Friday, 29 March 2013

Wok Meal and Oil Choice

I bought a new wok the other day. I got to try it out for the first time today. I like cooking stirfry dinners because they're relatively quick and easy and I get myself involved in the cooking process because it's such a colourful meal. It could have done with a sauce though. Something to liven up the flavour a bit. But it was still nice though.
I prefer to cook with rapeseed oil rather than olive oil or sunflower. First of all there is less smoke. Also there is the fact that the brand I use is Irish. Olives and sunflowers are more suited to warmer, drier climates, so not so easy to produce here. Then there's the nutritional value of rapeseed oil. 99g of fat per 100ml might sound like a lot at first. But only 7.7g is saturated. The rest consists of poly and monounsaturates, omegas 3, 6 & 9. I'm told that olive oil has higher saturated values than rapeseed. Sunflower oil, while it's supposed to enhance flavours better, is supposed to have the highest saturates of the three. Don't know about the other 2 but rapeseed also has vitamin E. So all in all it comes across as quite healthy in my opinion.
So I'll stick with the rapeseed oil and look out for complimentary sauces next time. I won't go for anything too spicy (if spicy at all) anymore though. I like the taste of spicy food but my digestive system has been a bit sensitive of late so I have to be a bit careful about what I eat.
So now that I have a new wok, I'll make sure to use it more often and vary what have been kind of bland but easy dinners since moving to Listowel.

Monday, 25 March 2013

The Foreman Case

I came up with a title for that script I'm working on. I decided to call it "The Foreman Case", for two reasons really. The first is that the guy who was murdered is called Vincent Foreman. The second is because the script is essentially about the investigation of his murder and people refer to the investigation as "the Foreman case" on a number of occasions. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read the blog post entitled "New Script - Potential Mature Cert".

Monday, 11 March 2013

Taking a Break from Twitter

I'm going to deactivate my twitter account for a while. I'm going to give it a break. I'll only follow the right people for the right reasons in future. Family, friends, formula1 people etc.,  and maybe the odd celeb. Just in case you find some day that I'm not following on twitter anymore. It got to a stage where people would pick up on specific tweets or key words in my tweets and then assume that's what I was about and follow. A few days later they'd realise I said something in passing and unfollow. Stupid! I didn't protect my tweets on twitter so that I could interact with people who didn't follow me like Andi Osho, Venus Williams, Dara O Briain and Formula 1 drivers and teams. It was fun for that. But I'll protect them when I go back to twitter.
I'll be sure to follow my friend Raahatie when I go back.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Fantasy Custom Drumkit Parts List

This is a follow on from my earlier blog post about my fantasy drumkit and the prices. I want to give the full parts list. So here it is:
Drums:
(Sourced from SQ2) Double 24x20 Bass drums; 18x16 and 16x16 Floor Toms; 14x13, 13x12, 12x11, 10x10 and 8x8 Tom Toms; 13x6.5 Snare; (Sourced from an online dealer) 8" and 10" Rototoms.
Hardware:
(Sourced from SQ2) 2 Bass Drum Pedals; Hi-Hat Stand; 3 Cymbal Boom Stands; 2 Double Cymbal Stands; 2 Mini Boom Stands; Cymbal Tom Stand; Snare Drum Stand; 2 Double Tom Holders; Drummer's Throne; (Sourced from an online dealer) Set of 24 Drum Sticks; Rototom Stand; Gong Mallet M2; Gong Stand.
Cymbals:
(All sourced from an online dealer. All Paiste except O-Zone Crash which is Sabian) 22" Reflector Bell Ride; 16, 17, 18 and 19" Reflector Heavy Full Crashes; 8 & 10" Alpha Thin Splashes; 14" Sound Edge Hi-Hat Medium Top & Medium Heavy Bottom; 20" Rude Heavy & 16" Thin Chinese; 16" HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash.
Gong:
(Paiste, sourced from an online dealer) 20" Symphonic Gong.
All Cymbal's sounds were sampled on the Paiste website (and Sabian site for the O-Zone) before deciding on the final set. All Lugs, rings, tuning screws and heads for the drums are included with the drums in the SQ2 system.
If anyone ever builds my fantasy drum kit please let me know. I'd love to try it out. I reckon you could play almost any  metal song you ever wanted to on it. See the photo of the freehand scribble in the original post as a positioning/set up rough guide.