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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

I'm not a good cook by any stretch of the imagination but I haven't killed anyone.  Yet.  However, there are a couple of dishes that I am brilliant at *polishes halo* and I cooked one of them tonight.  I don't measure anything as that is boring and it means that you can adjust it to your own taste and size.

(slight exaggeration, maybe)


Eggs (approximately 3 per person)
Sausages (2 or 3 per person)
Bacon (2 or 3 slices per person)
Onion (I used 1 today)
Tomatos (I used 2 today)
Grated Cheese (I used a small block today)
A splash of milk
add any other ingredients that you think might enhance the dish.

(see - all very vague)

Oven should be heated to 200 C/400 F/Gas Mark 6
(Please don't take these temperatures as accurate conversions - it may be best to look it up.  I do not want to be hauled up in a court for poisoning someone by proxy)


Put the sausages in the oven for about 20 minutes


chop and fry the onion and the bacon


roughly chop the tomato, remove the sausages from the oven and cut into bite size pieces


put the sausage and tomato into the frying pan and make everything go brown


whisk the eggs 


grate the cheese


pour the eggs, a bit of milk and the cheese into the roasting tin that you cooked the sausage in

the natural fat juices from the sausages will ensure that nothing sticks

put the roasting tin over a low flame on the hob and whisk lightly until it warms through


throw in the ingredients from the frying pan and spread out evenly


put into the oven and bake until fluffy and golden brown

times will vary according to size but this took about 15 minutes


Et Voila

serve and eat

There was enough here for three LARGE adult portions but you could make more/less depending on how many people are eating and add chips or jacket potato or salad with it and it would be just as nice.

So there you have it.  I'm thinking of writing a "Cook Book For People Who Can't Be Arsed". Would you buy it?