Monthly Archives: March 2009

★ How long until your Twitter account outranks your blog?

twitter-namechange.pngWith the changes made overnight (Australian time) it looks like Twitter is making a play for better search rankings for its user’s profiles. The seemingly innocuous change of putting your name (username) on Twitter, in my case it’s Mathew Packer (matpacker) on Twitter, will influence your twitter profile’s ranking in search results. If you currently have a website / blog that ranks first for your name that might be about to change. Continue reading

★ How long until your Twitter account outranks your blog?

twitter-namechange.pngWith the changes made overnight (Australian time) it looks like Twitter is making a play for better search rankings for its user’s profiles. The seemingly innocuous change of putting your name (username) on Twitter, in my case it’s Mathew Packer (matpacker) on Twitter, will influence your twitter profile’s ranking in search results. If you currently have a website / blog that ranks first for your name that might be about to change. Continue reading

★ Dear MZSPRA

Dear MZSPRA

Thank you for making my drive to work this morning just that much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed our little game of overtake / undertake, but I still don’t entirely understand why you got so mad at me and beeped your horn and stuck your finger up.

Was it because when you went past me over a turning lane and double lines that you didn’t use your indicator, and then when I went past you in an actual dual-lane area I used mine? Continue reading

★ Dear MZSPRA

Dear MZSPRA

Thank you for making my drive to work this morning just that much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed our little game of overtake / undertake, but I still don’t entirely understand why you got so mad at me and beeped your horn and stuck your finger up.

Was it because when you went past me over a turning lane and double lines that you didn’t use your indicator, and then when I went past you in an actual dual-lane area I used mine? Continue reading

★ Newcastle Coffee Mornings

Newcastle Coffee Mornings.jpgI’ve pretty well finished the build for the brand new Newcastle Coffee Mornings website. There’s still a couple of little tweaks and things to get done, and if time’s on my side in the next couple of days I’ll get them out of the way.

The whole idea for Newcastle Coffee Mornings came from a fellow Novocastrian on twitter, TheMarketerAus.

The basics of Newcastle Coffee Mornings is that a bunch of us local twitter’s together for a coffee and a chat each Friday morning at 8am down at Baristaba Expresso Cafe in the Honeysuckle Precinct (the little cafe behind Silo). There’s no agendas or anything formal, just good coffee and lots of talk.

If you’re a member of twitter already and you’re somewhere near Newcastle then add newcastlecoffee to your friends and come along one Friday. If you’re not a member of twitter, then sign up now and start tweeting.

And hey, don’t forget to add me on twitter too matpacker

★ Newcastle Coffee Mornings

Newcastle Coffee Mornings.jpgI’ve pretty well finished the build for the brand new Newcastle Coffee Mornings website. There’s still a couple of little tweaks and things to get done, and if time’s on my side in the next couple of days I’ll get them out of the way.

The whole idea for Newcastle Coffee Mornings came from a fellow Novocastrian on twitter, TheMarketerAus.

The basics of Newcastle Coffee Mornings is that a bunch of us local twitter’s together for a coffee and a chat each Friday morning at 8am down at Baristaba Expresso Cafe in the Honeysuckle Precinct (the little cafe behind Silo). There’s no agendas or anything formal, just good coffee and lots of talk.

If you’re a member of twitter already and you’re somewhere near Newcastle then add newcastlecoffee to your friends and come along one Friday. If you’re not a member of twitter, then sign up now and start tweeting.

And hey, don’t forget to add me on twitter too matpacker

★ Newcastle from 10,000ft

I’m not sure if this is actually a 10,000ft but it was pretty high up. This was shot out of the window on a flight to Melbourne early one morning, some time around 6:30am I think. Newcastle is quite pretty from that height. You can clearly see all of the city, the beaches, the harbour, and even out toward Lake Macquarie.

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★ Newcastle from 10,000ft

I’m not sure if this is actually a 10,000ft but it was pretty high up. This was shot out of the window on a flight to Melbourne early one morning, some time around 6:30am I think. Newcastle is quite pretty from that height. You can clearly see all of the city, the beaches, the harbour, and even out toward Lake Macquarie.

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Newcastle from 10,000ft

I’m not sure if this is actually a 10,000ft but it was pretty high up. This was shot out of the window on a flight to Melbourne early one morning, some time around 6:30am I think. Newcastle is quite pretty from that height. You can clearly see all of the city, the beaches, the harbour, and even out toward Lake Macquarie.

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★ Melbourne is the best city

Yep, Melbourne is easily the best city in Australia to take holidays in, at least that’s how Cath and I feel. We’d much rather go relax in Melbourne for a week, eat sushi, go shopping, laze around in parks, etc. than take a holiday on the Gold Coast.

It’s just such a great vibe down there, and now for some photos.

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★ Melbourne is the best city

Yep, Melbourne is easily the best city in Australia to take holidays in, at least that’s how Cath and I feel. We’d much rather go relax in Melbourne for a week, eat sushi, go shopping, laze around in parks, etc. than take a holiday on the Gold Coast.

It’s just such a great vibe down there, and now for some photos.

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Caesar Salad Recipe

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Caesar Salad is one of those tasty things that people often only eat out at restaurants as it is notoriously difficult to get right, one slip of the whisk and it’s ruined. Not so with this recipe, it’s so simple and easy to make that all your friends will be coming round to try it.

There’s really only 2 parts to a simple Caesar Salad, however if you want to go all out and poach an egg for each person and add some chicken pieces to the recipe go ahead….I like to do it that way too. For this recipe we’ll stick to the basic elements though.

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Make your own Croutons

Ingredients;

  • 1–2 large Garlic Cloves
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2–3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Bruschetta or French Bread Stick cut up in ‘crouton-sized’ pieces

Once you bread is cut up / ripped up into crouton-sized pieces, crush the garlic, and combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Leave it to sit for a few minutes so that the garlic infused oil soaks into the bread.

Put your oven on to about 180 degrees C, spread the croutons over a baking pan and bake for about 10 minutes or until the croutons are crunchy and golden.

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Caesar Salad Dressing

Ingredients;

  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Capers
  • 1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Anchovy fillets
  • 1 large Garlic Clove (crushed)
  • Juice from half a large Lemon
  • 1 large Egg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Time to put it all together

Bring a pot of water to the boil, place the egg in the water and let it cook for just 45 seconds! This is called ‘coddling’. Once 45 seconds is up, get the egg out and crack it into a mixing bowl or even into a mortar, a mortar and pestle will make everything else easy.

In your bowl, add in the rest of the ingredients, crushing the capers and anchovies into the mixture, this is where the mortar and pestle comes in handy. The only ‘tricky’ bit is to add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a slow and steady stream, whisking the whole time. If you don’t there is the risk that you will not emulsify the dressing and end up ‘splitting’ the ingredients.

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Once the mixture is well combined it’s time to assemble the salad.

This is how I like my Caesar Salad, you’re obviously free to play around with it. First up I prefer to use a combination of Cos and Romaine Lettuce, some Crispy Bacon, big shavings of Parmesan Cheese, a Poached Egg, then the Croutons and last but certainly not least the Caesar Salad Dressing.

Serve it up in a big bowl with plenty of dressing, it’s a guaranteed winner as an entree or side dish at your next dinner party.

Enjoy!

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