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  1. Can any of you experienced campers recommend a decent quality single-bed sized inflatable mattress? There's so many on Amazon and so many mixed reviews that I'm finding it difficult to choose. I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest but don't really want to spend a fortune on something rarely used. I'm looking for a single-bed sized air mattress, with a built-in pump, one that is capable of supporting a 13 stone adult without deflating in the middle of the night. I'd be grateful for any ideas
  2. Thanks for replies. Both Meraki and Na Pedra sound like nice places for a meal out.
  3. We have been fancying trying something a bit different from the usual Indian or Chinese meal next time we eat out and thought we'd go to a Greek or Portuguese restaurant. If anyone has tried any of the following restaurants I'd be interested in hearing what you thought of the food, the value for money, the service etc, Na Pedra (Portuguese) on Abbeydale Rd Meraki (Greek) on Abbeydale Rd Parthenonas (Greek) on London Rd Thanks
  4. I like strong bottled ales - and I'm talking about proper old-fashioned ales here, not those dozens of expensive ,trendy craft IPA's that are in abundance these days. I like the ales that are beween 6% and 8% alcohol, because anything below 6% tastes weak and feeble and anything above 8% tastes too thick, treacly & claggy. Among my favourites are Adnam's Broadside Morland's Old Crafty Hen Shepherd Neame Kentish Strong Ale Innis & Gunn "original" and Blood Red sky King Goblin McEwan's Champion Young's Ramrod A couple that I didn't like at all were Old Tom ( too claggy) & McEwan's Headspace (unpleasant after-taste) . Also, does anyone know what happened to Worthington's White Shield? It was only 5.6%, but it tasted lovely . I used to really like White Shield, but haven't seen it around for years.
  5. We were given pobs as kids - chunks of bread broken up in warm milk. They were revolting. My great grandad usedto slurp down tea pobs - the same thing, except he'd drop lumps 0f bread into his mug of tea and fish'em out with a teaspoon. Even more revolting!
  6. Is Cheshire Cheese still sold in Sheffield supermarkets? Where I live - in South London - none of the main supermarkets seem to stock it and the only places I can get Cheshire cheese is from posh specialist cheese shops and from cheese stalls at farmers' markets - who charge a fortune for it.
  7. My old dad and his mates kept ferrets and lurchers. They would regularly go out rabbiting, so growing up in the 60's & 70's, rabbit stew, rabbit pie and roasted rabbit portions were a fairly regular meal in our house. Dad was always a big fan of offal too - probably because it was cheap - so we also had heart, lungs and lites, chitterlings & bag, tripe, cow-heel , brains, pigs feet and tails and various other 'offal-y' things. I think eating this type of stuff had already gone out of fashion by the 60's 70's, so I remember being too embarrassed to admit to my friends that my parents - who were still only in their 30's/early 40's themselves - were still buying and serving up this sort of stuff. I'm not particularly squeamish though - so I'd happily eat most of it.....just not mention it to my friends....who were all merrily scoffing Vesta meals and Smash instant mash by then 😁 One of the things I did balk at eating though was udder. Ugh! Yuk! Basically it was just a cow's udder. cut up into chunks and cooked in milk stock with a few veg. My dad loved it, but we thought it was vile - not just because of the idea was vile, but the smell, taste and texture of it was vile too. It tasted and smelled like sour milk - and had a horrible soft, spongey texture. It was like eating lumps of sodden bath-sponge floating in a thin, milky, sickly gravy. Whenever dad came home with an udder, we kids would run a mile!
  8. We have an ever-growing population in which people are living longer - or at least being kept alive for longer. The need for more and more social care will only increase in future. In principle, I agree that taxes need to be increased to cater for this ever growing need, but under the current system, any extra tax revenue raised would only go to line the pockets of greedy private sector contractors or would be frittered away by understaffed, inefficient, badly managed Local Councils. These days, when people who need additional care - either in a residential Care Home or in their own homes - after being discharged from hospital or becoming too infirm to look after themselves - they are just dumped on local Councils' Social Services departments. The local councils can't cope, so the people are pushed into privately run Care Homes or contracted out to privately run Care-in-your-own- home companies. The private companies are paid huge sums of public money but because they are only interested in profit, they are usually understaffed, with poorly paid, poorly trained people who give an inadequate service to their clients. My own view is that all social care should be provided by the Government, none of it should be hived off to the Private Sector and no-one should have to sell their home or spend their life savings to get the care they need when they are too old or too ill/disabled to look after themselves. I think the Government should set up and entirely new department - The National Social Care Service. This new service should be publicly funded and should have sole responsibility for the provision & management of all social care in residential Care Homes and for giving people care in their own homes. When a hospital or GP feels a patient needs social care, they would refer them to this National Social Care Service - who would recruit and train their own staff, pay them decent wages and give them decent working conditions. The new service would also be responsible for ensuring that people being cared for in their own homes are given all the equipment and home-adaptations they need to help keep them as independent as possible - like providing wheelchairs, beds etc, or installing wheelchair ramps, upgrading bathrooms & kitchens I know my idea sounds utopian and is unlikely to ever happen, but I think the only way to improve existing dire social care is not just to raise taxes and throw more money into a system that already isn't working. The provision of social care needs root-and-branch reform and a whole new way of delivering it. By all means, raise more money by increasing taxes - but the extra money needs to be spent more wisely too.
  9. My mum was a good, plain cook who used to make most meals from scratch. Very nice they were too, but I remember in the 70's, my brother and I would always beg her to get the packet/dried foods that were being introduced. I think, like most kids, we just fell for the advertising hype and the novelty value, because when she did occasionally cave in to our constant begging, the packet stuff was never anywhere near as nice as her proper home-made dinners and afters. I wouldn't touch most of these packet foods with a barge-pole these days, but I remember my brother and I pressuring her to buy Vesta Ready Meals, Smash Instant Mashed Potato, Angel Delight, Birds Instant Whip & Dream Topping. There was also a powdered orange drink called 'Rise & Shine' - which was basically just a sachet of orange flavoured chemicals that you diluted in cold water. No wonder our mum was reluctant to buy this rubbish - it was costly and had no nutritional value.
  10. Thanks for the replies. The links showing the bus stops are really helpful
  11. Can anyone help me out with info on bus routes to Stannington? A friend will be moving to that area soon - to a place near Deer Park Rd. Can I get a bus to Stannington from either the town centre or from Hillsborough? If so, what is the bus route number and where can I get it from? Thanks
  12. I think it's best to find a supermarket or a greengrocers that sells loose potatoes and then you can just pick the sizes that you prefer. Supermarkets seem to be selling less and less loose vegetables these days, so I find that I'm increasingly having to buy from greengrocers shops. The greengrocers shops are usually quite a bit pricier, but at least you can buy the quantities that you want. I live alone and I don't want to have to buy a kilo bag of carrots or onions, when all I need is 3 or 4 of them.
  13. On the few occasion I've made proper bread with yeast. my loaves always turned out with the shape, weight and consistency of housebricks.My old mum was brilliant at making homemade loaves and breadcakes in her day and she always told me that I didn't knead the dough vigorously enough or for long enough. I find kneading really knackering and time-consuming, so I take the easier route these days and only ever make soda bread.... and I don't even make that very often!
  14. Soda bread is the quickest and easiest to make, because it doesn't need a lot of time- consuming kneading and proving. Maybe not quite as tasty asa yeasty loaf, but very nice - and certainly much less of a faff to make. The recipe below works well for me. This makes 1 loaf - best eaten on day it's made. 170G/60Z PLAIN FLOUR and 170G/60Z WHOLEMEAL FLOUR HALF A TEASPOON OF SALT HALF A TEASPOON BICARBONATE OF SODA 190ML/10 FLUID OZ BUTTERMILK (if you can't find buttermilk you can use half natural plain yoghurt mixed with half cold milk - but buttermilk is best) Preheat oven to 200c/180 fan/Gas 6 Put the flours, salt and bicarb in a large bowl. Make well in the middle and add the buttermilk. Stir quickly with a metal fork to form a soft dough. If the dough is too stiff, add a little cold milk, but the dough should not be wet or sticky Turn sough onto a lightly floured surface, knead briefly, form into a round, then flatten slightly. Put dough on a lightly floured baking sheet and cut a big cross on the top. Bake in centre of oven for about 30 mins - until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. enjoy.....
  15. Cheers everyone. I enjoy cooking and I like experimenting. I'm not good at everything though and often can't get even the simple things to turn out right. I'm not great at making home-made pastry and my suet dumplings are often more like cannonballs than light and fluffy. I also never seem to get plain boiled rice quite right - it's either too al-dente or as claggy as wallpaper paste. Some my experiments have been failures too. Any attempts at cooking squid or octopus have always ended up far tooo chewy - like strips of rubber tyres!
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