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52-Week Walking Plan, week 7, day 1.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Hi everyone! Short and sweet today because I'm all behind like a cow's tail. :-)

Today I did:

CARDIO
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 7, Day 1
15 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 71
Steps: 1777
Time: 0:16:20
Distance: 0.80 miles

20 minutes on Tigger

STRENGTH TRAINING
Rest day

Time to go and sort out my week in review, and my monthly measurements to see how I've done this month.

Blimey! When I said short and sweet, I wasn't kidding! That was the short...

...and this is the sweet...



Catch you later!
Have a good day. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ZURDTA- 10/3/2010 12:06PM

    Have a great day :)

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NJMATTICE 10/3/2010 10:37AM

    Have a wonderful day!
Love,
Nancy

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/3/2010 10:22AM

    Short, sweet and to the point! Great job on your exercises. Looking forward to seeing those stats...you had a great month I am sure of it!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Rhonda

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52-Week Walking Plan, week 6, day 7. Silly Saturday Struck!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Today I did:

CARDIO
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 7
35 minute walk.

I did indeed go Beyond The Doughnut, sailing past the front door of Tesco Express without a thought for the goodies within, because I was much more interested in how far I would get this time, being as it was my first 35 minute distance. :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 158 (new record)
Steps: 3958 (new record)
Time: 0:36:09 (new record)
Distance: 1.78 miles (new record)

STRENGTH TRAINING
Core
Did Day 4 of the Bootcamp videos.
Next week I start building on the basic strength training again. :-)

In between everything else that would normally happen on a Saturday, silliness struck, in the form of my lovely arty neighbour and her day of nothing working for her. Having designated Saturday as the day all my receipts from June to September this year would be in order, it appeared that I was due to be thwarted. First I was called round to help fix one of her fence panels because a couple of the planks fell out during the neighbour's kids tussles with a ball yesterday. David is away on a course, so we women had to deal with the man stuff. LOL I had completed one week of receipts when Anne rang.

Once I got to her house, and we were picking through her nail collection to find ones of suitable length, a neighbour (man) two doors up saw us 'damsels in distress' and insisted on fixing the panels in for us. Anne immediately went into 'helpless swooning female' mode, and I watched with much amusement while holding the pot of nails - which was my entire contribution towards the fixing of the fence panel. *grin*

Then Anne asked if I'd like a cuppa, so I headed with her to the back door, at which point she remembered that she had found two - count them - two dead rats in her back garden! She needed to get rid of them, so we put on some disposable gloves, grabbed a rat each and dealt with it. Good job I don't mind rodents. :-) Mind you, thinking about it, maybe Anne should have done a further swoon and got the chap who fixed the fence to deal with the rats too. She is so good at the act that it would have worked a treat. LOL

So we went in to her home, had a lovely couple of cuppas and a long chat, just the two of us, which is a real rarity, and then I said I should get back because I'd sort of promised myself that I'd get the rest of the receipts straight. As we were saying goodbye on the doorstep I spotted all the cat mess in her gravel at the side of her drive. The local cats treat Anne's gravel as a giant litterbox, and whereas we pet owners are used to dealing with this kind of things even if it hardly thrills us, non pet owners don't exactly relish the chance of getting up close and personal with kitty poop. *grin*

So, I offered to pick it up for her. She muttered and said something about really not being ok about letting me clean the mess up, but I pointed out that it would take me two minutes and save her a lot of aggravation. Then I went to my house to get my scoop bags. I came back out, pulled a bag off the roll and started scooping.

Anne watched squirming with horror for a moment, and then said, "Boy, you must really hate paperwork if you'd rather do this!" I laughed and said, "You'd be amazed what I can find to do rather than facing the paperwork!"

But we both had things to do. She had promised herself to spend some time giving her floors a good clean, and I had that paperwork waiting. So, we went our separate ways. I came in, switched on the computer, did my core exercise video, dashed off a quick email to a friend on Anne's behalf, put on some music and then sat down at the kitchen table. I had completed a week and a half of receipts when the phone rang. It was Anne again. Her hoover had died and could she borrow mine? So I carried it round there for her, had a wee chat about how dead her hoover probably was, and judging by the burnt smell, it seemed pretty dead, then back I came, saying to her that I'd take bets on how many weeks of receipts I'd get through before she brought the hoover back. *grin*

I did a few more weeks, getting into August by the time there was a knock at the door. In she came with the hoover, and we couldn't resist. I put the kettle on and we had another cuppa and a chat for about half an hour before she left to finish off her cleaning spree. By this time it was approaching six pm, and I was determined that unless Anne's cooker blew up I wasn't budging from the table until the last of the receipts had homes to go to! It worked! 7.55pm and I put the last receipt to bed!

A quick cooking of some dinner later, and here I am telling the tale to you guys. :-) I was not really expecting to make it to the computer this evening after all the interruptions, plus Anne lent me a book that I am dying to get stuck into and it is calling me. I might treat myself to an early night tonight so I can have a good read. I promised myself I could start the book if I finished organising the receipts, and I did, so I can! *grin*

So, I'll have a toddle around Spark for a bit, and try and catch up with some of you, and then I'm off.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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No, this isn't the book. *grin*





  
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ZURDTA- 10/3/2010 11:40AM

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BOVEY63 10/2/2010 10:16PM

    Sure sounds like a nice break in your plans - always great catching up with friends. And what a sweetheart you are for helping her out like you did - especially the rat!
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/2/2010 8:59PM

    LOL..I was so amazed to read those receipts are DONE!! You must feel sooo much better now that it is over!

I am just like you and would have found myself doing anything other than the dreaded receipts..lol

Sounds like a fun day catching up with Ann and just enough interruptions to make the paperwork manageable...lol You should get her to teach you the art of swooning...sounds like it could come in handy.

Have a wonderful Sunday!
Rhonda

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CARLA-216 10/2/2010 7:21PM

    Look at all your records with your walk today, Lexie!

You are da woman getting all you got done today, despite trying your best not to. ;-)

I just LOVE that you each treated the other to a cuppa. How I wish I had neighbors like that. :::sigh:::

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KNITTABLES 10/2/2010 6:06PM

    Oh that is so funny. I am the same way with my reciepts, rather be cleaning out the fridge than do the recipts or the bills. congrats on your walking and time on it. You've earned that quiet time reading that book. Enjoy the rest of the evening.

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JHADZHIA 10/2/2010 5:57PM

    Bully for you!! Getting it all done with all the interruptions, and finishing your exercises no less! Congratulations on your longest time and all your records!!
I would say you earned your quiet book reading time! Enjoy!
Hugs,

Linda x

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52-Week Walking Plan, week 6, day 6. Thankyou! You are all so lovely! :-)

Friday, October 01, 2010

I wanted to start this blog by thanking everyone for the lovely comments you made on yesterday's blog. The comments about how my blog comes across like I've popped in for a cuppa and a chat, well they meant a lot. :-) What you get in these blogs is the real me. :-) I am chatty. I laugh a lot. I sing a lot too, not always in tune. *grin* I love chatting with friends over a cuppa, and although I can be a bit long-winded sometimes, I try to make sure that I spend time listening to my friends as well, like you guys! :-) I'm really glad you enjoy my blogs, even when I ramble on about nothing much. LOL

Thankyou! *hugs*

So, on to my exercising:

CARDIO

Today was a Walking Plan rest day.

However, thanks to having to pick up my prescription from the surgery and then getting it filled at the chemist, I ended up walking over two miles, which is fine by me. :-) It always makes me laugh, because I have never actually 'rested' on a rest day. *grin*

There was a lady there, also waiting for a prescription, that really worried me. She was shaking, and grey-faced, and she looked like she'd been crying. I managed to catch her eye and ask if she was ok, which she obviously wasn't. She said she was ok, but I wasn't convinced, so I moved to a chair opposite her and leaned in and chatted with her for a few minutes until my scrip was handed to me. I offered to stay with her until her scrip was completed, but she said no, but that she appreciated my concern and consideration. As I got up to leave, I gently put my hand on her shoulder and told her to take care, and as I left the shop I sent up a silent plea to whoever was listening to keep an eye on her. I felt she needed it. I was close to tears myself as I left. Sometimes you can really feel someones pain. :-( I hope she's ok.

STRENGTH TRAINING
Upper Body
Did Day 6 of the Bootcamp videos.
I moved up to the next level of weights for me throughout, meaning that I used the 3lb weights for most of it, and 2lb weights where Nicole recommended a lighter weight. It felt really good to do that. I had been starting to find the upper body videos a bit easy. Now I feel like I am working at them again. :-)

I had hoped to join the October Skipping challenge on the Finding and Loving your Inner Tigger Team, but after an attempt to skip today resulted in a somewhat embarrassing and utterly baffling wee mishap, I've had to pull out. Face it Lex, you are no longer a skipper! :-) However, I do plan to do something else instead:

I have set Roo to his higher setting, which is over 8", and I plan to do sets of five reps on him in place of the skipping. I have never used Roo at that height, so I might get some decent results from doing this over the next month. I did my first set of five reps just before dinner, and just did another set. I wonder how many sets I'll manage by the end of the month. :-)

1 rep =
Lead left foot: Up, up, down down
Lead right foot: Up, up down down

I also managed to fill in my Monthly stats for the September Challenge with the British Comedy Team, and The Slowest Loser.

And talking of the Slowest Loser.... I am not wishing to be negative about that team, or any other large teams, because the teams here on SP are just wonderful! I have to ask whether others have noticed what I have though.

On small teams, people seem chattier on the whole. If there is a daily game or challenge, members will often use replies to chat to team mates and encourage each other along, and this means you get to know people on the team fairly well. :-) The teams I am on where this is the norm - Positive Bloggers, British Comedy Lovers and Finding and Loving your Inner Tigger - are my favourite teams.

On the large teams I have joined since starting SP, and we are talking memberships in the thousands here, I've posted my results so many times during these daily, weekly, or monthly gatherings, but have very rarely received an encouraging reply.

While it can be helpful to have people just add information to lists about, say, finding low cal snacks, or cheap and nutritious meals, or favourite pieces of exercise equipment, which don't really need comment, it doesn't have the same effect when challenges are set. With challenges, it helps to be encouraged along I believe, or at least have your efforts acknowledged at the end of them.

The problem, I think, is that posts just get buried in a landslide of other posts, and no-one can be expected to have the time to work through and acknowledge every effort made by every member when there are so many taking part. I know that in the past I've signed up for a challenge and had a real struggle to find my post to edit it as the challenge progresses. How much harder must it be for the leaders to go through and check people's progress?

Like I said, I'm not singling out any one team. I just wanted to get this out of my head, because it has been bugging me, so I wanted to write it down as a kind of figuring it out process. Do I want to remain in large teams? Am I getting what I need from them? :-) If you read this and you are a leader in a large team, please don't be offended, because none is meant. Honest! :-)

The truth is, I think I am a small team girl at heart. :-)
Have a great rest of the day everyone.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/2/2010 8:42PM

    Lex,

Do you know why we love you soooo very much?? You have the kindest heart, your inspirational and just make everyone feel appreciated!

It was so good of you to take time with the woman while waiting for your script and even offering to stay...I wish there were many more people in this world like you! You are an angel that walks among us..Thank you for being you!

As for large teams, I have had the same experiences as you, part of the reason I started our team. I too am a small team girl at heart!

Love your modification of this months challenge. I may too have to modify but we will see when am able to test it, something I just haven't been up to trying yet! I am hopeful that post bladder repair surgery and with weight loss that I will be able to ease into this challenge but my knees (12 surgeries on them) will determine ultimately if I am able. I always have to remind myself of those things before jumping in and facing injury!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Rhonda

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ZURDTA- 10/2/2010 4:55AM

    The old lady - gosh, I hope she is okay too.

Love the cat pic - oh, I know that scenario so well!!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/2/2010 1:06AM

    How brilliant you took the time to spare a thought for that distressed Lady.You are a kind person though so I am not surprised.I like smaller groups in fact I tend to find people I feel I have something in common with and look at their blogs.I am so glad we found each other ! hugs,Cheri xxx

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LIFEISSWEET2 10/1/2010 9:01PM

    Thank you for the compassion you showed to the woman in the surgery. It would have been easier to accept her "okay". When we reach out with true caring it lifts every one of us up. I'm sure that your gesture meant so very very much to her. Just reading about it opened up my heart.

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NJMATTICE 10/1/2010 8:12PM

    A large team was just about my undoing. I like to connect with people through their blogs and with a large team there are just too many blogs and too little time. So I decided to go small team. It works for me. I can't spend all day feeling the warm fuzzies, but I like to have a nice share of them in a day. You kind of sort out your plan and try to make a nice circle of support. I am glad that you found your way into my circle. It is a pleasure to visit and be uplifted by your positive spirit. That's why I keep coming back! Now I'm in your circle! I'm sorry that you have lost your skipping. Perhaps we can work on getting it back. Goal for the New Year or something. Pleasant dreams to you and yours.
Love,
Nancy

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CARLA-216 10/1/2010 6:22PM

    Oh Lex, I am touched that you spent a moment with that lady at the surgery this morning. I'm afraid I wouldn't really know how to do that. I'm awkward like that. :(

As for large teams... I have experienced what you're saying. Example: there is a team I was a member of in the past that I left. One reason was in that team there was a group of longtime members who knew each other really well and while there was a thread for daily discussions, any input by "newbies" was rarely if ever responded to.

Small teams rule!

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52-Week Walking Plan, week 6, day 5. I understand Broiling now. Thankyou everyone. :-)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thanks everyone for the broiling explanations. As the consensus seems to be that my grill is a broiler, it will mean I can try out some of the tasty broiling recipes I've seen, with particular reference to tilapia, which is a very bland (as I recall) but very cheap fish available here, that is begging for some nice herby sauces to broil it with. That's the beauty of bland-flavoured fish. It lends itself beautifully to delicately flavoured sauces. :-)

So, to my exercises...

Today I did:

CARDIO

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 5,
25-Minute Walk

Not the best time and distance ever, but close enough. :-) It feels so good to be back out there. The Tietze's has let go for the most part. It is just the sinuses that are still being a literal pain. :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 114
Steps: 2854
Time: 0:25:56
Distance: 1.28 Miles

Tomorrow is the designated rest day, and Saturday will be my first 35-min walk. I will be going - Beyond the Doughnut! emoticon



Actually - and don't all faint with shock at once - I didn't really enjoy the last two doughnuts I had very much. Even as light and fluffy and non-greasy as the Tesco ones are, they don't seem to be doing it for me anymore. These days a tiny fudge cake bite (60 calories of nom) is enough to satisfy a sweet craving for me. I'm not saying I'll never eat another doughnut, but right now I really don't mind whether I do or not. :-) What a win!!!
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We also walked to the pet store, then round to Waitrose, and then home, which added nicely to the step total, which is close to 9000 at the moment.

STRENGTH TRAINING

I remembered!
Day 2 of the bootcamp workouts Video
Lower Body

I left it at that for today. I did raise the weight of the dumbbells I held to 3lb though. I feel that I am ready to increase the weight a little in some of my exercises. I currently have a pair each of 1lb, 2lb, 3lb, and 5lb weights. One day I might find myself buying even heavier ones. Something else I never thought I'd say.

In case you are wondering, I have taken a day off from the paperwork. I had a lot to do today that took me away from the house, so I decided to give the time left to Sparking, and refresh myself a bit. Back to the grindstone tomorrow. :-)

The fact that I had a bad headache from the moment I got up may also have had a hand in the decision-making process. :-) That finally eased off late this afternoon. It coincided with the chopping of onions and leeks for my sausage casserole. Maybe they fixed it. Sent the pain packing! :-) The sausage casserole is more veggie than sausage, but that is how I like it. Just enough sausage for a little protein fix, and loads of chunks of root veggies for the flavour and the goodness. Swede, Carrots, Parsnips, Leeks and Onions. Om nom nommy!

In other food news, I had an apple and blackberry nutrigrain bar this morning, and they are very tasty! I was also thrilled to find that the only fruit juice I ever loved is finally back on the Tesco shelves after more than two years absence. Del Monte must have had trouble getting the goodies for it I suppose, because it vanished everywhere. But it is back, and still as scrumptious as it always was. They only had one carton left yesterday, so we will have to go back and get more next week. I am so happy!
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Oh, the flavour? Mango and Papaya. :-)

Hope you are all having a lovely day!
Hugs, and good wishes to those struggling with health issues and family worries. You know who you are...
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Take care,
Lex xxx
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I managed to find a good British Walking LOL

  
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/2/2010 4:05PM

    So glad you remembered your strength training today. I know all too well about those darn headaches I have had them for weeks now...ugh So glad yours eased up and that you have given yourself the spark time. We need a healthy dose of spark time...it does the mind good ;o)

Ahhhh I love that juice and glad that they have it back in stock for you. I think your ideas for spicing up the tilapia are grand....hope it tastes as good as it sonds.

Hope you slept well!
Rhonda

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/30/2010 11:39PM

    I loved the Ministry of silly walks feline division!!!!I love your blogs too !I end up reading them in the middle of your night but it is all good we connect still! hugs,Cheri

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SUZIEGREY 9/30/2010 11:01PM

    I'm so glad your getting some respite from the Tietzes. I, too, love reading your blogs, they are so friendly and chatty.

Those cat pictures are great and have made me smile.

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KNITTABLES 9/30/2010 5:43PM

    Glad your feeling better and I love the pictures.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/30/2010 5:25PM

    I too have found the things I most used to crave just don't do it for me any longer. One night I was leaving Dad, really late, really hungry, and was thinking to myself 'I wish I still liked fish and chips, cos I'd be able to get out of cooking tonight if I bought some...' Just couldn't face even the smell of fat frying in the shop, let alone eat the stuff. Ended up having soup, from memory. Even cheesecake does nothing for me, where before it was irresitable! Now I crave salads, lol.

a feline John Cleese, hey?

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BOVEY63 9/30/2010 3:56PM

    So happy to hear that you are feeling well enough to get back out there and exercise. Hope the sinuses clear up real soon.
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NJMATTICE 9/30/2010 3:52PM

    A day off from paperwork is a regular holiday. Enjoy. I am quitting the sugars this week. I challenged my sister to a sugarless week. That includes fruit and starchy veggies. It is going to be a rough week. But my niece's nutritionist contends that it's the yeasties in your gut that make you crave sweets and the only way to rid yourself of them is to starve them to death! They survive on sugars. So it's lots of proteins and low carb veggies for me as I start a new month of the healthy lifestyle. I'll feast my eyes on your doughnut photos instead of actually consuming them. Cheers. Have an awesome evening.
Love,
Nancy

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CARLA-216 9/30/2010 3:26PM

    Look at you and the new attitude toward doughnuts! That is so awesome! I wish I could say the same for myself. Me? I'm pretty much like the cat in the pic. ;)

Like Linda commented before me, I also love your blogs. She said exactly what I've felt...that it's like you've popped over for tea and you're telling me about your day. I LOVE IT!

LOL at the last kitteh pic. I thought of the British Comedy Lovers team when I saw it!

xoxo,
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LINDABENEDICT 9/30/2010 2:28PM

    I just LOVE emoticon your blogs !!! I can almost hear you talking about your day ....like you had just dropped over for a nice cup of tea !!!!

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Can someone explain broiling please?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I keep seeing Spark Recipes which say things like "Broil the fish in the oven, six inches from the heat for 5 minutes."

What is a broiler and how does a British person find an alternative?
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ZURDTA- 9/30/2010 2:39AM

    As below.

US Broil = UK grill.

Yes US cousins, we DO have what you call a broiler, except we call it a grill and it does the same thing.

emoticon And we would pan fry bubble & squeak not boil, broil or grill it! Or is that what you call griddle???



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NJMATTICE 9/29/2010 11:00PM

    On my oven, broiling temperature is about 550 degrees. I have an electric stove, so the top coils are used for broiling. The food is put a few inches away from that intense heat (I have a special broiling pan that has slits in it so that any grease flows down away from the heat source) and you have to watch that it doesn't burn. It takes about 5-7 minutes on one side then I turn it over and "broil" the other side. In gas stoves, where the flame is on the bottom of the stove, the broiler "pan" is usually a drawer under the stove. Same concept. Intense heat from above sears food, flip it over and do the other side. Most toaster ovens have a broil setting as well. I can make many slices of toast in my oven broiler. Just have to toast one side at a time. Is that clear as mud for you?

What the heck does a British stove do? Boil bubble and squeak?

Love you, Lexie.
Nancy

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KANSASROSE67 9/29/2010 9:56PM

    Just move your oven rack to the top position and cook for a short time on highest heat (like 450-500 degrees F)...that's broiling. It's not the same as grilling.

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ALICIA214 9/29/2010 9:26PM

 

If you dont have a broiler,maybe you could move the shelf in your oven as high as it will go to the top element., to get the broiler effect.
I am a Brit living in Canada,but I have questions sometimes,when looking at a recipe, I wonder what some of the ingredients are. And because this site is world wide I think brand names should not be used, for instance
list canned tomato's or peas,not the brand name.

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KNITTABLES 9/29/2010 8:37PM

    Love the pictures and glad to see you got your answers.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/29/2010 8:12PM

    Grill!

I discovered that after discovering it does NOT mean you brown a large, very expensive piece of steak on both sides, then boil it, lol. I did it, I imagined broil was an American abbreviation of brown+boil. Let's just say the dogs enjoyed their special dinner that evening.
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LINDABENEDICT 9/29/2010 7:29PM

    boy, do you ask good questions Lexie !!!!! When I am tooo hot, I often say I am broiling !!!!

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BUBBLEJ1 9/29/2010 6:45PM

    We should start a translation group!

American = British/Aussie/Kiwi
Broil = Grill
Grill = Cook on BBQ
BBQ = Ummmmmm don't think we have that one!



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BUBBLEJ1 9/29/2010 6:43PM

    Broil=grill. Had me stumped for ages too

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10TOES 9/29/2010 6:16PM

    Hmm... how to explain? A broiler is that drawer that is under the oven. I don't think I have ever seen an oven without one here in the States. You turn the knob for the oven to it's hottest setting which usually just says "broil" here and put whatever you intend to cook on a broiler pan. In most cases, the flame or heat source is hottest in this area. I don't know if that helps. Good luck emoticon

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