Archive for September, 2011

Mixed Tomato Chutney

I’ve started to clear out some of the spent plants in the greenhouse and prepare it for overwintering some of our bulbs and container plants.

I have an abundance of unripe and ripe Tomatoes in there so we thought we use some of them and have a go at making some Chutney.


Here’s the ingredients –

900g tomatoes, mixed green and red

350g chopped onion

90g sultanas

250g light muscovado sugar

1 medium sized, hot red chilli or 1 teaspoon of chilli powder.

1 tsp salt

2 tsp yellow mustard seeds

300ml white wine vinegar

Separate the green tomatoes from the yellow/red ones, cut them in half and place them in a large pan with the onions.


Also, add the salt, chilli, sugar, mustard seed , sultanas and vinegar to the pan.

Place the pan on the stove and heat until boiling.

Once boiling, turn down the heat and simmer the contents for 25 minutes stirring occasionally to ensure the mix doesn’t stick to the pan.

Chop the yellow/red tomatoes and add them to the pan.



Simmer the contents for a further 35 minutes or until most of the liquid is reduced. Don’t worry about too much excess liquid as it will thicken when it cools.

Prepare your glass jars/containers.

Spoon the mixture into the jars. Let it cool, close the lids and place into the fridge.







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Veggie Plot update 19th Sept

Things are starting to slow down a little out in the greenhouse. The last of the yellow tomatoes are being picked and larger Roma’s are being picked as they ripen.



I’m on the fourth batch of salad trays which will probably be the last for this year. Of all the bits n pieces I’ve grown this year, these salad tubs have been by far the best. Quick, easy and so tasty, much better than that bagged stuff you get at the supermarket.



The last of the runner beans have been picked so at some stage I’ll take down the canes ready for store over the winter.

Out in the beds, the potatoes are ready and so are some of the cabbages (well, the ones that haven’t been eaten by hungry caterpillars ๐Ÿ™‚

Other than that, there’s just bits and bobs left really but really pleased that my third year has been fairly successful. I think it’s time to try different varieties of certain crops and expand on our selection a little more, especially to include the winter months and early spring.

It’s been great fun this year and so enjoy being put there amongst the crops. The weather as always has been a little unpredictable but at least I haven’t had any problems with pests and diseases.

Here’s to next year…I’m already planning ๐Ÿ™‚



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Artwork for the Retro Computer Museum

We’re all very excited about tomorrow at the Retro Computer Museum as we host our very first all day retro gaming event since relocating to our new premises.ย  This first event is a membersย  invite only but I don’t think it will be long before doors are open to the public. I’m so looking forward to meeting up with old friends, having a chat and getting down to some serious classic gaming. I have many scores to settle ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s taken quite a lot to get here and especially over the last few months things have been incredibly hectic. It’s all starting to fall into place now and hoping for a wonderful opener tomorrow.

Both main game rooms contain some of the very best of classic computers and consoles as well as homebrew devices for people to play on. All is looking good apart from the bare walls so last week I selected various photographs from my collection i’ve amassed over the years attending computer events and had them enlarged and printed on A3 gloss card stock.ย  Most of the images have appeared on this my blog and Flickr stream so feel free to browse back over my posts if you want a closer look.

Sorting them on my desk before heading down to the museum. I think I’ve got around forty printed.

On the walls at the museum.

I’ve also downloaded arcade game art from the web, printed onto A4 paper with a color laser printer,ย  laminated them to make them less flimsy and finally cut them into shape.

I’ve also had two ideas to cover the horrible 70’s wooden doors. The first is to attach various laminated colored shapes to transform the door into a giant Tetris screen and the other I want to attach enlarged pixels from Galaga.I haven’t started on the ‘Tetris door’ yet, but I have started on the Galaga door.

I couldn’t find suitable Galaga ships on the web that would scale up to A4 size therefore I’ve created my own using MS Paint. I created oversized ‘pixel’ blocks and used each one to build up the model, block by block. After printing and laminating, next was the laborious job of cutting away the excess paper with a craft knife.ย  This took ages!

Many more to cut and attach.

Lots more classic characters to cut out….which is hard when you’ve got a 4-up N64 Goldeneye next to you ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve also installed a projector & screen and hooked it up to a vintage Laser Disc player and plan to show classic 80’s SciFi films until the small hours of Sunday morning. We’ve got some real gems like Ghostbusters, Goonies, Weird Science, Bladerunner, The Lost Boys, Tron and, what I’m guessing will be the firm favorite – Wargames.

Wargames on our 6ft x 5ft screen with ZX Spectrum code overlay – Andy messing around with dual inputs on the projector ๐Ÿ™‚

Love this Tron LaserDisc collectors box as it contains lots of production and concept artwork.

Now here’s one I haven’t seen in ages.

Our event kicks off at around 11am tomorrow until very late although I’ll be there early in the morning with Andy and the other admins to give everything one final check before the games begin. Hopefully, pictures and video to follow at some point over the weekend.

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Photo app mashup

Having lots of fun taking photographs and then running them through a variety of photo apps to create all manner of weird effects. Here’s some of the neon pictures created using a combination of apps like Camera+, PS Express and Pixlromatic.



Morning light


In the zone


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