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by al_yrpal
7 Oct 2021, 10:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Messenger app
Replies: 23
Views: 353

Re: Messenger app

Why use Messenger? Whatsapp seems to be the goto method of communication. Free texts, free calls, free video calls...

Al
by al_yrpal
6 Oct 2021, 2:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?
Replies: 67
Views: 833

Re: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?

Mike Sales wrote: 6 Oct 2021, 12:01pm
Do induction hob cookers have an oven, and if so, how does it work?
Induction hobs are usually paired with modern electric ovens. These ovens usually have a fan and elements at the top and in the floor. Thus the top elements can be used as a grill without the fan or as an ordinary oven with the elements in the top and floor.
I fitted a Bosch induction hob in my home in 2006 and never looked back. Being in a house with a gas hob was like going back to the Stone Age. I couldnt believe the time it took to boil a saucepan of water and took to using the electric kettle to get hot water.
In modern kitchen units if you take a hob out most induction hobs will fit straight in the hole and same goes for replacing the oven usually held in with two small screws. You do have to have a small clearance between the base of the hob and oven top to allow the hobs cooling fans to work. There does need to be a 30 amp electrical consumer unit nearby.

You can buy quite cheap £120 ish free standing twin induction hobs too. I believe these are ok plugged into a normal household socket. Only thing to watch is the suitability of cookware. Its got to be steel or have a steel insert in the base.

Al
by al_yrpal
6 Oct 2021, 8:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Name for residents of Wiltshire
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Name for residents of Wiltshire

francovendee wrote: 6 Oct 2021, 8:33am
al_yrpal wrote: 5 Oct 2021, 11:21pm My Moonraker is in its original 1980 colours. The last owners of our new house moved in in 1982. This is reflected in a lot of brown -woodwork, t and g ceilings, skirtings and various bits of woodwork. Its all getting painted white.

Al
Please, please don't change the colour of the camper. It's of it's time.
For certain that mix of colours will again be popular.
I had Raclet frame tent in those colours and loved it. :)
Yes thats exactly the way I feel about it. Since I have had it I have gradually been putting it back to its original state.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 11:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Name for residents of Wiltshire
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Name for residents of Wiltshire

My Moonraker is in its original 1980 colours. The last owners of our new house moved in in 1982. This is reflected in a lot of brown -woodwork, t and g ceilings, skirtings and various bits of woodwork. Its all getting painted white.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 7:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Assisted Dying
Replies: 78
Views: 1324

Re: Assisted Dying

We all realise that happens when the morphine appears, but depending on the Doctor thats variable.
My Mrs's greatest fear was dementia and right from the start of her illness she frequently said she just wanted to die peacefully. She had frequently nursed dying patients in her 44 year career as a specialist medical nurse and realised what she would have to go through. Her father and grandmother had died from dementia. Horrid...

Following four people with dementia and their families over the course of two whole years, exploring what it's really like to live with the condition over a period of time.

Read more about the programme here:https://tv24.co.uk/program/dementia-us- ... e-1-o1phd6


Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 5:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Assisted Dying
Replies: 78
Views: 1324

Assisted Dying

A couple of weeks ago we had to say goodbye to our 15 year old Collie Meg. It was very kind and peaceful and quite unlike the hell my poor wife suffered for 3 years with Lewy Body Dementia and an extremely painful collapsing spine...

I recieved this message from the Humanists. If you agree please support them by writing to a peer...
Hi,

We need your help.

In just three weeks, the House of Lords will debate legislation to end our country’s ban on assisted dying. If this bill commands enough support in the Lords it would be a historic victory – clearing the way for a lasting change in the law. We need your help to make this happen. Will you write to a peer today in support of Baroness Meacher’s assisted dying bill?

We’ve teamed up with Dignity in Dying to jointly call for a change in the law. Together we’ve prepared a template letter which we’d encourage you to put into your own words, as we know peers are more likely to respond to personalised, printed letters.

WRITE TO A PEER


Every week at least one Briton travels to Switzerland to end their life. Nine in ten members of the public want to see our prohibitive law reformed, and half of all doctors personally support this change. It is time for a change in the law.

By writing to a peer in support of this assisted dying bill we could help pave the way to making it a reality.

With thanks,

Keiron McCabe
Assisted Dying Campaigner
Humanists UK

P.S. Please do write to a peer today – it won’t take you long. But it will make a world of difference to those seeking an assisted death.
Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 5:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Facebook
Replies: 58
Views: 924

Re: Facebook

For me, the only good thing about Farcebook is the Marketplace. A great source of bargains as folk chuck useable stuff out.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 5:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Food Waste
Replies: 93
Views: 1453

Re: Food Waste

Back in the late 90s I was in Norway regularly with people who later became close friends. They had a farm and had converted a huge barn into 14 small self contained flatlets. These flatlets were all let to Eastern European butchers and abatoir workers who stayed for a year or two and went home with enough money to build a house. This type of work is not popular or particularly well paid. Perhaps we will have to rely on immigrants in the long term to fill the vacancies? Shortages of these workers is not a new problem. Our friends moved to the US but they retained the farm and letting units which even now produces a good retirement income

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 2:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Name for residents of Wiltshire
Replies: 25
Views: 407

Re: Name for residents of Wiltshire

My VW Devon Moonraker.... :roll:
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Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 1:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?
Replies: 67
Views: 833

Re: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?

I have an induction wok too I agree its not brilliant. But..you can buy thin steel flat bottomed woks. https://www.thai-food-online.co.uk/prod ... IkQAvD_BwE

I think that will solve your wok problem.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 12:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?
Replies: 67
Views: 833

Re: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?

661-Pete wrote: 5 Oct 2021, 12:03pm Emphatically - 'yes' - and I hope this doesn't sound like a boast. I suppose I learnt in my student days - once I discovered there was a better alternative to Vesta curries. This was to question a Pakistani fellow student about - yes! - how to make a decent curry. He duly provided me with a detailed recipe (which we still use, albeit minus the meat) and pointed out Asian shops where I could get the various spices.

It's quite possible that lots of people start off with a curry. It's the obvious thing that young folks want to learn about.

I think there are a few basics you need to master. One is chopping onions: not entirely intuitive and the cause of many sliced fingers! Another is making an omelette: I do a passable omelette but it'd never satisfy the likes of Masterchef or Michel Roux ... no matter, we like it! And thirdly, cooking rice without it congealing into a gooey mess (note: this does not apply to risotto or sushi rice which are meant to be sticky).

Next: I'm fully aware that this is not the right solution to the Climate crisis, but we much prefer cooking on our gas hob. Electric 'simmerstat' type hobs won't produce anything like as good a result, especially with something like Béchamel (white sauce). [did I mention Béchamel as another skill a budding Masterchef needs to master? Quite difficult].

Induction hob? Never tried one - would welcome comments since we may invest in one if the gas one needs changing out.

I'm much impressed with Al's comprehensive list (you could open a restaurant with that lot Al!) - and a surprising amount of overlap with our own recipe list - especially seeing as ours is meat-free.
Pete, go for an induction hob, you will never look back! So fast to boil, fantastically controlable. In our last house 1 year ago we bought an AEG one, it was wonderful. Got an AGA now :( It works but v expensive to run. However it does seem to keep the whole house warm. Havent used the CH yet...

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 11:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?
Replies: 67
Views: 833

Re: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?

I have a couple of Delia books. I have noticed that her recipes often have glaring mistakes. My favourite Chef is Ainsley, his recipes often have strong flavours which I like. His Meals in Minutes stuff works - Shepherds Pie in 30 minutes! Ainsleys BBQ Bible is excellent. All possibly out of print but available s/h from Amazon.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Oct 2021, 8:48am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?
Replies: 67
Views: 833

Re: Can You Cook & When Did You Learn?

Yes, I learned about 30 years ago when my Mrs broke her ankle and couldnt stand in the kitchen. I was running my business at that time and found cooking after work very relaxing. In our new marriage I still do most of the cooking but Eileen is a very traditional eater and fancy or foreign food is not her favourite. I dont usually cook curries from scratch because of the availability of excellent preprepared sauces. I did write down a list of what I can cook...

Bolognese
Chilli con Carne
Liver and Bacon
Chicken Raz al Hanout sweet potatoes
Mushroom rissoto
Fish Pie
Lamb Chops
Pork Chirozo and chick peas
Steak and chips
Pork chops
Sausage and Pasta
Sausage and lentil lash up
Curry with sauce
Cottage Pie
Shepherds Pie 
Aldi Thai Fishcakes
Nice Pies
Chicken new potatoes and salad
Hake with rice
Beef Florentine
Lamb Tagine
Roast beef dinner
Corned beef hash
Pizza
Lasagne
Paella
Tomato soup
Carrot and red lentil tomato soup
Potage bonne femme
Belly Pork
Duck
Sausage and Mash
Beef casserole
Lamb Shanks
Gammon knuckle
Moules Mariniere
Thai from scratch
Cornish Pasties

Al
by al_yrpal
4 Oct 2021, 10:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30591

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

No probs John. Enjoy the fish! :D

Al
by al_yrpal
4 Oct 2021, 10:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 1160
Views: 30591

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Oldjohnw wrote: 4 Oct 2021, 9:27am Good gracious. I had never been to Waitrose until I moved. I live nowhere near Clarkson. Waitrose shopping has been no more expensive than we used to pay at Tesco. Our shopping total has been exactly the same. None of our fruit or veg is plastic wrapped except for soft fruit when in season.

And if I did want to spend money on dearer food rather than more miles it is my affair entirely.
Waitrose Stratford on Avon. Cant get more upmarket than that. Have you visited the fish counter? :lol:

Oops! :oops: I thought all lefties might have a sense of humour.. ?

Al