Rice Pudding

August 21, 2009
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 15 dates, pitted and chopped
  • Place the rice into a food processor or blender, and process until coarse, but not pureed. Transfer to a saucepan, and stir in the milk, sugar and dates. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the dates are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

    I am going to make that right now!


    Lemon chicken with figs

    August 21, 2009

    Chicken thighs roasted with figs and lemon slices in a lemon, vinegar and brown sugar glaze.

     chicken thighs to feed how many
    2 lemons, 1 sliced, 1 halved
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup white vinegar
    1/4 cup water
    1 1/2 pounds dried figs
    salt to taste
    1 teaspoon dried parsley
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

    Preheat the chicken thighs in oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    Squeeze juices from halved lemon into a small bowl, then stir in brown sugar, vinegar and water; set aside.
    Place figs and sliced lemon segments in the bottom of an 11×16 inch baking/roasting dish. Arrange chicken thighs on top, then pour vinegar mixture over chicken. Finally, sprinkle with salt and dried parsley to taste.
    Bake/roast at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 50 minutes, basting frequently (turn figs if they begin to brown).
    With a slotted spoon, remove chicken, figs and lemon slices from baking dish and place on a warm platter. Skim fat from juices, then pour over chicken as sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve

    Why we hate the French

    August 12, 2009

    They bottle bath-water and call it Perrier
    They eat poor froggie’s legs then throw the rest away
    They eat raw garlic and invented croquet

    That’s why I hate the French,
    That’s why I hate the French

    They all wear berets and they’re all called Jacques,
    They even steal from us the words they lack
    Le weekend, Le Camping and cul de sac
    That’s why I hate the French,

    That’s why I hate the French.


    And All their songs sound more or less the same
    La la la la la la la la………je t’aime

    France’s existence is such a shame
    That’s why I hate the French,
    That’s why I hate the French.

    They bake their bread in such a naughty shape
    They brag about their wine and worship the grape
    They criticise our food but then they eat loads of crepe
    That’s why I hate the French,

     That’s why I hate the French.

    And now they started coming here in their droves
    French cigarettes, French letters and French clothes

    That prick Van Gough cut off his own earlobes


    That’s why I hate the French,
    That’s why I hate the French.

    For breakfast they have croissant or French toast
    And there’s always some French letters in the post

    But it’s their accent that I hate the most

    That’s why I hate the French,
    That’s why I hate the French.

    They’re pretty cocky ’bout their games in the dark’
    They think with girls they light a special spark
    Look what the bastards did to Joan of Arc
    That’s why I hate the French,
    That’s why I hate the French,
    That’s why I hate the

    And that’s why we hate the French

    August 12, 2009

    A great parody by Rowan Atkinson from the 1980s explains why the British ( and how everyone else should ) hate the French- and here’s another reason why………….what if someone was suffering from a pigment disorder and couldn’t have any sun on their skin at all? The French wouldn’t allow them to swim? or if someone was scarred from head to toe in burns? Their embarassment wouldn’t count for anything?

    A Muslim woman who tried to go swimming in a head-to-toe “burquini” has been banned from her local pool in the latest tussle between religious practices and secular authority in France.
    Officials on Wednesday insisted they banned the woman’s use of the Islam-friendly swimsuit because of France’s unusually strict hygiene standards in pools – not because of official hostility to wearing overtly Muslim garb.
    Under the policy, swimmers are prevented from wearing any street-compatible or baggy clothing, such as Bermuda shorts, in favour of figure-hugging suits.
    The woman, a 35-year-old convert to Islam identified only as Carole, complained of religious discrimination after trying to go swimming in her burquini in the Paris suburb of Emerainville.
    She was quoted as telling the daily Le Parisien newspaper that she had bought the burquini after deciding “it would allow me the pleasure of bathing without showing too much of myself, as Islam recommends.”

    “For me this is nothing but segregation,” she added.

    Al qaeda plot kuwait

    August 12, 2009

    CNN and other news agencies are reporting that 6 Kuwaitis have been caught planning an attack on Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.The suspects had planned to bomb Camp Arifjan during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan- which, if true, would indicate to any Muslim among us that these people are not Muslim, or not acting like Muslims should. The plot also involved an attack on Kuwait’s State Security Service headquarters and other government facilities, according to the Kuwait News Agency, which cited a statement from the Interior Ministry.

    There is still a story circulating on CNN about a 2002 attack on Failaka where CNN name a Kuwaiti who was found innocent- perhaps 7 years later time for a retraction CNN?

    Les Fleurs du mal

    August 6, 2009

    Le Soleil

    Le long du vieux faubourg, où pendent aux masures
    Les persiennes, abri des sécrètes luxures,
    Quand le soleil cruel frappe à traits redoublés
    Sur la ville et les champs, sur les toits et les blés,
    Je vais m’exercer seul à ma fantasque escrime,
    Flairant dans tous les coins les hasards de la rime,
    Trébuchant sur les mots comme sur les pavés
    Heurtant parfois des vers depuis longtemps rêvés.

    Ce père nourricier, ennemi des chloroses,
    Eveille dans les champs les vers comme les roses;
    II fait s’évaporer les soucis vers le ciel,
    Et remplit les cerveaux et les ruches le miel.
    C’est lui qui rajeunit les porteurs de béquilles
    Et les rend gais et doux comme des jeunes filles,
    Et commande aux moissons de croître et de mûrir
    Dans le coeur immortel qui toujours veut fleurir!

    Quand, ainsi qu’un poète, il descend dans les villes,
    II ennoblit le sort des choses les plus viles,
    Et s’introduit en roi, sans bruit et sans valets,
    Dans tous les hôpitaux et dans tous les palais.

    Charles Baudelaire

    I useta love her

    August 6, 2009

    God I remember dancing to this at Christmas in the 80sor 90s in a rugby club somewhere in Ireland!

    Do you remember it?

    Ramadan Recipe with a twist

    August 6, 2009

    This is my take on the Kuwaiti dish ‘bechamel’.

    I cook my macaroni with a stock cube. Meanwhile I chop up a burger and fry it with some onion and garlic.Then I add some tomato paste, a drop of water, salt and pepper, garam masala and chili pepper. At the same time I am making my white sauce ( melted butter, salt and pepper and another stock cube, add flour and then milk and stir wildly!). Put the meat mixture in the blender a little and then put a layer of meat and then a layer of white sauce on the bottom of the cooking dish. Mix all the other ingredients together( macaroni, white sauce and meat mixture). Put in the cooking dish. Now comes my added twist. I sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top and put it in the oven until the top becomes crispy.

    East meets West in  ”Bechamel Macaroni Cheese”. We loved it.

    When punishment goes seriously wrong

    August 6, 2009

    Well in my school people got detention, or expelled at a push, but in Malaysia the punishment for being caught with a cigarette in your locker goes  a bit further. A boy was forced by his English teacher to smoke 42 cigarettes in 4 hours.Afterwards, the boy had to be hospitalised.( If I had been his parents, the teacher would have to have been hospitalised also…….).

    Commenting on the incident, the school principal said:

    ” This doesn’t happen often.”

    Well hallelujah. Maybe Mr Balls could offer some in-house training?

    Ah well, as Oscar Wilde once said…………. ”Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

    How to escape punishment

    July 24, 2009

    Easy really, all you have to shout is ”I’m a celebrity, don’t put me in there!”

    At least for Steve Gerrard and Amy Winehouse, that seems to be the key……………in an astounding affront to football and music fans everywhere, and a finger up at our judicial system, both couldn’t-care-less celebrities, who have proven to us all how free they are with their fists, have been let off by some alzheimer-threatened judge…..

    Both have been ‘cleared of assault’…….now I have been a Liverpool fan all my life, but I think perhaps the ‘jury of his peers’  ( Liverpool FC captain ) may have been a little biased ( from Liverpool )…..don’t you think.

    And as for Amy, well perhaps she needs as many favours as she can get with a face and body like that……