After Penelope Middleton published her latest book on Amazon,”Exotic Cooking,” she received a number of emails asking how to safely and easily seed an avocado. So, rising to the occasion like a hungry bass chasing a tasty meal, here is my suggested way to prepare an avocado. Beware… my way does demand a large, sharp knife!
First place the avocado on a suitable cutting board. With an 8 inch chef’s knife or similar, score the avocado from the stem end all over the amount of the avocado. Cut in deep enough so that you feel the blade’s edge touch the single, large seed. When you have circled the avocado, then hold the avocado in both hands and twist along the cutline. The avocado should separate into two halves. One half will include the large, brownish seed.
Place the Avocado half with the seed onto the cutting board, seed up. Keep your fingers away from the avocado. Take advantage of your chef’s knife’s cutting edge, sharply hit a blow on the middle of the seed. Sink the blade into the seed. Then, holding the avocado half with one hand, gently twist the seed . The seed will come free in the avocado half.
Removing the Seed in the Knife
I remove the seed from the blade by gently pulling the seed from the blade using the stainless steel edge of the sink. After washing the seed to remove any residual avocado flesh, I prepare the seed for rooting.
To make avocado pieces, have a butter knife’s dull back edge and score the avocado flesh at 1/4 inch intervals, cutting into the shell but not through it. The slices should slip away from the shell and fall out onto a waiting plate.
Starting an Avocado Seedling
I take an empty half liter plastic water bottle (I used an Arrowhead™ water jar ) and with a sharp razor knife, slit the bottle in half just above the flare in the center. I drilled four holes around the pointed end of the seed using my trusty electric hand drill and a 1/16 inch drill bit. After seating a toothpick firmly into each of the four holes, I suspend the seed at the bottom half of the plastic jar. I fill the bottom half with enough water to almost submerge the seed. Then I place the seed in its starter container on a sunny windowsill. And that is my fresh avocado tree, started from a seed.
Let’s face facts here, Forklift trucks aren’t sexy!
Nobody wakes up in the middle of the night considering how much they need the most recent VNA or Stacker in their lifetime.
Or talked to the young man in question about the way he recalls lying on his bed dreaming about the day when he could finally own one of these magnificent machines.
It just does not happen. Forklifts are mundane, perfunctory and pragmatic. They’re not intended to be anything besides functional. They do the job they are intended to do and then they are hidden in the corner for the nightout of sight and out of mind.
On the other hand, the humble forklift shouldn’t be underestimated. It plays a far more important part in our lives than you may think.
Have a glance around the room you are in at the moment, maybe your office or maybe you’re sitting in a comfortable chair at home. Take a look and count the amount of items which will, at some time in their lives, have been touched by a forklift truck.
I guarantee that you could make a case for each and every thing in direct view of you having been perched on a pallet or stacked in a warehouse sooner or later.
So what can we do about it, what do we do to elevate those beasts of burden to the peaks that they so richly deserve?
The solution is: Nothing. The forklift truck is happy to reside with its image issue.
We take them for granted and just assume that they will go on forever. The truth of course is these noble machines require just as much care and care for as the most exotic Lamborghini or Ferrari if you are going to get the most from these.
This is where regular servicing and maintenance comes in.
It’s crucial that you recognize the very important role that servicing and maintenance plays in maintaining your noodle running, day in, day out and that you set a strategy in place, sooner rather than later.
You really don’t need to end up in that boat.
Do your research, find an organisation you can expect and then you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your useful forklift will go on and on.
Driving, for starters have to be taken seriously. The same is applicable for the new urban planners and architects. There is something worth considering past the garage and greener designs. Thought must be given about public spaces which is very much an integral part of the sidewalks and streets infrastructure. That is because nothing is permanent, there might be a requirement to change to match various other activities.
Already, a lot of places are taken over by teenage partiers, street hockey games, farmers markets and church services. It’s high time one realizes and promotes diversity. This is the reason as well as the main idea behind observing since 2005 a worldwide event, Parking Day which invites people to change the metered lots.
The urban and suburban lots have changed to a large extent and it is definitely a glib that people should buy only fewer cars. It’s time to favor public transport and stop relying on our cars too much. Owning and driving our personal cars is also essential, but that does not mean the public transit systems become abysmal completely. However, in bigger cities such as Los Angeles and New York, cars aren’t only going to go away and so there’s a need to create and see to the city common places for parking, so that the community values are equally retained.
Big cities like New York from the days of automobile boom are in need of parking spaces in particular ration based on per housing unit. Over the days, it’s come to light that the number of cars outweigh the parking spaces and the rules regarding minimum parking spaces has led to the apartments costs driving up for residents and developers. Thus the parking lots that are already small stay glutted with vehicles.
With the increase in parking spaces, the new constructions and developers built hundreds of apartments with parking spaces aiming to lure tenants. But, the fact is these parking places built for the flat people stay vacant on most days or even on the working days for most part of the day.
There are faults with the driver behavior also. They take shortcuts, ignore stripes and induce staying alert to pedestrians, that result in more time taken and each minute taken by every driver behaviour contributes to traffic jam in peak hours. Going around big cities have to be done only after careful consideration of their summit and off-peak hours.
We want different weather conditions to assist the planet’s eco system. We also occasionally enjoy the various weather conditions due to the variations of heat or coolness we get. However, like most things, there’s always a security precaution to take when driving a vehicle in these weather conditions.
Wind is not the worst weather condition to encounter. It frees us down a bit once the sun is burning our skin and additionally, it dusts sand from our patios and verandas. Strong winds, though, can knock off the cars course. At times the end makes us swerve across the street because of how strong the force is that’s pushing our cars.
Snow can be detrimental in many ways. Does the freezing cold bring pain to our finger tips but it also makes a sheet of frost on the streets which make slippage very straightforward. Snow can also help determine the car’s ability to begin due to the absence of heat within the engine.
Extreme heats will not affect the vehicle too radically but it can affect overheating whilst driving.
Fog is comparable to heavy rains except you can not find a meter before you due to the depth of the cloud. Fog usually happens when the clouds fall very low to the floor. You will often notice fog in the mountain regions where snow and rain is not uncommon. It’s important to always have your bright lights or fog lights when in such conditions to make sure that you’re visible to other motorists.
Rain can affect how well we see if we are driving. This will often occur when there are heavy rains which produce the streets look like they have a white sheet covering them.
Rain could also affect how fast we’re able to brake. The brake disks might cause a stopping movement to take effect but if the streets are lubricated with water, the tyres will not hold into the usually rough tar.
It’s important to drive only once you know that it’s secure or if you know how to drive in such different weather events.
You might not give much consideration to the lowly trailer. Sure, it sits on the back of a car or truck and it is largely forgotten about, until of course you really should acquire an object from point A to point B. For a few, trailers are merely part of everyday life. If you’re in the trades for example, or in landscaping, construction or anything else that needs odd shaped tools and supplies odds are you have a trailer.
That shut trailer is a great place to store all your tools and supplies, it’s convenient as you go to a job, you just hitch up the trailer and everything you need arrives with you. Things can be neatly stored in there, out of the components and locked up for security and to deter thefts. Having everything in one place means that you know you have what you need to do the job and once it’s completed, you can pack up and head home knowing you’re good to go the next day.
If you operate at landscaping and need to take lawnmowers, edgers and big bulky bags of stone, sand and dirt around with you, using an open trailer makes a good deal of sense. When you arrive you push your lawnmower off the trailer and it’s easy to get back on once you are done. The open trailer does permit weather to get to your own supplies, but who cuts grass in the rain anyway?
Simple trailers help anyone regardless of their job. Those weekend warriors who visit the local big box store and purchase supplies for their lawn, pond or DIY job must have a way to get all of that stuff home. If you have ever tried piling paving stones into a trunk you will know you really need a trailer to get the work done.
Enter the trailer and you are one step closer to fun. If you require removable sides that they can do this, if you need it to be able to dump, you can get that too, and if you need salt or rock defenses you guessed it, they’re available too!