Showing posts with label EBay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EBay. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Porkage Pie in the Remoska, cheese and an oddly dressed person in the woods.

Today I was planning to make Cottage Pie for dinner. Dave was tasked with the job of getting the mince out of the freezer yesterday. When I came to make it today I found that he had got pork mince rather than beef mince out, so Porkage Pie it is.

Unsurprisingly I think that it is wildly extravagant to turn on the oven for one dish and so this is when my Remoska comes in handy.
I don't like to boast but I am the proud owner of three. I bought the big one new, but the medium and small ones are charity shop finds that cost about £1 each.
The Three Remoskas
If you haven't heard of them they are basically a self contained mini oven and the heat comes from the lid. You cannot adjust the fiercely hot temperature, so it's no good for things that need slow cooking, but perfect for stuff like this and things like bread, roasting chickens, lasagna, fish fingers etc.
Here's the finished pie. One thing with the Remoska is that they seem to get hotter than my oven so the food really is molten when it's done. Experience has taught me that this needs to sit for for 5-10 minutes before we try and approach it.

The listing period for the item that I am trying to sell on EBay is almost up, and nothing has happened. No bids or anything. I don't even know whether anyone has looked at it. I'm not hopeful of a last minute rush of bidders and I must admit that I am bit cheesed off.
I might have to rethink my plan to make money by online selling.

Talking of cheese, we had a spot of cheese related excitement yesterday. We went to a nearby town in search of cheese as we had ran out and had a look in a small supermarket that we don't normally go in. Anyway, what should we find but our favourite cheese Colliers at the very attractive price of 99p for 250g.

It's not a cheap cheese, but some things are worth paying extra for. It's really strong, or as our Australian friends say, 'bitey'.
Tesco's currently sell it at about £3.50 for 400g. We bought 6 packs, and there were plenty left. As you can see it was originally £1.99, but I think that it was reduced as the expiry date is November. Needless to say we don't take much notice of 'use by' dates and suchlike in our house.

Finally, I thought that I'd mention that Dave has just returned from walking the dogs and tells me that he has just seen a chap we vaguely know, in the woods. Nothing odd with that you think. Well there isn't except that Dave insists that this person was wearing slip-on shoes, a pair of tights and a blazer. 
That's it. 
Nothing else.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Christmas is coming, my arse is getting fat.....

I don't know whether its my age or:

Regularly drinking too much alcohol
Then taking 6 chocolate digestives up to bed with me
And a thick slice of bread with lots of butter and Tate and Lyles' Golden Syrup
Then waking up the next day a bit hungover and starving
And eating stuff like fried egg sandwiches and crisps, at two hour intervals, all day
And not moving much
And getting a bit depressed
And having a drink
And a biscuit
And so it goes on..... 

But strangely I seem to be putting on a bit of weight.....? 

Obviously paying to exercise is out of the question, and I'm not one for group exercising  (I'm a bit antisocial) so I will 'up' my jogging and 'down' my alcohol intake.
I have jogged, very slowly, a few times a week for the last 16 years. In the past I have got up to doing aver 25 miles a week, and then dropped down to nothing for weeks. But it has remained a constant. I am currently jogging about 4 miles a week, but that clearly isn't enough (what a surprise...), so I will aim to increase it. This will be a lot easier in two weeks when my notice period is up, but I can make a start now.
Would make another portion as long as you're not too keen on fish
It doesn't help that this was yesterdays dinner, but we are on 'holiday' and so threw caution to the wind and got some fish and chips from a chip shop renowned for it's massive portions. We bought a small portion of chips (we asked for 'large' but the assistant assured us that 'small' would be fine, and he was right) and two medium fish. This came to £7.80 and once Dave and I had eaten our fill, (we both have very healthy appetites) this was left-almost another portion, in my book.
The last time we had fish and chips it was in July, for my birthday. We went to a different chip shop and had a pot of mushy peas and a pot of curry sauce as well, but that came to over £15, so guess which Chippy we'll go to next time? (If there is a next time, what with me giving up work and that...)
No doubt Dave will polish off the leftovers for lunch today.

Finally, the good folk at EBay have kindly informed me that this weekend it will cost me nothing to list items for sale. Now, I have never done this before, and am quite nervous at the prospect, but I need to make money and so will have a go. I shall let you know how I get on. I mean, how hard can it be?