My new favourite drink – the Old Fashioned

I like my bourbon and usually drink it on the rock or with a little dash of coke, but recently I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men on Netflix and came across my new favourite drink the Old Fashioned.

This drink takes a normal bourbon and gives it a sweet injection with sugar, orange peel and a maraschino cherry, and it’s fast becoming my favourite drink (especially at home).

Here is the recipe if you fancy trying it yourself:

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1tsp sugar syrup (alternatively you can use normal sugar)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2-3 drops of angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes as necessary
  • slice of orange peel (optional)

Preparation

  1. Take the orange peel and squeeze it through your fingers to release the scent, rub the peel around the inside of the tumbler and place into the glass.
  2. Add the sugar syrup (or sugar), cherry and bitters along with some ice and stir for approximately 10 seconds.
  3. Add the bourbon and stir for another 10 seconds.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Old Fashioned

Picture: Sam Howzit

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Middlesbrough vs Leeds – can I bear to watch?

small-football.jpgOh to be a Leeds supporter! It’s funny, one of my friends said the other day that he now knows what it feels like to be a Leeds supporter (he’s a Manchester United supporter), but in all honesty its not funny at all. Leeds really need to start putting together a decent run if they are going to get into the play-offs this season.

Things were looking up a couple of weeks ago after the 5-1 drubbing of Huddersfield and 2-1 win over Yeovil after being behind, but this went back to normal last week with a poor display against Brighton. We all know that Leeds are capable of beating any team in the league, but their inconsistency is a real problem.

We play Middlesbrough in the early kick off today, which I’ll be watching (through my hands probably) and anything less than a win could prove to be a massive problem for getting into the play-offs.

Leeds actually have a good recent record against Middlesbrough in Teesside and have won three out of the last four meetings, although they have not kept a clean sheet in their last 10 games. Hopefully that will change as Jack Butland is expected to make his debut for the club after joining on loan from Stoke this week; Cameron Stewart is also available after missing last week’s defeat to Brighton.

I’m predicting a Leeds win, obviously, but will be watching with baited breathe.

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My famous chicken noodle soup recipe

Yep, that’s right I do the odd bit of cooking once and a while, and one of my wife’s favourites is my chicken noodle soup. We are having some friends round for dinner at the weekend and my wife asked if I would make the soup for the starter, so I decided to share it on here too.

Ingredients (serves 6-8):

  • Chicken breast 500g
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 hot chillies
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • ½ pack of medium noodles
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chilli powder to taste

Cooking

Start by chopping up all of the carrots, celery, onion and chillies whilst gently heating a pan with a tablespoon of oil in it. Put all the vegetables in and let it simmer for around 10 minutes until it softens.

While you’re waiting chop the chicken breast into cubes approximately 1 inch big, once the veg is softened put the chicken breast in and stir quite frequently so that the breast gets nicely seared.

Add approximately 1 litre of boiling water into a suitable jug and add the chicken stock cube, stir until it is fully dissolved.

Pour the chicken stock into the pan and leave to simmer away for approximately 5-8 minutes. Add the noodles to the pan and cook as per the instructions (usually around 4 minutes), you may need to add some more water to the pan.

Add salt and pepper to taste and if it needs a bit of an extra kick add some chilli powder.

Serve immediately or divide up into plastic containers and freeze.

Easy!

Hopefully my friends will like it, I might not put as many chillies in the soup this time as I don’t know how spicy they like it; FYI me and my wife like it hot 😉

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GTA spoof gives you a taste of the West Country

You know me, anything for a laugh (and to have a bit of a skive), so when my wife tweeted me this funny Grand Theft Auto Cornwall video spoof I just had to share it.

Made by Cornish comedian Colin Leggo, this spoof video combines actual game footage with some West Country voiceovers. Whether it’s Michael searching for pasties, Trevor talking about parking tickets or Franklin buying ice cream, this video will crack you up.

Check it out below:

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What the F**k is going on at Leeds?

small-football.jpgIt’s never a dull moment at Leeds, to be honest most Leeds fan now except nothing ever goes smoothly nor how the fans want it to go. And as ever confusion is covering the club like a big dark cloud. That being said we had a storming game on Saturday thank god. My Friday splutter over my cupper when a nice little headline popped up on my phone, stating McDermott had been sacked. For me that seemed out of the blue, yes we had been having a bad run, but nothing we can’t come back from and notably not that bad that a manager should be sacked, considering what he has to work with.

I like Brian, he seems a good manager and by all accounts the team do too, including McCormack who stayed at the club, despite interest for him during the transfer window because of his respect for the manager who he wanted to continue working with. No doubt it was rather shocking news for him on Friday perhaps that was what spurned his hat-trick against Huddersfield? And two great goals from Kebe and Mowatt. Saturday’s game was under the watchful eye of Assistant manager Nigel Gibbs who had taken over after the so called departure of McDermott.

The game showed us how much support McDermott has at the club, probably one of our favourite managers in a long time. Elland Road fans chanting their support for McDermott throughout, apparently. I wish I had gone to that game now, once these problems settle down, I think I will get a season ticket well depending on the outcome. The problems at the end of last week seem to stem from Massimo Cellino who ‘unofficially’ is the new majority owner of Leeds. Cellino has a bit of a reputation, on Friday he tried to mix it up a bit at the club, from the BBC:

  • Tried to put compatriot Gianluca Festa on the Leeds bench for Tuesday’s game against Ipswich.
  • Sacked Brian McDermott on Friday because the popular manager had “done everything to get fired”.
  • Pleaded with McDermott to return on Saturday.

Apparently he has completed a deal to buy 75% of Leeds on Friday lunchtime pending an answer from the Football League on whether he is a “fit and proper person” to own the club. Going by information in the internet, I’m not 100% sure he is someone we want buying our club, there seems to be a lot of similarities to Bates, from the arrogance and bullish behaviour. He has quite a reputation at Cagliari Calcio the ‘other’ club he owns. Apparently he is one of the most colourful, controversial and charismatic owners in Italian football.

However the Championship, is not like Italian leagues. We play proper British style football, we don’t have the same humungous investment and we are fighters. Could he help us get into the Premier League, possibly, with plenty of cash (doesn’t seem on the table though) however sacking one of the best managers we have had in a while doesn’t bode well. As a club we need to stay out of the habit of rash sackings which we have seen in recent years.

That being said, this morning, McDermott has reported for duty at the training ground as normal, with the club issuing a statement stating, Brian McDermott ‘remains’ as manager they said: “The club would like to make it clear that Brian McDermott remains our first-team manager. He has not been dismissed from his post as has been suggested. We look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds forward.”

Revelling on the win on Saturday, Gibbs said: “The team was prepared by Brian. It’s his team, his performance and his victory. It’s been unusual to say the least.”

It was a good win and long may it continue and we can put the sorry state of affairs behind us. Leeds really need stability we had it for a while, but like anything at the moment it does not last. On the plus side, this weekend I was wife free which meant there was plenty of time for me to spend doing what I wanted to do without nagging. Which included; getting a fish and chips for lunch, takeaway for tea, drinking as early as I wanted and playing video games and watching man stuff on TV.

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New bedroom furniture and no peace

So after I broke our wardrobe last year and we got a nice new shiny one from SlideWardrobes.co.uk the wife decided we now need a new bed, bedside cabinets and chest of draws. As you can guess this is going to cost me and on top of the new dining room furniture she wants. Honestly I don’t know why she always wants to buy everything at the same time. She gets these ideas in her head and that’s it.

The thing is all this furniture will probably arrive at the same time, be all flat packed with crap instructions all for me to put together, whilst the wife stands there and tells me I’m doing it wrong but doesn’t help me. I think I may just hire a handy man to do it, would be easier and save me the hassle, because I really can’t be arsed. Next thing I know though is that she will want the bloody rooms repainting. She normally does this just after all new furniture is put in.

Anyway at least I get some peace this weekend, she is off out for the day shopping with the girls, then out for tea and drinks as well so the whole of Saturday I can spend in peace. I can also watch some football, drink beer and play my Xbox, without the wife, tutting at me. Last night I was out with my mate at the footy, we watched Leeds play Ipswich, luckily we got a draw and didn’t lose like we have been doing recently. So it wasn’t horrendous going to the game, especially as it was bloody freezing.

small-football.jpgMy mates off again at the weekend to watch the Huddersfield game, I really should get my season ticket again, I stopped during Bates’s tyrannal reign, however now he’s gone, I have no excuse. Although their recent form put me off, it’s a bit depressing driving home after a loss, at least at home I can ignore updates or switch over the odd times they are on Sky. I know I could always walk out but then that would just be a waste of money, however it would make getting home quicker!

I was quite happy when we were in the playoffs, one step closer to the Premier League. But then I got thinking, we would probably struggle to stay up, we wouldn’t have much chance of getting back to our previous levels of dominance. We just don’t have the cash. Looking at the PL now the top teams, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea all have recently spent big, Citeh to extortionate levels.

Manure lost Fergusson and their lower levels of spending have become apparent. I also think If Liverpool didn’t have Suarez, they would still be struggling, luckily he will be staying put there for a while, but they really need more investment in good players. (Carroll anyone). Obviously Manure have some expensive players, but the team is going through a transitional period, they will have to invest more to keep up in the top. Not that I hope they do, but it lays bare the state of the PL now.

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