Jump to content


PatronDonate to Canal World
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Days Won


Everything posted by Tumshie

  1. Both jack fruit and banana blossom are fruits but they are big meaty fruits. Vegetarians sometimes use them to give a meatiness to a meal, they're not sweet at all and are good to use in place of chicken in some recipes, I like to add them to salads. It doesn't necessarily look particularly appetising when you first lift it out the tin but it's works in the end.
  2. As oil might go rancid I would err towards Vaseline rather than the spray oil but if you have a little freezer compartment in your fridge you can freeze eggs. The whites freeze fine with out any palaver but the yokes are a little different. Once frozen and defrosted the egg tend to separate so to stop that happening you have to lower the temperature at which they freeze by adding a pinch of salt of a little sugar dissolved in water. My aunt used to do it years ago when she did a lot of baking, and I see that now we're in lockdown it's making a come back on the interwebs. The trick is (I've found anyway) is you crack and egg into a cup gently stir to mix yoke with white, add a tiny pinch of salt, the whole time being very careful not to add any air because the air bubbles will get freezer burn, then pour into a silicone baking case and place in the freezer til hard then pop out of case and into a freezer bag. I'll see Monkey his butter and raise you ghee. Ghee is brilliant stuff, stupidly expensive to buy but very easy to make (once you get the hang of it), because you have removed the milk solids from your butter it is much less likely to go off, it will last months longer than actual butter, and has a much higher smoking point when used for frying, in a lot of ways it's much better to use for frying than oil. It also has better consistency than oil and better health benefits over butter and other cooking oils. I always keep a healthy stash of Al'Fez Humous, it's much tastier than the stuff you get in the likes of Tescos chilled section and has a really long shelf life because it comes in a sealed jar. https://www.alfez.com/houmous/ Lidls do packets of cooked potatoes that keep for a really long time too. Boxes of potato gratin for example in the chilled section, they last about a month or so, possibly longer. Miso paste is brilliant stuff and amazingly versatile, it can be mixed with butter, used as a broth base, or coated on meat and fish before cooking. Miso and tamari are a reach for staple in my kitchen. Add tamari to scrambled egg instead of milk for something yummy and different. Not to everyones taste but biltong is great stuff to take boating, it is quite expensive but lasts on the shelf for months (years) and is really tasty, salty so you can't eat too much in one go but sooo yummy. On a serious note I keep biltong in my emergency rations pack because it's light, easily carried and does what you need it to do, it's not a meal but it is handy for what it is. Never leave home with out at least a hundred tubes of tartex pate cos that stuff never goes off. Another staple is Engevita yeast flakes which are great on a baked potato or added to a pasta sauce to make it go further. Chia seeds are also a good one to keep on hand as they can make a nice pudding or can substitute for an egg if baking. Banana blossom, jack fruit and tofu also have long shelf lives and are good to keep on hand; I know they're used a lot as a meat substitute but I like them for what they are in their own right and then I'm not disappointed expecting then to be something they're not. If nothing else they are handy for a worst case scenario. Couscous is always handy because it stores well and needs no actual cooking, add a bit of bouillon or miso or even lemon/lime juice to the hot water you use to soak it and that makes it much more interesting. Of course those are the sort of things I like and keep on hand they might be of no use at all if they're not your cuppa tea.
  3. My bad - I'm just in and out of the loop, but worry not, I'll behave, I promise.
  4. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have to look too far for a pirate. ?‍☠️
  5. 1) I see no captain and 2) Are the yards sticks not the portable ones. I haven't a clew.
  6. There's a page 1? I never got that far - but yey go Team Beagle. ?‍☠️
  7. I don't know about the joining part but I'm all for the moral support - and the causing of mayhem, I'm good at the mayhem. Hello Biccies, good to see you, and to see you in the thick of such constructive chaos - having fun?
  8. Just as well the Beagle has his trusty side kick with him then, innit. Blimey I go away for five minutes (or so) and all hell breaks loose - what's everybody up to.
  9. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  10. That's as good reason as any. When it comes to your water tank they are generally integrated so you will likely need to talk to a welder who understands narrowboats to get a price on making the adjustments that you need to be able to fit a plastic water tank in the space where the old water tank was. The price they quote you will very likely be boat specific but they may be able to give you a ball park figure that they won't necessarily commit to. As for the replacement tank again the price will vary depending on the size, who makes it and whether it is off the shelf or made to measure. ETA - My local chandlery does 160 litre flexible tank for £500 A quick duckduckgoogle brings up these people who might be worth talking to. I'm sorry I can't be more help. https://www.tek-tanks.com/boat-tanks/narrowboats-barges/ http://hendersons.co.uk/boattank/plastic-water-tanks.html https://www.thefitoutpontoon.co.uk/plumbing/water-tanks/
  11. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  12. In my case only a couple of decades as I'm not nearly as old as almost everybody else here. With the best will in the world being cynical can quite often come across as belittling to someone who doesn't know you, plus she is asking a question based on the knowledge that she has at this time and is trying to check things out, for some people it's not obvious where or how they should go about checking things out and this seems like the place to do it; it can be difficult to use the search function if you don't know the correct word or as with using "tank" as you keyword it can give you a hell of a lot of threads none of which might actually seem to answer your question. It might be "here we go again" for the older forumites but the new first time posters don't know that or that the reason the forum is being actively unwelcoming to them is because the question they are asking was once asked five years ago so everybody's bored of it now. It would be more helpful and better for the forum's long term sustainability if when people were feeling cynical they politely advised the new member where they could find the material needed to do the research rather than making snide, condescending comments about the fact that the OP comes from London. None of this was aimed at you personally or specifically BR even though I quoted you. Back to @Alice And The WonderCat if you are still looking for YouTube videos then try searching for the "Minimal List" they had to remove their black water tank and they posted a couple of videos and did a blog post, and then on composting toilets "The Narrowboat Experience" have one and they love it and have posted quite a few videos about their experience, and then the "London Boat Girl" she had one and decided it wasn't for her so she doesn't have one anymore but she did a couple of good, honest vlogs about her pros and cons, she is definitely not a hater of them but it wasn't for her and she explains why, making some fair points. https://www.minimallist.co.uk/2018/06/removing-our-black-water-tank-and.html https://narrowboatexperience.com London Boat Girl doesn't have a blog but can be found on YT and Facebook.
  13. Or perhaps a case of a new boater who doesn't yet know what can and can't be done or what is worth doing and whats not - nor will they be the first person to need to remove a holding tank (if they do) so hardly reinventing the wheel. Off the top of my head I can think of two YouTube channels where people have posted their narrowboat refits/fit outs; Narrowboat Helen is a channel that shows and older boat being stripped out and refitted, and Narrowboat Zero Gravity is a new boat being fitted out for the first time. The chap from NB Helen is experienced and this is not his first NB project and the couple from NB ZG are new to the whole thing but put a lot of research and work into getting it right which they share on their channel. Both of these YouTube channels will give you a better idea what is going on under the floor and behind the walls. Plus they're just really interesting. Just remember that everybody had to start some where and nobody just instantly knows everything, you will learn what you need to learn as you go along, so please don't be put off by those who might belittle you for not having the knowledge that they took many decades to acquire. There search function in the top right hand side of the site header is very useful. It might be worth considering that a a boat that needs a lot of work done might be cheaper to buy but might work out more expensive in the long run by the time you get the work finished. I'm not sure but from reading your first post you might be muddling up grey water and black water. Black water is you toilet waste and grey water is your sink etc. Welcome to the forum and good luck with your new adventure.
  14. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  15. This post cannot be displayed because it is in a forum which requires at least 10 posts to view.
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.