These birds are ungrateful little buggers. Chuck them a bit of bread, take their photos, and what do you get in return? A truck covered in Sea-bird poo.
10th Apr 2008, 17:41
As the sun was setting, the shadows became longer and the colours warmer.
To get out and about with the camera was a welcome break from banging my head against the laptop's screen, struggling with some very heavy translation of dutch legalese. Pages and pages and pages of the stuff. Finished my bit today though, we're pretty much up to date with the dutch language site now, bit of a break from it for a few days untill the next wave of "comment and reaction" comes through next week. Once the politions realise "Lucia de B" is a safe bet they'll stick their heads above the parapet and start throwing their opinions about.
10th Apr 2008, 17:09
10th Apr 2008, 15:00
This little feller has been waking me up at six am every day for the last nine days.
I'll be glad to get back to work for some peace and quiet.
For such a tiny bird the Wren makes one almighty racket!
6th Apr 2008, 17:17
It's Sunday afternoon, the sun's shining for the first time all week, and?
I'm at work. Of course. Had to be.
This wee monster will be attempting to get close to Paddington station at lunchtime on Monday.
Should be a barrel of laughs.
6th Apr 2008, 16:46
Baked loads of these cheesy cookies yesterday, they were YUM!
All gone now.
6th Apr 2008, 14:41
That's a bit personal ain't it??
4th Apr 2008, 21:30
(adapted from the original 'coz that had no base to it)
I Luuuurve Cheesecake! I could live off cheesecake and roast chicken, that's all.
For the base, 2/3 pack of digestive biscuits a hand full of unrefined sugar and about 50gr butter, all mixed up in the mix-up machine. The butter and sugar, distributed through the biscuit crumbs will melt in the oven, then later cool down and solidificate, thus holding the base together. All very scientific you know.
The other ingredients;
250gr Ricotta cheese
250gr Cottage cheese
Two whole eggs
3/4 cup of sugar (can be leant from that good looking neighbour you've been meaning to chat-up)
A couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and a tablespoon of lemon rasp (I cheated, it's from a pot)
2tb flour and 2tb cornflour(starch)
A few drops of vanilla essence.
They all get seasick in the mixer for a while and then get poured over the crumbly base that I forgot to mention needed spreading out in a (buttered) "springvorm" (one of those cake tins that come apart at the end of cooking so you can get the thing out without totally destroying it all)
This then goes into a pre-heated oven at 160-180 degrees C for ages and ages (about an hour and a half) then, when it goes "ping" LEAVE IT IN THERE! For another hour and a half to cool down completely.
Spread the sour-cream over as a topping, it's quite thick of itself so won't run all over the sides, the way I was afraid it might.
Stick it in the fridge and try to keep off it for at least a couple of hours (not easy, let me tell you) preferably overnight (yeah, right) as it'll taste even better the next day.
Right that's MY cake sorted for tomorrow, now, what will we give to the guests?