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  1. We have a similar approach. With a pork shoulder fillet we just rub it with seasoning and flavourings and cook on low with no added liquid. It makes it's own juice. I've seen people do the same with a whole chicken - I'm sure a boned shoulder of lamb would work. The meat comes out extremely tender and the gravy is tasty - one issue I've found is that so much liquid is released from the meat and veg that the gravy can end up a but thin. So if you add liquid, use something tasty and don't be tempted to add too much - it'll make more as it cooks.

  2. Bought one of those huge tins of sweeties that we only ever have at Christmas yesterday - only a fiver at the co-op- and we have the list of what we are buying for which son (and I have another for OH).

    So it's creeping up on me here too.

    Normally I would be looking at our groaning fruit trees and planning preserves to make for presents but with the awful weather this year, I have only one quince on the tree and nothing on any other. Relying on rhubarb and foraged blackberries so I have blackberry whisky steeping and am thinking about rhubarb and Ginger jam. No quince paste or quince jelly or quince brandy this year :(

  3. No, buy lots of drums! - if you try a proper music shop they usually have a good range at all prices. If you can find a place that specialises in percussion they often sell online.

     

     

    Both DSs play drums and guitar, we have 2 kits plus various amps and guitars. Great investment for them both, socially and academically. Our house is quite loud at times though, especially when it's our turn to host DS1's band for practice sessions :roll:

  4. I can't find a solution to this one. Shaving irritates my skin terribly, creams left me with chemical burns. Waxing works but I get ingrowing hairs afterwards.

     

    I'm looking forward to winter when trousers & thick tights will mean I can ignore it for a few months!

  5. My youngest played rugby league for a couple of years, headguards are supposed to be compulsory in club matches. In practice some clubs ignored the rule, but ours enforced it strictly and we also sent all our players out with body armour and gumshields at every match. Even at u9 level the tackling could be pretty rough. DS said the armour made it easier to go hard into tackles too :shock: .

     

    I agree re the underwear comment - skins and shorts are essential wear!

  6. No, Booberlies are not up for shortening! That one started because my niece had trouble pronouncing it properly; because of her we also put gravely on our dinner and wear sippelers in the house when our feet are cold. She now pronounces all her words beautifully and is very embarrassed that we keep using her baby words - but they are lovely.

  7. booberlies - blueberries

    purple tea - blackcurrant squash

    podge - porridge oats

    WUL - washing up liquid

    fluffs - dusters

    stinky cheese - any variety of soft French cheese (usually added to list by DS1)

     

     

     

    When the kids were little I used to write them a list each to keep them busy in the supermarket. Before they could read I would draw them pictures of the shopping I wanted them to find. Those lists were quite unique!

  8. It passed through Leeds and Wakefield last Monday. It was carried through a village about 3 miles from the school I work in, but no way could we transport 1500+ teenagers to see it, so a minibus full were selected to go. Needless to say, a lot took the day off and went too, especially as all the primaries in the area had given parents permission to do so.

     

    Next day one of my SEN students told me very importantly 'yesterday Miss - I poorly so I not in'.

    'Ah' said I. 'Yes. I saw you on the TV jumping up and down when the torch went past' :wink:

    He'd been on regional news the night before :lol:

     

    He still insists he was poorly, even when we watched the clip in class!

  9. Parts are privet and other parts leylandii which I don't think could be layed.

     

    Luckily the road is only used to access the bungalows, and rarely by vehicles. It's a dense hedge, with chicken wire through its heart and impenetrable even to our cats and hens so reasonably secure

     

    The irony is that we asked the LA a few years ago if we could buy the thirty square metres of unused grass and weeds on the side of it, remove our huge hedge and use it as a veg plot. They said no, and here we are with a monster hedge they don't like :roll:

  10. Thanks all, very helpful - I knew I could ask Omlet!

     

    It is a total pain in the neck but since we cannot reach the far side ourselves with our electric trimmer, I will have to call our tree surgeon Rob and ask him to do the job. His are petrol driven so no cables to stretch around the garden! I am loath to do it now though, as there are several nests in the hedge and still many chicks not flown. I dont want to disturb them :?

  11. Hi all

    We are lucky to have a long back garden with a HUGE hedge all along one side and the far end. It is nine feet tall near the house, getting taller to the far end as the garden slopes downhill. At it's tallest it is around twelve feet. Behind the hedge is a single track access road leading to two bungalows, which are local authority owned. I've just had a letter from the L A requesting that we cut back the hedge on that side.

     

    My question is this: we have no access at the rear of the garden, or any way through to reach the far side of the hedge. To reach it involves a good ten minute walk around the block. The boundary runs through the hedge so the far side is not on our property.

     

    Who is responsible for maintaining the far side? Advice welcome!

  12. Our last cat Marmite regularly brought us birds, mice and whatever other creatures she could massacre, in various states of alive-ness. Some were totally past saving, others very much alive and leaping.

     

    Our smaller Maine Coon, Pippi, is an expert hunter of birds, unfortunately, but is not silly enough to bring them home since we always take them from her. Her enormous ginger friend Angus can only dream - the birds always see him coming and fly away before he can get anywhere near them.

     

    Pippi's real forte is capturing stray socks and pants, usually airing on a radiator, dragging them around the floor and then hiding them in a corner or under a cushion. The sight of her trotting around with a pair of boxer shorts in her mouth is quite something. She has brought them in from the garden too, when high winds blew the washing off the line; luckily they all belonged to us :anxious:

  13. DS2 who is in year 5 recently brought home a similar slip asking permission to watch PGs and certain (listed) 12 films with any sexual content, swearing and violence removed. They are part of a topic apparently.

     

    Your son's school should have a policy about which videos can be shown and when, ask to see it and it should clarify things.

     

    I too think HH is appropriate for 8-year-olds but I would be aware that not all children would enjoy it and ensure there was an alternative. I would speak to his class teacher - they need to know the effect that the DVD is having, both in terms of upsetting your son and causing teasing/bullying.

    Personally I wouldnt use DVDs during a wet playtime, the children spend enough of each day looking at a whiteboard!

  14. get yourself measured too as you may find breast pain agrivated by ill fitting bra or underwires another culprit.

     

     

    Was just going to say the same - I get monthly achy boobs too (and am 43 and coming to the end of my first Mirena, will have one more and that should do it!).

     

    Getting measured for a bra by a proper fitter (no tape measures, all done by eye) has made everything much more comfortable and got rid of my backache too.

  15. Having had one menopause (medically induced), I am dreading the onset of the real thing.

     

    My mum went through hell, and her symptoms were greatly relieved by HRT. When she did come off it, she didn't find that everything recurred thanks to good management by her GP. We have a history of quite early onset menopause, and her good health, decent bones and a lot more are down to the good management of that phase of her life.

     

    I found the symptoms of my first menopause very debilitating - not just hot flushes, but it affected my energy levels, concentration and memory function, I got crippling migraines which I'd never had previously, couldn't sleep ... the list was endless. If I'm going to have to go through it again, and HRT is advisable for me, I won't hesitate.

  16. Nice one! I have 2 sons learning drums & guitar which they love - both making rapid progress thanks to lots of practice and enlightened teachers who help them learn by playing the music the lads like (ES is running through American Idiot and Smells Like Teen Spirit 8) with his drum teacher as I type).

     

    I played piano as a littlun, moved on to cello & voice later. I always fancied a go on bass but it looks like ES may beat me to it. He already plays in 2 bands, one traditional school wind band and a rock band - they write and record their own material already (they're all 12 and 13).

     

    I got so much out of music and still do, and am so pleased to see my boys enjoying it the same way. The only downside of having drummers is that I am now demoted to being their roadie :roll::lol: !

  17. We took out a 5 year fixed rate when we bought our current house four and a half years ago. It worked well for the first couple of years but then rates fell and we realised we could have been paying far less. However the penalties for early repayment were too high for us to buy out until this year.

    We have now moved to a tracker which saves us £300 a month in interest :shock:

    This is the chance you take with a fixed rate, but I would hesitate to go for such a long term deal in future.

     

    I was also amazed that our previous provider couldn't offer us another mortgage and instead lost our custom - otherwise we would in all likelihood have stayed with them and just switched to a better deal.

  18. Same here, but we don't have a skip on the lawn.... yet!

     

    Our last sale was four years ago, we were lucky and sold quickly (it was a very different market), but had quite a few viewings before striking lucky. Our estate agents asked each viewer, interested or not, their reasons for liking or disliking the house they had seen. These comments were passed back to the vendors - some comments we had were obviously just people trying to be polite, but many were useful.

     

    The comments we received meant that we changed how we showed people around the house, and we made more fuss of the garden, small though it was.

     

    Does your estate agent offer anything similar, that would help you find out if next door really is an issue? It might set your mind at rest and help you avoid a awkward situation with your neighbour.

     

     

     

    :roll: one couple complained that the house wasn't near enough to their preferred junior school... which they knew before they viewed it in the first place :wall: And then there were the couple who weren't actually buying, they just liked looking round other people's houses :evil: Nowt so queer as folk!

  19. I wonder if it makes a difference on what you dog eats too. :think:

     

    :lol::lol: It'd be multi-coloured and glowing in the dark if they ate Bakers :roll:

     

    That reminded me of this!

    http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s5i46399

     

     

    This story was actually started by Dr. Buckley, one of my biology lecturers at Trent Poly back in the late 1980s... or at least, one version of it was!

     

    He was a parish councillor and his joke at a council meeting, published in the minutes, soon made its way into the local press and then the national press - all reported as fact of course!


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