 10 mins before you’re ready to eat. Yum!