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 proposed way to prepare an avocado. Beware… my way does involve a large, sharp knife!
First place the avocado on a proper cutting board. With an 8 inch chef’s knife or similar, score the avocado from the stem end all over the length of the avocado. Cut in deep enough so you feel the blade’s edge touch the single, large seed. After 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, brown seed.
Put 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, harshly strike a blow on the center of the seed. Sink the blade to the seed. Then, holding the avocado half with one hand, gently twist the seed . The seed will come free from the avocado half.
Removing the Seed in the Knife
I remove the seed from the blade by gently pulling the seed out of the blade with 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 slices, have a butter knife’s dull back edge and score the avocado flesh at 1/4 inch intervals, cutting to the shell but not through it. With the back edge of the butter knife, run it around the inside of the shell, loosening the slices. The slices should slip away from the shell and fall out onto a waiting plate.
And there you have it: a pitted avocado, sliced and ready for your use!
Starting an Avocado Seedling
I take an empty half liter plastic water bottle (I used an Arrowhead™ water bottle) and using a sharp razor knife, slit the bottle in half just above the flare in the middle. 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 in the bottom half of the plastic jar. Then I put the seed in its starter container on a sunny windowsill. And that’s my new 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 thinking about how much they want the most recent VNA or Stacker in their life.
When was the last time you saw a poster of a forklift adorning the bedroom wall of a pubescent teenage boy. Or spoken to the young man in question about the way he remembers 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 designed to be anything other than functional. They do the job they are designed 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 role in our lives than you may think. Just take a second and imagine this for a moment.
Have a glance around the room you are in right now, maybe your office or perhaps you’re sitting in a comfy chair at home. Take a look and count the amount of items that will, at some point 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 right now having been perched on a pallet or stacked in a warehouse sooner or later.
So what can we do about it, what can we do to elevate those beasts of burden to the peaks that they so richly deserve?
The answer is: Nothing. The forklift truck is happy to live with its image issue. All it cares about is being used to its full potential, using its batteries charged and being maintained on a regular basis.
We take them for granted and just assume that they will go on forever. The truth of course is these noble machines need just as much care and care for as the most exotic Lamborghini or Ferrari if you are going to get the most from them.
This is where regular maintenance and servicing comes in.
It’s essential that you recognize the very important role that servicing and maintenance plays in keeping your forklift running, day in, day out and that you set a plan in place, sooner rather than later.
I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories of a forklift breaking down on a Friday afternoon leaving the mill on shutdown over the weekend and the MD pulling what’s left of his hair out. You really don’t want to find yourself in that boat.
Do your research, find an organisation you can trust and then you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your trusty forklift will go on and on.
Driving, for starters have to be taken seriously. There’s something worth considering beyond the garage and greener designs. Thought must be given about public spaces that is very much an essential part of the sidewalks and roads infrastructure. This is because nothing is permanent, there might be a need to change to fit various other activities.
Already, lots of places are taken over by teenage partiers, road hockey games, farmers markets and church services. It is high time one realizes and encourages diversity. This is the reason as well as the main idea behind celebrating since 2005 a worldwide event, Parking Day which invites people to change the metered lots.
The urban and suburban lots have changed to a great extent and it’s definitely a glib that people should buy only fewer cars. It is 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 larger cities like Los Angeles and New York, cars aren’t only going to go away and so there is a need to make and treat the city common places for parking, so the community values are equally kept.
Big cities like New York from the days of automobile boom are in need of parking spaces in particular ration according to per housing unit. Over the days, it’s come to light that the number of cars outweigh the parking spaces along with the rules regarding minimum parking spaces has resulted in the flats costs driving up for residents and developers. On the other hand these programmers have diverted money, damaged the environment and have produced a cityscape that is government-mandated that remains unused largely. Thus the parking lots which are already small stay glutted with vehicles.
With the increase in parking spaces, the new constructions and developers built hundreds of flats with parking spaces planning to lure tenants. But, the simple fact is these parking areas built for the apartment people stay vacant on many days or even on the working days for most portion of the day.
There are faults with the driver behaviour also. They take shortcuts, ignore stripes and drive staying alert to pedestrians, that result in more time each minute taken by every driver behaviour leads to traffic jam in peak hours. Going around big cities have to be done only after careful consideration of the summit and off-peak hours.
We need different weather conditions to assist the planet’s eco system. We also sometimes enjoy the various weather conditions because of the variations of heat or coolness we receive. However, like most things, there’s always a security precaution to take when driving a car in these different weather conditions.
Wind is not the worst weather condition to experience. It frees us down a bit once the sun is burning our skin and it also dusts sand from our patios and verandas. Strong winds, though, can knock off the cars course. Sometimes the end makes us swerve across the road because of how strong the force is that’s pushing our cars.
Snow can be damaging 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 easy. Snow can also influence the car’s ability to start because of the lack of heat within the engine.
Extreme heats will not affect the car too radically but it can affect overheating whilst driving.
Fog is comparable to heavy rains except you can’t see a meter before you because of the depth of the cloud. Fog usually happens when the clouds drop very low to the ground. You will often notice fog in the mountain areas where snow and rain is common. It’s important to always have your bright lights or fog lights when in these conditions to make sure that you’re visible to other drivers.
Rain can influence how well we see when we are driving. This will usually occur when there are heavy rains that make the roads look like they have a white sheet covering them. Sometimes the cool rain fogs up the windscreen making it nearly impossible to see where the lines on the road are.
Rain could also influence how quickly we’re able to brake. The brake discs might cause a stopping motion to take effect but if the streets are lubricated with water, the tyres will not grip into the usually rough tar.
Various kinds of conditions can affect your car’s driving performance and impair your vision whilst driving. It is important to drive only once you know that it’s safe or if you know how to drive in such different weather events.
You may not give much consideration to the lowly trailer. Sure, it sits on the back of a car or truck and then it is largely forgotten about, until of course you actually should get an object from point A to point B. For some, trailers are merely part of normal life. If you are in the trades for example, or in landscaping, building or anything else which requires odd shaped tools and provides chances are you have a trailer.
That shut trailer is a superb place to store all your supplies and tools, it’s convenient as you go to a job, you just hitch up the trailer and all that you need arrives with you. Things can be neatly stored in there, from the components and locked up for security and to deter thefts. Having everything in one place means that you understand you have what you need to do the job and when 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 have to take lawnmowers, edgers and big bulky bags of rock, sand and dirt around with you, using an open trailer creates a lot of sense. The open trailer does allow for weather to get to your supplies, but who cuts grass in the rain anyway?
Simple trailers help anyone regardless of their job. Those weekend warriors who go to the regional big box store and purchase supplies for their lawn, pond or DIY job have to 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’re one step closer to fun. If you need removable sides they can do that, if you require it to be able to dump, you can have that too, and if you need salt or stone guards you guessed it, they’re available too!