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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Toast

Toast.  It is the dogs-bollocks of all snacks.  Quick, easy, handy, amazing.  My bread of choice this week is brown bread (with unsalted Lurpak) but there are so many alternatives, including my home-made raisin bread *dribble



My Toast Hero is Jon Tickle (he of Big Brother 4 fame).  He has a theory that the consistency of toast changes as it cools, therefore the second slice (as one is never enough, is it?) never tastes the same as the first slice - and he is right.  He has spoken about trying to get a toaster made with a timer delay on for the second piece but my suggestion would be to create one perfect slice and then, as you are eating that slice, stick another piece of bread in the toaster for when you have finished.  


Another thing - why on earth can the makers of toasters not converse with the bakers of bread?  My 4-slice toaster is great.  Through trial and error I have found the setting to make perfect toast and it's all systems go.  Until, that is, I try to make four slices of toast using Warburtons bread.  My 4-slice toaster will not fit four slices of Warburtons bread horizontally and toasting them vertically leaves about an inch of uncooked bread.  Yes, I could revert back to my original method, mentioned in the previous paragraph but what if I'm making spaghetti/eggs/cheese on toast for two people?


Finally, why is French Toast eggy bread the best thing since.... erm... sliced bread?  Sod the diet - I know what I'm having for supper tonight!!




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