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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Staying Power


Staying power

Trying to stay in
for the good of my health
yet take a daily walk
for the good of my health  

I feel a bit like Schrodinger's cat!
When they open the box
will I be alive? or dead? 
I can only hope

that after this crisis
the 'little' people holding
everything together
are valued a lot more for their work.

Those at the top are really thick as shit, aren't they?
They'd be ‘dead in a ditch’ if not for the workers.
Writing's on the wall.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Stages of Soda Bread

Soda bread is quick and easy and ready within an hour. It's like a scone mixture (and can be cut as scones which take 10 mins to cook!) so it needs a light touch. A little oil makes it keep better and makes it a bit softer but you don't have to add oil or you can rub in some butter before the salt and soda. Like any other bread, you know it's cooked when it 'sounds hollow'.



Bakes in 35 mins at 220 and it great with anything from jam to cheese. 
It's worth frying it when it goes a bit stale (day 3)






preheat oven

9oz of self raising white and 9 oz wholemeal bread flour 1 level tsp Bicarbonate of Soda and 1 level tsp salt
300mls buttermilk (or plain yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice)

add a tbs olive or other oil

Add to the flour

mix with wooden spoon (right to the bottom)

bring together by hand

a light knead to shape it into a ball

use a palette knife to make a deep cross and place in hot oven 35 mins




Saturday, 28 April 2018

Cherry Blossom Time at Alnwick: 27th April 2018

I don't know how often it occurs that the cherry blossom in the largest Sakura grove outside of Japan coincides with a late flowering of daffodils. I do know, when it happens the sight is spectacular -- and I can show you. 
And of course the fountains at Alnwick are always spectacular.