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General observations and blog news.

Being even thriftier with the pizza habit

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June 13, 2019

Back in January, I posted about buying Dominos pizza using their lunchtime 2-for-1 deal; eating a slice or two, then freezing the rest. This gives me a choice of pizza on hand, easily (and tastily) reheated, for £1 a slice. But I’m now using a different deal that takes the cost down to two...
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Being thrifty with the pizza habit

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January 14, 2019

As some of you will know, I have a fondness for Domino’s Pizza. Naughty, I know! 🙂 The problem is that while it is good (or, at least, less bad) for my diet to buy a single small pizza, it works out incredibly expensive. A large pizza is 4 pounds more expensive than a...
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Cold Smoking Again

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May 28, 2018

I became aware that many people use the CSG in a normal BBQ, and decided to give it a try. But I never did. I use a pellet grill, which would be switched off during this process (we are talking COLD smoking). The cardboard box was a vertical arrangement with ventilation by the tray...
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Naked Ham: Not terrible, but not ham

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March 17, 2018

People are worried about nitrites in food. By “people”, I mean article-writing doctors, and tabloid newspapers. It’s become a fairly repeated thing that the presence of nitrites in foods such as bacon, ham and pastrami can lead to an increased risk of cancer. This isn’t just an old wives’ tale – there has been...
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A nice find

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October 6, 2017

Popped into a friend’s today, for a cuppa and a chat. On the way home, I had time on my hands, so I drove into Sleaford, to the Design and Craft Centre there – I’ve driven past the signs many times, and always wondered what it was. It was interesting, but not what I...
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And recipes too…

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February 7, 2017

Over the last year, I’ve been experimenting with various ways to put my recipes online, mainly for myself, but also with a degree of sharing, if possible. The main objective was to gather together the hand-written and typed notes, both from my own experiments and various cooking courses I have been on. There was...
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The Christmas Duck

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December 25, 2015

I bought a duck for Christmas, it was oven prepared and looked great. The instructions were to roast it at 180℃ (350℉) for an hour and forty-five minutes. I decided to cook it in my pellet grill at a lower initial temperature - 82℃ (180℉) - to give it some smoke, before turning up...
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Persevering in 2016

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December 22, 2015

In the New Year, I'm going to make a new effort, reschedule veg deliveries with Riverford and reacquaint myself with the local excellent butcher. Not to mention getting the vegetable garden going again.
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New Toy: Lavazza Favola Plus Coffee Pod Machine

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October 26, 2015

Over the past few months, my Modo Mio pod coffee machine developed a leak. Not a “water all over the place” leak, but a creeping “more water leaking into the drip tray than through the coffee pod” thing. This started off being simply a chore, that I had to empty the drip tray more...
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The Great British Cheese Company

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June 27, 2015

Now, I like cheese. However, I’m not usually a fan of adulterated cheeses – you can keep your white Stilton with cranberries, or Wensleydale with apricots, or whatever the latest way to ruin a good cheese is. I like my cheese to taste of cheese, and nothing else. Having said that, I was pleasantly...
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