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  1. Love alL these replies - and I've heard various permutations of many of them - like when we used to ask my dad "what's for tea" , he would say "a sniff of your mother's apron and a kick up t'arse"..... which I guess is much the same meal as "sh-t wi' sugar on" . 😀
  2. Thanks for the replies. Already been to Currys - they seem to have quite a few free standing gas cookers with side-opening oven doors, but all their electric cookers seem to have only pull-down doors. Unfortunately the place my mum is moving to is all-electric, so we need to find her an electric cooker.
  3. Does anyone know where we can get hold of a free-standing electric cooker with a side-opening oven door? My old mum is confined to a wheelchair and although she can cook for herself, she needs a cooker with an oven door that opens from the side, because she can't reach into an oven with a door that pulls down forwards. Unfortunately most electric cookers that we've seen in shops, or online, seem to have oven doors that pull down, rather than oven doors that can be opened from the side . If anyone knows of any brand of electric cookers with a side opening oven door, I'd be very grateful if you could let me know.
  4. Oops! Sorry Hauxwell, just re-read my earlier post and saw that I'd stupidly failed to include a tin of chopped tomatoes on the above recipe I gave you. It's a bad oversight by me, because I'm afraid that this curry would be quite bland without including the tomatoes. After you've sweated down the onions, garlic, ginger, then added the curry paste and cooked for a further couple of mins, that's the time to add a tin of chopped tomatoes and cook down for a few minutes until the juice has reduced & thickened a bit - then just follow the rest of the recipe above. Apologies for my omission of such a vital ingredient when I sent you my recipe!
  5. Hi Hauxwell - happy to share my veggie curry recipe with you. I sweat down a load of chopped onions in a bit of ghee or vegetable oil. When translucent, I add a load of chopped garlic, ginger and fresh chillis and then I add a couple of tablespoons of curry paste and stir around for a minute or 2. I make my own curry pastes and powders, but the store-bought versions are fine too. I then add a couple of hands-full of raw red lentils and some vegetable stock and simmer for about 20 mins until the lentils are partially cooked. I then add a tin of chickpeas, a tin of coconut milk and cook for about another 20 mins. I then add all the veg. It's your choice what you use, but I tend to use chopped and cubed potatoes, carrots, aubergines, broccoli, courgettes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes etc. Then I just gently simmer on the stove -top for a couple of hours . If you keep checking it - It's quite easy . If it looks a bit "wet", just turn up the heat and reduce it down a bit - but if it looks a bit "dry", just add a bit of coconut milk, stock, water . ..or whatever. This is a lovely veggie curry - I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
  6. I suppose it depends what you are looking for in the area that you choose to live in. Are you looking to buy somewhere to live - or do you intend to rent? I grew up in the Wadsley/Loxley/Wisewood areas of Sheffield 6 and although I've lived and worked in London for most of my adult life, it's those areas that I will choose to move back to when I come "home" to Sheff in my retirement years. I think you get the best of both worlds in those areas - on the one hand, you're near to shops and supermarkets and on the other hand you are very near to lovely, open countryside. The public transport system is ok - an ok bus service and a tram service from Hillsborough that will get you into the city centre in less than half an hour... and there are some decent schools not too far away if you have kids. Property prices are not the cheapest in Sheffield, but quite reasonable if you're looking to buy. Rents are a bit steep in that area and there's not a huge amount of choice if you are looking for posh "artisan" type shops - like independent outlets, fancy delis, ethnic restaurants, lively modern pubs and bars etc - but all of these are only a short drive or public transport trip away. I'd definitely recommend large parts of Sheff 6 as one of the "nicer" areas for you to consider. Can't comment on any of the "less nice" areas, because I've never lived in any of 'em! Hope this helps,
  7. Thanks for your advice everyone! Well, I've now given the tinned jackfruit a try. When you open the tin, it smells faintly like over-ripe fruit or veg. Not a nasty smell at all - just a bit like when you open the fruit/veg/salad drawer in the fridge and there's something in there that's going ever so slightly past it's best. To look at, it looks a bit like finely shredded pulled pork and when tasted straight from the can, it tasted of nowt at all - just like bland, soft shreds of something vegetable-ish in slightly sweet/slightly salty water. I made my usual lentil and mixed vegetable curry and added the tin of jackfruit to it. It added some bulk and unusual texture, but I can't say that it added much flavour. The nearest I can get to describing it is to say that, in both taste and texture, it was a bit like that that dried soya "substitute meat" stuff that you can buy in health food shops. Although there was nothing remotely unpleasant about it, I doubt that I'll be rushing out to buy tinned Jackfruit again. On the plus side though, my veggie friend - who I cooked this curry for - absolutely loved the curry I made with it....and it was very economical to make too! The 400g tin of Jackfruit cost me 59p in Aldi .... so it was much, much cheaper than making the same curry with the equivalent quantity of meat, chicken, fish or shellfish!
  8. I bought a tin of Jackfruit in Aldi today. I bought it because it sounded interesting and because it was very cheap, but it was only after I got home with it that I realised that I have no idea what the hell to do with it.... or how to use it. There are no instructions on the tin whatsoever! Has anyone ever tried or cooked with Jackfruit? Aby ideas will be gratefully received! x
  9. You've definitely got a point there andyofborg. I've always been a bit of a greedy fat porker....and even more so since the beginning of lockdown! I love cooking - mostly savoury stuff....but during lockdown, I've been experimenting with cooking and baking sweet stuff too. I always thought I was rubbish at cooking sweet stuff, but it's actually turned out that I'm quite good at it. The upside is that it's mostly turned out really well..... the downside is that I'm just getting fatter and fatter......and fatter! Aaargh!
  10. I agree with Magneteer. Of course, building new housing in a beautiful wooded valley is not ideal - especially for those people who are already living in the aforementioned "beautiful wooded valley", but the plain fact is that we have a rapidly growing population and unless we start culling people, or compulsorily sterilising them, the population will continue to grow - and we will simply need more housing to accommodate this growing population. We particularly need more Social Housing, for those people who can't afford - and who never will be able to afford - to buy their own properties. The last 3 generations of my family grew up on the Sutton and Wisewood Social Housing estates, adjacent to the Loxley Valley. It was a lovely place to grow up - nice houses, most with their own front and/ or back gardens. close enough to shopping and transport links, yet also on the doorstep of wonderful countryside. If you look at old fotos of that area from the 1920's/30's - ie before the Sutton & Wisewood estates were built there, you will see that it was mostly fields and farming land . My point here is, that if you are going to cater to the needs of a growing population, you have to accept that you are going to have to build on green belt land to some extent. The key to me is how you do this. Don't just throw up crap, system built housing, - like Kelvin Flats for example - but plan ahead and build the kind of homes that people will be proud of and enjoy living in. If you build decent housing that people can comfortably live in, if you back this up with decent local services and transport links, then it will be do - able. Not ideal by any means - but just like when the Sutton and Wisewood estates were built there in the 1920's and 30's - it would definitely be do-able.
  11. Here I am, all these years later - and yet I still haven't managed to find anything like what I'd call a proper old-style black pudding anywhere in Sheff. I like the squidgy black puds, with the distinct squares of fat in them. I've tried most of the places mentioned on earlier on this thread. They were all ok, but not exactly what I'd call a "proper" black pud. The nearest I've found over the past couple of years has been from Kevin Stenton's (formerly MarkTalbot's) butcher's - in Hillsborough. It's nice but not exactly what I'd call a proper old style black pudding. Does anyone out there have any recommendations?
  12. In 1993 - or maybe '94 - I went holiday to Barbados with a friend from work and stayed with her family who lived in Speightstown. All the tourists would bake themselves lobster-red on the beach all day, but the local residents would come out for a dip in the sea when the sun was going down and all the tourists had gone in. During these twilight swims I got nattering to a couple of very old, obviously very wealthy American ladies, who would come out of their posh beach-side villa and bathe in the sea for a while. It was only after I'd been chatting away to them for several days that I found out that I'd been talking to Claudette Colbert - a huge Hollywood movie star from the 1930's/40's - and her partner, who she'd been in a relationship with for many years. I just thought of them as a nice old gay couple and I was gobsmacked when I found out I'd been gossiping for days with an old Hollywood movie legend.
  13. Disposable face masks - or rather the people who chuck them around as litter in public places when they take them off! The main cause of litter in the streets on buses/trains etc used to be takeaway food containers - but now it's these damn disposable face masks. If we have to wear these horrible things, it's much more economical and environmentally friendly to use a washable version that can be used over and over again.
  14. Watching all the recent TV documentaries about plastic pollution in the oceans and seeing lovely sea-creatures being ensnared and choking /drowning to death, I completely agree that we need to drastically reduce our use of plastic bags, but I wonder if we are going about it it the right way. When they were free of charge, I always used to use my supermarket carrier bags as bin-liners for my pedal bin, but since they've started charging for carrier bags, I use my own bags to do my shopping - but then I buy bin-liners for my pedal bin....which are also plastic bags! I therefore feel that I'm not using any less plastic bags.....I'm just paying a bit more for the ones that I do use !
  15. I accept that the escalators and lifts are the landlord's responsibility, not Morrison's themselves, but you'd think they'd chase up their landlord to get the access problems fixed, given that it's doing them out of a lot of business. Most elderly and infirm people I know who shop there would get the bus to and from the Hillsborough Interchange when doing their Morrison's shop. I know that there's level access via the far side of the car park, but it's a bit too much of a trek for a lot of the old and doddery folk.
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