“TORTILLA DE PATATAS (Potato Omelette)
2 lbs of potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced (You can leave these out if you prefer — many people in Spain don’t use anything other than potatoes, oil, eggs and salt in their tortilla, but I like the flavour of the onion.)
8 large eggs, whisked
1 teaspoon fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme (Again, you can leave this out if you prefer. Personally, I love it!)
½ cup of olive oil (I know this sounds like a lot of oil, but it doesn’t make the tortilla greasy, and it makes a big difference to the end result. I’ve tried it with less oil, and it doesn’t taste nearly as good. If you don’t want to use that much oil, this recipe will still work with less — it just won’t taste quite the same.)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Put the oil into a 10” non-stick frying pan over a medium heat.
Add the sliced potatoes to the pan and cook over a medium heat for five minutes, or until they begin to soften.
Add the sliced onions and thyme (if using) to the potatoes, with[…]”

“over. Then slide the omelette back into the pan to sit over a medium heat for a minute or two to brown the top, which is now the bottom. NOTE: You can leave out this step if you want to. The omelette will still be cooked, just a little pale. If you are going to do it though, again, take care not to burn yourself. I’d recommend that you hold the pan handle and the plate with a cloth and do it over a sink or the kitchen worktop.
Turn off the heat and allow the omelette to cool in the pan, before turning it out, cutting into wedges and serving.
NOTE: This omelette is best eaten lukewarm, but it’s good cold too. It also makes a delicious sandwich filling or brunch dish, served with crispy bacon and grilled tomatoes.”

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Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse
Sherri Bryan
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2 Whiting fillets
A little oil
A small glass dry white wine
2 teaspoons fresh tarragon leaves
2 cloves garlic, broken open with a rolling pin or flat knife blade
1 lemon
2 teaspoons capers
10 whole cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
You will need two sheets of baking paper (you can use tinfoil if you don’t have baking paper), big enough to make a parcel around the fish, leaving a space at the top.
Brush a little oil onto the sheet to help prevent the fish from sticking.
Place a slice of lemon in th”

“Place a slice of lemon in the centre of the sheet. Place the fish fillet on top and put five whole cherry tomatoes, a teaspoon of capers and a garlic clove around it.
Season well with salt and pepper and then scatter a teaspoon of tarragon leaves on top of the fish.
Bring up the sides of the sheet and add half a glass of wine to each parcel, together with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Seal the parcel. NOTE: Don’t forget to leave a space at the top of the parcel so the fish has room to steam.  
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
Open the parcels at the table, taking care to keep your hands away from the steam that will billow out. The smell is gorgeous and the taste is even better!
NOTE: These are good served with steamed green beans or wilted spinach, buttered carrots and baby potatoes.”

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Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse
Sherri Bryan
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Serves 10
10 oz plain flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 level teaspoon salt
2 level teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 level teaspoon ground ginger
1 level teaspoon ground nutmeg
7 oz dark brown sugar
3½ oz caster sugar
4 large beaten eggs
9 fl oz sunflower oil (or half sunflower oil, half olive oil)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 carrots, peeled and grated (about 1 lb in weight)
14 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
4 oz pecans, chopped (if you don’t want to put these in, substitute with one extra carrot)

“6 oz softened cream cheese (leave out of the fridge for a while)
2 oz softened, unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 oz icing (powdered) sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk 
Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4. Line a 13″ x 9″ tin with non-stick baking paper.
Sift the first seven ingredients only into a large bowl, and then stir in the sugars until blended together. Make a well in the centre.
In a jug or bowl, beat together the eggs, oil and vanilla extract and pour the mixture into the well. Using an electric beater on a slow speed, gradually draw the flour mixture from the side of the bowl and then turn up the speed and beat until a smooth batter forms.
Stir in the carrots and the crushed pineapple (and chopped nuts if using) until everything is mixed together well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon or a pallet knife.
Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 50 minutes to one hour, or until the cake is firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean[…]”

“Remove the cake from the oven and leave to completely cool before removing from the tin and discarding the baking paper.
Make the icing by beating together the cream cheese, softened butter and vanilla extract until smooth, and then gradually beating in the icing sugar until it’s all combined. Add a little milk if necessary to help make the icing a spreadable consistency and then decorate the top of the cake with it.
Refrigerate for about an hour before cutting into squares and serving.
NOTE: I’ve made this cake before just with granulated sugar when I haven’t had brown or caster sugar, and it’s turned out fine. I’ve also used mixed spice when I haven’t had any ginger and it was okay, and I’ve also made it without nuts. Again, it was perfectly fine.”

Excerpt From
Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse
Sherri Bryan
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With Tomato sauce and garlic yoghurt dip


I will use tomatoes, garlic, 1 lemon juice, green beans(cooked a little first) and chick peas from can or green lentils, and chopped red peppers and one chilli. Maybe some chopped mint.

And for afters a strawberry cake. 175g s-r flour; butter; caster sugar; 1 tsp baking powder, lemon plus zest, drop of vanilla’; 75g yoghurt. Top with chopped strawberries and icing sugar – maybe add some


I am not a scientist (I was crap at science at school), however I was OK at mathematics. So if a country like the USA has had 4 (possibly 5) “once in a thousand years” events this summer; China has temperatures never recorded before of over 50C; Pakistan has record floods; Europe’s main river for trade – the Rhine – has record low flows; crops across Europe and worldwide are having lower yields; sea. levels are rising and coastal erosion increasing; glaciers are melting at record rates in all continents; species extinction due to climate change (as opposed to population growth) is increasing; CO2 levels have doubled in last couple of centuries; methane levels are increasing; IT IS A NO BRAINER NOT TO REACT TO THESE FACTS.


Like everything the situation is complex. Governments across Europe need to ensure there no deaths from the cold this winter – our government seems concerned than just about everyone else. Short term fixes are expensive with no return, just as the Covid lockdown was. In the medium term fuels prices need to come down. The main way this will happen is less use, and the capitalist way of doing this is higher prices. Higher prices hit industries and the poor. So there is a fine balance to be met. The first price hike can probably be tolerated by the middle to high income families, and will result in behavioural change. These changes will have a devastating impact of the hospitality sector like pubs and restaurants.


Government should not be about appeasing a small section of society. It should also take a long term view. Yes the energy crisis needs short term expensive measures to prevent deaths this winter. But the solution is inextricably bound to the climate crisis. Dealing with the second will solve the first.

Figures quoted by tories that solving the sewage crisis are misleading the public as usual. There is no excuse for the present levels of pollution. The money is available and action needs to be taken now. I have heard quotes of up to £200 billion. Ridiculous as ever – there will be, for the conceivable future situations of high rainfall where old sewage systems have to pump out sewage. However this is happening on an unacceptable level, and if shares in water companies drop because of legislation – so be it. If CE’s leave – well good riddance as they are only doing the financial aspect of their jobs.

Ukraine – peace is not a word I have heard. Just driving the Russians out of Ukraine otherwise the bully Putin wins. Life is not simple or fair. If it was Brexit would have been overturned due to corruption, Johnson and cronies would be in prison. Ultimately there will have to be a compromise if millions more are not to die or be displaced.

Strikes – it is very clearly a them or us situation. Yes Andy, I am sure there are some archaic practices that the union will happily negotiate on (once a sensible offer is on the table) – was the crossing an area border from the Daily Mail? What are estimates of cost of this? wage differentials between rich and poor are ridiculous – and dangerous.

Education – Academies are now beginning to coalesce – “Economies of scale” – just like under the end County structure, except that we now have read teachers on upto £150000. Can anyone explain how this is more efficient. Churchill School has 10X the number of ancillary staff and secretaries than 30 years ago. How will it cope with rising costs and a decent pay rise for teachers (maybe it should be a set amount, rather than a percentage!).

EU – I am not sure that slagging Germany off for relying on Russian gas is fair – I am 100% certain that the government of the last 12 years would have done the same or worse. We did after all destroy or gas storage facilities. Yes the EU has many faults, and we are now out. But this means we should be negotiating a return in the areas that we are reasonably happy with. The Brexit campaign was funded by those wishing to avoid future tax regulations. Those who campaigned against migration and lack of control over our governance have been shat upon – it was never about this. Therefore there is a desperate need to negotiate new trade deals and stuff with the EU. Even NZ think exporting to the UK is ridiculous.

Why is no one talking about solutions to the cost of housing? 772000 second homes receiving allowances?


Groundwater, river levels and reservoirs are all at the lowest level for 21 years. Of course climate is a major factor but we should not ignore the impact buildings and roads have, together with intensive agriculture, In the last 100 years e have lost 90% of wetlands and 150000miles of hedgerows. The more impervious the surface, the faster the runoff and the lower the infiltration. this means more floods and more severe droughts. House will need to be built with separate sage and storm water systems, all houses will have to have water butts.

DOMESTIC ENERGY BILLS £3549 up from £1971

With further rises next January taking the bills past £5000. Many households will cope – just, with major changes to their expenditure: Many will not cope at all. Only the rich will benefit as energy is a tiny % of their income, and they get £400 for each second home.

Energy bills for businesses have in many cases already spiralled with many beginning to go bankrupt – thus causing unemployment to rise. Chip shops and pubs maybe some of the first to close

The only sensible solution is to cut energy use. The government should give 100% loans interest free (repayable over 10 years) for the installation of solar panel and insulation. therefore a minimal cost to the government. Households would get free electricity in day time and be paid the going rate per therm, or the benefits of insulation. If heat pumps are viable they should again be massively subsidised.

PS. What does the standing charge actually pay for? Electricity, gas, water, telephone? Are these prices regulated?