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  1. Cake time again! Has anyone made this with green courgette? I'm a bit worried how it will look? x
  2. Hi, I am revisiting past posts. This reminds me, I have just bought a new toaster, and some "toastabags". OH pointed out this morning "what is the point when you never buy any bread!" I will make a point of getting bread and ham and Stilton this weekend! x
  3. Hello all, we got two rescue cats in January. Six months on and they are settling down, a bit! They are young and lively and affectionate. They have their "mad half hour" chasing round the house and wake us up early for cuddles and breakfast. They are nearly two years old now and very sweet x
  4. I got in from work early and finding my kitchen unexpectedly empty I quickly made a chocolate cake in a ring mould. What can I ice/glaze it with? I would do a ganache, but I have no cream. I do have creme fraiche, dark chocolate, butter, icing sugar (probably?) cocoa powder, any ideas? I guess I could do a simple sugar, water, cocoa powder and melted butter. Do you think that would work as a glaze?
  5. These all sound Delicious. I know what I'll be making later x
  6. Hi,welcome back. I remember your falling down penguin too! Wonderful to hear you are in a place where you can have chickens again. Last night I was talking to my lovely uncle who is amazing, he went blind years ago but doesn't let it stop him doing anything! He has just got an allotment with his son in law and he said that he wants to get chickens. So I've offered him my Eglu. So just as you are coming back I am taking a step away from ever having chickens again. I feel a bit sad.
  7. I loved my Tigi so much. Thanks for all your replies. It does really help to read them x
  8. I have a sad but inevitable update. Tigi was listless this morning, not a happy cat. We were due at the vets for blood tests anyway today. The blood tests confirmed that nothing could be done. I held her while she was pts. She weighed so little, she had almost faded away. I am missing her, but it was certainly her time to go today.
  9. Lovely photo. I do have a niece that is of an age to appreciate fairy doors, and she does have a birthday just before Christmas! I'll have a look....
  10. I've made it to Gold Membership at WW twice! I don't think that eating 3 doughnuts a day and nothing else is part of their plan.... Your friend is not following the diet but paying membership and getting weighed.. WW did teach me about portion control. I am interested in nutrition and have always been anyway. For the past year I have been going to SW. I have lost 3 stone. My OH was inspired by my weight loss and joined in 6 months ago. He has lost 2 stone. This has not been difficult for either of us, but we have changed our eating habits. This time I think it will be sustainable. We both enjoy cooking and eating out, and still do! We have cut out a lot of carbohydrates, neither of us is a big fan, but we do have a wholemeal bread sandwich now and then, mash with a beef casserole, spaghetti with bolognaise and roast potatoes on Sundays etc. We like cheese and crackers occasionally, and the odd dessert. We eat more salad, fruit and yogurts. I started running, and was doing really well but then had two chest infections followed by a stay in hospital after an asthma attack! I'm maintaining my weight loss but not got back to exercising.
  11. Hi, thanks for your replies. I'm managing to get a little bit of food into her. She will eat an egg with some double cream over the course of a day, a little at a time. (She seems to tolerate dairy, I know a lot of cats don'tI) I'm opening pouch over pouch, she licks the gravy off, maybe eats a little bit, and the rest gets thrown away. She does like to eat my dinner with me. Tonight we had beef. I have another appt at the vet on Saturday. My sister has offered to mind her, and I've been given the nr of a cattery that might be able to look after her.She can still jump around, and purrs almost as much as ever. My partner and I have talked about PTS. It doesn't seem the time, but she does need lots of care. I understand cats can fade quickly. I will listen to my vet on Saturday. None of this would be an issue if we weren't going away, but cancelling doesn't seem a viable option.
  12. My poor cat. I took her from a rescue centre 12 years ago, they told me she was 8, so we guess she is 20 now. I know she won't live forever, she is still active and seems content. However, recently, she has started to lose weight. I've had her to the vet twice in 6 weeks. She has steroid and vitamin injections. After the first lot her appetite did increase and she put on weight. She now weighs less than ever though and we are working on building her up again. Worryingly we are going away in 2 weeks for 3 weeks. If we were home we would be able to look after her and ensure she was comfortable and tempted with food multiple times a day. My sisters and my dad will be in and out, but I feel it won't be enough. Any advice on food or reliable care options would be gratefully received. x x
  13. I am rarely far away from my ipad when I am not in work! It is actually called "My precious" LOL! My "What have you got in your pocketssess" item at the moment is a beautiful shiny conker. I picked up in Pere Lachaise cemetery recently. Every time I put my hand in my pocket I love the feel of it, and it reminds me of a lovely recent weekend away.
  14. Hard hat, high viz vest and steel toe capped boots. Some cereal bars. French language CDs, a box of tissues and a carrier bag full of egg boxes!
  15. Strange season for me. I had a great crop of tomatoes (never heard of before) and disastrous beans. A complete turn around from previous few years. Courgettes were steady, instead of a glut, which was ok by me. I haven't tried any brassicas this year, so can't say.
  16. Hi Daphne, I can't remember where I got my Julienne cutter from. I'm sorry! I have looked at the Lakeland one though and it is similar to mine. If I am doing courgette or carrot I put it flat on the work surface and hold one end, then strip away from where my fingers are, I use the ends for soup or composting! If it is something like a small potato that I want to hold in my hand, I wrap my hand in a tea towel. I don't own one and haven't tried it, but this one looks good. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zyliss-Smart-Gourmet-Mandoline-Julienne/dp/B005VNMGZS
  17. If you like spicy thai food, you might like this. It is a version of Som Tam, using courgettes instead of green papaya! Another recipe in the war against the courgette glut! I use a julienne cutter to make courgette strips. Do enough to fill a plastic tub. I make a simple spicy dressing as follows, but you could google all the different som tam recipes and see how they vary. I clove of garlic A small red chilli A small teaspoon of soft Demerara sugar (I've never used palm sugar, but if you have it to hand I guess it would be ideal!) Mash these together using a pestle and mortar (or a blender of some sort? If you are going to do this you might want to add the liquids to help blend it) The juice of half a lime A teaspoon of fish sauce Pour the dressing over the courgette strips and leave to marinade, in the tub, shake it up a bit. You can eat it straight away but the courgette softens a bit if you can leave it. I made it tonight, for lunch tomorrow.
  18. An easy, simple and tasty savoury snack I like is something I call "mini quiches". They are more like mini frittata though. No pastry. Low fat, depending on what you add yourself. I find an ounce of Parmesan adds loads of flavour and very little fat in each one. I eat three at a time as a portion. One 300g tub of low fat cottage cheese. I use one with chives already in. 4 eggs What ever cooked veg you have in or left over. I suggest onion, chopped cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, chopped green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, sweetcorn. If you don't have any cooked veg left over, sauté some, or microwave. Left over roasted vegetables works great too. Bacon or ham if you like, a few chilli flakes, optional. Cheese, optional. Salt and pepper to taste. 12 silicone cupcake cases. If you use a one pint pudding basin, add the eggs, beat, to break up. Add the cottage cheese, stir well. Top up the basin with what ever veg and flavourings you fancy. This is about the right amount for the 12 cases. You will learn how much you need to fill it depending on the exact size of your cupcake cases. Lay the cases onto a baking tray. Spoon into the cases, try to share the veg out equally. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 180 centigrade. Pop out of the silicone cases and refrigerate. I take them to work to eat as breakfast at my desk, cold. I'm sure they would be delicious still warm from the oven, I've never tried them though!
  19. Tada! http://club.omlet.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=47892&p=716305&hilit=Flapjack#p716305
  20. Sorry Chickabee, can't help. My sisters went to a place near Ffestiniog for a week, but it was 30 years ago. It was even shown on Playschool, through one of the windows. They had a great time, but I can't find it. Have you looked at this website? Some of them are a bit pricey. You might find something to suit though. http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/riding-holidays-family-Berkshire/
  21. It is so easy to take one's education for granted. Nice post Patsy. I thought it was going to be this... http://traciness.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/i-dont-want-to-go-to-school-mum-by-pam-ayres/ It was my chosen piece for an ESB exam many, many, years ago! I wasn't that great, but my mum liked it.
  22. Aw! Thanks Patsylabrador. It will only work if my sister who lives by the Afternoon tea place is available and accommodating! She hasn't confirmed to me yet. I've heard that my sister's sister in law, is planning a spa day. That makes my original plan seem even more appropriate. Nice to do different things with different people. Cliff Barns (a Dallas fan with a sense of humour?) looks great. Bit far for one night for me, worth bookmarking though. I couldn't see the prices? The £200 is my attempt to get it out of the garden before it does deteriorate. I'd rather it went to someone genuinely wanting to keep hens and looking for a reasonably priced way in. If anyone knows anyone, please let me know! x
  23. Hi Chrissie and Soap Dragon, I have just typed up a response, got distracted, was automatically logged off and I've lost the reply that I typed up. So in brief, I haven't tried Gum tree. I have advertised on the "Eglu to sell" section a couple of times since March. Starting at £300, reducing to £250. I haven't advertised at £200 yet. *yes it comes with a run! My sister is more of a good food and good wine type, and not adverse to a bit of pampering! I am definitely still thinking of afternoon tea with champagne and then back to the house for dinner and a chill out. My OH has offered not to go for afternoon tea and to stay behind and prepare dinner. He is a great cook, so that would be a treat anyway!
  24. Hello lovely Omlet people. My sister is 50 this year and I have finally negotiated a date from her to do something together. I was planning on booking an afternoon tea at a nice hotel and then piling back to my other sisters house for a meal, prepared whilst we were out. House decorated etc... That could still be a plan, but I am thinking that she might be expecting something more. I said involving an overnight stay. So I am wondering if anyone can recommend a hotel that does dinner, bed and breakfast on a Saturday night for £70 or less per person? Even better if it has a pool. I have seen some Groupon deals for around that price, but I would prefer an Omlet recommendation! Shropshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Merseyside, greater Manchester, North Wales, Derbyshire, that kind of area. Not too far a drive! Any advice gratefully received. Whilst writing, I've been trying to sell my Eglu for ages now and I'm dropping the price to £200. Do you think that's reasonable? I would have said it was in good condition earlier this year, but now it has some creasote splashes on it from where my neighbour splashed it when painting his fence. Not very noticeable. I have put it in the garage out of the way now, but I'd sooner pass it on to a good home before it gets any more damage!
  25. Mmmmm! It looks perfect from here! I made a random cake today to use up some bananas, I didn't have much flour but I made it any using what I had, it was too wet and has turned out very moist! It is edible but not my best effort! I assume so too!

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