Welcome to my world!

The reflections and comments of a resident in Southsea, Portsmouth, England.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Four ways to cook chicken

Keeping to the barbecue theme, chicken drumsticks are perhaps the easiest part of chicken to cook on the barbecue. It's easy to handle at the bone end.

What to do with your chicken is very easy to answer! Here are some of my favourite flavouring:

Oyster Sauce - this very versatile sauce liven up any chicken dish, whether you stir fry it or stick it on the barbecue

Teriyaki Sauce - The Japanese answer to a barbecue sauce and it's simply good!

Honey mustard - a tablespoon each of honey and wholegrain mustard for 8-10 drumsticks would give it a continental flavour.

Garlic and chilli - this must be my all time favourite and the best combination of flavours in the world; try it for yourself! Add some lime for a Thai twist.

Light the barbie, or on a rainy day, eat it indoors with your pretty picnic plates.







Saturday, 4 July 2015

Barbecue time!

Summer is about enjoying the long, warm days and not stuck by the stove cooking labourious dinners. That's why the barbecue was invented!

The simplest possible way to do the barbecue is to buy some sausages and burgers ready made in the supermarket. Foodie me, however, prefer to know what goes into my food.

Making your own burger should not be difficult. Some prefer plain meat which they flavour later with tomatoes, lettuce, a slice of bacon, or a chunk of Stilton.

I tend to mix lean steak mince with onions I have chopped up and caramelised in the pan with a spoonful of oil. Then to flavour it I raid the fridge for leftover chutney, chilli sauce or apricot conserve (my favourite!).

You want to keep the mixture moist and to stick it all together, add an egg and mix well. This mixture is very good if you want to cut out gluten from your diet. Ready-made burgers often have rusk or breadcrumbs added for volume.

What better to drink in the hot summer evenings than the very British Pimms. Add plenty of ice, chunks of apples, strawberries and cucumber ribbons, and Bob's Your Uncle!

Have fun and enjoy!



Friday, 3 July 2015

What's interesting: Hair Peace


When Victoria competed in beauty pageants for her award-winning show, Major Tom, a hairdresser advised she wear hair extensions.

Freaked out by wearing a piece of somebody else’s body she embarked on an extraordinary adventure to find whose hair this was.

The outcome is a true story about the search for three unrelated strangers from India and Russia connected by DNA.

Hair Peace aims to look at how one woman’s situation through birthplace, class and religion can be so radically different from another’s, yet still be so inextricably linked by having worn the same hair.



Victoria’s boundless curiosity takes us on a serendipitous journey around the world, meeting a real-life baddie, a saviour in the shape of a Bollywood financier, the most expensive wedding to have ever taken place, a Celebrity Big Brother contestant, forensic crime scene investigations and hair.

Lots of hair.

Sacks of it.


“deceptively thoughtful fun” (on Major Tom) Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 


Thursday 9 July 2015
8pm, followed by a post-show chat in the bar
The Spring, Havant 
Tickets £10 from 023 9247 2700