“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!
It’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!”
Last 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.
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!
A 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.
On 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.
Yesterday 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).
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.
My 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.