Cheese Ham & Olive Loaf Recipe

I found these photos recently of the time I made this loaf in 2009. I’m planning to make it again soon! It was very moreish, especially when still warm.

“Serves 10”

For recipe, scroll down …

Ingredients :

  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 4 eggs
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 140g Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 200g thick ham (chunks is best)
  • 280g pitted olives – green or black or both
  • Salt & Pepper or other herbs if you think you’ll need them

Method :

  1. Heat Oven to 190C (std) or 170C (fan). Butter a tin or dish and line with baking parchment.
  2. Beat white wine and eggs together until frothy. Add oil
  3. Sift in the flour and mix until smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients to combine.
  4. Pour into prepared tin / dish and smooth the surface. Bake for 55-60 until golden brown & firm to the touch.
  5. Cool on a wire rack and cut into pieces.
  6. Enjoy!

The cutting I have states the nutritional values per serving, but I’m not sure what that is (1 tenth of the whole thing perhaps?)  – 368 kcalories, 14g protein, 20 carbs, 26g fat, 7g saturated fat, 2g fibre, 1g sugar.

(I think the cutting was probably from the BBC Good Food Magazine but can’t be sure)




The Cure for Hiccups

Yes, you heard me – the cure.

This works particularly well with those painful, hard hiccups, the sort you get when you’ve had too much wine or eaten too much (not sure why else you would get hiccups to be honest).

Just ordinary vinegar – anything you have handy – premium or bog standard. as long as it’s full strength.


So by now you’re thinking, “But it’ll taste horrible! What sort of person takes vinegar straight?” – Well, someone who wants to get rid of their hiccups, that’s who.

All you need is one teaspoonful to see the effects. It’s nothing to do with the chemistry – in fact if you’ve overdone it with food or drink the chances are that your stomach is too acidic and this will only add to it – no, this is to do with control of the diaphragm.

Hold the teaspoonful of vinegar in front of you – preferably over the sink or something because let’s face it, you’re probably going to spill it – and think about how painful it would be if you hiccuped* WHILE you’re trying to have that spoonful. I’ve done it – it hurts, believe me. In order for you not to hiccup, you need to control your breathing. You need to concentrate. Get in the vinegar zone. Ready?

Now, carefully pour out and drink the vinegar. DON’T HICCUP!

Now wait. If you hiccup again, take another spoonful. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe.

Have your hiccups gone? No? Well click here to get your money back.


*why does this not have two p’s? And, why do we put an apostrophe in “p’s”?


Photos taken at 12:12 on 12/12/12

In honour of this momentous arbitrary occasion, my friend Fi decided to invite people to take photos during this minute and launched a Facebook and Flickr group for people to store their images. I only stored one in each but these were the ones I took during the whole minute.

I popped out for lunch and decided to stop just down the road from our offices, close to Penrith. There has been a cold frost for several days here and today the fog had lingered for most of the day… the sun came out just for these shots.

I first listened to Fi being interviewed on Radio Cumbria, and when the time came I did actually still have a mobile signal (yay!) so posted up my pic, then ate my lunch, listening to a fieldfare in the tree next to me.

When I turned the car around to drive back to the office, The fields and trees had already started to defrost back to green and brown instead of white.





A Fatheaded Carol – featuring excellent wigs and bonus pineapple

I’m starting to enjoy amateur dramatics. Not to be roped into the stress of performing myself but instead to be willingly subjected to the supremely brave efforts of part-time actors and supporters of varying talents, who most of the time don’t take themselves too seriously.

The attractions are obvious: you get a low-cost, local, often fairly exclusive (!) evening of entertainment, with lots to talk about afterwards.

As soon as I saw mention of Fat-headed Chunks’ performance of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” I knew I wanted to see it – who could refuse? A touring show covering lots of small village halls across north Cumbria, starring some faces starting to be familiar to me and the bonus of one old friend I’ve known for a long time.

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