Remote Control

Remote Control

Everybody who owns a TV will have a story to tell about the remote control (from here forth to be known as ‘the remote’). It may be about flat batteries (quick tip: smashing the remote against the base of your palm where it meets your wrist, will not bring the batteries to life). It may […]

Neatly Does It

Neatly Does It

I reckon a ridiculously high percentage of people who have seen ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ will be able to identify and even ‘sing’ the famous “5 Note Theme” which the aliens use to first communicate with us. If you know of the film, you would agree this is probably the most memorable scene […]

Resourcefulness

Resourcefulness

Once upon a time, a very old hammer’s handle broke – the wood splintered and was placed in a pile of old wood (neatly of course) to increase the height of the pile to a smidge over two foot. The son of the aforementioned hammer’s owner, upon witnessing the event, asked for the quazillionth time, […]

Crockery

Crockery

My parents told me a story of a woman ‘back home’ who was very old – that is, she was over 80. Understand that ‘back home’ not only identified the little town of their origin, it also sets the date of the tale to around the late 1940s, so a woman that old was something […]

Fabric Softener

Fabric Softener

I hope on the day you visit, I have just hung out a load of washing. Nothing kinky, and even though my undies will be on show, the true reason for why I insist on using fabric softener will be apparent. Don’t want to see my undies? That’s fine, close your eyes – it will […]

Lint Removal

Lint Removal

I don’t mind a Lindt ball, but I loathe a lint ball. For many a reasons, our general clothing, woollen items, and DEFINITELY our socks will accumulate these tiny little balls of nuisance. These results of our mistakes, of the natural breakdown of fibres, of the fact our washing machine is not new anymore. Overall, […]

Burrata

Burrata

There is one thing rarely discussed when detailing ‘why’ something is a joy to eat – and that is TEXTURE. For instance, I don’t like soft fruit, or soft veggies, and my dad doesn’t like hard fruit or hard veggies… or is that because of his denture? I can’t remember, but my point is that […]

Aluminium Foil

Aluminium Foil

Conversation starters > Atomic Number is 13 > First foil rolling plant opened in Sweden in 1910 > Tobler first used aluminium to wrap their triangular shaped chocolate in 1911. (Yes, the wonderful tasting Toblerone) > 99.3% of children who are not shown how to correctly (and EASILY) break off a piece of Toblerone, grow […]

Table Setting

Table Setting

When it is NOT in use, setting a table is the most overlooked, yet most important, and strangley, the simplest task to achieve. The picture will give you guidance and some ideas… and it spares me having to type the 1000 words it is telling you.

Side Dish (No.1)

Side Dish (No.1)

I see it like this: we need food to live (this not a revolutionary vision, i know), so for me, the joys of cooking for others is to know that I am giving them life… and a damn tasty one!  It will amaze you how something so simple can have so much flavour. Try it […]

Bedside Table

Bedside Table

I never understood why hotels placed bibles in the rooms, let alone, out of sight, and in the top drawer… as far as I can tell, bible usage is generally for priests presiding over church, or an exorcism, and for people who… um… read bibles. In all these circumstances, you can guarantee they’ve brought their […]

Kettle

Kettle

Do not underestimate all it’s uses… actually, there aren’t that many… BUT… whether it be stove-top or electic, your good ol’ trusty kettle does need cleaning and maintenance. Every now and then wipe the sides to remove an almost guaranteed droplet or 14 of splashed water, coffee or milk. It’s probably milk because sometimes that […]