The Anonymous Widower

Variations On Mary Berry’s Salmon

I cook Mary Berry’s salmon with parmesan crust regularly. If I’ve had one problem, it’s the cream cheese that seems to go mouldy quickly, so I waste a lot, as you don’t need one, when cooking for one.

Recently, I’ve started to cook the dish with this M & S Welsh Goat’s Cheese.

M & S Welsh Goat's Cheese

M & S Welsh Goat’s Cheese

I’ve also started to use their Loch Fyne boneless and skinless salmon.

I’ve also started cooking two small steaks and having one a couple of days later, as they keep well in the fridge.

Mary Berry's Salmon With Potatoes And Tomatoes

Mary Berry’s Salmon With Potatoes And Tomatoes

I do like boiled new potatoes and quality tomatoes.

This picture shows a section through the salmon.

A Sectio Through The Salmon

A Sectio Through The Salmon

It almost has a cake-like texture,

Marks and Spencer do a boned and skinned salmon joint, which I’ll be trying, either hot or cold for a party.



June 30, 2015 Posted by | Food | | Leave a comment

A Birthday Card For An Eighty-Year-Old Widow

I sent a card to an eighty-year-old widowed friend in Scotland yesterday.

A Birthday Card For An Eighty-Year-Old Widow

A Birthday Card For An Eighty-Year-Old Widow

Usually, I buy cards in Oxfam, but they didn’t have anything. In fact the choice was very limited. If you can’t read the badge, this is a close-up.

The Badge In Close-Up

The Badge In Close-Up

I hope the Royal Mail gets it there in time.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

Ocado’s Not Very Green Packaging

When I buy beer from Beers of Europe, it comes in a box holding more than a dozen bottles. Ocado doesn’t use anything as efficient as that.

Four bottles are in a cardboard carrier and that is in a plastic bag. That isn’t very green and must be downright inefficient.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

My Crap Steel Kitchen Cabinets

Putting the beer away, told me that I must hurry up with the rebuilding of my kitchen.

I didn’t actually cut myself, but I must have caught myself once for every bottle I put away. And of course, Jerry didn’t put any lights in the cupboard.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

The Next Phase Of The Overground

An article in City AM talks about the choosing the new operator of the London Overground.

Quite frankly, I don’t care who runs the Overground, provided they do a good job. I also know that if they don’t perform, they’ll feel the fullforce of the Mayor’s boot or stilettos.

But what is interesting is these paragraphs, which detail changes to the system in the next few years.

And Liverpool Street revellers will be pleased to hear the contract will include “options” to introduce all-night services at weekends from 2017.

 TfL said frequency on the northern section of the line will be increased by 25 per cent next year, from eight to 10 trains. 

For me, late night services on the Overground are to be welcomed, as for example, it will make getting home after a late evening arrival into London easier. An increase in frequency on trains through Dalston Kingsland and West Hampstead will benefit everybody.

Long may the Overground spread its orange tentacles through the city, to enrich and ease the lives of Londoners and visitors alike.

June 30, 2015 Posted by | Transport | | Leave a comment

Could Britain Become The World’s Health Hub?

Matt Ridley in The Times yesterday has an article entitled Britain has the chance to be the world’s doctor. This is an extract.

A new report commissioned by three parliamentarians, Meg Hillier, MP, Lord Crisp (former chief executive of the NHS) and the surgeon Lord Kakkar, and written by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, makes the case that Britain is well placed to become the world’s “health hub”. Just as the City of London is the world’s financial centre and Wimbledon is the centre of tennis, so Britain is already a surprisingly dominant player in research, practice, policy and regulation when it comes to health, and widely emulated around the world. There is an opportunity here.

I have been privileged in my life and have had insight in London, Cambridge and Liverpool into substantial developments and research that are going to make the world a healthier place.

It is our pre-eminence in health research and the related fields like information, that is driving the world’s health forwards.

Ridley gives some surprising facts, like that even the much-criticised NICE has an international offshoot that gives advice to countries with limited health funding.

It is an article that gives a positive outlook on the future and finishes with this statement.

If America is the world’s soldier, Germany its engineer, Brazil its farmer, China its manufacturer and India its service provider, then Britain can be the world’s doctor.

Everybody worried about the future of healthcare, should read this article.


June 30, 2015 Posted by | Health | Leave a comment