Monthly Archives: April 2009

Food Monday ~ Portuguese Monkfish

Portuguese Monkfish
Preheat the oven to 190ºC

750g monkfish
500g tomatoes, skinned & seeded
2 onions
1 sweet red pepper, cored & seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt
To garnish lemon slices & chopped parsley

Remove any bones from the monkfish and divide into four pieces.Arrange them in a greased ovenproof dish.In a food processor using a metal chopping blade, chop the tomatoes, onions & red pepper.Add the oil, chilli powder & salt.Mix well and pour over the fish.Cover and cook in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.Remove the lid for the last five minutes.

Garnish with lemon slices and parsley and serve with boiled new potatoes and green beans.
Serves 4

A He or a She?


Until now I never fully understood how to tell the difference between male and female birds.

I always thought it had to be determined surgically.


Below are Two Birds. Study them closely…

See If You Can Spot Which of The Two Is The Female.

It can be done. Even by one with limited bird watching skills! So Magpie 11 tells me.  He is a teacher and should know these things. 🙄








I think this one came from Nancy.

A Few Thoughts

Crawfordsburn Country Park – March 2005


“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch


There’s a plan for everyone if you are open to it and ready to unlearn the rules set up by others.


“Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”General Douglas MacArthur


The more you complain…. the longer God makes you live.


“On your deathbed, will your final thought be I wish I cared more?”


Crawfordsburn Country Park -August 2005

Meme – I (me)

I am: not sure where I stole this idea from, but I thought it might get me through a blank patch.

I want: for little. I can only wear one pair of shoes at a time.

I have: many faults

I wish: peace and contentment for those I love.

I fear: hypothermia because my body goes cold without me realising it.

I search: for my spectacles when they are already on my face

I wonder: where the sunshine is

I regret: nothing! Time spent on regrets is time wasted.

I love: people, travel, food, wine, G&T and laughter.

I always: think that I am still thirty

I usually: arrive on time

I am not: into bad manners or loud music

I dance: around the house as I chase the dust from place to place

I sing: only when alone and nobody can hear me

I never: eat butter

I rarely: travel by bus

I cry: with laughter

I know: ageing, aches & pains, having to take pills to keep me going, but don’t tell anyone!

I need: caring, friendly, good mannered friends that have a good sense of humour.

I should: set Tobias down and go clean my windows

Thursday Special ~ The Burglar

Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say, “Jesus is watching you!

Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward again.

Jesus is watching you,” the voice boomed again.

The burglar stopped dead again. He was frightened. Frantically, he looked all around. In a dark corner, he spotted a birdcage and in the cage was a parrot.

He asked the parrot, “Was that you who said Jesus was watching me?”

“Yes,” said the parrot.

The burglar breathed a sigh of relief, and asked the parrot, “What’s your name?”

“Clarence,” said the bird.

“That’s a stupid name for a parrot,” sneered the burglar. “What idiot would name a parrot Clarence?”

The parrot said, “The same idiot who named the Rottweiller Jesus.”

Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 23

Eggs were on the menu on Monday and I start off with some eggie hints today.

Boiled eggs for breakfast? The water you boil your eggs in will acquire some calcium and other helpful minerals from the shells, when cooled it can be used as a liquid feed for your houseplants.

After cooking scrambled eggs, soaking your pan with hot water and a half cup of vinegar will clean up the pan easily while neutralizing that egg smell.

Need an emergency piping bag in a hurry? Use a re-sealable freezer bag with a corner cut off.

To remove ink spots from clothing, while the ink is wet, apply lemon juice liberally to the spot, and then wash the garment in a normal cycle with regular detergent using cold water

Wicker furniture should be cleaned by scrubbing with a stiff brush dipped in warm salt water/salt will help keep your wicker from turning yellow.

And finally….. if you need a lift…..

I found this while surfing the net the other day!

The Cheese Sandwich for when you don’t have any clean plates or cutlery by ellyjelly

Before you ask -.-.-.- It is NOT my Elly

A Tear of Hope

From time to time I have written about sculptures that I have seen.

Today I make mention about another beautiful work of art.  I have not actually seen it or had the opportunity to photograph it.  In fact it was first brought to my attention by Conrad a few days ago.

Photo from

The Teardrop Monument was a gift to the United States of America from Russia, after 9/11. It was made & installed by the Russians on the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, to honor those who lost their lives that fateful day. It stands right across from the Statue of Liberty.

It is a 100-foot-tall, 175-ton, bronze-clad sculpture, which encloses a 40-foot steel teardrop, entitled “To The Struggle Against World Terrorism’ by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli.

The clean simple lines of the work appeal to my eye but it is the reaching out of one nation to another that really impresses me.  Two nations who were arch enemies for so long drawn closer through tragedy.

You can find some more  photos and information here.

Food Monday ~ Egg Dishes

Eggs can make a really simple, tasty & healthy meal for your breakfast, lunch or supper.

For a tasty summer salad include salad leaves, new potatoes, green beans, red onion, olives, boiled egg and some tuna. Add a dressing of your choice and fresh crusty bread and have yourself a filling salad.

Poached egg and baked beans served on thick sliced toast makes a great brunch – you could serve it with grilled tomatoes or mushrooms.

Scrambled Eggs

2 large eggs
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 tablespoons milk for a softer result.
Low Calorie Cooking Spray

Gently beat the eggs together with salt and pepper & add milk.Spray some cooking spray in a non-stick pan over a medium heat. When sizzling, add the egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir the eggs for 1-2 minutes, scraping the egg off the base of the pan as it sets. When most of the egg has set, remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir for 30 seconds until fully scrambled.

Scrambled eggs on thick slices of wheaten bread toasted add some spring onions or mushrooms & chopped grilled bacon and serve with grilled tomatoes.

For a little luxury add 2oz of chopped smoked salmon and replace 1tablespoon of milk with cream.


2 large eggs
Pinch salt and pepper
1 tablespoon cold water
Low Calorie Cooking Spray

Gently mix the eggs together with a fork to break the yolks; the secret of a light omelette is not to over beat the eggs.Add salt, pepper and a teaspoon of cold water.

Warm a medium frying pan over a high heat and spray with a thin coating of cooking spray.Pour the egg mixture into the centre of the pan and cook over a high heat for 1-2 minutes.As the egg begins to set, use a spatula to push the set egg towards the omelette centre.Continue this action until the entire egg mixture is set.Cook the set omelette for another minute, then loosen the edges with a spatula and fold the omelette in half. Tilt the pan and slide the omelette onto a warm plate and serve immediately on its own or with a crisp green salad.

Bacon & Egg Bread And Butter Pudding
Preheat the oven to 220C

3 slices white bread with fibre
softened butter to spread
4 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
50g mushrooms, sliced
2 spring onions chopped
75g cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 large eggs
150ml milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spread the slices of bread with butter then cut each in half. Lay the slices in a shallow ovenproof dish. Scatter over the bacon, mushrooms, salad onions and tomatoes. Beat the eggs with the milk and seasoning. Pour the egg over the bread then pop in the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Chorizo, Eggs, Leeks & Mash

1 kg potatoes, cut into even-sized chunks
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 leeks, sliced
75g chorizo sausage, sliced
5-7 tablespoons milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Flat-leaf parsley, to garnish

Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water for 12-15 minutes or until soft. Drain and mash with some milk and some seasoning. Keep warm.

Meanwhile put the eggs in a small pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 7 minutes and then drain and rinse in cold water, tapping the shells all over. When cold enough to handle, peel and chop.

Heat the oil in a small frying pan and cook the garlic and leeks for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly, until tender and lightly browned. Grill the chorizo under a hot grill for 1-2 minutes until crisp.

Spoon mashed potato onto four warmed plates. Top with the sautéed leeks, chopped hard-boiled egg and crisp chorizo. Garnish with flat-leaf parsley.

Wi-fi in the Classroom

Take wi-fi out of class: teacher

A County Tyrone teacher has called for wireless products, known as wi-fi, to be taken out of classrooms because of health concerns.

While I recover from the shock… you can read the article here.

Come on, I know you have thoughts on this and I would love to hear them.