# Friday, March 25, 2011
Chicken in Tempura Batter

I have been experimenting with batter mixes recently having been inspired by some really nice tempura prawns I had a few weeks ago. This is my first attempt at a tempura batter. Not having any prawns I decided to try it with chicken and ended up with something resembling the chicken balls you would usually get from a Chinese take away. The recipe for the batter came from here. Basically you combine 1 egg, 1 cup (100g) of plain flour and 1 cup (200ml) of ice cold water. Then just get your oil really hot (so that a piece of bread will cook in about 2 minutes) and fry them in batches. I rested them on kitchen paper for a few minutes whilst I finished the noodles. The end result was quite good, soft perfectly cooked chicken in a very light batter. The noodles were boiled and then fried for a few minutes with some ginger, spring onion and soy sauce. Next time I will be trying this with prawns and adding a sweet chilli sauce.

posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 11:35:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 24, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests the rising cost of cotton may mean the end to cheap fashion. High street chains such as Debenhams, Next and Primark have all been affected by the rising cost of raw materials such as cotton and as such are likely to increase their prices by around 8%. This would mean an increase of about £2.40 on a pair of jeans or about £4.00 on the cost of a £50 dress.

posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 11:50:03 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 23, 2011

article-1300205674571-0B2AE1BE00000578-261121_636x389Have you ever wondered how long the world’s longest noodle might be? I’m guessing, probably not. Well the answer according to this article is 1,704 metres long. The noodle was created by a group of cooks in China and has recently set a new Guinness World Record for the longest handmade noodle.

posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:34:50 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1366421-0B2E36A700000578-682_468x626If you don’t like the thought of using “naked” scanners at airports then this may be the solution. It’s a range of underwear which claims to be x-ray proof so that your most private parts don’t show up on airport scanners. The range which includes pants and vests for men and women has been invented by a man called Steve Bradshaw. He claims that they are able to coat body parts whilst still allowing operators to see potentially dangerous objects such as guns, knives and explosives. They work by using a paint made from barium sulphate, aluminium, ground glass and other materials which reflects and scatters the x-rays in a particular area, diffusing the image but also allowing dangerous items to still be seen. It looks like an interesting idea but is still yet to be tested with a scanner.

posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:30:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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These are interesting, they are made by artist Kobi Levi who makes unusual sculptures out out of shoes. The artist from Tel Aviv, Israel spends about a week making each sculpture by hand and all the finished pieces are supposed to still be wearable. They are certainly interesting and I’m sure you would create an impact with one of these designs that looks like a swan, slingshot or children’s slide. I quite like the toucan ones.

posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:34:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article champagne sales in Britain jumped last year after a two year slump. Figures show that around five million more bottles of champagne were drunk in Britain last year than in 2009. With shipments of champagne increasing 16.3 % to 35.5 million bottles, Britain is now the second biggest drinker of champagne after France. Much of the growth is though to have been driven by the supermarkets offering champagne discounts as a way to drive customers to their stores. Whatever the reason it appears that we have developed quite a taste for the sparkling stuff.

posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:29:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 21, 2011
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This is a Lily a cat that according to this article can predict epileptic fits. Lily’s owner Nathan suffers from epilepsy but it seems that Lily can predict when the fits are about to occur acting as a kind of furry early warning system. Apparently it is not unheard of for cats to be able to do this. It make me wonder whether I should listen to my cats when they start howling for no reason, perhaps they are trying to tell me something useful after all.

posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 12:20:09 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 20, 2011
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Two new species of stingray have been discovered in the Amazon rain forest. The stingrays which have been likened to pancakes are the first new stingray genus to be found in the Amazon in more than 20 years. They have been named Heliotrygon gomesi and Heliotrygon rosai and feature slits on their bellies and a tiny spine of their tails.

posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 9:05:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 19, 2011
Poached Chicken

I tried making some poached chicken the other day and it was quite tasty. The chicken was poached for about 15 minutes in a mixture of water and wine with a few herbs to give it flavour. You can read more about poaching chicken here if you want to give it a go. The end result was a tender tasty chicken breast which I served on top of tagliatelle cooked with crème fraiche, bacon and parmesan sprinkled with parsley. It makes a fairly quick and easy mid week meal.

posted on Saturday, March 19, 2011 11:54:56 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 18, 2011

According to this article Subway has become the world’s largest fast food chain overtaking even McDonald’s. The chain now has 33,749 outlets in 95 countries whereas rival McDonalds have 32,737 and Burger King just over 12,000. Britain alone now has 1,350 Subway outlets. I suppose people perceive a sub from Subway to be a more healthy option than a McDonald’s burger when in many cases the calorie content is quite similar. I am surprised by the rapid expansion of the chain, it seems that almost every town now has a Subway.

posted on Friday, March 18, 2011 1:35:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback