Monday, 20 February 2017

War Diary Year VII - final few months!

The war diary for January has been updated. Sorry for the delay. This is the year that I shall finish on, even though we went on for a few more months. You will find it after Years V and VI on this page.

Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, 17 February 2017

An unexpected job:(

Before painting the kitchen ceiling, we noted some food splashes, although for the life of us, couldn't fathom out what or how they got there! They painted over fine once the ceiling had been scrubbed clean.

However, above one of the cabinets, we noticed some brown splashes which wouldn't clean off but painted them anyway over the weekend.

On Monday, I noticed some odd marks on the cooker top and cleaned them off. Tuesday morning they were there again. Glancing up at the ceiling above the cupboard, the brown marks were back and this time there was a bulge.

I got a chair to investigate and found the top of the cupboard wet, the inside stained and bits had gotten so soaked, they had sprung slightly out of place.

DB immediately went up to investigate - yep - a leak, from the central heating header tank. The ballcock was below the water line and the join in the overflow pipe had separated:(

The empty cardboard boxes, glass fibre insulation and board beneath that were sodden, hence the bulge in the ceiling board.

DB started repairing the white pipe, then dragged out all the wet cardboard and glass fibre, and used a bucket to partially empty the header tank, then we had a cup of tea.

We realised just how lucky we had been, another day would have seen the kitchen ceiling collapse in that spot, causing not only a repair to be effected (not cheap) as well a possibly buying a new kitchen cabinet!

Herewith the pictures, before cardboard had been lifted:
Underneath the cardboard and fibreglass:
Quite wet as is part of the ceiling joist:
We thought we had been very lucky.

Unfortunately on Thursday we heard a crash and this had happened, 10 minutes before we needed to go out:

Never seen DB clean up to fast!

Now we need to get quotes asap and get the job done, either with our own money or insurance, whichever is cheapest due to the excess we will have to pay!

Have a lovely weekend folks!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

It's only soup ... UPDATED

Except it's different, as this is the first soup I made in my new pressure cooker!

I have to be honest and say, that on the whole, they scare me to death. I know you can now get all singing all dancing electric versions but I saw this one, half price in the sales, and went for it:

As it was a use it up meal, I had 4 medium onions, 1 leek, 4 carrots and a clove of garlic to use. The rest was stock cubes, water and a good handful of split red lentils.

Once brought up to pressure it leaked steam everywhere, turned out, for some reason the valve wasn't quite clear so we left it to cool, cleaned it and tried again.

Success this time and once up to pressure, the contents were cooked for 5 minutes. I know I can use the quick release button, or put cold water over it but as I had the time, I left it to depressurise naturally - about 10 minutes.

The stick blender was utilised and hey presto - our first meal:
Tasted very nice.The following day I made some more soup:
Cooked our Sunday lunch chicken in 15 minutes - pale but very moist:
And got this much stock for some gravy and more soup:
Elaine over at Mortgage Free in Three, published a pressure cooker recipe for Beefless Stew. We adapted it slightly and got 5 bowls of this very nice dish: