Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Power of Writing Back!

I really like some newspapers - I suspect that most of us have preferred ways of getting information about what's going on in the world. The other day I read an article that was most unfortunately un-proofed, and wrote a letter to the editors about it. The next day it had changed to this.

Here are a couple of parts of the current story, with the original lines just below then, shaded in teal.

Mrs Cromar, from Murray, near Salt Lake City, Utah, has been told she is due to have a boy and a girl.
Mrs Cromar, from Murray, near Salt Lake City, Utah, has been told she is a boy and a girl.

Less than 100 people in the world are known to have "double pregnancies".
Less than 100 people in the world are known to have given birth to babies that are not twins.

As you can see, the new version is a lot more believable, but the original was definitely very entertaining to read.

The food item I forgot to blog was one a few weeks ago, and is called Cheese and Onion Pie. It's a recipe from my mother, is great hot, and, strangely, is really good cold too, especially in this weather. Before we start, however, I should reassure all of you who think that onions are round stinky things that make you cry. This doesn't have to be so - onions can be tamed, and we'll see how here.

Ingredients and Things
  • You'll need an oven-proof "thing", like a casserole or fairly big pot to bake it in. If you can, use one with a lid, to cover it after you've served.
  • A normal pot to cook the onions in.
  • Enough onions to fill the casserole twice when raw - when cooked they fill in the holes!
  • At least a pound of grated cheese - maybe two.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Frozen pastry - two pieces (one to line the casserole, one to top it. The top one may well "lend" to help the lining.
  • Some butter.
What To Do
  1. Put water into the pot and boil it
  2. Peel the onions (probably as quickly as you can - use running water to rinse them as you cut to stop the tears) and chop each into 8
  3. Put onions into pot and boil for about 8-10 minutes. They'll start falling apart, which is good, and begin to go soft. Take them out as soon as they begin to soften.
  4. Wipe the inside of the casserole with butter so that the pastry doesn't stick too much when you serve.
  5. Line the casserole with pastry.
  6. Put in a layer of cheese, topped with some salt and pepper.
  7. Add a layer of onion pieces.
  8. Add another layer of cheese, salt, and pepper, and another of onions.
  9. Continue until you reach the top, or run out of something!
  10. Use the rest of the pastry to make a lid.
  11. Cook in the oven at 350F for about 30 minutes. The top should be brown and crisp now.
  12. Serve hot!

Bon appétit!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Another Sufferer

Just over a year ago my AG was suddenly struck down with the most terrible pain, which turned out to be caused by gall stones. She had them removed and all has been lots better. The writer of the Bold Soul blog, in Paris, has just gone through the same thing. Here's hoping she gets well soon.