# Monday, November 17, 2008

The Royal Society of Chemistry has issued a recipe for the perfect Yorkshire pudding. Apparently the puddings should be at least 10cm high and based on the following formula carbohydrate + H2O + protein + NaCl + lipids. The full recipe is below

The Royal Society of Chemistry Yorkshire Pudding

Ingredients

Tablespoon and a half of plain flour.
1 egg.
Half milk, half water to make a thin batter.
Half a teaspoon of salt.

Method

Put flour in a bowl, make a well in the middle, add the egg, stir until the two are combined then start gradually adding the milk and water combining as you go.

Add the liquid until the batter is a smooth and thin consistency.

Stir in half teaspoon of salt and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Put beef dripping into Yorkshire pudding tins or into one large tin but don't use too much fat.

Put into hot oven until the fat starts to smoke.

Give the batter a final stir and pour into the tin or tins.

Place in hot oven until well risen - should take 10 to 15 minutes.

posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 10:25:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 16, 2008

This article suggests that sleeping for less than seven and a half hours a night can raise the risk of heart disease by up to fours time. On average people in Britain get about seven hours of hours by a third of people in Britain only have five hours of sleep or less. Scientists have blamed the trend towards shorter nights' sleep for increasing the risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. The research was based upon studying 1,255 patients with high blood pressure over a period of 23 months. 1,007 people slept for more than 7.5 hours a night and 248 slept for less time. Getting less sleep was associated with a 27% increase in the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Based on this, I think I need more sleep.

posted on Sunday, November 16, 2008 10:30:02 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 15, 2008

This is an interesting idea from Lancashire police. They are distributing cat bells for elderly people to attach to valuable items. The idea is that when someone tries to steal a handbag or purse that has bells attached, it will ring as an alarm alerting the owner. The use of cat bells in this way has already proved to be a success in other areas.

posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008 11:51:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 14, 2008

This is quite interesting, its a new scheme being offered by Sainsbury's that will allow staff to gain a qualification through on the job training. They will offer a qualification in shelf stacking and stock taking and a GCSE in literacy and numeracy. They will also give staff on the job training which will count towards an NVQ. The company currently has around 150,000 employees and hopes that about 25% of its work force will get one of the qualifications in the next five years. Investing in your staff can only be a good idea.

posted on Friday, November 14, 2008 12:49:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If your cat has been giving you evil looks recently, then it might be planning to kill you. This useful checklist will help you find out whether your cat is plotting your demise. It includes useful tips such as when the cat pummels you with its paws, it is not a sign of affection, they are actually checking your internal organs for signs of weakness and digging in the litter box is practice for burying bodies.

posted on Friday, November 14, 2008 12:46:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 13, 2008

You don't see much odd shaped veg in the the supermarket but that could be about to change. Current EU regulations mean that there are strict guidelines as to what fruit and veg can be actually be sold. Cucumbers for example cannot be sold is they are crooked or if they have blemishes and apples under 50mm in diameter cannot be sold. The regulations are now due to be relaxed because every year tonnes of perfectly edible produce is discarded because it does not meet the guidelines. Personally I am not too bothered whether my carrots are a little bit crooked or potatoes misshapen, as long as the veg tastes good I am happy to buy it.

posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:07:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 12, 2008

According to this article owners of fat pets could be fined or jailed under new government rules. The rules set out a pet code of conduct and owners could be penalised with a fine of up to £20,000 if they fail to follow it. The rules are designed to protect animals from cruelty but many of them are just common sense. They include providing mental stimulation for pets, giving animals somewhere suitable to live and to go to the toilet and making sure upstairs windows are cat proofed. It all seems a little simplistic and in my opinion any responsible pet owner will already know they need to take these measures.

posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:00:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This article suggests that obesity could be contagious. Apparently its all down to how fat you feel compared to other people around you. Two leading economists have said that in a society where there are a growing number of overweight people, you are less bothered about staying slim. It seems that as obesity becomes more common the perception of what is counted as obese changes or as the article puts it "When my neighbour gets a little fatter, I ...become a little fatter since it is now not necessary to be so slim in order to compete." Judging by this if we want to be thin, we should make sure we have thin neighbours.

posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:36:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 10, 2008

lambo1460_1107551c A man who built a home made Lamborghini in his basement had to perform substantial work on his house to get it out of the basement. He had built the car over a total of seven years but it appears that it not occurred to him how he was going to get it out of the basement which did not have a door. He ended up hiring an excavator to gouge out a slope in his garden and then dig into the foundations of his house. The car was then hooked up to the excavator and pulled out. The basement was later rebuilt and Mr Imhoff has no regrets about the drastic measures needed to get the car out into the open.

posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 1:24:43 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback