Yes..another selfie stick post! I can’t get enough of them and I’m not sorry about it either : D. The selfie sticks are all over the place these days and every body seems to be loving them. One thing I have noticed is that online there seems to be a crusade against them but when I am out and about everyone seems to have them. I was in Dublin recently with a few mates and obviously we visited the regular tourist spots including Dublin’s famous Temple Bar and everyone was using selfie sticks getting shots all over the place.
They are great fun and a great way to meet new people on the tour..always a good starting point to talk to the ladies. I am slowly getting more into the taking pictures thing as I used to be very lazy in truth about taking pictures, I just would not be interested and would rather get on with what I am doing. As I have gotten older however I can see the value of pictures more as looking back at the good times with my friends is also kind of depressing but also kind of cool.
I see they have actually released a new store here in Ireland selling a huge range of selfie sticks and I was surprised there isn’t a lot of places selling them online here as they are a big hit! The rest of the tour was cool but we were only up for one night as one of the guys had to go home early which was a bummer. Hope to do it again soon!
I have been working from home recently and have had the TV on in the background while I work on my laptop and I have been watching a lot of cooking channels I haven’t come across before. My Dad recently bought me an android tv box which means I have hundreds of channels from around the world for free. It is really cool as I can get channels from Australia, Canada, NZ and the USA but the best thing about it is the live sports for free. I used to have to pay a big TV bill of around €70.00 per month which I have just cancelled due to this android tv box.
All I needed was a decent WIFI connection and a HDMI cable and I was ready to go. It has every movie I can think of on it even new releases that were just out in the Cinema. You don’t need a satellite dish to use the android box and can check out what you need from http://www.androidtvboxes.ie/. I think my WIFI has a speed of over 20mb so that was plenty but as far as I know the android box can run off of 3mb+ which I imagine pretty much anyone with an internet connection has at this stage.
I already have a smart TV but never really put it to use but this android box means I can browse the internet and t even has radio stations from around the world. So I am hoping to pick up and couple of extra recipes this week which I can throw on here!
The selfie stick for all it’s popularity has gotten nothing but insults online both on user boards, public forums and blogs. I can only come to the conclusion that some of these people are telling fibs as looking at the amount of volume of them being sold each month they are obviously a very popular item. Past the fad of the selfie stick you will find that they are actually quite practical and help take great photos.
The first thing I noticed when using I got my selfie stick from shopselfiestick was that I didn’t have to ask strangers in the street to take weird pictures of me. This can be awkward enough but also dangerous in some parts of the world as you phone or camera can get robbed.
Another thing I have found with it is that although many people claim to be too cool for it online, it is a great conversation starter especially when traveling alone. People often ask me about it and where I got it and other details and it just gets the conversation going which is always cool.
The other obvious benefit which I haven’t mentioned yet is that it genuinely takes great pictures. I used to not be too mad for taking selfies and photos in general but it has helped change my attitude the last while and it is for the better. I now have plenty of pictures of my travels that I can look back on when I am older.
Anyway I just needed to write a little rant about that as it was bugging me. It doesn’t have much to do with recipes although I take some pictures of my meals with the selfie stick but yeah got it off my chest anyway.
Ok guys so for our first recipe we are going to make a really simple fish and chips using Tefals Actifry health fryer. You can get the Tefal Actifry machines online cheap at http://tefalactifryshop.co.uk/ and they are worth the bit extra as they use 95% les fat. I find this health fryer great as it uses much less fat than an oil fryer so we never feel as guilty eating our delicious chips from it :). Our first step is to pre heat the Tefal Actifry to 180 degrees. If you are using a newer version of the fryer than you should hear a little beep when it is at the required temperature.
Make some batter for the fish by putting some flour and an egg into a bowl and whisk for about 30 seconds. When this is done you can lay your fish in it and make sure there is a nice layer of batter on both sides of the fish. When using the Tefal Actifry fryer you only have to put a spoon full of oil in for the whole dish. Another advantage of the Actifry machine is that it has a self stir function so your food gets evenly cooked and you don’t need to stand over it for the next 20 minutes!
Place the fish and hand cut chips into the actifry fryer and set the timer to 25 minutes. You can then leave the timer run and wait for the alarm to sound that your food is cooked. If you find your food is done to your liking then bingo you are ready to go and pop it onto a place and soak up any excess grease with some kitchen towel. Add whatever sauce you prefer and that’s your fish and chips with the tefal actifry machine! For other more advanced fish and chip recipes check out jamie oliver.