Archive | February, 2014

How Beer Saved The World – Documentary

Fridges, medicine, the written word, the pyramids and all kinds of things – all exist because of beer! So yah, watch this to find out how beer saved the World!

And yes, if you didn’t already know – I love beers!

How Beer Saved The World - Documentary

Interesting stuff. I also learnt how disgusting it would be to burp in space.

This show traces the important role that beer has played in human history from the probable origins of the first beer at the dawn of history to the development of a special beer for use in zero gravity space missions.

Put simply, without beer, we wouldn’t have the pyramids. Even in more recent times, beer’s hidden hand has been behind some of history’s most remarkable breakthroughs, from the discovery of germ theory and modern medicine, to the invention of refrigeration, the birth of the factory and the end of child labour. Beer didn’t just change the world, it saved it!

The narrator has a proper epic voice too haha.

Enjoy!

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Addicted to Pleasure – BBC Whisky Documentary

I discovered this whisky documentary fairly recently and watched it in its’ entirety – very interesting and I learnt a few things. It’s from the BBC series Addicted to Pleasure and this episode is solely about whisky, scotch whisky in fact (my favourite!).

I’m quite a whisky fan as it happens, if you are too – you’ll enjoy this.

Actor Brian Cox reveals the rich and controversial past of sugar, alcohol, tobacco and opium to uncover how the commercial exploitation of these products hooked the world.

Today, whisky is a source of Scottish pride; it’s one of the UK’s few growth industries. In this last episode, actor Brian Cox reveals how whisky was born and shaped in opposition to the British tax system, and how that history forged the character of Scotland’s national drink. But as he discovers, during the 19th century, addiction became a huge social problem with Scots drinking around six million gallons every year to escape the often unbearable conditions of their urban lives. The Scots reputation for hard drinking was born, an image Scotland struggles with to this day.

Enjoy, Sláinte!

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Easy but DELICIOUS Meatloaf Recipe

I keep forgetting my own recipe, so I’m gonna note it down here and it’s been a looooong time since I’ve done a cooking/food post on here (probably like 2005) – so here we go.

I’ve never really had a meatloaf I liked, and I always thought meatloaf must be something good because the yanks are always raving about it, so I decided to make it myself a while back – and guess what? It was bloody delicious.

Meatloaf

And it was still delicious the next day in a meatloaf sandwich, so now my wife keeps bugging me to make it again – so tonight, I am making it again.

Meatloaf Sandwich

This is an improved/tweaked version of the classic/stock meatloaf recipe. I’m actually trying a different variation tonight (half minced beef and half minced pork), so I’ll see how that goes. The recipe below is the full beef version tho.

Ingredients

  • 1.5lb/700g good quality ground/minced beef
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 large onion, diced/chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced/chopped finely
  • a knob of butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs (preferably seasoned)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2/3 cup ketchup

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F)
  2. Sautee the onions and garlic in the butter until soft and light brown
  3. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, sauteed onion, milk, Worcestershire sauce and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
  5. Bake at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 1 hour.

Tips

  • Don’t overmix the ingredients, just make sure they are nicely combined.
  • If you don’t have seasoned breadcrumbs (I don’t), just add some dried basil or parsely/oregano or thyme and garlic powder to the mix.
  • Line the baking tin with tinfoil for easier clean-up.
  • Let the meatloaf sit/rest for a while before slicing (just like any other meat)
  • You can experiment with the topping sauce and spice it up a bit (add some Sriracha/BBQ/Chili sauce etc).

Yah that’s it, easy right? I suggest serving with some mash/boiled potatoes and steamed broccoli or peas. I tend to go for broccoli as it’s yummy, healthy and is super easy to steam in the Microwave.

Do let me know if you cook it, and how it turned out – Enjoy!

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Facebook Like Box Button Flyout Getting Cut Off – Woothemes Canvas

I’ve had this problem with a few themes, most recently with Woothemes Canvas and the social sharing plugin Digg Digg.

Having used Digg Digg many times, and never having had this problem before I was a little confused. I tried dozens of tweaks in the css to try and fix it, tried all the different variations of settings in Digg Digg – but still no dice.

Whenever I clicked Like on a post – it got chopped off like this:

Facebook Like Cut Off

I eventually found the culprit, which for Woothemes Canvas was this line in the css:

The above limits the fly-out to the size of the parent element (100% the size of it), to fix it you just need to put this in the Custom CSS:

After the tweak the entire flyout shows correctly as such:

Facebook Like Box Fixed

I hope this helps someone as it really was a rather frustrating problem.

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