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The Mint Years…

Just a quick one to say that I am still alive and still very busy. I promise that the accommodation post is on it’s way, if only there were more hours in the day!

Work is keeping me up, but not really in a bad way. I’m on top of it all (for now!) and I’m actually enjoying some of it!

Today I made a cake (with Phil, who lives in the same building as me). This time it was 4 tiers. I’ve taken some pictures for your viewing pleasure…

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Phil making the icing.

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The cake (without icing)

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The finished cake. Just don’t think about the calories. Or the sugar…

And to the title of this post: In 2002/3 I bought 2 big tubs of mint imperials. I mean HUGE tubs. Little did I know at the time that those mints would go through so much. They’ve been to Germany, Paris and China, survived my SATS, GCSE’s, A-Levels and have seen me though the best of times and the worst of times. Despite expiring in June 05, the mints have been a constant throughout my life and provided me with the fresh breath and occasional light snack I needed. However, on Thursday 26 February 2009, I ate the last of those mints. It was the end of a finite period in my life which from this day forth will be forever known as “the mint years”. May my minty memories live on forever……

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 7/10
  • Last meal: Stir-Fry thing with noodles & Cake! (not at the same time)
  • Thought for the day: Must talk to sis about visiting in April

SPECIAL POST #2: Cookery 101

Experimentation in the kitchen is the theme of this week’s special post. I know that last week was food as well, but who doesn’t love food.

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Chilli con carnie is the food of God’s, loving it!

This week I had chilli con carnie with rice on Thursday and chilli con carnie with baked potato on Friday. Why am I telling you this? I have no idea.

Today (well yesterday by the time I finish writing this) I tried my hand at making a chocolate cake. And not just any chocolate cake, the biggest chocolate cake you’ve ever seen!

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Hungry yet? I know I am. And I’ve still got half of it left to eat.

30 seconds later…

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  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 7/10
  • Last meal: Baked potato with baked beans and tuna. Then CAKE!
  • Thought for the day: If you ever want to make women happy, make them a chocolate cake!
  • SPECIAL POST #1 : Lunch

    This is the first of what I hope to be many “special posts” where I can focus on particular thing I’m thinking about or something I want to share with you all.

    One of my “new year’s resolutions” is to have a different thing for lunch each week. Last semester I just had “… on toast” every day. This was good for a while because it was cheap, quick, easy and tasty. But it wasn’t exactly variety:

    • Monday:      beans on toast
    • Tuesday: spaghetti on toast
    • Wednesday:    jam on toast
    • Thursday:    beans on toast
    • Friday:    spaghetti on toast
    • and so on…

    So this year I thought it would be a good idea to try something different. Specifically, try something different every week.

    So far I’ve tried a few things:

    • Week 1: Sandwiches
      • with cucumber, ham, coronation chicken, lettuce
    • Week 2: Wraps
      • with cucumber, ham, coronation chicken, lettuce, carrots
    • Week 3: Pita Bread
      • with cucumber, ham, tuna & sweetcorn,  lettuce, carrots

    OK, so not that much variety, but still in a different shape!

    But, I need some ideas for the future. Here are some ideas I’ve had:

    • Soups (this week)
    • Baguettes
    • Omelettes (I’ve never made an omelette before!)
    • Ciabatta

    What do you think? Have you got any ideas?

    • Happiness: 7/10
    • Workload: 7/10
    • Last meal: Cereal (that’s enough of the jokes now)
    • Thought for the day: Being home is getting weirder every time


      On Monday I managed to make my very first lasagne with the help of Becky:

    Lasagne (1)

    MMMM… Tasty.

    Lasagne (2)

    My first portion!

    Enough there to last me about 3 days, so I’ve had Lasagne the last 2 days.

    Apart from the lasagne, I went climbing today. The usual fun and enjoyment ensued.

    The lectures are starting to get harder, the 2 I had on Monday morning were very difficult. If anyone knows anything about charges in electric and magnetic fields, I’m all ears. As for Effective Isotropic Radiated Power and the Friis Free-Space formula, your guess is as good as mine.

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 6/10
  • Last meal: Lasagne! (weren’t you paying attention)
  • Thought for the day: Hoping for a straight-forward maths test on Thursday (famous last words…)
  • The Proof Is In The Pudding

    Ah, Ha! The last thing I ate was the other half of a potato bake that I made yesterday, so there! I don’t just eat cereal.

    You can see my fabulous ice-cream making skills are improving nicely, vital stuff for any student to know about.


  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 5/10
  • Last meal: Potato bake!
  • Thought for the day: Complex numbers are complex!