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Things that annoy me – Updated

Recently added:

  • Donald Trump
  • “Lit”
  • “Bae”
  • Amateur political experts
  • A sneeze that doesn’t quite happen
  • Brexit remain voters who can’t accept how democracy works – I’m a remainer not a “remoaner”, I have accepted the result and I’m dealing with it
  • Noisy eaters
  • “I, personally”
  • Vaping
  • People protesting because it seems like the fashionable thing rather than the right thing to do
  • Using fog lights when there’s no fog

Continue reading “Things that annoy me – Updated”

Switching to a healthier, lighter lifestyle

For a while now I have been thinking I need to shift some pounds. It’s been at the back of my mind constantly whenever I buy a pint at the pub or have that Chinese takeaway on a Wednesday evening, you know that kind of lazy eating habit we all have found ourselves with at some point in our lives.

It finally hit home in Early December last year when I put my big chinos on and I noticed they were, all of  a sudden, too small! So I made the decision to actually make a change in the new year.

2016 ended and we are now well and truly in 2017, almost at the end of January and I have made a good start but I have to say I’m less than thrilled with the results so far. I have made a lot of lifestyle changes like cutting alcohol down to weekends only, eating healthier food and smaller portions, leaving the car in the garage and walking everywhere instead, actually putting my gym membership to use! All of which are showing signs of working but it only seems temporary. Continue reading “Switching to a healthier, lighter lifestyle”

Single tap enable GPS using Tasker (Without Root)

I like use the Waze navigation app when I drive. Not only for navigation but also for its speed camera detection, speed limits and of course as any Waze user will know, the points. For this to work well it needs GPS enabled.

In the past I have tried to automate GPS using Tasker profiles like “When I connect to a certain Bluetooth device” or “When a Bluetooth device has connected and the device has been unlocked” but I found they were unreliable. I also tried out automating GPS when Waze launched, but with this profile I also found the exit task to be unreliable and with Waze having to be on the home screen (to avoid multiple taps) I thought it was messy – terrible I know!

So, in this post I’ll show you how I have automated GPS with minimal taps and keeping everything tidy by using a Tasker shortcut. Continue reading “Single tap enable GPS using Tasker (Without Root)”

The last roast lamb recipe you’ll ever need

We decided on roast lamb for Sunday roast dinner yesterday and boy did it go down well!

I loosely based it on a recipe my mum used to make, but this one was too good to forget so I’m going to write it down and share it with everyone else.

I’m not going to state specific amounts of ingredients as everyone’s requirements are different, plus cooking isn’t about following instructions it’s about being creative so you can adjust the following to your own taste. 

I’m also not going say what to have with this recipe, bit I highly recommend some roast potatoes, roast honey carrots and steamed greens with this lamb. 

By the way, this method (before the cooking stage) is best done the night before, or even a couple days before you intend to eat. This allows the meat to properly soak up the sherry and get so tasty! 

You’ll need:

  • Some lamb – I used a half leg joint,  1.241kg
  • Home made garlic butter, softened out of the fridge. 
  • Fresh rosemary from the garden 
  • A dry fino sherry 
  • Some boiling water 
  • Some coarse cornish sea salt 
  • Pepper from the mill
  • Fresh garlic – I used 3 large cloves 
  • 1 large lemon, halved. 

 Method:

  1. Cut your rosemary into about 20 x 2″ lengths and set aside. 
  2. Chop each end off each clove, then take your knife and crush it by placing the side of the knife on top of the clove and using the ball of your hand to apply pressure. You can now easily peal your garlic. 
  3. Chop your garlic into about 20 pieces (equal amount to your rosemary). 
  4. With a sharp knife, make 20 deep cuts all over the joint evenly spaced on the top and sides. 
  5. With your finger stuff the holes with a piece of rosemary and a piece of garlic in each. If there’s any garlic left sprinkle it into the roasting tin. 
  6. Now, with a teaspoon, coat the meat in an even layer of the garlic butter. 
  7. Get your sherry and gently pour it all over the joint. Make sure you open the cuts in the meat to allow it to fill the holes with the rosemary and garlic. It should fill the roasting tin about 1.5cm up the bottom of the joint. 
  8. Squeeze each half of the lemon over the joint and place the remains in the roasting tin. 
  9. Now sprinkle your salt and pepper over the meat to your own taste. 
  10. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, preferably 24 hours. This is how mine looked before chilling: 
  11. Cook the joint as per instructions. In my case 40 minutes per 500 at 180 degrees Celsius,this worked out to 99 minutes. 
  12. Half way through top up the liquid in the roasting tin with boiling water, this will make excellent gravy! 

    I hope you have a great time cooking this lamb, it was very tasty for us. 

    Let know what you think in the comments below 🙂 

    Quote from Grey’s Anatomy

    “It’s easier to be alone.
    Because what if you learn that you need love and then you don’t have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then It falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage.
    It’s like dying.
    The only difference is death ends.
    This? It could go on forever.”

     

    Grey’s Anatomy. Season 7. Episode 22 – “Unaccompanied Minor”