Thursday, January 01, 2015

The Best Roast Chicken Ever

One or more free-range organic chickens, 2-2.5kg each

50-100g soft butter

Salt and ground black pepper

Fresh bay leaves (if available), torn in half

2-3 large sprigs fresh thyme

1 lemon

1 whole head garlic, broken into cloves and roughly bashed

About 200ml white wine

About 200ml water

Remove the bird/s from the fridge at least an hour before cooking so  it/they can come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. If there are any, put the giblets in the fridge for making stock later. (Separate the livers from the giblets because they'll make the stock bitter. Fry them up for nibbles, or use them in the stuffing - see below.)

Untruss the bird’s legs and give them a tug and a wiggle to separate them a bit from the body, and then place the bird/s in the largest roasting tray you can fit in your oven. Make sure there's as much space around it/them as possible and enlarge the opening of the cavities with your fingers, so hot air can circulate inside the bird/s. Smear the bird/s all over with the soft butter, then season generously all over. Put a couple of bay leaves, a sprig of thyme, a couple of slices of lemon and a few whole garlic cloves inside and under each bird.

Place in the centre of the hot oven, roast for 30 minutes, then baste with the buttery juices, turn down the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4, pour the wine into the tin (not over the birds) and roast for another 40-60 minutes, depending on their size. Test they are done by poking a knife where the thigh joins the breast - the juices released should run clear. Tip the birds on end so any juices in their cavities run into the tin, then transfer to a large, warmed dish and cover with foil. Leave to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. This gives you time to finish all the trimmings, and make the gravy.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Reply to Atos Victims' Attack on Kaliya Franklin

My reply to

"Would you allow yourself to be Photographed smiling with the Disabled Communities biggest enemies?…. "

What an unpleasant nasty attack on Kaliya.
To get the message across we HAVE to lobby and interact with the decision makers, no matter how much we dislike their policies.
Change will not happen without the tenacity of people such as  Kaliya Franklin and Sue Marsh.
They put our interests before their own wellbeing and should be praised for the invaluable work they do.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Don't you love the terminally thick! #irony

From  #Telegraph comments in 2011 :

Me (Tongue firmly in cheek)

All pensioners are wealthy. All the unemployed are "work shy".  Everyone on disability benefits is a scrounger. Pensions should be paid later because we are all blessed with superb health in older age.  Trades unions only exist to thwart the success of a business.

Can somebody please spin the truth to counter the epidemic of misinformation coming from this government


Reply from E*V*****

Are you some sort of Nutter, Chum??

There are some serious misconceptions in your head.

1.Some Pensioners might be wealthy, but the majority are NOT . . try being one.

2."All"  u/e  you say are workshy.  The u/e en masse cannot be regarded as one and the same. They are broken down into various groups, eg. Those made Redundant; those in failing health; new mothers; and Yes there are the lazy and the unemployable and the tongue tied immigrants.

3. People who work in Offices may very well work longer because their bodies are not worn out but the same cannot be said for the Hod Carrier, the Heavy Goods Driver, the Grave Digger and such like because their bodies are worn out.  This fact escapes the Politicians who do not do 'physical' work.

4. Trade Unions are a necessity so as to protect Employees from people seemingly like you.

5. You have clearly forgotten to tell us about yourself so as to give credibility to your to your facile statements.



Ever heard of irony!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Compassionate Fascist Conservatism

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Compassionate Fascist Conservatism: Today, we are told that David Cameron will use his Leader's Speech to Tory Conference to re-iterate his commitment to Compassionate Conservatism.
Here is a list of your "compassion" - your incompetence I will leave for another day.

"Halving Support for disabled children, Scrapping the "Youth Premium" that ensured independence for the most profoundly disabled children; Scrapping Crisis Loans; Cutting housing support for disabled people; Cutting council budgets so hard that they cannot provide social care to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities; Introducing PIP to replace DLA with the aim of cutting 500,000 vulnerable people from the figures without a single assessment; Introducing unlimited, unpaid work for those with significant illnesses or disabilities; Cutting all benefit support for sick and disabled people appealing their ESA decisions; Lying to the public about Work Capability Assessments and failing to make them fit for purpose while disabled people suffer and die; Encouraging hate crime by constantly feeding the media "scrounger" stories about the sick and disabled; Closing Remploy factories, throwing over 1500 working disabled people on the scrapheap; Exaggerating fraud rates and implying all sick and disabled people are "feckless, festering, stock"; Lying about the levels of disability benefit fraud repeatedly and feeding politicised press releases to the media; Turning neighbour on neighbour and fostering a climate of hate towards the sick and disabled; Forcing cancer patients to the jobcentre; Privatising our health service despite promises that you would protect it; Rationing access to NHS treatment; Cutting respite care despite promising you understood and would help; Suggesting in PIP that a sick or disabled person can "bathe" if they can wash above the waist only; Re-classifying paraplegics as "fully mobile" if they use their wheelchairs too well; Blocking improvement in Atos assessments; Lying about Workfare repeatedly to the press; Falsifying internet documents to make your workfare lies look like the truth."

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Tuscan Bean Soup

Serves 4
Preparation Time 10mins
Cooking Time 45 mins

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 onions
2 leeks
2 carrots
4 sprigs thyme
1 litre vegetable stock
Fresh tomatoes chopped
2 x 300g tins cannellini beans
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Peel, crush and chop the garlic, dice the onions, leeks and carrots and gently cook for 5 minutes without browning. Add the thyme leaves, vegetable stock and chopped tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add the cannellini beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Serve with warm bread

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Shades of forced labour: #Workfare


Dear Sir,

I have just seen the report on how you treated your 'volunteer' staff at the Jubilee Pageant.

This is a disgusting way to treat any human being.
No doubt the hope of a job was the only thing that ensured compliance with the vile treatment people had to endure.
Oh, that and the threat of sanctions enforced by the DWP.

Vast amounts of public money are being poured into these contentious “workfare” schemes.
It is your DUTY to ensure that people are treated with respect and humanity, not as forced labour in some ghastly recreation of the Third Reich.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I will be marching on May 10th

On May 10th 2012 I will be joining police officers marching in protest against 20% budget cuts.

I’m a member of the public that is horrified at the ConDems’ demolition of all the institutions that we value.

My large local policing base has been moved from a few doors down to a town that is 30 minutes’ drive away.

The local SNT has dwindled to one PC and one PCSO. Formerly it was a large team.

The SNT are so rushed off their feet it’s impossible to have a conversation with them without them being interrupted and being called to help the severely overstretched response teams.

When I phone for help, I want to see a sworn police officer, not a private security patrol that isn’t accountable to anyone other than their company’s shareholders.

We must preserve the Office of Constable.

The ConDems agenda is privatisation at any cost, as a matter of dogma not necessity.

Who will be there to keep us safe?