Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
I don't watch television. It's enough for me to view these images of the dreadful effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. But I feel ok about posting this one on my blog. It is one of the less horrific, more poignant and eerie: A car, a fish and a piano. Maybe Dali's most surreal art imitates life.
600g chicken thighs, skinned, boned and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
½ cup basil and pinenut pesto
6 tablespoons flour
½ cup cream
400g crusty pie pastry*
¼ cup each roughly chopped fresh basil and toasted pine nuts.
Pre-heat oven to 200ºC on fan bake if possible.
Mix first three ingredients together and cover with salted water. Simmer until just cooked. Strain stck and reserve.
Melt the butter, add the pesto and cook gently for one minute. Add ½ cup of the reserved stock and gradually add cream, stirring until well incorporated. Add the cooked chicken.
#Line a 23 cm pie dish with crusty pie pastry. Fill with chicken mixture, top with fresh basil and toasted nuts.
Cover pie with pastry lid. Bake for 30 minutes until golden. Serves 6 -8.#
For individual pies, change that last bit and replace with: #Using a cornish pasty pie press or individual pie-dishes, line, fill, and cover separate serving pies. Make holes in the top and paint with milk. Cook for 10 -15 minutes until golden. Serves about 9.#
* You'll need more pastry if you make individual pies of course.
Friday, 25 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
He agreed with all this, but said that there was something very important that made this area not suitable for a city.
Then he began to talk about what a dangerous place Christchurch was. He said it had been built on swampland, and the youngish, fine, even-sized silty sand that made up large areas of this particular swamp meant that, if jolted, as in an earthquake, they would no longer be able to 'hold onto their water' and the areas would 'liquify'. Anything built on top of this material would collapse. In this way we learnt about liquefaction.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Iridescent colours are not uncommon in the beetle world. But they are less common in man-made technology. The nano-structures that give this beetle its metallic appearance, are complex. Combine this structural colour with pigments, and there is an astonishing range of colour effects that can be seen on the elytra (wing-covers) of Coleoptera species.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
As I write this, people all over New Zealand are observing 2 minute's silence. Exactly a week ago the devastating earthquake shook Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.