Old before my time

11 05 2010

I have known for a while now that I am basically a much older man trapped in a younger mans body, the proof has been there for everyone to see for a number of years (some would say since birth!)

But last night I hit new lofty peaks of old man behaviour.

This goes beyong pickling my own onions or thinking it would be fun to visit a different supermarket, far beyond.

I spent nearly 2 solid hours looking at walking stick websites, not buying an actual walking stick you understand but rather looking at walking stick components so that I might make my own.

I was probably far more happy than a man in his mid 20’s should be on discovering a site that would sell me ram’s horn in a variety of shapes and sizes not to mention black buffalo horn.

But it’s not all doom and gloom at least I will have pickled onions to eat whilst im sitting outside in a shed whittling bits of wood and horn until they form a walking stick that I have precisely zero use for.

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Homemade Tigerbalm

23 03 2010

Well following on from yesterday when I posted my recipe for making Dit Da Jow; I dug out an old notebook and decided to look through and see what other little gems I might have lurking away.

Here is another of my all time favourites that again I haven’t made for ages:Tiger Balm

To make your very own Tiger Balm you will need the following:

3.8 ozs Beeswax pearls

2.4 ozs Menthol Crystals

1/2 oz of Petroleum Jelly

2 ozs Camphor Essential Oil

1 oz of each Clove, Cajeput and Cassia Essential Oils, if you can’t get Cassia you can use Cinnamon essential oil instead

Small metal tins or glass jars (about 4 oz.)

1/16th oz chili extract (capsaicin) – This isn’t strictly needed however I have always added it as it helps with joint pain

Melt the beeswax and petroleum jelly in the pan over very low heat.

Weigh out the menthol crystals and add to pan, the smell off of this may well be overwhelming at first so you might want to open a window.

Stir continuously until melted and then add the chili extract if using. Once the extract  is all mixed in, remove from heat and add the essential oils, make sure that they are incorporated well and pour into tins, then all you have to do is leave it to harden.

Once your tigerbalm has had time to harden and cool it can be used straight away, however I have experienced better results when it has been allowed to mature for a while  first.





Homemade Bombay Potatoes

21 03 2010

  Whilst I am in the mood for jotting down recipes here is my take on one of my absolute favourites, Bombay potatoes, they are the perfect accompaniment to go with any curry be it meat or vegetable based. They are very easy to make and the fresh flavours are great, it tastes a million miles away from the local curry house version!

I am a bit of a chilli fanatic so I tend to really ramp up the heat on this however if you aren’t keen on heat you can  cut back on the fresh chillies or even leave them out all together and use just the chilli powder instead

Ingredients:

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 red onion finely diced

2 spring onions

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp chilli powder

3 tsp amchoor (dried mango powder)

2 red chillies finely sliced (you can de-seed the chillies if you want to hold back on the heat)

1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger –  peeled and finely chopped / grated

6 good sized waxy potatoes, peeled, parboiled and cut into cubes about an inch square

4 knobs butter

4 tomatoes

fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped

Method:

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the spices off the spices for a few minutes.

Add the chopped onion and fry until softened and slightly browned, now add in the chopped chilli and ginger

Add the butter, then the potatoes, making sure they are completely coated in the spicy mixture.

Cook for about 10-15 mins on a medium heat, then stir in the tomatoes and the coriander.








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