Hairy Biker’s Lancashire Hotpot. 

Published March 30, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that’s right I watched the Hairy Biker’s make this dish on tv and I thought I want to make it! 

The only issue was that Christopher wasn’t that bothered about it, so I had to wait until I went home. The opportunity came up, so I jumped at it. Then it rose up for me to make it. So I jumped at the chance. My auntie Audrey had the recipe printed off, so my plan started. 

Ingredients

We went shopping  to get everything for it. We knew it would be expensive but we weren’t sure how expensive. £24 just for the lamb! I knew it had to be good. 


Plus a big bag of potatoes even though we didn’t need the big bag.

So I got cutting  all of the meat up. 

I took as much of the fat off as possible. Then cooked it. I also slices  the black pudding up. 

Once that was cooked, I then diced the onion up. 


It then got cooked and I added the sauce. I then mixed  the meat in.

I then sliced the potatoes.  The next step was to start the layering. I starting with the potatoes. 

I then added the lamb then the black pudding and the sauce. 

I continued layering until the dish was full. 

I cooked it for an hour. 

I served it all peas, maybe they weren’t needed. 

I have put the method below incase my instructions weren’t clear. 

I was told  by everyone who ate it said it was good. It wasn’t my best dish but it was good. 


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the lamb pieces and kidneys for 1-2 minutes on both sides, or until golden-brown all over. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. In the same pan, cook the onions and salt for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions have softened. Stir in the flour until the onions are well coated with the flour.

  4. Add the stock to the pan along with the thyme, bay leaves and Worcestershire sauce. Stir and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

  5. Butter a lidded flame-proof casserole dish and place a layer of potatoes (about a third) over the bottom of the dish and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spoon in half of the browned lamb and lambs’ kidneys, then lay over half of the black pudding slices and pour over half of the thickened stock mixture. Repeat the layering process until all of the potatoes, lamb pieces and kidneys, black pudding and stock have been used, finishing with a layer of potatoes on top. Dot the potatoes with the butter, then cover with a lid.

  6. Place the casserole into the oven to cook for 20 minutes, then remove the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden-brown on top.

  7. To serve, spoon into serving bowls.

    Wednesday MeetUp lunch. 

    Published March 15, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

    Yes that’s right I went for lunch with friends today who I met through a MeetUp group. 

    We have started doing an every 2 week group for lunches. We (Karim and I) are going this one has more than just the two of us like last time. 

    With this I even make a little bit of an effort wearing a dress there. 

    I got there 5 minutes early in good old Lisa fashion and sat there on my own for 10 minutes. One of the servers said I looked nervous. I just said I was waiting for the MeetUp group members to turn up. I expecting 5 other people.

    I got a message saying  that Karim the organiser was ill. I thought, Ok there’s 4 more people coming. 

    I then received another message someone else couldn’t  come. 

    Oh dear.

    I got my yay moment, with a message from one of the other members asking  where I was in Bagels and Beans. I told her I was upstairs. She came and sat with me. 

    We had a great chat, we were expecting more people to come but no it was just the two of us. That was fine by us. 

    It got to 1ish and we decided she should go and do some of her work. But we said we’d meet up again. 

    I’m hoping for the next one when I’m back from the UK there will be more of us. 

    Edinburgh Weekend Away

    Published February 24, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

    Yes that’s right we went travelling again just for a weekend away. We were already going to Edinburgh for a family wedding, so we thought let’s make it a long weekend away. 

    Obviously we flew into Edinburgh airport. To get to the city centre we had to get the tram, which was an adventure in itself. 

    There were some very nice things we could see from the tram but the one thing we were looking forward to seeing was Murrayfield, home of Scottish rugby. 

    When we got off the tram we were a wee bit early to check into the hotel. So we dropped our bag off at the hotel until check in time. 

    Then we went on a wander around Edinburgh, well Princes Street, to see what we’d come across. 

    After a little walk we saw these door handles. They took my breath away. 

    You can probably see why. 

    We then saw the best views over the Princes Street Gardens. 

    After this we decided we could check in at the hotel and then go for lunch at Pizzahut for my Valentine’s day gift. 

    Needless to say it was great. We then went back to the hotel for a rest. 

    In the evening we went to visit Christopher’s family at their hotel. 

    When we decided to walk back to the hotel, we then heard an Irish band playing at a bar. As usual when I hear music I want to go  and listen. And dance.  

    Definitely woke up a lot just by dancing around and singing the songs I knew. It got to 10pm and the band finished playing and we decided maybe we should go to bed due to the wedding the next day. 

    There was a photobooth so they would have pictures of all the guests that were there. I like ours that we were serious, serious then cheeky. 

    Our own selfie. 

    Kerry and Donald cutting their wedding cake. We obviously got some that night.  

    We had a great night there.  

    The next day due to no hangover we took ourselves off for a walk down the Royal Mile to see what was happening  there. 

    We saw this piper whilst getting  there he was really nice, he kept stopping and  chatting to people. 

    We saw this lovely Marionette on the Royal Mile, she was dancing. 

    We then saw this man sitting down with a saw, yes an actual saw, and a violin bow. This really intrigued me how would he could play it? But oh wow, it actually sounded great I recognised the music he was playing. 

    Then there was this guy,  a cowboy,  who kept setting fire to things and saying  he was going to juggle them so we had to wait and watch. But he let them all burn  out because he was talking and talking and talking some more. Even after relighting them and climbing on to a big box then saying that he can’t juggle. By this point we’d lost interest and walked away. He might have done it but we didn’t care. 

    As you can see we found a market to go to in a church, I was impressed because it was an alternative market. 

    Overall we had a wonderful weekend in Edinburgh. 

    My New Hair. 

    Published February 7, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

    As most of you are aware this is my usual hair length, but I decided as I’m going to Christopher’s cousins wedding next weekend I should get my hair cut.  

    It took me a long time to decide on a length. Doing the whole this length?  Or this?  Or this?  

    I decided I should have a few inches cut off. 

    So I went to a different salon as my old one as they wouldn’t cut a lot off. 

    I asked questions at Yes! As I had never been before but it spoke to me, that it was my kind of salon.  I told no appointment needed.  So I was  like  “Result” 

    The big appointment day came round so I took myself off to them. When I got there I was told I’d have to wait for an hour. That was a bit scary.  I had nothing to read.  That was frustrating.  I got told if I went home to get my kindle I’d  lose my spot in the queue.  

    So I sat there like a big  brave girl.  I was finally called up. 

    The stylist took me to where I’d be sat.  She then took me for my hair washing and head massage. This was great. I’d read something about a hot towel treatment with the appointment. I was actually excited for this. She applied a conditioner to my hair and wrapped it in the towel. It was absolute bliss. After 3 minutes it was rinsed  off.  

    I was taken to my chair,  dreading that they could comb my hair, that’s horrible with curls. Luckily the stylist had curls too so she found a hair brush.  

    In regards to the hair cut I pointed to where it needed to be.  I asked for a layer to help it curl better.  After the cut she asked if I wanted it drying?  My response was as long as it’s not straight. She said “why would I do that”? A big phew from me. 

    She asked me to flip my head forward so she could use a diffuser on my hair.  She put products in my hair,  a lot more than what I usually use.  

    I left with my hair still slightly wet so it would dry naturally as well. 

    The above picture is as I left the salon. 

    Above is after my walk home.  

    This was when I settled it myself.  I’m happy with the results. 

     

    Christmas Recovery

    Published January 26, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

    Sorry I’ve been so quiet over the Christmas period. We had a very hectic 3 weeks.

    Firstly, we went to Northern Ireland to visit Christopher’s family. We hired a car at Belfast city airport as we have previously done. 

    It got to Christmas day and some parts were different to normal. We had broth as normal at Granny’s house. Later  on went to his sister’s house,  both of these were on Christmas day. 

    It got to December 28th and we had to drive to Belfast to fly to Leeds/Bradford airport to go to my parent’s house. 

    We got there and rested a wee while having tea and seeing people.  Then we got more presents, yay!  

    My best present was from Christopher, he got  me Blink 182 tickets. My first reaction to that was crying!  Yes that’s right I cried. 😢 That soon passed. 

    When it got to New Years Eve we decided as a family we should have a Christmas dinner. I made soup as my dad had got  a soup machine and I wanted to play. I had obviously looked on Pinterest for recipes.  The one I ended up making was Sweet Potato and Carrot soup. I obviously needed some help as my MS decides when I can do things like peeling vegetables. It turned out really nice. 

    The rest of the evening was spent lounging about drinking (not me due to medication) 

    The next day we carried on resting even though we were still doing lots.  

    We came home back to Leiden on 5th January.  We decided that as we hadn’t walked as much as normal whilst we were away we should try and get 10,000 steps per day done as much as possible. 

    The above  are this week’s and last weekends steps. 

    The above is the first week back’s  weeks steps, back in the routine if not a bit too much. 

     As you can see the steps  above are whilst we are away.  

    I know it sounds a bit weird that I’m saying walking is relaxing, well I find it is. You don’t think about things as you go along. I’m enjoying getting to my 10,000 every day as it’s roughly 5 miles. 

    I challenge you to do it. 

    Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas)  arrived. 

    Published November 23, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

    Since this will be our 3rd Christmas in The Netherlands, and we have never witnessed Sinterklaas arriving in Leiden, we decided to see it this year. In The Netherlands Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) brings the children presents on December 5th. 

    There was even entertainment,  including a band singing classic songs,  in Dutch of course. Since I recognised the tune, I was singing them in English.   

    After standing around in the cold for a while, surrounded by lots of people, Sinterklaas’ canal barge arrived. It’s The Netherlands so of course he arrives by boat. 

    If you go you’ll love the atmosphere as everyone is there for the same reason. 

    A Day Like This 

    Published November 1, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

    We decided we wanted to have an us day on 30th October 2016. 

    So we thought we should go and see the latest prehistoric arrival in Leiden,  Trix the T-Rex. She is named after the last queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. She was found in Montana state Naturalis bought her. 

    Dutch news printed the following. 

    Trix is being presented in a unique, low to the ground pose that will make her seem more dangerous and intense than other T Rex skeletons in museums around the world. The decision was a practical one. Unlike similar displays, Trix will feature her actual skull instead of a replica, which will require a substantial amount of support that can’t be achieved with a more traditional pose. As Schulp told The Chicago Tribune, ‘You can really look the beast in the eye.’ Oh, and in case you were wondering, her missing bones will be replaced by 3D printed replications based on previously discovered T Rex skeletons.


    All of the models leading up until seeing her were all moving models which impressed us. 

    Then around a corner we met the incredible Trix. 

    To say the least we were just like wow. 

    We decided it was time for a selfie. She looks as though she is biting Christopher. 

    Of course I wanted a picture of just me with her and it kind of looks like she photobombed me. 

    That evening we had arranged to go to a Nepalese restaurant as I had collected some vouchers from the supermarket to get a buy one get one free three course meal from selected restaurants. 

    We thought it would take us a while to pick what we wanted. They brought us poppadoms with dips then we picked the starter of kebabs very quickly Christopher got chicken tikka and I got lamb tikka. 

    They were great as you can see they looked great obviously we shared them.  

    Then we ordered our curries.  Christopher ordered a chicken korma and I ordered a chicken dhansak. 

    As you can see they looked great and tasted it too. We again shared some of each of them. We both really liked both of them. 

    For dessert we decided due to the small amount of them and the fact that we were so full that we should have ice cream. I had mango ice cream with whipped cream and Christopher had vanilla ice cream with whipped cream.

    We’ve both said we’d go again but no three course meal. 

    By the end of the day we were singing this song – Feeder – A Day Like This. this is a link to the song.  

     

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