23 November 2009

Just a little bit of cheese

Ever wondered what to do with that little bit of hard cheese (Cheddar, Cheshire etc) that is left over and has got a little bit too hard for the cheese board?

This is a little trick that I learnt from a lovely lady in Brazil, and I never throw away any little pieces of leftover cheese again - in fact, I make sure I always have some left over!

Crack a large egg into a little olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and then bash the yolk to make sure it breaks. Grate the little piece of cheese over the egg - there is no such thing as too much, but keep it on the egg - don't spill over into the pan.

Wait until the underside of the egg has hardened and the cheese has started to melt on the top, then with a spatula flip over the egg. Continue to fry until the cheese has formed a nice crispy crust - you can lift the edge of the egg to check.

Now lift out the egg and place on a serving plate cheese-side up and serve with sausages and bacon for breakfast or with salad for a snack any time of the day.


08 August 2009

New websites to recover my skills

I'm trying to get back in to web designing after quite a long break. It is amazing how quickly everything becomes submerged in the deep recesses of the brain!
This is my latest effort:
Now the latest site is up and running I'll have a go at improving the accessibility features.

13 April 2009

Back to the Drawing Board

It's remarkable how quickly and easily one forgets all that one learnt. Note the use of the 'third person' - it makes me feel better. I like to think I was one of the pioneer web designers back in the days when most local councils didn't have websites, and I made the usual journey from simple html, through to tables and javascript and then to become hooked on CSS. Hooked and frustrated in equal measure.
When I was asked to take on a website for a startup modelling agency I thought it might be a good way to keep my hand in. Little did I know that I had to start from scratch. Of course it is easier second time around, and in some ways coming at problems afresh can be rewarding when you discover some solutions that evaded you before.
The biggest problem is not having my own web server and instead relying on whatever is available to me from my hosting company. I miss the freedom that comes with complete control. Anyway, little by little, I seem to be getting there. At the moment I'm building an application with MS SQL for the uploading and display of model details, which includes handling quite a large picture library. It's not something I've done before, so it's interesting and quite absorbing.

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