Saturday 16 August 2014

Mee Goreng Recipe.

Ingredients: -

  • 4 Table spoons vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 Medium onion, sliced
  • 250 Grams minced lamb
  • Half jar (95 grams) "Woh Hup" Singapore Mee Goreng Paste
  • 4 piece fried bean curd, cut into small cubes
  • 1 Tomato, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 Green chillies, chopped after removing seeds
  • Quarter of 1 sweetheart cabbage, shredded
  • 2 Medium potatoes or sweet potatoes, boiled and cubed.
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 Cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 Packet fresh yellow egg noodles (375 grams.)
  • 2 Table spoons soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 lime, quartered.


  1. Heat the oil in wok and fry the minced lamb until cooked through.
  2. Add the onions and green chillies, cook for five minutes.
  3. Add Mee Goreng paste and fry for three minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add cabbage, tomatoes and bean sprouts. Stir fry about 5 minutes.
  5. Now add potatoes and fry briefly.
  6. Add noodles and sprinkle with soy sauce. Fry until hot.
  7. Move ingredients to one side of wok.
  8. In free space, cook thin layers of egg until dry and chopped.
  9. Stir egg into the noodles and add bean curd and seasoning.
  10. Continue to stir fry until hot and not too soggy.
  11. Sprinkle with lime juice for a taste burst and serve.

Makes 3 or 4 portions.


Monday 11 August 2014


These days it is not the norm to wear swimming trunks and most chaps wear long shorts with flowery patterns on them, in a style thought to vaguely resemble Hawaiian surfing toggery.

But for me, the extra effort of dragging all that material weight through the water when going for a swim, is something I would prefer not to do.

The problem is, that it is now difficult to find suitable swimming trunks in the shops and it is even harder to find trunks that fit.

Not long ago, I bought a large pair, after reading that this waist size suited my measurements. Unfortunately, these were too large and if I was not careful, there was a danger of my coconuts dropping out of a leg hole.

Undaunted, I then bought a medium pair of a similar design. Alas, these were too small, to a degree which encouraged the aforementioned coconuts, to retract into the abdominal cavity.

Why is it so hard to find a suitable fit? I blame it on the trend for generalised sizing. If you are not exactly in the middle of a small, medium, large or extra large pattern, you are forced into a fringe fitting, barely suitable for your needs.

Sunday 3 August 2014

Bird Table Cage.

Because the larger birds like Wood Pigeons, Jackdaws and Magpies, have been monopolizing the bird table for months, gobbling up all the food put there in minutes, the smaller birds have been left with little to feed them on the table. Latterly, I stopped putting food out entirely. It was just too expensive for no good returns. 

Now however, the small birds are the chosen ones. This week I fitted the bird table with a protective cage, which effectively keeps out larger birds and even squirrels. 

To begin with I was sceptical that the birds would enter the enclosed space, after all, it does resemble a trap. I also thought that even the largest apertures, (30 mm square,) would not be big enough to allow Blackbirds entry.

It took only a day for the local birds to case the joint and add it to their go to zones. Now they are popping in an out in an unconcerned fashion. They are in fact much safer as they feed. Blackbirds have a bit of a squeeze, but nothing uncomfortable. Best of all, any food placed on the table, lasts them much longer than in the days of the pushy plunderers.

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