Challenge #21: Mint

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:20 am
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*cough*
Ahem.
Sorry.
You may or may not have noticed we had a general election here in the UK, swiftly followed by the leader of my party resigning and lots of associated fallout. So non-politics things kind of fell by the wayside a bit.

Anyway, I'm still alive (just about) and I thought I ought to get back on the challenge posting horse. And my mint plants have gone BONKERS in the weather we've had here the last few days, hence, this week's challenge is: mint. Fresh mint, mint essence, mint sweeties, whatever form of minty thing you'd like to do.

New Featured Article - Curzon Aldgate

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:04 am
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Curzon Aldgate, Aldgate, E1

Morning RGL crew!

This week's (slightly belated) update sees the Curzon Aldgate cinema, opened this year, as our featured article. Currently at the Curzon Aldgate, humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime has vanished. It's up to the unlikely alliance of Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock to save the day via a series of expensive-looking explosions.

There's a new article for Long Shot Coffee in Whitechapel, serving coffee, tea, soup and sandwiches. Tito's Peruvian restaurant in London Bridge has had an update after a visit (featuring an insufficient quantity of prawns), as has Le Raj in Epsom (which does a decent veg biryani). The latter also has air-conditioning, so I'm sorely tempted to go there this very instant.
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How did your weekend reading go? If you planned on anything specifically, did you read it?

Small buses with letters

Jun. 17th, 2017 12:04 pm
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Every year I attempt 3a - and this year is no exception! (2014, 2015, 2015b, 2016)

III. (a)

Travel to or from your workplace one day using a completely different route to any you've ever used before.


I've been thinking about how to do this for several weeks when it came to me. The little bus from work ends in an estate in Battersea. The little bus that goes nearest home starts in an estate in Battersea. I'll get one bus, walk between the termini and get the other!

Ooh buses )

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Jun. 16th, 2017 08:37 pm
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It's late on Friday, but I said it was a day I could post, so here we go.

I did my big declutter on Monday, moving 22 banker's boxes of books from my garage to another way across town for a book pickup by 3 Illinois prison librarians. 3Rs is a local organization that trys to get books for these libraries - Illinois provides them with NO money, and has not since 2001. I had been collecting books from want lists for about 8 months, and Tuesday was pickup day for them. They all took a good many books, but left plenty as well. My friend whose garage we used will need to get someone to haul them to Books to Prisoners, another organization we take part in, so we can possibly sell them at the fall book sale.

For your interest, fantasy series books are very popular. I managed to collect a complete set of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time for one library, and got a lot of other books for the others.

I have a pile of books for B2P and 3Rs in one corner of my living room. My next project is to sort these and get them moved either to a big plastic box in my garage or to the B2P sorting room. This last has to be done in stages, since I will carry them on the bus in big cloth bags and I can only do one or two of these at a time. I have a couple of stacks of the first to go assembled, and will carry them off on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 14/6

Jun. 14th, 2017 07:18 pm
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Before I start on What I Managed Today (spoiler: little), I'm wondering whether a regular post for people to comment on would go somewhat towards getting a little activity in this comm? Daily might be a little challenging as a starting point, but maybe twice weekly (say, Wednesday and Saturday?) to see whether there is much response?

So - what did I declutter today. Mostly, I've been finding rubbish. I've had several deliveries in recent days, and thus there is much packaging. About half of this has gone in the bin, the rest is going to be stashed for possible further use (assuming that there is still space in the 'postal packaging' box; if not it is going in the bin).

I also dealt with one item out of the sewing pile, which doesn't get it out of the house, but at least gets it back into general usage, and out of the general class of items cluttering up my sewing room.

Tube Walk 131

Jun. 13th, 2017 10:52 am
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We have a date for the next Tube Walk! On Saturday 8th July we will be walking from Royal Albert to Beckton Park. It's not been that long since we explored the Docklands around London City Airport, but at least a decade since the last Tube Walk in Beckton - who knows what we will find there!

Meet at Royal Albert station from 2pm for a prompt 2.30 start. The DLR will be closed between Bank and Shadwell that day, but the rest of the line should be accessible.
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Welcome back!

Banh Mi 108, Feltham, London TW13

This week's featured article is Banh Mi 108, TW13 4HE. It's a Vietnamese cafe in Feltham. That first part may be clear from the name, and indeed they do banh mi baguettes, including a vegetarian one. I'm not sure what the 108 refers to though. Why not visit and figure it out? It doesn't appear to be the address though.

There are three new articles. One is Curzon Aldgate, a branch of the boutique cinema chain which opened earlier this year in... wait for it... Aldgate! It's quite a nice place (if pricy obviously). A second cinema is at the Close-Up Film Centre in Shoreditch, and yes I added both these entries because I went to my first film at Close-Up just this past week. Anyway, it's also a video rental library (those still exist!) and a cafe, and I'm a member.

Finally for the new entries, there's Hubbub, a cafe/bar on the Isle of Dogs. It's in a lovely looking building.

There's a significant update to the Ferry House entry, also on the Isle of Dogs, a very old pub given a light makeover.

Reported permanent closures are Shu Castle, a Sichuan restaurant on the Old Kent Road, and The Albion pub in Bethnal Green.

Finally, one pub to reopen is The Marquis of Wellington, once a dowdy-looking backstreets Bermondsey local which now finds itself adjacent to all the coolest new breweries and food vendors along Druid St, so it's been given a makeover befitting that location.
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How did your weekend reading go? If you planned on anything specifically, did you read it?
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I'm not really revisiting, since I wasn't here the first time. :)

But hey! I made this today, and it definitely fits under the umbrella of Challenge # 5, Eggs! I love eggs, they're so delicious, versatile and relatively high in protein. This recipe is basically cobbled together with several health-conscious (high protein, low-carb) recipes on the web and whatever I had on hand. Best of all worlds, really.

Okay, let's get started.

Ramblings and pictures under the cut. )
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I'm copying [personal profile] miss_s_b and revisiting an old challenge because I made this a couple of weeks ago (been meaning to post it here for ages) and my veg-phobic husband declared that it was "the best chickpea/lentil thing I've ever had"!

It's pretty simple and was inspired by the lack of fresh veg in my fridge at the end of the week.

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 tsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 large carrot, diced
1 heaped tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
100g split red lentils
500ml vegetable stock
1 400g can chickpeas, drained
a small bunch of coriander, chopped (I used frozen chopped coriander)

Method
Heat the oil gently in a pan and cook the onion, garlic and carrot over a low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until golden and starting to soften. Add the ginger and spices, stir well and cook for another minute or two. Add the lentils and vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas and cook for another 5 - 10 minutes depending on how soft you like your lentils. Stir in the coriander and serve with rice.


1b - The bus of St George

Jun. 9th, 2017 09:27 pm
[personal profile] secretlondon posting in [community profile] flaneurs
1b -Get on the first bus that comes along (and that you're able to get onto).
Stay on the bus until you reach the 10th stop or the end of the route, whichever comes first.
Get off and navigate your way home by a method of your choice.


Hospitals are often served by little buses and having worked in several hospitals I have previous little bus experience: the C10 from St Thomas’ in 2013, and the W19 from Whipps Cross to Ilford in 2015. 2014 was night buses instead, and 2016 was bus free. I’m currently lucky enough to be working in the beautiful grounds of an 1840 county pauper lunatic asylum. In the past such places were hidden away – now they have little buses, in this case the G1.

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