Friday, 31 August 2012

# 261 Roast Pork Joint

I love a good roast, don't you? If you replied yes to that than please allow me to suggest this lovely roast pork for your Sunday lunch.

Prepare the meat the night before or at least a couple of hours before it's time to put it in the oven.

Roast Pork Joint

Pork joint
Drizzle of olive oil
Good pinch of salt
Approx. 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, ground paprika, chili flakes

Cut a length of cling film big enough to wrap the pork joint and lay it out on your kitchen counter. Drizzle a little olive oil and then add the salt, thyme, paprika and chili flakes.

Make sure the pork joint is covered in this marinade and wrap tightly in the cling film. Keep in the fridge until cooking time.

To roast remove the cling film, place the meat in an oven proof dish and cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 ºC/Gas Mark 5. Cooking time will depend on the size of your pork joint, mine took about 90 minutes. Don't forget to turn the meat half way through so it's nice and brown on both sides.

Serve with roast potatoes and vegetables or salad. It also goes well with chips or white rice.



Thursday, 30 August 2012

# 260 Photo Friday: Quiet

Another week, another photo challenge. This time the theme is Quiet and this is my entry.

I think this photo was taken either last year or the year before at around Christmas time and it shows an unusually quiet High Street.

Tomorrow there'll be a new theme and if you'd like to take part or simply browse through other people's entries just click on the button you find at the bottom of the side bar.


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

# 259 Yogurt and lime jelly cheesecake

This cheesecake is my own creation and surprisingly it turned out much better than expected. It's very easy to make the only downside being that it takes a few hours to set but it's worth the wait. I used lime jelly but I think it would work just as well with any other flavour. Here's the recipe, hope you like it.

Yogurt and lime jelly cheesecake

300g rich tea biscuits, crushed
150g butter, melted
200g condensed milk
400g natural live set yogurt (I used a very low fat one)
1/2 packet of lime jelly ( I used the one from Hartley's)

In a bowl mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter and put in a springform tin, spread this mixture evenly with the back of a spoon. Put in the fridge to chill.

Place the lime jelly cubes in a jug and add boiling water up to the 140ml mark, stir to dissolve. Add cold water up to the 200ml mark and set aside for a few minutes until it starts to set.

In another bowl (or you can do as I did and use the same bowl where you mixed the crushed biscuits with the butter) pour the condensed milk and yogurt and beat until well combined. Add the jelly and mix well, then pour this mixture over the biscuit base. Keep in the fridge for a few hours until it sets.



Monday, 27 August 2012

# 258 Weekend outing: Ashton Court Estate

The rain has been falling steady for the last couple of hours after a few scattered showers in the morning. Luckily yesterday was dry and sunny and after another short visit to IKEA we went to Ashston Court, a huge estate just a couple of miles from the centre of Bristol and what a great place it is for a day out. If you'd like to visit you can learn more here.

The mansion is used only for corporate events and weddings but the rest of the estate is open to the public.

The mansion

The gardens are not big but very pretty, there are plenty of grassed areas, a wood and many footpaths to explore but best of all are the views over Bristol which are just amazing.

A lovely rose in the small rose garden

View over Bristol

There are a few more pictures over on my Flickr album if you'd like to see them.

Wishing you all a great start to the week.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

# 257 Photo Friday: Summer Colours

Most children, when they go to the beach, prefer the water and splashing about in it. But not A., he does like to go for a swim and to splash about in the pools of water in the rocks but what he really loves is the sand. Digging holes, finger drawing and rolling in the sand so he gets covered in it from head to toe is his thing!

This is my entry for the Photo Friday challenge. To take part and/or to see the other entries please scroll down the side bar and click on the Photo Friday button.


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

# 256 Easy Pork Stroganoff

Easy and tasty, this recipe works just as well with turkey steaks cut into thin strips. Hope you enjoy it.

Easy Pork Stroganoff

400g stir fry pork (or turkey)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 chicken or pork stock cube dissolved in a mug of boiling water
2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
1 teaspoon clear honey
150ml double or single cream
Olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the pork for a couple of minutes stirring to make sure it's no longer pink. Fry the pork in batches if needed, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.

Add the onion and garlic to the olive oil and cook for a few minutes until the onion softens. Then add the pork and the stock and simmer for a few minutes before adding the mustard, honey and cream. Cook for 5 minutes more and serve immediately with white rice, chips or boiled potatoes.



Monday, 20 August 2012

# 255 Weekend outing: Blaise Castle Estate

With only 2 weeks to go before school starts, this past Saturday and Sunday saw us busy shopping for A. New school uniform, shoes, a new bag to meet the school requirements, other school related bits and pieces (and there are still one or 2 items that need to be bought before September 3rd) and a new mattress which we got from IKEA yesterday. While there we enjoyed a slice of cake and a hot drink in the cafeteria before heading to the Blaise Castle Estate to burn off the calories in the cake :-)

The Blaise Castle Estate is a huge park in Bristol and well worth a visit. Besides the walks we enjoyed the House Museum and the folly which happened to be open yesterday thanks to a group of volunteers.

The House Museum

The folly

The museum houses a very interesting collection of objects found in the home such as Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen equipment, old toys and dolls, some period costumes, etc.

During primary school I actually sat on a desk very much like these.

Vacuum cleaners

Toilet bowl

Laundry equipment
The folly is the one featured in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey and is representative of the gothic architecture built in Bristol at the time.


Thursday, 16 August 2012

# 254 Photo Friday: Raw

If you like photography, no matter your skill level, you may want to take part in this weekly photo challenge. You'll find the link on the side bar at the bottom

The theme posted last Friday is Raw and this my entry, a few sweet chestnuts from a chestnut tree in one of the National Trust properties we visited last Autumn.


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

# 253 A trip down memory lane

A surprise arrived in the mail today for A., the Collector's Edition of The Famous Five, the original TV series of the 70s.  We pre-ordered it last month from Amazon and it arrived today, A. has already watched Disc 1 and is now on Disc 2 and loving it.

The Famous Five was one of my favourite TV series and the books were read again and again.  My love of reading began with one of Enid Blyton's books from the Malory Towers series, a birthday gift from a favourite aunt.  From then on me, my sister and a boy we used to play with would save any money we were given to buy more books which we would then swap amongst us. I still have my well thumbed Famous Five books somewhere.

When A. started reading on his own he started with The Famous Five adventures too. Just like me he prefers to read about the adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy than those of the Secret Seven!

As a child what were your favourite books and TV series?


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

# 252 Weekend outing: Dudmaston Estate

Dudmaston Hall is a National Trust property in Shropshire which is still lived in by a branch of the original family.

We visited it last Sunday and the drive there was done under very heavy rain, I did check the weather before we left and it seemed fine for the next few hours but a few minutes into the trip the skies opened up and it rained, and rained and rained! Fortunately the rain stopped and the sun came out just as we were arriving and it remained dry and sunny for the rest of the afternoon.

Dudmaston is a large estate with a lake, a big garden, a large house of course, woodlands and a farm.

This time though we didn't explore any of the paths because cattle was grazing and A. was a little scared of walking so near the cows.

As I said, this is still a family home which means that unfortynately photograhpy was not allowed inside.


Saturday, 11 August 2012

# 251 Holiday snapshots

Hello, hello, hello,

I hope you're having a great Summer.

We are back from 11 days away in sunny Portugal and can you believe it I spent almost all day yesterday unpacking, washing, folding and putting clothes away?

After visiting our closest family we spent a few days by the sea and it was lovely, not too hot or too crowded which is how we like it.

We stayed in a little seaside village near the town of Lourinhã. Our days were filled with long walks along the beach.

Swimming in the sea, playing beach ball or watching the many groups of surfers do their thing.

Then at the end of each day we would go out again, walk along the cliffs and watch the sun set.

There's a few more photos here if you'd like to see them.