Tuesday, April 08, 2014

#594 Chain

I've been using a chain link extractor to take chains on and off bikes for . . . . more than 55 years!
Not a bad average - first broken chain ever.
Luckily only had to walk a couple of K back home.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

#592 Skype!

Tom just Skyped from the depths of Laos, using an iPod Touch.
Fantastic connection, almost as if he were next door!
Hooray for technology.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

#591 Scandinavia

This may happen (or it may not).
Stockholm to Amsterdam about 1,400km in two weeks,
Hopefully / maybe in July. Not many mountains but it could be windy.
Smörgåsbord at the Ready!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

#588 March 19

Our Fallas Fiesta is this week. On Wednesday the dozen or so that have been built specially for the fiesta get set on fire. This is out local one.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#587 Greek

I'm not buying any more books (for at least a week):

Monday, March 10, 2014

#586 Down Murcia Way

It was supposed to be a loop. After going uphill for nearly two hours on very very crap, grit, gravel, small stone, large stone and boulder track my Garmin stopped - so I did as well. Totally lost I did the sensible thing and turned round. It felt even steeper coming back down  but even descending like a baby I was back in half the time.

Note: Fat Bikes are better on the beach.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

#585 Cogito ergo sum

I realised I know nothing about Kant!
And I've been enjoying A. A. Gill's Sunday Times back page,
so I'm investigating some of his books.

Friday, February 28, 2014

#584 Birthday.

Sally's birthday - we went for lunch.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#583 Old Stuff

Just about finished my early220.blogspot.com site.
In time for 220 Magazine's 25th Birthday in March.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

#582 Fat Orange and Trek Farley

My resprayed Fatty with new carbon forks.

Borrowed for the morning from my LBS a Trek Farley.
It's a bit lighter by a kilo but costs 500€ more.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#581 Click to Fix

New floor in our kitchen. Easy to install (as long as you have four hands).

Saturday, February 15, 2014

#580 Salt Baked Sea Bass

Salt Baked Sea Bass with Orange Carrots

Followed by:

White Chocolate, Cardamon, Pistachio and Rose Pannacotta.

Friday, February 14, 2014

#579 Shorts (and T shirts)

Even the wind is warm :-)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

#574 Weather today will mostly be . . . . . .

. . . . . even warmer on our terraza :- )

Friday, January 17, 2014

#573 Onion Soup

Onion Soup: gently fry two onions for at least half an hour - with a secret ingredient, three or four pieces of Star Anise. Once fried to a nice medium brown (but not burnt, hopefully) add chicken stock and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes. Add some salt and pepper. Done.

If you are French, grate Gruyere cheese on top and grill.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

#571 Stock to be.

Bits of vegetables and chicken, simmered for four or five hours - et voilà!
And the next day - Chicken Broth from the stock
with new vegetables and chicken.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

#567 Chilli con Carne

350 grams Beef minced by your friendly butcher
1 Onion, red but if not, any colour.
4 cloves of Garlic
2 tablespoons of Chorizo chopped into minute pieces
1 tin Tomato pulp
1 big spoon of concentrated tomato or perhaps a squirt of Heinz tomato sauce

Cumin, Cinnamon, various Chilli Peppers all ground up.
(a variety of peppers is good; hot, spicy, smokey, paprika - you choose).
Salt and Black pepper

1 Jar or tin of cooked red beans

Juice of one Lime
Sour Cream

Heat a strong solid frying pan till it is very very hot.
Fry the meat, keep stirring, it will start to stick but don’t worry, water will eventually come out, keep frying until it starts to brown - stop and set aside.

Fry the onions till transparent, add garlic then spices then tomatoes.
Add some water if it’s thick and stogy (or red wine, stock or even strong black coffee).
Add back the fried meat and cook very slowly for 40 minutes,
Add red beans for five minutes more.
Salt and Pepper to your taste.
Squeeze on some lime juice.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream plus any side dishes; rice, vegetables, guacamole as you wish.
Enough here for four or two servings and freeze the other half.
Left overs are good with a baked potato.

#566 Jay's Birthday

It's Jay's birthday today.
Here is a photo I took earlier.
He is with Mika, Gloria, Bella, Helenium and Eomer.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Sunday, December 01, 2013

#564 Blue

It really was this blue.

Friday, November 29, 2013

#563 "Chinese" Chicken & Pineapple

This is a recipe that we have been using for the last 40+ years.
It came from the Len Deighton's Action Cook Book.

Some cooked chicken
Small tin of Pineapple chunks
Any type of Onion roughly chopped
Finely cut or minced fresh Ginger, Garlic, Chilli

Sauce (in tablespoons):
2 heaped Dark Brown Sugar
2 Sarson's Malt Vinegar (or other)
1 Kikkoman Soya Sauce (or other)
Half tablespoon Maize Starch.
Liquid from the tin of Pineapple

Oil for frying, preferably Coconut Oil.

Fry onions till transparent, add Ginger, Garlic and Chilli and fry 2 minutes more.
Add sauce and cook on low heat, keep stirring until the starch is properly cooked and the sauce has become thick.

Add cooked Chicken bring up to temperature then add Pineapple.
If the sauce is too thick for your liking add some water or juice.

Can be served with noodles or rice.
Can be garnished with Coriander or Mint.
That's it.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

#562 More Fat Please

Stopped by the Guardia Civil for riding a bike and laughing at the same time  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#561 eBay

Bought in 1987 and for sale in 2013. My very old Campagnolo Delta brakes are now under the hammer on eBay.  Sold €177.

Bought a year later in 1988 my Jean Paul Gaultier suit is also up for bidding. Reserved at US$50 it's a bit of a long shot, but still . . . .

A few years ago I sold a Campagnolo Disc back wheel on eBay for US$710 it was a very rare and sort after item and luckily for me two bidders went head to head for it - which was nice :-)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

#560 Granola

Jay's Dad's Granola now being made by Jay in Amsterdam from the same family recipe that we've had since 1969 when we were goat-keeping hippies.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

#559 I've got a New Bike.

I've got a new bike, it's for riding up and down the beach.
It's got 4" tyres and quite heavy at nearly 16kg,
but our beach is flat so shouldn't be too much of a problem.

On-One Fatty.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

#558 Very Old Vinyl

I *could* play my old vinyl but it's easier to call up Spotify or even YouTube - you don't have to get up and turn the LP over (although having free Spotify I have to mute the ads between each track).

Love - Forever Changes

Terry Riley - Rainbow in Curved Air

Swingle Singers & the MJQ - Place Vendôme

Sunday, November 03, 2013

#557 Red to Green

My touring bike resprayed.

Vicente with his Spray Gun.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#555 Phew!

After spending 12€on a long wire prodder, 6€ on Dangerous Chemicals, a 25€ Call-out Plumbers charge and finally 120€ on the man with the lorry mounted water rocket we have a clean and unblocked Khazi :- )