Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Why most of us DO NOT have the attention span of a gnat!

We won't be watching anymore of the 'new' series of Coast. BBC2 - you should be ashamed of yourselves.

It is bad enough on most of the commercial channels that we have to put up with "coming up after the break" ... "before the break you watched" etc., but this 'new' series does just that - constantly:(

On top of that, it is mostly a compilation of bits and pieces, often tiny fragments, of previous shows from the last 10 years.

The Coast music snippets I used to love listening to, when they were snippets. Now they are almost constantly screaming away in the background, often, you can't even hear what the presenter is saying.

Worse still, they are calling it The Great ? Guide. During the first programme, about Cornwall, the link presenter Tessa Dunlop said, The Great Cornish/Cornwall Guide a mere 23 times, that wasn't counting the numbers of times on top of that, that she said The Great Guide or even the Guide!

Did I remember to say, The Great Cornish Guide, oh sorry, I forgot, I meant to say before the break, or was it coming up after the break. I can't quite remember, oh yes, it was before the break and it will be coming up after the break.

What will, you ask? Well, The Great Guide of course:(

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness part of the poem by John Keats, probably best defines Autumn to me. There is a definite change in the air, a slight nip to the mornings, evenings drawing in and the need to wrap up just a little bit warmer.

There are still harvests to pick, the garden to tidy and slowly put to sleep for winter:

For those of us with wood burners, logs to be bought, stored and brought inside, kindling to be chopped, newspapers to be begged and also stored. Pine cone stores to be looked at and the decision made whether to go out for a pine cone walk to top them up.

Chutneys, jams and relishes to be made and squirrelled away for the colder months and early warmer months next year.

For me though, one of the difining times is the arrival of rainbows in my dining room:
These just get better and better for a few weeks, then they, like Autumn, are gone for another year.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Using up the chilli's

We quite liked the stuffed chilli recipe we tried, using our own home made cream cheese, so thought we would try another recipe using cream cheese, pineapple and bacon.

Not quite so good. When the pineapple was added to the cream cheese, it made it too runny. This in turn made it difficult to wrap them in bacon. That resulted in them boiling rather than roasting in the oven.

If we do this again, we would probably opt for well drained cottage cheese to mix the pineapple into to!

They tasted okay (but we both thought not as good as previously):
They were served with home grown tomatoes but bought in Rosti.