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 The Little Old Man in the year 2018

9 January       Tetris.

When the Little Old Man was considerably younger than he is now, he used to play mTetris on an XT computer with a mHercules graphics card. [Colour monitors were well out of his price range in those days and he wanted higher resolution than they would have given him anyway. The monitor was in fact, a colour monitor, but just one colour, a lurid amber like a sodium vapour lamp.]

Well he used to play Tetris on this set-up and got quite good at it. The coming of colour rather spoiled the game for him so he gave it up. He was reminded of those days though when clearing up after xmas and new year guests and discovered the perfect slot for the two folding mattresses, alongside the bedroom wardrobe.

The the first pic shows the LOM perfect Tetris fit and the second the [more sensible] Rosemary solution which clears the curtains but is terrible Tetris.

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Tetris                                        Terrible Tetris.        

1 January       Salmon mousse.

We had a whole baked salmon for xmas eve and there was quite a bit left which is never a hardship with salmon. Some went in the freezer, some went very well with some rigatoni, left-over peas, beans and samphire with a good dollup of double cream. The rest I made into a salmon mousse, follow the link for a mtypical little old man recipe.

Buying the salmon was not without its own trauma though as this excerpt from an email to my family about my xmas food shopping shows:

but the doozy of all was the buying of a fresh whole salmon...researches indicated that morrison's had the best deal at £5 per kilo. so went down there yesterday and rolled up to the fish stand and asked for a salmon. did i want it cut into steaks or cut in half..well neither of those options, i'll just have it whole...oh no i can't give you a whole one i have no bag big enough to put it in!!! this took a while to sink in...in fact i had to get him to repeat it as i thought my hearing aides had deceived me. So turned round and trundled off to tesco where i got one [in a bag] at £5.5/kg but no samphire. picked up samphire at sainsbury's this morning...they had whole salmon [and bags] but at £8.75 /kg.

  Salmon mousse.

Now what has this got to do with the little old man I hear you ask? Well had you followed the recipe on cribbitDOTnet for msalmon mousse, you would have seen that it includes a 'good splash of brandy', well actually, it required two! The reason for this was very simple, the little old man has a very simple [ie inadequate] food blender and when he put the salmon in it nothing much happened...well ok nothing happened...so he thought that although it made lots of noise maybe it wasn't working so he decided to poke the salmon bits down into the cutter. Well he could have used his finger but thinking about it, perhaps the spoon handle was a better choice.

What it needed was a bit of liquid to establish the connection between the blades and the fish and what better liquid than a good slug of brandy?.

  He could have used his finger but perhaps the spoon handle was a better choice.

So now we have a new variation of the classic xmas pudding problem of, 'find the hidden treat' ... 'find the hidden shard of splintered wood', well I have looked for it in vain so I think someone might just be in for a BIG surprise. [Just like when you found the shot in the game pie tw, the same para-medics will be there tomorrow, so lets hope they can cope!]

  Well done Becky you were the one to get the BIG surprise.

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