February 18th, 2020

Bedtime reading

Book number 6

I have accepted a challenge to post seven books that I love. I'm supposed to tag someone else to do the challenge, but I'm going to leave it up to you. Do it if you want, or not. I'm also going to break the "rules" and say a little about why I've chosen each book.

Book No. 6 "Rivers of London". This series has all the elements I enjoyed from Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, but for adults. I also like London. I lived there for a couple of years from 1972-74 and in recent years we visit at least once a year. Having done all the usual tourist stuff decades ago, we mostly just walk around exploring. By coincidence, I saw an advert yesterday for the latest book in the series which will be out in a few days time.

Tomato timer

Experiments in cookery

Brexit stockpile cooking, experiment No. 2: Whereas the spag bol made with tinned mince was edible and perfectly acceptable if there was nothing better available, curry made with tinned stewed steak worked really well and I will definitely make this again. Normally I would use fresh minced beef in this sort of curry, but the mushiness of the tinned stewed steak was perfect.

Basically it was an onion, a small carrot, two small peppers (one slightly squashed red one and one green), two cloves of garlic, and the end of a stick of celery (about 2 inches long). I had meant to throw in a few frozen peas, but forgot, but basically whatever veg you have available. Chop the veg fairly small and fry gently in some oil. I use a wok, but a large pan is fine. Once the veg has softened a little, stir in 3 well-rounded teaspoons of curry powder (or to taste). Add one tin of chopped tomatoes and one tin of stewed steak. Stir it all up and heat through and simmer gently until the rice has finished cooking. Stir in a sprinkle of garam masala before serving. It made 4 good helpings.

Gwynfynydd Goldmine

I've finally finished editing another video for my YouTube channel. A walk to the old goldmine at Gwynfynydd. I shot the video on 29 December and editing has taken a while due to computer problems, but I hope to be a bit faster next time. There are subtitles in both Welsh and English. Just click on the subtitles button and choose language.