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FIRETHORN1

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  1. Yes, shin beef, chuck & skirt are amongst the cheaper cuts, but I live in London - so everything is more expensive than it is in Sheffield. I find the meat that you can buy in supermarkets in cling-film wrapped polystyrene trays is bland and tasteless, so I try, as far as possible, to buy my meat from a "proper" butcher. I tend to go for the cheaper cuts of beef, lamb and pork - but it's still pretty pricey when you're on a limited income.
  2. After a great deal of time spent trying to contact Lloyd's Pharmacy head office - and being passed from pillar to post when I finally got through - I'm relieved to say that my housebound old mum finally had her repeat prescription delivered yesterday. Apparently, the Far Lane Pharmacy had been closed for a while because one of their staff had tested positive for Covid. These are perilous times for everyone and I understand that precautions have to be taken if a member of staff is infected. The staff who work in the Far Lane Pharmacy are very helpful and pleasant - we have no complaints about them at all. However, I still think that a big company like Lloyds should have a fall-back plan for when one of their branches has to close at short notice. My mum's prescription was due to be delivered on 19th October and it was actually delivered on 29th, after she'd already completely run out of at least one of her important medications. It could have been disastrous!
  3. I've bought ghee in my local branch of Asda -which is readily available, because I live in an area of London where loads of people use it. The problem is that it tends to come only in large tins - and it's very expensive. Not a problem if you use it often - but a bit of a waste of money if you only use it occasionally, like I do. It keeps for a reasonably long time in the fridge, but eventually goes a bit manky. My suggestion would be to make your own - then you can just make as much, or as little, as you need. Ghee is just basically clarified butter. All you need to do is to melt some unsalted -or lightly salted - butter in a saucepan. Allow to cool slightly, then skim off the frothy, milky stuff that floats to the top. This clarified butter will keep for for a week or so in the fridge - if you keep it in a lidded container
  4. Does anyone have an alternative contact number for the Lloyds Pharmacy on Far Lane? The number I'm calling - 0114 233 7529 - just gives continuous ringing tone and is never answered...not even by the usual "robot" voice asking you to press 1 for this, 2 for that ...etc, etc. I'm worrying that I'm trying to contact the wrong bloody number.!
  5. There are many problems with the Lloyds pharmacy on Far Lane. My mum, who is in her 80's, severely disabled and housebound, is reliant on having her repeat prescriptions delivered by the Far Lane pharmacy. Her prescriptions are often delivered several days late and there is usually at least one or two items missing. When she contacts the pharmacy by 'fone, she's invariably told that the items are "out of stock" . How can such big, national company like Lloyds Pharmacy run out of vital medications? If one branch is out of stock, then surely they should be able to get supplies from one of their many other branches? My mum's latest repeat prescription was delivered last week - with 2 vital items missing. I have been trying to contact the pharmacy since Thursday last week, but they are just not answering the 'fone. My mum has now completely run out of one of her important medications, so the current situation is threatening to her health - and maybe even threatening to her life! In desperation, I've also spent the last 2 days trying to contact her GP's surgery (which is also in Far Lane, next door to the pharmacy). The GP's surgery are also not answering their 'fone! I live and work in London....my mum lives in Sheffield. It's not as if I can just easily nip out and collect her prescription from another pharmacy! It's not the Covid virus that's killing off the elderly and the vulnerable - it's the complete collapse of all the systems that they rely on to support them. It's appalling!
  6. 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" . 😀
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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,
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 !
  20. 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.
  21. When I came up to Sheffield in mid- December, in the lead up to Christmas 2019, I did my old mum's shopping at the nearby Hillsborough Morrison's. The moving pavements and lift weren't working. I came up again in mid January this year, to look after my old mum after a cataract operation - and the moving pavements and lifts still weren't working. Then lockdown came in, my elderly and " severely clinically vulnerable" old mum had to isolate for several months, so I wasn't to visit her and stay over in her house with her until a couple of weeks ago, Yet again. I went to do her shopping at Hillsborough Morrison's......and yet again, the moving pavements and lifts still weren't working! No big deal for me - I'm reasonably fit and active and can easily get up and down the steps when I shop there - but what about the elderly and disabled? I lost count of the number of doddery old and disabled people, on sticks and crutches, that I had to help up and down the steps - and as for the people in wheelchairs or mobility buggies - well - they had no access at all! What are Hillsborough Morrison's playing at? There's a hugely elderly and infirm demographic in that area - so surely Morrison's are doing themselves out of a lot of business by failing to fix their lift or moving payment access, I understand that these mechanical lifts and escalators can fail and often need repairs and regular maintenance - but to leave them out of service for more than 8 months and to deny a huge chunk of their customer base the opportunity to shop there not only denies the old and disabled the access to do their shopping , but it also makes no business sense for Morrison's to deny access to people who want to spend their money there. Is it really so hard to get the lift and the moving pavements working again?
  22. Just wondering what's happened to the Sheffield Foodies forum? I seem to be the only one posting on here on here on a regular basis these days! Has everyone run out of ideas, stopped cooking, shopping and trying new stuff? Down the last few years, I've learned a lot and picked up a lot of ideas and recipes from people like Taxman, Happyaslarry, Hauxwell, MaxVinella etc....plus many other regular contributors Where are you guys??. I've really missed the banter on the "Foodies forum" and hope that it will soon resume.
  23. Ooh yes - I remember being sent to Hemming's shop at the end of Marlcliffe Road when I was a young child in the mid-to-late 60's. Their "unique selling point" in those days is that they were open when most "normal" grocery shops were closed - like on Sundays, or until about 7 or 8pm in the evenings. My mum always hated them, because she said they exploited people by making them pay vastly inflated prices for things she'd run out of when the "normal" shops were closed. She only ever sent us there occasionally, when she'd run out of bread, milk, or summat equally vital - and she always bitterly resented the prices they charged! I recall that they had really high counters - you had to reach above your head to pay them and pick up your purchases - but maybe I'm exaggerating that. because I was a small kid at the time. I also remember being sent to the Brightside & Carbrook Co-Op on Dykes Hall Rd. It was situated between the top of Far Lane and the top of Wynyard Rd. The old B&C premises are a betting shop and a takeaway sandwich shop now, but in the 60's. it was the "go to" local shop for everyone on the local Sutton Estate that surrounded it. My mum would send me along there with her shopping list - and her Co-Op "share number" written on the bottom - telling me that I must quote the share number - on pain of death, if I forgot! It was "counter service" only. You handed your shopping list to the shop assistants - a couple of white-coated, middle aged women, who fulfilled your order nd brought it to the counter. However, stuff like butter, cheese and bacon was hand-cut from huge slabs behind the counter - so if you wanted to buy anything that was cut from a slab- like a chunk of cheese, a pat of butter or a slice or two of bacon, the white-coated women would call for the store manager - a pompous middle-aged bloke in a brown jacket - like Arkwright out of "Open all Hours" - would emerge from the back room and fulfil your order, like he was doing you a massive favour! Quite why the women shop assistants weren't allowed to dispense slabs of butter, chunks of cheese or slices of bacon, I'm not sure. Maybe menopausal middle-aged women were not to be trusted with dangerous weapons....like butter pats, cheese wires....or bacon knives!
  24. Thanks Medusa. I've learned something from you! I bought something called Orzo in a fairly obscure ethnic shop a couple of years ago - which I assume is the same thing as the Orzotto you refer to. I enjoyed it and looked for it again, but was never able to find it. I always assumed that Orzo/Orzotto was a kind of pasta, or maybe a kind of rice - and it was only on reading your reply that I realized that it was actually a kind of barley. I'll keep looking for farro or orzotto - but will use pearl barley as a substitute if I can't find it.
  25. Just wondered if any of you fellow Sheffield foodies have ever eaten or cooked with farro? It's a wheat grain, and when cooked, it's supposed to be fairly similar in taste and texture to a nutty kind of pearl barley. Apparently, it makes a really brilliant risotto. I've cooked a pearl barley risotto before, it turned out well and we really enjoyed it. It made a nice alternative to using risotto rice. I've searched high and low for farro, but haven't been able to find it in any shops - not even the poncey delicatessens. It's available online, but costs a bomb - and when you add the delivery charge - well - it would probably be cheaper to buy caviar!
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