January 2009

Why oh why ….

Why oh why , do I never remember where i got some legitimate software from , when it works and why do I never record it on my blog.

i know it’s all geek but it would help me now when rebuilding with software I actually like.

I found a great I Player Ripper for Mac that allowed multiple streams to be downloaded and now can I find it can I hell.

Hmm , annoying as hell.

And no matter what I do I cannot find it.

So annoying.


Hmm maybe I just found it

BBC iPlayer Downloader 3.1

Yup I think I found it.

It’s better than the second version i mistakedly downloaded due to the fact that it allows multiple streams and is not sluggish.

Mr Doran , this will help you out a tad.

Garden Update

Just checking in with some piccies of what’s going on.

Some changes taking place , in a small time period.

Before And After Shots.

Rhubarb Shoots

Matron’s Rhubarb Gift – 20 Days between the two shots



Before & After

The Garden

Newly Laid Pergola Base

Veggie’s Update

The Fruit Bush Row

Spinach Seedlings

Broad Bean's Breaking Through

Spinach / Garlic

Pork Casserole with Black Pudding Crust

Today’s new recipe.

Serves 2-3

440g Diced Leg of Pork
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
25g Butter
25g Seasoned Flour
1 Onion (chopped)
1 Leek (sliced)
1 clove of Garlic (crushed)
150ml White Wine or Cider
150ml hot Stock

200g Black Pudding (sliced)

Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF/Gas 3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil with the butter in a casserole dish until hot. Toss the Diced Pork in a bag with the seasoned flour. Add to the pan and brown all over. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add another tbsp of oil to the casserole dish and gently fry the onion, leek and garlic until soft. Return the pork and add the white wine (or cider) and the hot stock, bringing to the boil and covering. Place in the preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring once.

Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas 5. Place the black pudding on the top, overlapping slightly. Brush the slices with olive oil and place back in the oven for 25 minutes until bubbling and crusty.

Serve with mashed potatoes.


I have to start including some recipes apparently for my chums up North that want seasonal recipes.

So you’re likely to get some new soup recipes as an when I construct them all.

Birthday Weekend

Early Morning

Been away for my birthday , away to the country all with intention of getting some game pigeon and rabbit .

The Task At Hand

The Task At Hand

I ended up starting my chums veggie plot off , I remember the days of excess at birthdays and now we manage gardens , is it the new Rock N Roll ?

All Done And Ready To Go

All Done And Ready To Go

Some Snaps of the weekend.

Restart : It’s Off

Garden Restarted

Purple Kale : A Touch Of Hendrix

Shallot Bed

Rhubarb Cloche

Rhubarb Shoots

Lautrec Garlic Sprouting

Rear Bed : Made Ready

New Resident In The Pergola

He/She is as bold as brass and does not move when I potter around the garden and loves hiding amongst the pots.

What's This Place  ?

Pergola  Resident

Update : 26th January : He now has a name courtesy of Nadia – Cheeky

Quick & Tasty Frugal Food

Leek Potato & Chorizo Frittata , it did not stay around long with my house mate.

Leek / Potato & Chorizo Frittata