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Lincoln coronavirus free for all day eighteen

August 5, 2021

Warm day, rain expected later.

Quick look in Central Market then hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral.

Elite on the Bail not busy. Very busy Tuesday and Wednesday.

Starting to rain. And turning cooler.

Hop on Walk and Ride back into city centre

Espresso at Madame Waffle.

Heavy torrential rain later.

Lincoln fourth day in succession worst place for coronavirus. Bus in and return bus idiots not wearing masks.

  • PHOTOS Lincoln coronavirus free for all day eighteen

Chicken thighs on skewers

August 2, 2021

Ask family butcher to wrap four chicken thighs in streaky bacon.

Slice one medium size potato. Par boil for ten minutes.

Slice or chop. Chop red onion, slice courgette, slice red pepper.

Pop in a griddle pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, douse with cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil

Place chicken thighs two apeice on skewers.

Note: I made a mistake, only one skewer for each pair of thighs.

Add sliced potatoes to the griddle pan, a little oil, a little salt.

Suspend skewers over the vegetables. Sprinkle with a little salt.

Fan oven 200C for a little over 30 minutes.

Turn skewers. Sprinkle a little salt on the chicken.

A further thirty minutes plus.


Drain any oil over the vegetables.

Delicious tasty dish.

Save a chicken thigh from each skewer to eat cold another day.

Saved chicken thighs, cover, allow to cool, then pop in fridge.

Risotto Primavera

August 2, 2021

I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

For recipe, see previous Risotto Primavera.

A month ago, asparagus season short and now long gone.

Later, espresso tonic.

Mowing lawns before storm hits

July 29, 2021

Heavy rain yesterday, a storm tomorrow, mow the lawns whilst the grass is dry.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day eleven

July 29, 2021

Cooler than of late, though not cold and not raining.

Oxfam Shop, Faith in Nature and Bio D (not encountered before) 20% off.

Next I visit a zero waste shop to refill with Ecoleaf washing up liquid (Suma own brand). Learn the 20% off is cheaper than the zero waste shop can obtain from Faith in Nature.

Something very wrong here. Plastic Free July, encourage less use of plastic, but not Faith in Nature who would rather encourage use of plastic by offering big discount to Big Business charity but not to local Indy businesses.

Bio D very strong containers, made from recycled plastic. Very good for reuse and refilling. What are the contents like? That I do not know. Nor do I know if supply in bulk.

Lunch at Elite on the Bail.

Espresso at Madame Waffle.

Mushroom stroganoff

July 28, 2021

Mushroom stroganoff is a variation of beef stroganoff where mushrooms substitute for strips of beef.

Chop one large onion, slice into strips Portobello and chestnut mushrooms.

Frying pan, medium heat, cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil, toss in chopped onion, fry for ten minutes.

Add mushrooms, fry for a couple of minutes. Mushrooms will fill the pan, but will reduce down.

Basmati rice, add water, add salt, bring to the boil, summer.

Add chopped clove of garlic to mushrooms.

Add paprika and smoked paprika to mushrooms.

Add white wine. Leave to bubble for a minute or two.

Add double cream.

Add parsley.

Serve with chives and any left over parsley.

Criticism and mistakes. I have a few.

I should have gone out and bought the iingredients.

Riverford delivered yesterday. In the rain, but at least covered the box to stop getting wet.

Portobello mushrooms bruised and damaged. Careless packing.

Big mistake of Rverford to pander to vegans substituting soya fake cream for double cream. This ruins an otherwise excellent dish.

A big mistake on my part to use the soya crap.

Last time I used double cream. I had a pot opened, I should have used. But I used the fake soya crap, it said for cooking, i thought wise not to put on strawberries. Waste not want not, I used. But the biggest mistake is that Riverford use this crap, merely to stick a vegan label on the dish.

Annoying parsley had been substituted for watercress. Had i known i would not have bought parsley the day before and would have ordered watercress. This is a stunt Mindful Chef would pull.

Why, when Plastic Free July, a small plastic bottle of white wine? Why not include half a bottle or advise wine required?

Beef souvlaki with griddle tomato kiffir

July 27, 2021

Marinate beef overnight. Extra virgin cold pressed rapeseed oil, finely chopped mint. After a couple of hours, pop in fridge. On the morning add .. and juice from half a lemon.

Chop parsley, mint, red onion from garden including green leaves, one garlic clove, but tomatoes in half.

in a bowl, tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar.

Tomatoes in griddle pan, add a little salt.

Interlace paper and beef on skewers. If using bamboo soak in water firts to prevent burning. Suspend over griddle pan.

Griddle pan with tomatoes and beef, fan oven 200C for 30 minutes. Turn every five minutes. Drizzle beef with whatvrensins of marinade each time turned.

Bulgur wheat in saucepan, add double volume of boiling water. Bring to boil, simmer for a minute. Turn off heat, leave on heat.

To bulgur add slosh of cold extra virgin rapeseed oil, …., fluff up. Add chopped herbs. Cover with lid.

Dish out bulgur wheat, griddle tomatoes and souvlaki.

Mowing the lawns before heavy rain and thunderstorms

July 26, 2021

Heavy rain forecast Saturday, then Sunday, then Monday. Now Tuesday.

Heavy raining in London. Slow moving.

Somewhat pointless mowing when only mowed two days ago. Little grows when hot and dry.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day eight

July 26, 2021

Another hot day.

One of those days when I cannot find what I want.

Bulghur wheat off zero waste store in Central Market, success. But fruit and vegetables stall no herbs.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral

Green grocer has what I want.

Redhill Hill farm shop no sausage rolls. My only reason for visiting Bailgate, that was my lunch. I try Curtis and eat in the little square. OK but not as good.

Diced beef from Redhill Farm shop. Sold out.

I am not having much success

Bailgate busy. Never seen as many people walking up Steep Hill.

The Lincoln Imp Trail reverting a lot of interest.

A coffee at Coffee Aroma, but first a detour to Pepperdine’s for diced beef. They rub it in they have sausage rolls.

After coffee, just have time to detour to fishmonger in Central Market. Not open.

  • PHOTOS Lincoln coronavirus free for all day eight

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day six

July 24, 2021

A fleeting vist to Lincoln.

I would usually avoid Saturday, but i fancied a coffee.

The same problem as yesterday, a long wait fr a bus. No bus turned up. Next bus 15vminutes late. I was about tobgive up when a bus turned up.


Two buses out of the city, tge first twenty minutes late the second ten minutes late.

At a guess, drivers off sick with cornavirus or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for cornavirus.

The bus companies are not helping, allowing passengers to travel with no masks, turning the buses into coronavrus death traps.

Nor is the City Council helping, bus station filled with people not wearing masks. If not wearing masks in the bus station, likely to get on the bus not wearing masks.

City centre full of drunken scum.

A gang of yobs haging around near Coffee Aroma.

Return bus, gang of yoibs, probably think they are cool not wearing a mask.

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