Education, Iím a Dinosaur

I was somewhat surprised after writing my article ‘There’s No Way Out’, to discover that I appear to be a socialist. But when I start to think about education I see that I am a ‘grey area’, a floating voter, a dinosaur. Is that a bad thing?

As my two children are both at very different stages in the state school system I have an interest in education. Actually I still remember my own secondary education and measure that of Horace against it, not altogether favourably.

The present system attempts to give all young people the same opportunities. It insists that they all take GCSE’s regardless of their ability. Continue reading Education, Iím a Dinosaur

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

This is really good low fat food for any diet and a great way to use up slightly over ripe tomatoes from the reduced counter. It is good as part of a salad, as a starter served with crusty bread or as part of a mixed hors d’oevre.

Large, ripe tomatoes, sliced in half across the ‘core’
clove of garlic
Olive oil spray and fry
sage leaves 1 for each tomato half
Salt and black pepper
Balsamic vinegar

Pre-heat oven to hot

Arrange the tomato halves face up on a greased baking tray. Put a couple of slices of garlic on each tomato and top with a sage leaf.
Squirt with spray and fry and season well
Bang in the oven until the tomatoes are slightly singed round the edges.
remove from oven and transfer the tomatoes, in a single layer, to a cool plate.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and leave to cool.

There’s no way out!

This country is financed by a pot of money provided by The Tax Payer. The money is spent on our behalf by The Government.

The poorest members of our society are the Non-tax Payers. These people, often through no fault of their own, need extra money from The Pot. Proportionally their health is poorer, they need benefits and services to help them survive and many are poorly educated.

The whole of society, including The Tax Payer, expects certain benefits to be provided by the Tax Payer. It wants decent health care, education, roads etc.

The Non-tax Payer and the less able members of society need these services as well. In addition they need extra Social Services such as Care for the Elderly and Youth and other Social Workers. Continue reading There’s no way out!

Smoked Mackerel Pate

Another of my basics for a red day.

Tastes good with salad or if you increase the cheese to make it milder you can roll smoked salmon round it. If you use fromage frais instead of Quark it makes more of a dip consistency and you can serve it with carrot and courgette sticks.

Equal quantities of Smoked Mackerel and Quark (or V. low fat cottage cheese blended until smooth)
Whole grain or french mustard
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Squeeze of lemon

Remove skin and any bones from the mackerel and break into pieces.
Put into food processor with other ingredients and blend until smooth.
Taste and adjust seasoning
Chill for an hour or so to firm up.