Monthly Archives: March 2021

Not pie but flan.


The other day while looking in my fridge I noticed I had quite a few of bacon rashers and eggs, suddenly a thought struck me; ‘I’ve never had a bacon and egg pie for years!’ So, i searched online for a recipe but making a pie was too much effort for me, though a flan was a much easier option. This is the recipe I followed for a 24cm dia flan dish.


6 ounces (175g) bought ready-made shortcrust pastry

6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, approximately 120g

6 medium eggs

1/2 pint (300ml) milk

Mixed herbs


Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas mark 6.

Roll out the pastry and line the prepared flan dish with the pastry.

Beat the eggs with the milk, add the mixed herbs to taste.

Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry the bacon until it is cooked and the fat is crispy.

Place the bacon into the pastry flan case, and then pour the eggs and milk mixture over the top.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the filling has set and the pastry is golden brown

Digitising the old

One night last week I thought there was nowt on the telly so I decided to get some of my record albums, headphones and have a blast! Except, when I put on the first record the sound was slurred, so I tried another disc; same thing. Seemed like the record belt had died (Well, it was at least 20 years old!).  Rather than replace my whole stereo system as the rest of it works perfectly, I decided to buy a new separate deck. I searched online and found one that allowed me to digitise my albums, which I’ve wanted to for a few years but my system was too old for that. So… I ordered this cheap one (green was the only colour available). Since receiving it, I’ve digitised five Tchaikovsky overtures plus South American flute music by Los Calchakis and Los Jairas using the free Audacity software. After editing the recordings, I’ve now listened to them. Yes, I’m extremely pleased with the results, so that’ll keep me occupied for some time as I have many albums!

Free instrumental album download

‘Them and their activities’ is the 3rd of my free album downloads containing 10 instrumental tracks of my electronic music mixes.
All my free and other albums can be found on my Bandcamp site
Here’s the link to this album

A Taste of…


Italian Herb Bread.

I thought I’d try and make my homemade machine bread a bit more tasty, so I tried out the following recipe. I only used half the amounts to make it, in case I didn’t like the taste.

1.1/2 Cups – Milk (lukewarm)

6 Tablespoons – Soft Butter/Margarine

4 Cups – Self Raising Flour

1. 1/2 Teaspoons – Salt

2 Tablespoons – Sugar

1. 1/2 Tablespoons – Italian Herb Seasoning (dried onion optional –but didn’t have any!)             

1. 1/2 Teaspoons – Quick Yeast

Added the liquid to the machine first, followed by the other ingredients and finally, the yeast.

Punched in the appropriate setting for the type of bread I wanted and pressed start. At the beginning of the final RISE of the dough, I sprinkled more dried herbs on the top and left the machine to continue its cycle. After cooling, I tried the bread dipped in Minestrone soup. I’ve also tried it with creamed soups and equally nice.