An unusual & delicious apple pie, given extra texture and flavour by the addition of tinned poppy seed. Uses mainly ready-made ingredients, and thus cutting down on time and avoiding culinary mishaps.
Kitchen tricks to make life easier in the kitchen & save wasting food. Thrifty kitchen secrets which are simple to follow: from using up pickle vinegar to storing fresh herbs & buying imported food.
Camembert leek and pancetta tart is a rustic French dish, very quick and easy to make, and suitable for an inexperienced cook to have a try. Use ready-made puff pastry to save time and mess.
A child suffered serious harm due to her mother continuing to drink during her pregnancy even though warned of the dangers. Should she be charged as a criminal, giving a new right to the victim?
Showcasing my collection of Beswick/Royal Albert Figurines in the Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit series; about Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit models, the Beswick factory, and significance of Backstamps.
If you like chilli and the flavor of prawns or shrimps mixed in with them, you're going to love this quick and easy recipe for a condiment which will keep for a few weeks - make enough for a present
If you are learning English as a second language, you'll find it helpful to study these common English idioms about death, to learn when to use the appropriate phrase. Fun for English speakers too.
Sarin is a deadly poison, a toxic nerve agent which works swiftly, and is difficult to detect. It has been used in chemical warfare, and is very much in the news because of events in Syria and Iraq
Ricin has been used as a political weapon in several recent cases. Here you can find out about the plant, the poison, the symptoms of ricin poisoning , famous poisoning cases and biological warfare
Ginger is a natural painkiller, honey is traditionally used for healing, and lemon is full of vitamin C. Here's an easy recipe to show you how to combine them into a healthy and comforting drink
The English are very keen on their boundaries, marking out their land and ownership, which has given rise to many idioms and expressions relating to fences, ditches, boundaries and walls—Good for ESL.
A discussion about food waste, with a poll and some Amazon and eBay products relating to recycling food waste
Butternut squash soup is slightly sweet and can be eaten hot or cold. It is very easy to prepare, and the whole process can be done in 20 minutes. So it's a good recipe for the inexperienced cook.
Easy recipe for shepherd's pie or cottage pie with a little humor & advice about alternatives. This delicious recipe is suitable for beginners & has been in my family for over 50 years.
If you have a lot of vegetables, especially potato and greens, left over after your roast dinner, here is an easy way to use them up. Bubble and Squeak is a traditional British dish which is quick to make, and requires absolutely no culinary talent. You just mash and fry.
Chicken and mushroom risotto is a cheap and quick way to use up your chicken leftovers. This recipe is easy and suitable for beginners.
This recipe for oven-baked baby tomatoes is very easy and suitable for a beginner cook. Use as an appetizer, spread, sauce, covering for meat or fish, or an omelette filling.
Globalization, immigration, and technological improvements have caused our eating habits to change over the last 75 years. So much we now take for granted but I was aged 7 before I ever saw a banana
English taste in food has changed a lot since World War II reflecting immigration, technology, globalization, health, convenience & price considerations. Facts, Photos & also a Poll about Food
An easy recipe that's suitable for beginners and shows how to make this delicious leek and potato soup. Very few ingredients needed: leeks, onions, potatoes, and a few common flavorings.
I have researched stevia for my own information and summarise it here, as I know that many people will want to know more about it without having to study numerous scientific treatises in detail.
Malala Yousafzai lived in Pakistan. She wanted to go to school but the Taliban decreed that girls should stay home and not be educated. Malala insisted on attending school, and was shot in the head for her troubles. She was air-lifted to the UK where she is is recovering in hospital. She was very...
How much do you know about Breadfruit? Here you will learn what breadfruit looks like, where it comes from, how breadfrut grows and how to cook it. There is a quick and easy recipe for breadfruit curry and another simple recipe for roast breadfruit. There is also a video and a Poll about...
Kohlrabi is an unusual vegetable - learn what it tastes like, and how to use it, with links to various kholrabi recipes, a poll and a video about kholrabi. Try it - you might find you like it.
Learn a few English Proverbs and Sayings, wth some humorous examples of how the phrases should be used. If English is your home language, see how many phrases you recognize and use yourself. There is also a poll, a video about an amazing performing parrot called Einstein, and some pictures.
My poem about a builders' depot, written whilst sitting and philosophizing outside the warehouse, waiting for my son to load up. A builders' depot is a little world of its own - a bit of a men's world
Words to help you conquer your doubts and overcome fear. Written as a song, but the meaning is loud and clear.
Bread and Butter Pudding is a traditional English recipe which is very quick and cheap to make, using a couple of slices of stale bread. So if you hate wasting food, here is a recipe for a delicious pudding. You can prepare it in 5 minutes or less, and then all you need to do is pop it in the...
5 ways to keep your children entertained or occupied whilst you are stuck in an airport queue. If you travel with children, you know the misery of having bored and restless kids creating havoc. And you may have heard that the queues at Heathrow Airport and other English airports can keep you...
I used to cook in a restaurant and learned to make the perfect omelette—it's so easy once you grasp the basic technique.
A moral issue about smoking and a man dying of emphysyma: how tough is "tough love", when the harm has already been done irreversibly? He's on his deathbed begging for cigarettes - what would you do?
If your home language is English, I hope this web page will amuse you, and if you are a student of English, learning to speak English as a second language (ESL), you should find this list of sayings about eggs very helpful. Without too much difficulty, I have managed to think of ten sayings about...
An easy recipe for a delicious French-style salad dressing or vinaigrette. All my recipes are suitable for beginners and require minimal skill
We've all met someone like this. I just chose to write a poem about him. Do you recognize this character? Nearly everyone knows a version of him - you don't know where you stand with a man like that
Learn how to cook vegetables such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli with these simple steps.
These veggies make a hearty meal that's perfect for any day of the year. I especially like to make them for Christmas dinner!
Inexperienced cooks need to know how to cook onions, a basic ingredient of many recipes. Cooking Onions is the first in my series of articles on how to cook vegetables properly; also Poll and Quiz
Tips for Saving Money in a recession, and a true story about my recent experience. Also a poll. Does your heart sink when one of your kitchen appliances goes kaput? It could be unwise to spend your money getting old kitchen appliances mended. Be aware of the average life expectancy of your white...
An easy recipe for crispy, aromatic, baked stuffed aubergine—a delicious vegetarian dish that you can use for a starter, a main course, or as an accompaniment to meat.
English tongue twisters will help students of English as a Second Language to improve their speech. It will also help people who do public speaking, such as actors,barristers,and corporate public speakers. Learning to say tongue twisters is an enjoyable method of speech training to encourage...