Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Phoenix RyanAir Kefir


What's this in the news about Phoenix Nights being cancelled? Didn't realise there was another series.

We're preparing for our holiday in Ireland, leaving the house in the care of my two teenage sons, Hay's dad and Hay's sister. Anyone who cares to attempt a robbery with that lot looking after the house is either very brave or plain foolhardy. 

We're flying to Knock and then driving over to Murrisk in Mayo. However, the fly in the ointment is RyanAir. They try to extract money from you at every conceivable opportunity. You have to pay 20 Euros to manually book in at the airport, which is fine, as we could book on-line for free. The problem is that you can only book in online two hours before your flight departure, and you have to print out your boarding card. That's obviously not possible if you're using a normal computer, as the availability of printing facilities is somewhat scarce in airports. The only solution is the use a mobile app and get an e-boarding card on your phone - but I'm fully expecting something to go squonk with the system when we attempt an app-based check-in at the airport with 2 hours to go, resulting in us having to check in manually for 20 Euros.


I've perfected the kefir making. I put the kefir grains in a one litre Kilner jar (actually one of IKEA's lookalikes) with the milk (semi-skimmed or whole), seal it so it's airtight and leave it in the fridge for a week. The conversion takes place slowly and under increasing pressure, resulting in the perfect, fizzy kefit drink by the end of the week. That's then decanted into plastic bottles for use during the next week while I'm making the next batch. One litre a week is about the right amount, added to which it is happy fermenting away while you're on a week's holiday. Being left a few days longer isn't a problem, and I dare say I could get away with leaving it to ferment in the fridge for 2 weeks without any problems.


7 comments:

  1. Ryanair ! That's scraping the bottom of the barrel. Why on earth didn't you use Aer Lingus ?

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    1. Only flight to Knock on the day we wanted from Britsol.

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  2. You do know all about Knock I presume, being the town of the holy rollers and umpteen visions of the BVM hee'hee and that the airport was built to cater for the pilgrims. Am surprised that they would you let you land there unless of course work is afoot to make a convert out of you ?

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  3. Go easy on the pre flight drinks eh!

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    1. I've been promised an Irish lunch - 6 pints of Guinness and a potato... ;o)

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  4. 'TAYTO' you mean and 90% of Ireland is hooked on them.

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