A Good Start

“I always start the day with good intentions. Then I get out of bed and that’s usually when it all goes wrong!” – unknown

23rd January 2020 – Word challenges Clear from Fandango and Out of my back door from RDP

The year got off to a very good organised start. I have a month of challenges written for Weekly Prompts (including February), and almost all my Nan’s Farm responses are written.

For Christmas, son Joss gave me an Air Fryer; he tells me I once mentioned I’d like one, well, seems he has a better memory than me because I can’t remember that conversation!

IMG_4179It’s a very large machine, and I have nowhere to put it, I’m not a fan of kitchen equipment littering up the work surfaces so it seems very clear  that I should invest in a tall freestanding cupboard. 

Eldest daughter Victoria suggested I loan out some of my kitchen gadgets on a rota basis to the family and that way I would have a couple of empty shelves “After all, once the novelty has worn off, you hardly use any of them!

ChipsLast week I experimented with making chips (fries), and as the chief taster I had to eat a chip butty every day! The recipe booklet suggested frozen chips from a packet, but I wanted to cook fresh ones, and finally, I perfected the taste.

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Parboil the chipped potatoes, allow to dry, place on kitchen paper, spray with light spray oil, season with chip seasoning and a little sea salt, tip into the basket and cook for 15-20 minutes!

I even cooked a plateful for my family next door to try. Later Victoria gave me feedback.

Apparently, the chips tasted of bleach, and knowing how I prepare food in advance, she wondered if the chipped potatoes had been soaking in cold water for a few hours, she was thinking here of chlorine in the tap water. I confirmed they had, but what I didn’t say was that I’d previously cleaned and bleached my kitchen sink before soaking the potatoes in the little half sink – Oops!

Brown CowA couple of weeks ago when Looking out of my backdoor, I saw that Richard, the farmer who rents my land, had brought eight Tups (rams) and ten young heifers to winter here. The fields have been bare since the beginning of September, so for me, these animals were a very welcome sight. And isn’t this one pretty, just look at her fringe.

IMG_4173On Monday, my friend Jackie came over, daughter Sophie came up too and brought her sewing machine. We were answering the Australian call for help with animal pouches, Sophie and Jackie spent the morning sewing, and my time was spent finishing off one of my knitted Joey pouches.

Data SwitchYesterday with Sophie, I drove over to Bradford to pick up a new data switch for my tech cupboard. The data switch connects my equipment to the Broadband router – devices such as computers, CCTV, televisions and Sky TV. A couple of the devices had lost their connection to Broadband, and our usual tech engineer said it sounded as though the switch could have developed a fault, so rather than paying a call-out fee I said I’d pick one up and fit it myself.

I enjoy visiting CCL, I’ve bought computer parts from them before, and a few years back they built a computer for me that was to my exact specification. The company also specialises in gaming equipment (not that I ever play computer games), so while I was waiting, I couldn’t resist going into the showroom for a look around. The lit-up colours of the see-through computer towers and keyboards fascinated me (see below).

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After completing my transaction at CCL, we drove a mile down the road to Tong village and called in at the very large garden centre for lunch.

IMG_4170My plate of food looked extremely appetising, but there was far too much for one person and I wasted half of it, and not only that, but it did not live up to my high expectations. I ate the salad and onion rings first and enjoyed both, then I tried the chips, they were cooked well enough but unfortunately they were flavourless. The cheese on the burger had a good strong flavour, but the burger itself was unseasoned, leaving me to conclude that my home-made burger prep is far superior to the one here.

© SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Word challenges CLEAR from Fandango and My Back Door from the Rag Tag Community.

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33 thoughts on “A Good Start

  1. My husband mentioned an air fryer a couple of years ago. No, we have not bought one. We don’t fry anyway–so why would he want an air fryer? I don’t like gadget-y type things. Give me a pot with a lid and a baking dish and I am happy. Shame about your lunch, because it does look very yummy.

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    1. No! I love gadgets!
      I don’t fry either unless for browning. I do love chips but never deep fry, always done in the oven and never from shop bought frozen. Thank you Lois.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I’d like to know what an instant pot is too!

    I haven’t purchased any new kitchen gadgets or equipment in years. Still using stuff from when I was first married…in 1961. There’s some wear and tear to be sure, but everything works just fine.

    I know several people who have an Air Fryer and they love it.

    You brought a big smile to my face with the pic of the heifers. I love seeing them in your posts. She is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m very jealous that she has more hair on her head than I do. Lol.

    Kudos to you and Sophie and Jackie for making animal pouches for Australia. What a horribly sad situation there.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Good evening Ginger, it’s just after 10.15 PM here and almost my bedtime!
      The instant pot sounds very interesting, I hope she lets us know.

      I just love gadgets, cooking and otherwise. I do like the air fryer and am planning on trying other foods next week.

      I agree, the fires have been absolutely heart breaking. I have a number of friends doing what they can. Brian, one of my Australian blogging friends tells me that the pouches are always needed aside of the fires.

      Thank you, Ginger 🙂

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  3. I enjoyed this post very much Sue 🙂 I like some kitchen gadgets but not big electrical ones. A good idea to loan out to make space. I make chips in the oven, cut potatoes, place on tray, drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper only turn once. It is shame about the bleach chips and the good looking but tasteless lunch. Thanks for a glimpse out of your backdoor at the cows

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    1. Brian, how come I didn’t notice you were setting challenges for the RDP ladies group? Does this mean you’ve become an honorary lady 😂😂

      Back to business – Your chips sound exactly the same as I always cooked them, except I usually use 1 cal light spray and the taste is just the same! Thanks, Brian, 🙂

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      1. Yes Sue, I don my skirt every last two Thursdays of the month as a Ragtag prompter. I was accepted to balance out gender bias lol It has been lots of fun. Some prompts have fallen flat others have elicited great responses.
        I am not sure about oil sprays. Added unnecessary chemicals for my liking. Fresh is best in my cooking but I may be a bit OCD in the kitchen 😀 😀

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      2. Sorry I didn’t notice your prompts before now.
        I understand about some prompts falling flat, it happens to us too. Luck of the draw I guess!

        And perhaps I should check the ingredients of the oil spray for unwanted chemicals.

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      3. I didn’t do a grand announcement, just snuck in and went about prompting. I was buoyed by my first one, Pebbles, good contribution response
        Yes I always read labels now, mainly to discover made in Australia so I buy “local”

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      4. I remember once checking the labels on the high-quality fruit and vegetables at a Marks and Spencer food hall, and whereas I expect some food to come from abroad because of our climate, I was shocked that everything I picked up came from overseas!

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      5. That is so wrong. Aust supermarkets are phasing out Aust products on their shelve for “their own brand” which are imported food. This world is becoming ridiculous with shifting food around the globe when our (incl English here) own farmers produce the same food with better regulations as to chemical and synthetic fertiliser use which is safer and better for our communities and children. Farmers Markets are the best way to buy food even if you have to travel to buy what you know and love

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      6. My local supermarket have their own beef farms here in Yorkshire and the vegetables are all home grown too. Much of the fruit needs to be imported but otherwise most supermarkets do well. I was shocked at M &S’s imports!

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      7. I shop at a local butcher, not supermarket and at a local fruit and veg. Always buy fresh. The supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths) are becoming devious and not trustful in the products they sell. If an item has less than 20% Aust content they say it’s Australian. Or if it is packed in Australia from OS produce it has a made in Aust label. This world is mad

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      8. My daughter and I were saying only yesterday that we should switch to a local farm shop owned by my farmer’s family, the one who rents my land, and take our own containers to avoid plastic bags.

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  4. As a plumber in the Kitchen, I’m very much a hands on cook Sue, and like to cook using basic appliances, I use my verandah BBQ mostly, my oven and cook-top. All my gadgets, mostly gifts, are packed away in my cupboard…. …Wow ..I was going to say…. that lunch meal would be far too much for me Sue…. xxx

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    1. I think it was the size of the burger, it was too much and it had bacon inside too. It’s okay adding other fillings and flavours, but you have to get the seasoning of the main dish just right! Thank you, Ivor 🙂

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  5. So, obviously that garden centre don’t soak their chips in bleachy water, hence the lack of flavour. 😀 Yes, the heifer is really cute. I’ve never owned an air fryer but I know my my daughter has a once used one cluttering up her kitchen top. The Joey pouch is lovely. What a great project!

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    1. Haha, not even bleach! Next time I will soak in a saucepan. I’m sure I never mentioned wanting an air fryer, but now I have one I ought to make the most of it and experiment with different foods. It’s very clean too, all it needs a quick wipe with a warm damp cloth after use, not what I expected at all, and there’s no nasty frying smell either. Thank you, Sylvia. 🙂

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  6. Victoria’s idea is a great one! Family members who live near each other should share kitchen/cooking gadgets! All have turns and have fun with them. You know, instead of everyone owning all of the same things. 🙂

    Love the pouches! How helpful, kind, and sweet. Gets me teary-eyed to think of all of the animals that have suffered or died. And those who will have a recovery time of pain and confusion. 😦

    That heifer is sweet and her hairdo is spectacular! 😉
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Love the quote! Haven’t we all been there, done that. 😉 😛

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    1. I agree, Carolyn and I think Victoria has a point. My slow cooker already lives in her kitchen because she uses it more than I do! The kids already borrow my Karcher window cleaner as and when needed.
      The weirdest request I ever had came from the tight-fisted farmer next door. He asked if he could borrow my newspaper because ”We don’t buy one”!! 🙂

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      1. He never followed through and neither did we, but what a strange request. It was like saying I never cook bolognese so can I have your leftovers!! 🙂

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  7. I like the idea of that fryer, although the bleach was unfortunate; congratulations again on the pouches; I hope the data tech thingy does the job; even I might have been daunted by that plate of food.

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    1. The data switch hasn’t done the job, I’ve now booked a call-out. but the guy is puzzled before he even gets here! There is so much wiring so I’m just hoping it’s a loose wire somewhere that I’ve not spotted. Thank you Derrick

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  8. It seems to me that we have lost the art of making proper chips. Cut, par boil, dry, cook in beef dripping, pause and fry for a second time. Frozen chips have spoiled it.

    I don’t like burgers that are too stacked so that they have to be dismantled before eating. My favourite is a McDonalds double cheeseburger – the right size and the right price!

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    1. I agree with you. Posher restaurants now have these chips on the menu as triple cooked as if they’re something new!
      Like you, If I’m eating out and having chips I want proper tasty ones. At home I’ll skip the fat.
      I hadn’t realised what I was doing until it was pointed out that everywhere I go I order a burger and then start to compere with my own! That’s not true, sometimes I order Scampi!😂
      Thank you, Andrew.

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