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Recipes for Main Courses 17/01/2003

Baked Fish Sandwich with Spiced Mayonnaise

Recipes for Main Courses Having checked out the healthy eating places, I resorted to Weightwatchers for this exciting recipe, it is a very tasty recipe, healthy, filling and suprisingly good for you, and at only 6 points represents a good midday snack or team it up in the evening with some fruit and a good soup for startes and you have an excellent evening meal which is filling, nourishing and tasty, Hmmmmmmmmmmmm !!! Its easy to make and you should spend no more than 20 mins in the Kitchen or prepare it in the morning and keep it fresh in the fridge, then when you come home in the evening, you will be in the kitchen for no more tha 10 mins..... Preparation Time about 12 minutes Cooking Time 8 minutes Difficulty dead easy This classic fish sandwich has a sophisticated twist with salsa-infused mayonnaise and spinach leaves OH Boy Hmmmmmmmm !!. Ingredients 1/2 cup dried whole-wheat bread crumbs 1/4 tsp table salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 pound fish (your preference) fillet(s)in four 4 oz pieces 1 serving cooking spray oil (5 one second sprays) 3 Tbsp reduced-calorie mayonnaise 3 Table spoon of salsa 4 medium mixed-grain Rolls (Beefburger style) 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped Instructions 1. Combine bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a small dish. Place fillets on a dinner plate, dust each with bread-crumb mixture and press firmly to make crumbs stay in place. 2. Coat a 10-inch nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Arrange fish in a single ...

Durex Gossamer 17/01/2003

They are sleeping bags for mice

Durex Gossamer Ok I decided to do some early morning sex education, so take a warning now that this Op contains sexual references and language, so make sure you are entitled to read any further, I wish to educate not taint your precious minds !!LOL, unlike my friends wife who ince worked for Durex for 3 years making condoms, all the time believing that she was making sleeping bags for small rodents..... Gossamer were one of the earlier models from the durex line, my mate was paid a tidy sum of money to have his Mini resprayed from top to bottom with a Durex advert, they paid for the respray and paid him to drive around in the mini, not bad 'eh?.. Anyway what about the product I hear you say well... you'll be pleased to know that Durex Gossamer are gently lubricated for a more natural feeling • they are shaped to be easier to put on and to provide a better fit and feel during lovemaking • They have improved non-spermicidal lubrication • They contain an odour masker, no not Georgio Armani • They come in packs of 3s and 12s 'er 'scuze the pun !! And my mate Winston thought the little tip at the end of the condom was for putting your foot on in order to help take the condom off !! ....yes I thought the same thing when I first heard it !! Fluid released from the penis during the early stages of an erection can contain sperm and organisms that can cause STIs. ( Sexually Transmitted Infections) How should I use a Condom (advise for first time users..information tweaked ...

P & O North Sea Ferries 15/01/2003

Cruise your way to Europe

P & O North Sea Ferries This is another long overdue Op, I've been meaning to write about P&O north Sea Ferries for a long time but never got around to it... As most of my friends know I took my car to Germany in June 2002, via the Hull to Rotterdam 'Cruise ferry', I sailed out on the 'Pride of Hull' and my return crossing was on her sister ship 'The Pride of Rotterdam'. Hull Docks The ferry terminal is very accessible if a little confusing for the first timer as some of the signposts were confusing and not clear enough particularly the last 1000 yards, access is via a small security gate on what looks like a perimeter style road, this suddenly opens out almost opposite the ship into what looks like a large car parking area for buses and cars with a multi-storey car park on one side, the port terminal facilities and check in are at the base of this multi story car park, check in was painless we were given our boarding cards and then directed around the back of the building to security, once clear of security we drove UP this spiral roadway to the top of the multi-storey car park, at which point I saw many numbered loading lanes and a small bridge linking the top of the car park to the side of the ship, I though they are not wanting me to drive over that.....well when loading came they did, the ship loads cars from the side a real novelty and if you get there early ( about 4pm) the chances are you will be able to drive on board without any queues, brilliant.. On board there we found our ... 13/01/2003

Fast wow how was it for yoooooooo Well, it is sometime since I wrote an Opinion, and not having had too much time in recent months or motivation I always wondered what would be the item that would galvanise me into some writing action...well as it turned out, it just had to be those nice folk at Giointernet..... For ages now I have been hankering to get on ADSL ( Its other name is broadband) and for months I have considered it far too expensive a commitment to make to some big company like BT, freeserve and the other big boy ISP's who charge a small fortune ( in the region of £30 a month) for unlimited unrestricted access to the Internet, at speeds that will leave the average internet users I researched the internet and looked at all the UK service providers and guess who came out on top...yup Giointernet ( ) they were offering the same on line facilities as the bigboys for almost half the price..( £17.99 a month) No Time Limits! No Call Charges! No Restrictions! with Download speed of 512kbps (Kilobits per second .... i.e. 10 times faster than a 56K dial up modem and your Upload speed of 256kbps with a maximum Contention of 50:1 users ( planned maximum number of users on line at any one time ) which is the same for the other big companies like BT Openworld, Freeserve Tiscali and Virgin. So what is the cost ?? Well you need either a ADSL USB port Modem ( cost about £70) or if you plan to access the internet using a Laptop Computer then I recommend you use a ...

Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor 02/09/2002

More than just time on your hands

Casio Pro Trek Triple Sensor When I first saw this watch, being gadget man I thought ..... wow I have to have this little feller !!, as an aviation enthusiast and a frequent flyer, the built in digital altimeter was a must, coupled to the barometer and temp gauge ( all digital). it even indicates weather trends so you can see in advance if the weather is deteriorating. Apart from the 5 seperate alarms, hourly chimes, automatic calander until 2039, large ditigal readout, and the fact that you can go swimming or snorkelling with this watch down to 300 feet ( if you can go that deep !!) its a great looker, and conversation piece. If you like camping and weekend outdoor sports then having your own personal navigator on your wrist, Simply press a button and a display indicator gitially tells you the direction, displays current barometric pressure, temperature or altitude in feet or metres, or displays a graphical form of recent changes in the sensor readings. Theres an Auto Light feature which turns on the backlight when the wrist is tilted beyond 40° for easy hands-free reading in the dark. It's a multi-functional environmental information tool that helps you keep informed whenever you take on the outside forces of nature. Therefore, Its very much a serious watch for the serious outdoors enthusiast, easy, one-touch controls provide essential information from a combination digital compass,altimeter/barometer and thermometer. Digital compass displays a continuous directional. OK the ...

10 Things that Make Me Happy 08/08/2002

A Favourite Thing flying

10 Things that Make Me Happy In celebration of Jill's 4th year of living free of Cancer, I had to think about something special to me, there are of course many things that I enjoy, and I am blessed to include flying as a favourite thing, most folk are frightened of it...or at least frightened of crashing if the truth were in a celebration for Jill, I have decided to highlight the joys of flying.. Being airborne sets you free from your earthly problems, the whole world before you, and mans total trust in not only the machine you are flying in, but the professional skills of many people who's combined skills have enabled you to be up in the air, the Air traffic controllers, the ground crew who service the aircraft, the ground engineers who maintain the aircraft, the emergency crews who are on standby 24 hours a day to assist whenever needed. The thrill of planning a flight, because its not that simple, pilots do not just climb in, start the engines and off we go....ohhhhh no !! pilots meet in the briefing room somewhere in the bowels of the airport to plan the whole flight, they look at the en route weather, alternate airports for emergeny landings or diversions, they work out how much fuel is needed for the trip, and decide on who is the flying and non flying pilot as this decides on the workload for each pilot. Having sorted that lot out, they then meet the cabin crew and brif them on passenger loading, delays, route etc...and then go out to the aircraft, the nonflying pilot programes ...

10 Most Useless Items 19/06/2002

About as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike

10 Most Useless Items I had to think about this one, and about all the useless gadgets we have in our houses, and not forgetting the rubbish that Manufacturers try to sell us..... Who remembers the Self Lighting Cigarettes brought out in the 1960's called Decca ? where each fag had a semilunar patch of phosphorus so that you cold strike the tip of the fag down the side of the specially coated packet.... What about the Sinclair C5, this was going to revolutinise the personal transport market, eventually replacing the bicycle... How many women used the magic Buttoniser, stitched on buttons in a flash using these plastic strips, that didn't work very well... What about the tiny umbrella that you wear around your head, like a head band, how many of us bought one of those....'er I did in Bavaria, which meant that every time I went to the Beer Festival I could use both hands to drink & eat with, whilst at the same time keeping dry outside, or so I thought, about as much use as a Tit on a bull now !! Come on own up !! ..Who still uses carbon paper ? What about self cleaning ovens, why don't they work, I still have to buy oven cleaner... Whats the point in a 5000 hour light bulb, who counts the hours it actually works?, and do you take it back if it only works for 4500 hours??? Why does the non stick surface in my frying pan bloodywell stick when I am trying to make an omelette Whats the point in having highly accurate clocks and timepieces if no one keeps to time? Remember ...

Is capital punishment wrong? 18/06/2002

Death keeps a premature appointment

Is capital punishment wrong? Having researched this subject for many years and studied the various methods used in different Countries, I think I am experienced enough to have a qualified stab at this topic. Albert Pierrpoint once said that in his observations it is usually the condemned criminal qho ends up comforting their families who are about to be breaved, he went on to conclude that in the hundreds of executions he carried out on behalf of the State ( United Kingdom) he did not believe that anyone of the executions acted as a deterrant and were therefore a wasted life, he did shorlty before dying change his mind and was instrumental in campaigning for the restoration of the death penalty in the UK, other executioners have also harboured similar opinions, in as much as the actual execution achieved nothing except for revenge of the State agains the Criminal. Religious leaders will argue that The only moral justification for killing a person is in an act of self-defense, and When a criminal is imprisoned, they are not an actual threat to society, therefore executing them cannot be justified. Killing in self-defense implies at that time, the other person is a threat to others. I think that most Politicians will argue that there are four morally justified reasons for punishment... The protection of society To reform and rehabilitate the criminal. Deterrence. Restitution of the damage. None of these four morally, legitimate reasons for punishment include revenge, revenge ... 17/06/2002

Accesorise yourself on line Well there I was planning my trip to Holland & Germany this week, checking out my list of things to take, when I suddenly thought CAR !!!, which in turn lead me to thoughts like, Headlight deflecters for driving on the right hand side of the road, then I thought do I need to take First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher with me as some European Countries differ in their legal requirements about items to be carried whilst driving in their Country, I know in Germany many years ago you used to have to carry three pairs of surgical gloves in your first aid kit, and you could be stopped by any police officer and asked to hand over a pair if at a road side emergency..anyway I digress.. I thought living in the Dales the most obvious place to get the bits I need would have been Halford in Leeds or Bradford ( assuming that they had a branch there !!), I wondered if they had an on line branch, so I turned to my trusty Google and Bingo, Halfords were on line.. I got loads of inormation about what was recommended to take with me and what was a legal requirement for the Countries I was driving through, I registered my details, and car type which only took a couple of mins, then I went shopping, I thought surely they wouldn't have all the goods in stock, particularly the more obscure ones, but I was pleasantly surprised, they had the lot, Headlight deflectors, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Kit...and all the other little bits I ordered, and with a 48 hour delivery in the evening between 4 ...

Holiday Recipes 16/06/2002

I am a clot

Holiday Recipes OK I know its a while off, but this is one recipe, you will probably need to practise first before being confident enough to make it without any problems, I am talking real clotted cream, that thick, clotted treat that you have from time to time, it compliments most things at Christmas, mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas Pudding especially with a side order of Brandy flambe... This is usually the specialty dish of Cornwall and Devon,it is made by gently heating rich, unpasteurised milk until a semi-solid layer of cream forms on the surface. After cooling, the thickened cream is removed. Clotted cream can be spread on anything that calls for thick cream or spooned on top fresh fruit or desserts. The traditional English "cream tea" consists of clotted cream and jam served with scones and tea. Clotted cream can be refrigerated, tightly covered in an airtight container, for up to 4 or 5 days. The Clotted Cream Recipe 20 fl thick whipping cream or Double Cream 4 pints Milk (or more) Preferably extra-rich milk Choose a wide-mouthed bowl or stainless steel bowl with sloping sides. Fill it with milk, leaving a deep enough rim free to avoid spillage. Add 20 fl double cream. Leave in the refrigerator for at least several hours, and preferably overnight. Set the bowl over a pan of water kept at 82 degrees C (180 F) and leave until the top of the milk is crusted with a nubbly yellowish-cream surface. This will take at least 1 1/2 hours, but it is prudent ...

Work Excuses - Taking Time Off Work 15/06/2002

I cant come in today because

Work Excuses - Taking Time Off Work How many times have we all thrown a sickie, we all do it, or have done it in the past, there must be loads of different ways of saying I can't come in to work today, here are some of the more inventive excuses that are supposed to have been used at one time or another...they are not all mine, but those of you who know me may well be able to spot my ones all cunningly slipped somewhere amongst this lot...Thanks for visiting and reading my Op..... If it is all the same to you I won't be coming in to work. The voices told me to clean all my work tools today. When I got up this morning I took two Ex-Lax in addition to my Prozac. so at the moment, I can't get off the toilet, however I feel really good about it. I set half the clocks in my house an hour ahead and the other half an hour behind on Saturday, then I spent some 18 hours in some kind of space-time continuum loop, reliving Sunday (right up until the explosion). I was able to exit the loop only by reversing the polarity of the power source exactly e*log(pi) clocks in the house while simultaneously rapping my dog on the snout with a rolled up Times. Accordingly, I will be in late, or early. My stigmata's acting up. I can't come in to work today because I'll be stalking my previous boss, who fired me for not showing up for work. OK? I have a rare case of 48-hour projectile leprosy, but I know we have that deadline to meet... I am stuck in the blood pressure machine down at Tescos. ...

10 Most Common Superstitions 15/06/2002

Superstitious...Not me Touch Wood

10 Most Common Superstitions I am definitely NOT Superstitious, I am going to finish this op without any harm coming to me (touch wood !), Oh my black cat has just walked in fornt of me so that means I will be OK for the day, and I see next door are out already washing the car, Hmm I bet it will rain later !!...Oh I am so pleased I am not a believer....but what about many of this lot do you remember?, I havd a problem writing about 10 superstitions...take your pick out if this little lot..theres more than ten, so pick your own ones.....and thanks for stopping by to have a look... Weddings Perhaps one of the most practiced yet least appreciated of Western superstition is at weddings where traditional forms are followed without realising their significance. The bride's veil is to protect her from evil spirits who are jealous of happiness. Similarly, the bridesmaids are there as decoys to distract the bad spirits. The bride is carried over the threshold to stop her from tripping which is considered bad luck and therefore a bad start to the marriage. Rice, thrown after the ceremony, has always been a symbol of fertility to encourage procreation. And wedding rings are gold and plain, a symbol of eternity, and are worn on the left 'ring finger' because it was believed that a vein runs from that finger to the heart. * Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day * A rabbit's foot brings good luck * An apple a day keeps the doctor away * To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck ...

Brain Teasers 14/06/2002

Wake up the Brain with Dalesman

Brain Teasers Ok time to wake up the brain, and get thinking, some are quite easy, some need a little more thought, enjoy the puzzles and learn from them..... The anwers I've put at the very end of the Op... Puzzle 1 ...... A man is driving to his father's funeral when he is involved in a serious road accident. He is rushed to hospital and is lying on the operating table when the surgeon walks in, looks at him and exclaims "That's my son!". How can this be ? Puzzle 2....... A man goes to work in the morning. Later that day he misses the last bus. On returning home he celebrates the fact. Why ? Puzzle 3 ...... A man lives on the 15th floor of a tower block. Each morning he calls the lift to the ground floor and sets off to work. Each evening he returns home calls the lift but gets out at the 10th floor. He then uses the stairs to walk the remaining 5 floors. The lift is not broken and he does not go to any other flat. Why does he do this ? Puzzle 4 ...... An aeroplane is carrying two hundred passengers. Visibility is very poor and it is late at night. A malfunction occurs and the plane plummets to the ground crashing exactly on the border between the USA & Canada. Of the two hundred passengers only twenty six survive, one hundred and seventy one perish and three remain unaccounted for. The grieving families give consent for the dead to be buried at the scene. However the death certificate permits only one country to be named as the place ...

Recipes for Snacks 14/06/2002

Anyone fancy a quickie

Recipes for Snacks Ok you're hungry, its time to eat, but you don't want a full, in yer face meal....Dalesman is here again with some quickie snacks, most of the ingredients most folk will have at home already apart from possibly one or two items, so have a root about the cupboards and get snacking... Dalesmans Yorkshire Pizza Pizza is probably one of the most versitile foods around, because any ingredients you choose will taste good on it. Think carefully about your favorite ingredients though, because if you try and put everything on a pizza, you will not be able to distinguish between the different flavours you've included. The main Pizza rule is..keep it simple, Keep your ingrediaent down to about four or five choices. The following Snack pizza is very tasty, bear in mind that you can swap around any of the ingredients listed below with ones of your own choice. INGREDIENTS: (for one person, double up for more servings) 1 slice of pitta bread 1 tablespoon of pureed tomato sauce (look in the supermarket for the italian convinience sauces) 1 handful of grated mozzerella cheese 2 thin slices of cooked ham (smoked is nice) 4 semi-sundried tomatoes 1 slice of salami 1 slice of capsicum METHOD: Prewarm oven to 190 degrees Celsius (180 if fan assisted)spoon the tomato sauce to cover out to the edges of the pitta bread evenly sprinkle the cheese over the pitta bread roughly dice the ham and salami and evenly cover the pitta slice the semi-sundried tomatoes ...

Tefal Tefal 13/06/2002

A Hot and Steamy Opinion

Tefal Tefal Ok, this is not sex, drugs and rock and roll, sorry if you've been dragged here by the title, however you could do yourelf a favour by learning about an old way of cooking with a relatively new type of cooking implement, I am talking cooking by steaming your food... Yes it used to be boring, messy and time consuming, you only used to get steamed food in hospitals and it was largely tasteless.... However you can kick all those thoughts into touch, with the onset of a series of steam cookers from Tefal, I bought the basic model last year and it really change those tasteless boring common vegetables into tasty, healthy and nutritious food, no over cooking, and no standing over the cooker whilst it all cooked. these steam cookers have definitely changed the way I view cooked vegetables. The range of steamers from Tefal varies from a basic two tier steamer called the Aquatimer through to the flagship steamer the new Steam Cuisine 1000 Easy Store Large capacity with compact storage facility. who's features include a new lid inside which has been rounded to prevent water from falling onto ingredients and for better cooking results.. New safety handle 'Clip-it' handle for delicate food Rice bowl Turbo diffusion removable grid Integrated egg holder 60 min timer with automatic stop External water filling + External water level indicator Juice collector Control light Power consumption is only 650 W This steamer also features ...
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