Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sassy Sweet & Sour Peppers with Pumpkin Seeds

A twist on the classic that I made by accident.

Roughly slice three bell peppers & three small onions into large matchstick proportions.

Fry for a few minutes using a little oil, then add thirty millilitres of vinegar, and stir to a simmer.

Add three heaps of honey, three whooshes of Worcestershire and the same of soya sauce.

Finish with a dollop of ketchup (yes, really), and thirty grams of pumpkin seeds.

Simmer until the sauce thickens. While waiting cook some rice to serve. Enjoy...

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Fair votes on Twitter

You've probably seen them - Tweets saying RT for A, Fav for B, or similar.

Unfortunately, this approach will always produce very skewed results as the people that follow the Tweeter are only going to see their RTs, not their Favs, so the RT option has a very strong advantage over the Fav option.

What we really want to do is retweet the question but collect the response a little differently.

The easiest way to do this is to ask folk to RT Only for A, but to RT & Fav for B - the total RTs minus Favs gives the A result & the number of Favs gives the B vote.

Because the question is retweeted each time there is no skew to one option or the other. To recap-

RT Only for A.

RT & Fav for B.

Total A = all RTs minus all Favs,

Total B = all Favs.

A Twitter vote done this way is both fair and easy, once you've tried it :-)

There's another example here.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Beefis, Neeps & Tatties

Made this by accident today using up some left-over ingredients - but it's surprisingly delicious. For those that don't like Haggis I'd like to suggest this as a modern alternative...

Mince - about a kilo of beef
Turnip - diced - about half a kilo
Carrots - diced - about half a kilo
Bell Peppers - diced - one or two
Spice Mix for Fajitas - Old El Paso
Cashew Nuts - I had a 65 gram bag of salted ones
Tomato Paste - about half a tube
Couple of Potatoes - thinly sliced

Boil & mash the Turnip & Carrots - can take a long while to soften enough. Season well with salt & pepper.

Fry the Mince & Peppers until browned off then add a little water and Tomato Paste.

Mix in the Spice Mix. Simmer and stir for a few minutes. Stir in the Cashew Nuts.

Transfer this "Beefis" mix to a large over dish and layer the mash on top using back of a spoon.

Brush the Sliced Potatoes with oil and layer on the top with a little more seasoning  for effect..

Bake in a medium over for about an hour and then enjoy with some of Burns poetry...

Edit - think I'll rename it Texas, Neeps & Tatties :-)