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I am doing an online class and it has a royal food theme.

Week 4 was still in the Georgian period with George III. The recipe I cooked this week was Barley Soup

Stock

I started with an already prepared good quality beef stock from the supermarket

Add the barley

I added the barley to the stock and bought to the boil.

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Simmered for 40 minutes until the barley was soft and the stock had reduced by half. This was too thick so I added more water and bought it back to the boil. Added the raisins and onion and while the recipe didn’t mention cooking the onion I let it all boil for a few minutes as I didn’t want raw onion in my soup.

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The finished soup with cream and parsley added.

It tasted okay, a little bland and was very full of barley. If I make this again I would also add some vegetables and meat. It would make a good stew.

Week 5’s recipe I am not going to make. It is a Victoria sponge and having made sponges previously all that was really different was in the execution and that it was mixed using your hand. If I had made the sponge I would have had to eat it all myself.

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I am doing an online class and it has a royal food theme.

In Week 2 I selected to try the Elizabethan cook-along recipe for Jumbals.

Here are my Jumbals (which turned out to be a fail btw)

The dough came together well.

Dough ball

Forming the knots, didn’t go so well for me, the dough was very soft and kept breaking so I just made them cross overs.Forming the knots

Putting into boiling water was not overly successful, they were disintegrating rapidly!Into boiling water

A mess went into the oven and a mess came out of the oven. I didn’t cook them as long as the recipe said because I could see that it wasn’t going to make a difference so took them out when the tops were sort of dry so I could have a taste.Out of the oven

Not a success. Didn’t even give them to the dogs.

A friend asked me if I would try again and the answer is no.

 

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Earlier this year we were offered an upgrade to our internet bandwidth and speed. Of course we took up the offer to upgrade to the National Broadband Network (NBN). The consequence of that has been an opening up of what we can do on the internet without worrying about using bandwidth.

I was told about the International Space Station passing overhead and recommended an app to monitor it’s location. Well I have become a fan! I found another app (View Earth Live HD on iTunes) that lets you view live the 2 cameras on the ISS at any time. I have become a bigger fan!

One of the times I just clicked in to view where it was, I caught a space-walk in progress.

Astronaut

I was so thrilled. I then went looking on Facebook for an ISS page to see if there was a schedule. It talked about upcoming events which lead me to the NASA website.

I saw the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft resupply launch live on NASA TV over the internet this week.

rocket at sunset

Blastoff!

Blastoff!

There were even cameras on the spacecraft.

rocket viewview of earth

 

 

 

 

 

I will be watching when the resupply rocket reaches the International Space Station and watch it’s docking. There is certainly a lot more to see with this venture.

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