Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
For the dough
1 sachet dried yeast
175ml/6fl oz lukewarm water
250g/9oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
1 tsp caraway seeds
olive oil, for brushing
sea salt flakes, for sprinkling
For the filling
1 onion, finely chopped
½ large stick celery, finely chopped
2 tbsp thyme, leaves picked and chopped
4 tbsp flatleaf parsley, chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
500g/1lb 2oz fillet steak, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2. For the dough, add the yeast to the warm water and mix to dissolve.
3. Mix the flour, salt and caraway seeds in a bowl. Add the yeast and water mixture to the flour and mix to form a dough.
4. On a floured work surface, knead the dough for ten minutes.
5. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and place in bowls. Cover the bowls with a tea towel or cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
6. Meanwhile, for the filling, place the onion, celery, thyme, parsley, coriander and meat into a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.
7. To make the medfouna, once the dough has risen, roll out both portions into large rounds the size of a dinner plate.
8. Place one of the dough rounds on a baking tray. Place the filling on top and spread evenly, leaving a 2cm/1in edge. Brush the edge with a little water. Place the second dough round on top and press the edges gently together to seal the bread.
9. Brush the top with some olive oil and sprinkle lightly with sea salt flakes, taking care not to oversalt the bread.
10. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown.
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Whitley Bay Operatic Society excelled themselves and a fun night was had by all. Great set, great voices and great comic acting....if I could I'd be back there tonight for the final performance! Their next production is Jeckyll and Hyde - The Musical, October 6th - 11th....I vote we book advance tickets! I promised Bex I would post a link to the currently running London production website (which is definitely worth a click, and possibly even a trip down to the smoke!) Little Shop of Horrors
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Complete Letter-writer Containing Familiar Letters on the Most Common Occasions in Life, Also a Variety of Elegant Letters for the Direction and Embellishment of Style, ...
Don't scratch your head when you've got a letter to write, dip into this tome, there's bound to be just the right missive for your purpose......plus, it's a damned entertaining read!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Invasion of the Yellow Ducks, BBC Radio4
"How thousands of yellow plastic bath ducks set off on a long voyage that has seen them become unwitting celebrities and key players in cutting edge scientific research.
The story began in 1992 when a container ship en route from Hong Kong to the USA ran into trouble in the Pacific Ocean. As the ship rolled violently in heavy seas, several of the containers tipped into the sea. At least one of them burst open and one of the world's great journeys started for around 29,000 plastic bath toys. An epic that continues to this day...
Clive Anderson continues the tale."
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Play Dr Ku, The Kitchen
Another bit of Scottish and Newcastle's city centre site bites the dust. It brought back memories of when I worked on the 12th floor of Wellbar House in the 70's (both now also long-gone!) ....sunny afternoons, windows open.....the heady smell of hops in the air.....zzzzzzzz
The Scottish and Newcastle site is being cleared to make way for Newcastle Science City
UPDATE....apparently it collapsed under the weight of a steam thresher in 1877 and was rebuilt, eventually being replaced in 1903. Source: Bridges on the Tyne (though they give the cost of building the original as £5,000 not £50,000) Amazing thing this internet, especially when you're avoiding a pile of dirty dishes!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
"A mother duck braved traffic and a housing estate during a TWO-MILE chase to rescue her babies from a sewer.
The six ducklings fell down an underground access and were swept away – but mum could not fit through it. So the mallard followed their frantic quacks overground across two main roads and a railway line until they stopped under a manhole in Gosforth, Newcastle.
She then sat quacking loudly for at least four hours until jogger Peter Elliott, 59, and daughter Vicki Jefferson, 30, stopped to see what was wrong with her." Read the rest of this cliff-hanger story here
A BIT LATER, AND VIRTUALLY UNRELATED....The ducky footprints on the map reminded me of when Jimmy Carter visited Newcastle in 1977 (look, it's a long story involving mapping where he could take comfort breaks.....you really don't want to know!) Found this on Youtube, apparently he had an eagle-eyed sidekick who spotted some grafitti on a wall on the way from the airport....
Link to Newcastle Photos
Does what it says on the tin
"Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help."
Jump right in and Try Foldit........feel better about timewasting!
Found this, celebrating the winter solstice in all it's forms, at Na Bula Bula.....always my first port-of-call when I want music that's just that little bit out of the ordinary (first dicovered when I wanted some background music for a family, middle-eastern themed feast). You can download the whole CD/LP via RapidShare, links at the bottom of the post (the first file, 0, is the album art should you want it, links 1 and 2 take you straight to the music download pages....you may have to wait a few minutes before downloading the 2nd file if you're using the 'free' option as I do) Files are in .rar format, to unzip you'll need Winrar installed....download it free here
Enough blether, here's a taster from Georgia.....
Friday, June 20, 2008
"Sörgel first publicised his ideas in his 1929 book Mittelmeer-Senkung, Sahara-Bewässerung, Panropaprojekt (‘Lowering the Mediterranean, Irrigating the Sahara: the Panropa Project’), reiterating and specifying them in Atlantropa (1932). Later versions of the project included plans to create a series of giant lakes in Central Africa (Sörgel’s father, significantly, pioneered hydroelectricity in Bavaria)." Go read......
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"'Inanimate Alice' tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad.
Over ten episodes, each a self contained story, we see Alice grow from an eight year old living with her parents in a remote region of Northern China to a talented mid-twenties animator and designer with the biggest games company in the world."
Jump straight in and play Inanimate Alice Episode 4 (because we all know that starting at the beginning is just for big girl's blouses and about on the same level as 'reading the manual'!)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
.....found an original, yellowing, partial copy of one of the classic comics in a dusty cupboard. Did a google and found a downloadable boardgame. Possibility for the end-of-term party on the 18th July perhaps? (.....assuming everyone is talking to everyone else this year!).....and not forgetting I've got a resited work plotter to test and a pile of foam board to recycle (cans of spray mount a given!)
LATER....And the film that (I guess) never got made....
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"A live tv production of Frankenstein from the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. Legend has it that Lon Chaney Jr. (playing the monster) was unaware that it wasn't a rehearsal, so rather than break up props as planned, he simply put them down."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Another file uploaded to acrobat.com....it's worth signing up to try. It's not just the generous file storage....there's an online word processor, the ability to convert up to 5 documents (of various formats) to pdf a month and 'sharing' options including video/audio conferencing, a whiteboard and shared desktops. All free.....at the moment!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Play Deep Chalk - Second Phase here
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Listen to a BBC Radio4 programme about the Category D villages....
....y'know, you might just recognise a few popular clips and references. The tune's kinda catchy too!