Month: September 2011

September 30, 2011

My first attempt at making Ginger Beer worked exceedingly well. After 5 days in the jar, I bottled up a 1 litre plastic lemonade bottle, which left a glassful for tasting – still, but quite pleasant. After 4 more days, I couldn’t resist any longer,…

September 30, 2011

Tonight, I am playing with a new toy, the ProQ Eco Smoker. This is cold smoking, not hot. The small mazelike device (the ProQ Cold Smoke Generator) is filled with wood dust (“today, I will be mostly using oak”) and set to smoulder with a…

September 30, 2011

I am a fan of Ben Goldacre, and his Bad Science column in the Guardian. Anyway, he recently publicised another project he has been working on with others – Nerdy Day Trips. Lots of interesting ideas there.

September 29, 2011

Lots of stuff happening here, but I haven’t been finding the time to write about it. I have a visitor staying with me – Sovay is a collie belonging to and , who are off for a few days. It has been pretty painless, apart…

September 19, 2011

Arrrrrr, matey!

September 18, 2011

I’ve been looking for a while for somewhere to obtain some traditional ginger beer plant. The real McCoy is a symbiotic organism of a natural yeast and bacterium which has been used to make a mildly alcoholic beverage for centuries. Unfortunately, I have found that…

September 13, 2011

I have had a Tim and Nev here. They are doing a couple of jobs for me, including a complete bathroom makeover. However, while the sun is shining, they have been working on my garden, which is also getting the total makeover treatment. A rough…

September 13, 2011

So, following my week in Brighton, I attended the University of Sussex 50th Anniversary celebrations. I had chosen to stay over the weekend in student accommodation, and had actually planned ahead. A number of old friends corresponded before the event, and made block bookings, ensuring…

September 12, 2011

I had a good time in Brighton last week, although on my second day there, I slipped in the rain and badly twisted my ankle. However, I spoke to a pharmacist, who suggested I use a diclofenac gel on it; and although it remained swollen…

September 3, 2011

As some of you know, I love making stuff in the kitchen, but I always have problems with pastry – apparently I have “warm hands”. So I think this is a wonderful idea. Ready-baked pastry cases, available by post, in all sorts of varieties –…

September 3, 2011

I am about to head off for a few days in Brighton, where I used to live before moving here; followed by Sussex University’s 50 anniversary celebration, held over next weekend. So, naturally, just in time for my holiday break, the cellullitus that resulted from…