Topic: General Rubik's Cube revisited

12:47pm, Monday 4 January 2016

I was given a Void Cube for Christmas. It's like a Rubik's Cube with holes through the middle, and looks like it should fall apart. The missing/unmarked centre pieces do still matter, and in fact make the puzzle harder, because it's possible to (try to) solve the cube around the "wrong" centre pieces - which is impossible in some positionings.

In the notation from my earlier cube notes, the sequence to put this right - by swapping the front-top and right-top edges - is:
ram to ram ta rom ta rom ti ram ta

Topic: General Orange or lemon cake

8:26pm, Tuesday 13 July 2010

100g margarine
150g sugar
1 lemon, grated and juiced (or an orange)
1 egg, beaten
100g SR flour
7" tin, greased and lined (or save effort with a silicone tin)

(also works well with everything doubled, in a bigger tin)

Melt the margarine in a saucepan and mix with the sugar. Take it off the heat and mix in the lemon rind, then the beaten egg. Fold in the flour and put the mixture into the tin. Bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes. In the same saucepan (to save washing up) heat the lemon juice and "some" sugar. Stab the cake all over with a fork and pour the syrupy mess over the cake. Try hard not to take it out of the tin until it's cooled.

Topic: General Response to DCSF's "Home Education - registration and monitoring proposals"

12:08am, Friday 16 October 2009

The Department for Children, Schools and Families is consulting on proposed changes to registration and monitoring of home-educated children.

This is my response, which was allocated number 2284. Many thanks to friends and others (including the Family Education Trust) for suggestions and ideas for points to include. Please feel free to borrow from it if you want - if it encourages you to reply to the consultation, so much the better! [more...]

Topic: General Vocabulary of a 16 month old

11:30am, Friday 8 May 2009

Stuart's vocabulary is quite extensive now:

doordoor or window
dochdog, quadruped
RAAAAthe dog that lives at the pub opposite our house
brumbrumcar, bus, tractor, vehicle
dindindinner, food
dinkystinky (poo), sticky, wet
hochhot, dangerous, mustn't touch
Topic: General Chocolate mug cake

2:56pm, Friday 13 February 2009

(from here...)


4 tbs plain flour
4 tbs sugar
2 tbs cocoa
1 egg
3 tbs milk
3 tbs oil
3 tbs chocolate chips (optional)
some nuts (optional)
Small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to a large coffee mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips and nuts (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

When it says "mix well" it means it. Also works quite well with soya milk.


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