Photos and a Woman From Preston

Sunday 3/4/2005

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I have been saved by a very clever woman from Preston - I always knew that Northerners were more use than Southerners. She told me she now lives in Plymouth however and I offered her my condolences.

So what happened then Jonny boy? How have you been saved?

We have photos! Loads of them, all overly exposed and shiny bright - Confucious say: Shaky hands make blurry pictures.

I wont mention the four other calls to Orange that I made between my last rant and this one but needless to say they went on for a while and were completely useless - until I got talking to a woman from Preston who actually knew what she was talking about.

I think she may have been a supervisor or company engineer, they probably put me through to her as my name kept coming up on their computer screens and the normal bods were unwillling to deal with my problems. She was helpful to begin with, got chatting about her love of computers (she met her husband via the internet etc) and she talked me through what I needed to do to email my pictures from my phone.

Everything I had been told previouisly was complete rubbish. I am not sure what the others who work for Orange thought they were doing but it was completely different to what this woman did for me, and now my phone works perfectly.

She also told me I could have sent the photos to an email address anyway, without setting email up on the phone. I had explained this was all I wanted to do to the previous 5 or so people but none of them had told me this. It was all really simple in the end, only it wasn't how it was described in the manual (the one that fell to pieces as soon as I opened it), it wasn't how any of the Orange customer service peolple said it was and it wasn't as explained on the website either (when being talked through the process I had the Orange website open and it said things very different to what the engineer told me).

Anyway, now we have photos of food and I'll endeavour to take as many as I can. My technique is a little poor and the camera is only VGA so don't expect photos like you get in expensive cookbooks. I do think today's peppers and pork dish looks quite good however, if a little over exposed.

if anyone has any tips for photographing food and making it look good let me know, otherwise there will be more of the same.

Cake Blog

A cherry and almond tart. A little dry but it looked good.


  • Peppers Stuffed with Spicy Pork
  • Green Beans
  • Coriander Rice


    Peppers Stuffed with Spicy Pork
    100g Pork
    Olive Oil
    1 Onion
    1 Tomato
    1 Red Pepper
    1 Clove Garlic
    2 Green Chillis
    1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
    1/2 tsp Cumin
    1/2 tsp Oregano
    Squirt Tomato Puree
    Blob Tomato Ketchup
    50g Gruyere Cheese
    Salt & Pepper


  • Filling: Dice the pork and brown in a little olive oil. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, chilli, cumin and oregano. Fry until the onion starts to brown then add the tomato puree, ketchup and a little water. Bubble away for 20 minutes until the pork is tender, then season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Cut the pepper in 1/2 lengthways and scoop out the seeds and pith. Fill each half with the spicy pork and grate the cheese on top. Bake for 15 minutes in a hot oven until the cheese is melted and the peppers soft.


    *All quantities are very approximate and for a single person