Sunday, 27 June 2010

We got the iPhone4! And Seoul Kimchi, Manchester... again

D got the iPhone4. We waited in line outside the Manchester Arndale for SEVEN hours. I've never done something like that, and never will.

His iPhone4 is sim-free and so will work on any 3G network in the world. We just bought a £10 pay-as-you-go sim card later, cut it down to the size of a microsim, slotted it in and we were good to go! Diego is only here for a few weeks. On 
the day the iPhone4 was released, O2 was the only network offering microsims, and they were only available on a pay monthly basis. I was going to do a little "How-to" on how to turn your regular sim card into a microsim but the internet is full of useful information. I'll just say it involves a pen, a pair of scissors, and some careful snip-snip-snipping.

Also, a short trip to Seoul Kimchi in Manchester to have lunch the next day. The videos below were taken with the iPhone4. I should probably mention that they are a little "hazy/soft-focussy" as we didn't have the heart to remove the clear film which was covering the brand new phone. You know, that film that you try ever so hard to keep stuck on the screen of a new phone before it starts peeling off bit by bit, and eventually flopping about before you start getting a little irritated and peel the whole thing off. Yeah that one.

D wasn't feeling very well - cue bloodshot eyes. Must be all that waiting in line the day before. Sorry - being the video noob that I am, I held the phone the wrong way in the first recording.

We got the Luxury Korean Bento and Spicy Tofu and Pork stew. Yum!

I love kimchi but he avoids it at all costs. We both love Korean food though, and Seoul Kimchi's our favourite place in Manchester to have Korean.

We've not been disappointed yet!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Banana bread

Just a little photo of mini-banana breads on my windowsill on a sunny day in Manchester. I baked this out of necessity more than inspiration. There were two overripe, spotted bananas in my fruit bowl on the verge of going mushy and brown.

Aren't the fushia carnations ever so pretty?

I scoured the internet for recipes and couldn't find one where I had all the ingredients. So I made this one up, and they were delicious!

2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of light "I can't believe it's not butter"
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 tablespoon of plain flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of bicarbornate of soda

Mash your ripe bananas and set aside.

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda) into a bowl and set aside.

Blitz the "I can't believe it's not butter" in the microwave until melted, and add vegetable oil. Mix the sugar in the melted oil and mix very well so that the sugar is sticky from dissolving. Add vanilla extract and let the mixture cool.

Once the butter/sugar mixture is cool, add the eggs and mix in well. Add mashed bananas and mix again. This is the wet mixture.

Finally combine the dry ingredients with the wet mixture and mix well.

Pour into greased cupcake trays and top with chocolate strips, raisins and nuts - whatever you have in your kitchen - go insane!

Bake at 170 deg celcius for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

This "recipe" (more like me throwing leftovers together until I get the right batter consistency) yields wonderfully moist mini banana breads that are not too sweet. They're great warm but better cold!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Siaran tergendala

Siaran tergendala (Malay for interrupted broadcast) while I tackle three mammoth assessments: Acquisitions, Public Companies & Equity Finance and Banking & Debt Finance.

Stay tuned for more this weekend. Oh wait, it's almost the weekend already! Argh! Time is running out, time is running out (Cue Jem and the Holograms - Show time synergy!). Ah I love 80s cartoons. Note the modulation near the end of the song - only a good 80s tune will give you that.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Recent one-liners from my housemate

These are recent one-liners from my housemate before she retires into her room:

"I need to go an read Jacob Black's letter now"
"I just need to find out whether she becomes a vampire, that's all"
"I haven't watched the second one don't tell me don't tell me don't tell me"

Hmm... any idea what she's been up to?