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I think Halloumi is like Marmite, you other love it or hate it. We are both vegetarians and Halloumi for us, is always in our diet. We are able to buy it easily in the Supermarkets Tesco and Asda, and now there is even a 'light' version. It is fabulous on a barbecue, as it holds together well and tastes yummy. It is very nice grilled with lemon juice drizzled over it, olive oil and cracked black pepper with a crunchy fresh salad (it is making my mouth water just writing it). My partner is a good cook, and quite often includes in all sorts of recipies, and we have yet to have a bad reaction to it from our guests. It is cheap, very filling, very tasty and something different. In this day and age of credit crunch, and saving money, give it a go and see what you think. I was asked about the texture and taste - I would say the texture is firm and layered (it is known for squeaking on your teeth!). The taste is a difficult one, as it has a unique flavour, it is quite mild and can be salty (ish) if not cooked well. I hope this helps in a small way. It is not how you would think of cheese in the traditional sense, as it does not melt under extreme heat, hence great for BBQ's.
I have been reading this magazine for a few years now. As a big soap fan, I love it. I look forward to my bath every night, when I get to read it. Pure bliss. It is a fun-filled magazine and you can buy an annual subscription with Tesco Clubcard Vouchers - a bonus and a half! It not only covers upcoming storylines, but has great interviews with the actors, and lots of gossip. It is also a weekly TV guide, so saves me money on buying an additional TV guide each week. If you are a soap fan (and I certainly don't watch all of them - where would the time be to do that?), it is a great read, although you do tend to know what is coming up each week, so if you don't like spoilers then probably not for you. My bath time would just not be the same without Inside Soap!
I was lucky enough to be given a years subscription to Coast nearly two years ago as a birthday gift, and I have renewed it and will continue to do so. Now I am very lucky to live on the coast anyway, but I love this magazine and I am so excited each month when it arrives. It is full of wonderful articles and photographs, it makes me yearn for my next holiay, and urges me to explore our wonderful British coast and not go abroad. In fact, we have made the decision to explore Cornwall this year for our main holiday and not venture overseas - this was purely down to reading Coast. I would describe it as a dreamers magazine, while reading it you are transported to wonderful places, we can all dream of visiting and living in. Speaking from experience, take the plunge and live by the sea - boy it does you a world of good, second best, read Coast
I loved the Gilmore Girls, I have watched it from start to finish, and actually had withdrawal symptoms when I finished them. In this day and age of violence, sex, drugs and rock n roll on tv, it made a lovely change to watch a humourous, gentle, fun and easy going series. I am not surprised it ran for so long, and it was lovely to see how the youngsters grew up and how the relationships changed. Great writing and Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel made a fab team as Mother and daugher, very believable. We need some more shows like this on television to balance things out. It is great family viewing, and I know lots of teens who have loved this show, and followed it from beginning to end. I would not hesitate to recommend this for great family style viewing - especially for all the girly teens.
I absolutely loved Skins, but I was shocked and a little upset that it was aimed at teens. It is brilliantly written and acted, and the characters are very watchable. It has also recently won a BAFTA. It is basically the story of a group of teens, growing up, falling in and out of love, falling in and out of freindships and trying to generally have a good time, whilst taking their A levels and trying to figure our their future plans. Personally I found that it glorified drug taking, casual sex and alcohol, showing no repercussions. I would be cautious as a parent letting my child watch it, unless you are aware of the content. Nicholas Hoult from 'About a Boy' takes on a lead role of Tony and 'Dev Patel' (Slumdog Millionaire) also stars. Each episode of the series, revolves around an individual character and their own particular story, and their relationship with the other friends. Although aimed at teens, I think older generations would enjoy it too. It is from the makers of Shameless, and I personally I found it edgy, near the mark and funny - but I am in my 40's.
Oooh how much am I a Twitter addict?! A lot is the answer. Now, like lots of people I was a big old sceptic, even when I started using it, I was like 'what is this all about?', but I was advised by a friend to stick with it, and now I am a twitter extraordinaire! It is fun, not too time consuming, as you only have 140 characters to write a post, and reading them is as quick for the same reason. I have learned a lot from being on Twitter, I have had some fun tweets with people I don't know, and it has whiled away many a fun hour for me. All I can say to all you sceptics is, give it a go, stick with it a while (a week or two) and see how you go, before you pooh pooh it. As our dear old Mum's always told us 'you won't know until you've tried'.
This is the second Ixus in our household and we are firm advocates of these excellent cameras. I had a Sony Cybershot before my Canon Ixus and whilst it was good, as my first digital camera, the Canon Ixus far exceeds it. In fact I would say the Ixus far exceeds a lot of the digital camera's I have seen of late. They are robust, light, very easy to use, take really great pictures - and are great for all ages. The kids can use it very easily and my Mother-in-law bought one too. This really is a shoot and go camera if that is what you want, OR, if like me you like to have a bit more option with your pictures you can manually choose a lot of settings. I have taken some stunning pictures (both night and day) with this camera. Worth every penny. Can really recommend these cameras.
Well I am not born and bred in Eastbourne, and chose to move here a few years ago, because I love this town. It is not 'God's waiting room', as people would have you believe (but don't tell too many people, as I love this town the way it is and do not want it to change). It is a very clean, tidy, typically Victorian seaside resort. Neighbouring towns of Brighton and Hastings are much dirtier and their buildings are a mish mash, here (mostly) the architecture is still very much Victorian (on the seafront). We have great theatre's, cinema's and a whole host of restaurants - Pommodoro Mozzarella being my favourite. There are so many events throughout the year that are worth coming down for, Airbourne, Victorian Festival, Extreme Sport but to name a few. It is like stepping back in time, to when the streets were safe, when life was good and the ice cream is FAB. Come and see us - you won't be disappointed.
Well I cannot praise this little zoo enough. It is a wonderful day out for adults and kids alike. We have taken several children to this zoo, at all different ages and it is very interesting to see them go back each year, and find something different that they are interested in. It is a 'learning' zoo I would say, and the keepers (who are always around) are a font of knowledge. It is perfectly designed and everything is at a level the kids can reach. There are lots of encouraging things for the kids to do as they go around (a zoo olympics, and stamping a free book for certain animals you see). When you have finished visiting the wonderful zoo part, which is fun enough, there is a FANTASTIC play area in the middle. The kids eyes light up every time. You could easily do 2 or 3 hours in this part alone. In the summer there is a little pool area, so take a towel and swimwear, which is great for the kids to cool off in. Without fail every child, that comes back to visit us, time after time asks to go back. I cannot recommend this place enough for a fantastic day out. Oh and if you collect Tesco clubcard points, you can use them for here -what a bonus!
We have a lurcher (greyound/collie cross) and greyhounds are known for their sensitive tummies. Dylan (our dog) was a rescue, and the foster home he was in had been feeding him puppy Burns dog food, so we carried on and progressed him to the adult version as he got older. In that time, we have tried a couple of other equivalent dog foods Arden Grange etc, but have always gone back to Burns, and will now stick with it. It is around £40 for a 15k bag, that lasts us about a month. Dylan never ever gets a bad tummy from this food, and his pooh is always firm, and he only goes twice a day (on the other foods, he seemed to go 4 or 5 times a day!). He never has wind (unless he eats something on the beach!) and he looks forward to his breakfast and dinner every day (we mix in a smidgen of an organic wet meat).
although we do not have the Tuffies Tug of War Dog Toy, we do have the Tuffie ultimate rumble ring, and it deserves a mention too. We have a Lurcher (who is now nearly 3), he used to rip his toys up in minutes and we were spending lots of pennies on toys for him. I did lots of research on 'dog-proof' toys and found the Tuffie rumble ring (which the apparently give to lion cubs!). The ring has something like 5 layers of material and about 3 squeakers in it. When the first one arrived (we are on number 3 now), I was laughing at how big it was (the size of a large dinner plate). Our dog gets one each Christmas now, and it has to last a year. We read that you should keep a couple of toys back that the dog only has when you give it to him, so we do that with his Tuffie, and he is SO excited when we get it out for him. It is great for pulling, and he love is - by far his favourite toy. However, he is able to rip it quite easily and this is purely because the silly manufactures put a raised label on it! Silly really. Even so, he loves this toy and so do we, it is great to see how happy he is with it.
Oh boy have I laughed playing this game with my family and friends. In fact one of them was quite heavily pregnant when she played it, and we had to stop her in case she gave birth! After swimming and rowing too much, I had difficulty lifting my arm the next day! It is as fun watching people play, as it is actually playing yourself. The selection of different games you can play with this game is great. I love the Skeet and Trampolining. This is a great game to play on your own, or with others (providing you have the controllers). The game uses (at different times) both the controller and the nunchuck (and you actually get to use the buttons on the nunchuck in this game, rather than just swing it around). The graphics are great too. One of the best, fun games for Nintendo Wii - guaranteed a good laugh too.
I was given this game for Christmas, and to be honest unless you have a few players it is not great. In fact the whole set-up of it is very confusing and can take a long time to actually get to play a game (the kids quite often ask to play something else, before we have even got started!). Not bad to while away 20 mins or so, but not much else. I don't find the controller responds very well to the game (can get quite frustrating) and the graphics are quite low quality. It has quite irritating repetitive music/tunes. However, it is quite a cheap game to buy now, so as long as you don't pay over a tenner it is not bad. Don't buy it if you are a single player though - only if you have other people to play with. There are two games that are not bad on the disk, the basketball and the badminton. The badminton game was used at a badminton tournament I attended, and it got a thumbs up as realistic from badminton players. The basketball has various options for different games, but we always end up playing around the world, which is where you get to throw the ball from varying different postions as you move 'around the world' until you have thrown them all in the net. This games represents the old aged adage 'you get what you pay for' - for it's price, you can have some fun, but there are better games out there.
Connie and Carla is such a great feel good movie it is written by the writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos). A little known film I think, and we only came across it by chance, however a great little find. This film made us laugh out loud, and is a nice fun movie. C & C accidentally witness a mafia hit and they run scared out of town for L.A., where they go undercover as singers working in the city's dinner theatre circuit ... as, wait for it - drag queens!! They become big hits on the drag scene, and have to hide the fact they are women. Things get more difficult when Connie meets Jeff, a man she'd like to be a woman with. One for the girls, or the gay guys I guess! Grab a bottle of wine, a bag of popcorn and get the girls round.
I watched this movie the same weekend I watched 'Horton Hears a Who!', and to be honest I was disappointed with The Tale of Despereaux, that might be because Horton Hears a Who! was particularly good. Don't get me wrong, it is a sweet film, the animation being one of the better things about it. The kids seemed to enjoy it, but it kind of lacked a gripping storyline and I could tell they lost their concentration in places (until the chocolate biscuits came out!). Despereaux is a cute little mouse with huge ears, and he was endearing to watch, but it was a tad long at 90 mins. Shame as it received so much hype. Good for a rainy Sunday afternoon, when there is nothing else to do, if you can pick up the DVD for a few quid, then worth getting, hang on for it appearing on ebay.