Archive for August, 2011

Funny advert, Duct tape Tron

I know this is the second post in a row of putting up a video link on the blog, which could be construed as lazy blogging but this made me smile.


Danny Macaskill – Industrial Revolutions

Video after video Danny Macaskill dishes out some amazing skills on his bike

Maple syrup smoothie

I’ve never put maple syrup in a smoothie before but I keep reading and hearing about how good it is for you, take for example the research by Navindra Seeram at Rhode Island University.  So today I added just a touch to this mornings smoothie and it tastes alright but I think with the sweetness of the strawberries and blueberries already in there its a bit too sweet.

Lesson learnt; a good way to add sweetness to a smoothie when the fruits a bit tart

So tomorrows breakfast?  I’m planning on eating my own body weight in pancakes, not just drizzled in maple syrup but soaked.


Dog walk wildlife

Out walking the dog the other morning I came across this fella blocking my path, with a little gentle encouragement he dissapeared back of into the long grass. Its the first ‘live’ one I’ve seen all summer, the others crossed the road at the wrong time.

I only had my iphone rather than my Nikon, but I still think it came out alright.

Mission for the day

Months ago I had some top soil delivered for building veg beds in the garden, the excess has sat on the driveway ever since. Todays mission is to get it shifted.

I feel a stiff back coming on……..

Noisy wildlife

While I don’t know for sure if this little guy is the culprit from the other morning, I’m far happier that he’s using the feeder to fill him self up rather than hammering into the house.


Dr Pepper ribs recipe

My follow up food post after the ‘meh’ korma is a somewhat more successful stab at some BBQ ribs in a Dr Pepper marinade.  I was a little unsure as to whether or not I’d give theses a go but them come highly recommended in the September issue of the BBC’s Olive magazine.

Although time consuming, the ingredient list is short and the effort is minimal. You will need;

  • Approximately 1.5kg of pork ribs
  • 1.5 liters of Dr Pepper 
  • 2 Star anise
  • 8 Whole allspice berries

Bung that lot into a roasting pan, making sure the ribs are fleshy side down, and cover tightly with foil.

Now put them in apre heated oven at the low temp of 150 degrees c for 2 hours. This is the perfect time to go drink beer.

Between beers and during the 2 hour window you need to get the glaze ready, you’ll need;

  • A further 200 ml of Dr Pepper
  • 6 tbsp of soft brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp of tomato ketchup
  • 1.5 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of ground allspice

Put that lot in a pan and simmer for a while, until they are thick and syrupy.  This took longer than I was expecting so I’d aim to have at least 30 mins of time on the stove so you can keep it on a gentle heat rather than too hot and risk burning it and ruining the flavour as you rush to get it ready of the ribs.

Have you BBQ ready and take the ribs from the roasting tin, leaving the juices behind and place fleshy side up and baste with the glaze. Roast for 30 mins, adding more glaze halfway through.

If you don’t have a BBQ you could finish them off in the oven, just make sure and drain the liquid and turn the oven up to 200 degrees c.

I served mine up with a summery potato salad, and they were brilliant.

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