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Category:Miscellaneous
Title:el10t's beloved list of favourite things
Submitter:el10t
Submit date:5 May 2003 00:16
Status:Normal
Last update:2 Oct 2008 19:51
Submitter comments:Black cherry jelly, Jules Verne stories, Sherlock Holmes, warm summer evenings when its light till 10ish, Jonathan Creek on the telly, liquorice, Jean Paul Gautier body spray, small round black sunglasses, my MR2 Roadster, clouds when its windy, speedboats, flying kites, skiing off-piste, elephants, feather duvets, Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, Sammy (my son), not smoking anymore, fizzy wine, climbing ropes, sleeping, swimming, saunas, Douglas Adams, Marillion, clear seas, long weekends, Christmas, pictures of space, good films, technical lego, chicken tikka massala, Dr Martins, formula 1, Eddie Van Halen guitar solos, the colour blue, fried egg sandwiches, clocks, cows, tomato ketchup, the variety of London architecture, the smell of incense, bouncy castles, being warm, going to France. More to follow.

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Posted by el10t at 27 Oct 2003 19:00:

Just this guy, you know.
In the interests of fairness I think I should remove Sammy from the list.


Posted by Carol at 29 Nov 2003 22:45:
-my MR2 Roadster - ooh yes! Very exciting in a 'hang onto your seat' kind of way  Wink

Actually, jolly nice car, although a little wide for my liking - one way narrow streets in Brighton aren't really designed for hulking great sports cars.  Anyway, a thoroughly completed and terribly exciting thing!  Thanks for the lift el10t  Big Grin


Posted by Stu at 23 Dec 2003 17:53:
Still to do + questions:

Black cherry jelly - Is this Jelly (on a plate, wibble wobble) or Jelly (as in Jam/Preserve). We've found the latter, but can't find the former.

Jules Verne stories - Will the kids' abridged "Round the world in 80 days" do, or do I need to go for the real thing?

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door - any idea where to get hold of this?

saunas - I can't believe we'll manage a trip to Finland without the opportunity to Sauna.

small round black sunglasses
my MR2 Roadster
skiing off-piste
climbing ropes


Deleted:

Sammy (my son)


Forget it:

Jean Paul Gautier body spray - Seeing what happened last time I tried this one, I won't be trying again.



Posted by henry the thirst at 23 Dec 2003 22:07:
oooh, carol, do you live in brighton? i used to live there.
call me the vilest of pedants but....
it's dr marten's isn't it?
sorry....


Posted by el10t at 24 Dec 2003 19:29:

Just this guy, you know.
quote:

Originally posted by henry the thirst:
call me the vilest of pedants but....
it's dr marten's isn't it?


Ok, you are the vilest of pedants. 


Posted by henry the thirst at 24 Dec 2003 22:24:
thank you.
and i'm very sorry.


Posted by Carol at 25 Dec 2003 07:52:
quote:

Originally posted by henry the thirst:
oooh, carol, do you live in brighton? i used to live there.


No, I was only visiting for the day.  I found it quite vile.


Posted by henry the thirst at 25 Dec 2003 15:35:
well, you know why, don't you?
because it IS vile.
sorry, brighton but you must go into room 101.


Posted by ned at 25 Dec 2003 18:49:

It's a CRApp life
The last time we went to Brighton we used an underpass,(big mistake) it smelt like the toilets from Hell; and if you sit on the stones (beach is too good a term ) you get covered in tar.


Posted by henry the thirst at 26 Dec 2003 19:51:
ned, i know the exact place you mean. it stinks of piss. and the beach is really shite too, you don't just get tar on you either. why is this country so rubbish? we should rise up.
oh lordy, i need to get back to a canal very quickly...


Posted by stu at 27 Dec 2003 20:28:
I'll repost my questions, since we all seem to have become a little distracted by the pros and cons of Brighton.

---

Black cherry jelly - Is this Jelly (on a plate, wibble wobble) or Jelly (as in Jam/Preserve). We've found the latter, but can't find the former.

Jules Verne stories - Will the kids' abridged "Round the world in 80 days" do, or do I need to go for the real thing?

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door - any idea where to get hold of this?



Posted by el10t at 27 Dec 2003 20:29:

Just this guy, you know.
quote:

Originally posted by stu:
Black cherry jelly - Is this Jelly (on a plate, wibble wobble) or Jelly (as in Jam/Preserve). We've found the latter, but can't find the former.


I originally meant the former, but also am unable to find it anywhere.  Maybe they stopped making it.
quote:

Jules Verne stories - Will the kids' abridged "Round the world in 80 days" do, or do I need to go for the real thing?


I'm not sure how abridged the abridged kids' version is.  I reckon you should ideally read the proper stuff.  I think it's all available free now somewhere on the internet because its all long out of copyright.
quote:

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door - any idea where to get hold of this?


How about
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Posted by SimonG at 27 Dec 2003 20:36:

giddy macaws honor rio
quote:

Originally posted by el10t:
quote:

Originally posted by stu:
Black cherry jelly - Is this Jelly (on a plate, wibble wobble) or Jelly (as in Jam/Preserve). We've found the latter, but can't find the former.


I originally meant the former, but also am unable to find it anywhere.  Maybe they stopped making it.

I seem to recall Carol saying she'd found some somewhere.

quote:

quote:

Jules Verne stories - Will the kids' abridged "Round the world in 80 days" do, or do I need to go for the real thing?


I'm not sure how abridged the abridged kids' version is.  I reckon you should ideally read the proper stuff.  I think it's all available free now somewhere on the internet because its all long out of copyright.

Here for a start.


Posted by Stu at 4 Jan 2004 22:09:
Ok. Today we searched high and low for Black Cherry Jelly. On failing to find any (in granules, chunks and ready-made pots), we decided to buy some black cherries and make our own using veggie-gel.

They had red cherries, but no black ones. Never fear, we said, we will purchase some tinned black cherries.

They had them, but they were in syrup, not juice.

We will get our black cherry jelly.



Posted by Carol at 4 Jan 2004 22:13:
quote:

Originally posted by SimonG:
I seem to recall Carol saying she'd found some somewhere.


Eek!  I thought I'd already replied to this, but obviously not  Red Face.  Through extensive searching on the interweb, I've managed to conclude that black cherry jelly used to be manufactured, but is no longer available.  I've asked the lovely people at Rowntrees (now part of the Premier Foods group, but formerly of Nestle) about this, but no reply yet.  We'll just have to wait and see if the power of TGFTE will see the reintroduction of a much-missed flavour  Smile


Posted by Carol at 8 Jan 2004 15:22:
This just in from Premier Foods:

quote:

I'm sorry but I'm afraid that we no longer produce black cherry jelly.
Regards
Sue
Consumer Relations Advisor


I think it'll have to be the black cherries from a jar organised into a jelly with gelatine/agar (take your pick on animal/vegetable products)


Posted by SimonG at 8 Jan 2004 17:00:

giddy macaws honor rio
No wonder they've stopped making it - I was just googling for information on how to make jelly and found this article. It seems this is a bad time for the jelly industry as a whole.


Posted by Kouros at 8 Jan 2004 17:47:
The Jelly factory might not be the money spinner it could've been, then?


Posted by Carol at 8 Jan 2004 17:48:
Good job it isn't real jelly then isn't it?  Wink


Posted by Kouros at 8 Jan 2004 17:53:
What?! You mean it isn't?

Pch! Don't believe you for a second - what you're suggesting here is as nonsensical as the time my Mother tried to suggest that there is no tooth fairy.


Posted by omally at 10 Jan 2004 01:04:

Knighthood, anyone?
What about Santa? Shurely you still believe in Santa? 


Posted by henry the thirst at 10 Jan 2004 09:56:
no tooth fairy!?!?!!
i just banged all mine out with a coal hammer.
well, i am poor, you know.


Posted by Carol at 21 Jan 2004 01:04:
I was determined to do the black cherry jelly Thing because it sounds so yumcious, and because it's a bit elusive.  Whilst browsing the shelves of Tesco the other evening, I spied a can of black cherry pie filling which I brought home and made into black cherry jelly using the following (made up) recipe:

Empty contents of can into measuring jug (no easy task because it's pretty gloopy stuff).  Top up to 1 pint with cold water.  Mix well to thin the gloopiness out of it a bit.  Strain through sieve to remove cherries, and top up to 1 pint with water.  Tip into saucepan and heat up a bit. Meanwhile, soak 3 leaves of gelatine in some cold water and add to the hot but not boiling black cherry stuff.  Mix well, pour into a bowl and allow to set in the fridge when it's cooled down.  Turn out onto a plate and eat. 

I ate half of it in one sitting and very delish it was too - thanks for the recommendation el10t!  The only thing I'd change is to use 4 leaves
  of gelatine next time because it was still not quite jelly-like and a bit more like solidified pie filling.  Which I suppose it was really  Smile

Here's the finished product:

Jelly on a plate



Posted by henry the thirst at 21 Jan 2004 10:12:
wp carol. what a TOP report!
this is the kind of dedication to 'thinging' that makes you into some kind of 'uberthinger'.
thanks to you i can now give this a whirl. i love cherries, me.


Posted by Stu at 2 Feb 2004 00:32:
We are pleased to report we now have some black-cherry pie filling.



Completed! Posted by stu at 4 Feb 2005 21:55:
Well.. one completed from me: Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door.

Quite painful to get into, but once my mind was in the right place, it became pretty enjoyable. Great historical folks as well - the comic strip gang almost in their youth.

A couple of proper laugh out loud moments: "Make it tidy. If you can't do that... make it messy" and so on Big Grin Some of the stunt driving is astounding, too.

Not a favourite, but certainly enjoyable, and I might watch it again.

Completed! Posted by stu at 12 Apr 2005 22:58:
Sam is cool Big Grin

Completed! Posted by Mort at 13 Apr 2005 18:00:

I will devour your soul!
Sam is a ferocious pirate who very much kicked my ostrich at sword fighting.

Posted by Gurnox at 10 Aug 2005 15:32:
I've always found it best to mash them with both hands. If they seem too firm, you can use a hammer or a wheelbarrow to tenderise them to your preferred consistency.

Failing this, the shop bought ones are not too bad. Try the smokers or firmament.

Progress report Posted by Lisa at 13 Aug 2005 11:35:

Owned by cats
BTDT: everything other than what is below

To Do: el10t's MR2 Roadster, elephants, Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, Sammy, Marillion

Forget it: Jean Paul Gautier body spray, skiing off-piste, not smoking anymore (as I have never smoked), fried egg sandwiches

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