Slow cooker chicken casserole recipe

I’m really enjoying my slow cooker at the moment, quick preparation and then the house fills with lovely cooking smells for hours. (My wife says it smells like her grandparents house when there’s something in the slow cooker.) This is a simple chicken casserole I knocked up the other day, slightly spiced with the chilli. Next time I’m under instructions to remove the skin, and use separate bones which can be removed before serving… then it’ll bump up the approval rating to 3 apparently.

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Róisín Murphy and her dressing up box

Went to see Róisín Murphy at Academy Manchester last night: absolutely brilliant. She held the sold out audience spellbound with a fantastic voice, and a dizzying array of hats, shrugs, batwing jumpers, capes, shades, eyemasks, biker jackets and crazy metallic puff dresses.

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BarCamp Leeds

Very excited to be signed up for my first BarCamp, and the first BarCamp Leeds ever. Big thanks to Deb, Imran Ali, Tom Scott & Dominic Hodgson for organising this.

Now I’ve just got to work out what to talk about, ideas so far:

Lots of thinking and then planning to do…

Update: or split testing…

A Spanish tasting evening

Ibérico hamWe went to a Spanish food and wine evening last night at Love Saves the Day. Very interesting, with food writer Clarissa Hyman (who’s currently promoting her book The Spanish Kitchen) and Ed Cross from Boutinot. Spanish food is apparently on the up and up again, what Clarissa described as the “second food revolution that the Spanish have led” (the first brought us chillis, chocolate and potatoes).

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Disappearing Photoshop cursors

I’ve had a problem for some time now: my cursors in Photoshop CS3 on OS X are invisible. I’ve no idea why, or how it happened, but it’s really awkward when you can’t see where your mask is going to start, or where you text cursor is going to blink into being.

The solution

After a lot of Googling I came across another person (maybe called Mark, from detective work in his Flickr stream) with a similar problem, which started me off to find a solution. So far the only way I’ve found of solving this is (and this is OS X specific):

  1. Quit Photoshop
  2. In Finder, Go to Folder: ~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings/
  3. Delete, or move to another folder temporarily, this file:Adobe Photoshop CS3 Prefs.psp
  4. Restart Photoshop and (hopefully) breathe a sigh of relief…

There must be a better way of doing it, and I still don’t know what triggered the problem, but at least the cursors are back. Cursors! I kiss you!

Spiced sweet butternut squash soup

An improvised soup, based on a combination of what was in the cupboard and “Spiced Sweet Potato & Red Onion Soup” from Soup Kitchen; this version is pure butternut squash. That’s the wife’s lunches sorted then.

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