Saturday, 29 September 2012

Mitt Romney

Every time Mitt Romney opens his mouth I do not know whether I want to laugh or to cry. With the US Presidential Elections coming up at the start of November it would appear that Mitt Romney would be the Democrat's dream. The sheer number of his gaffes and 'witticisms' make George Bush look like Einstein.

Over the course of the campaign he has made some blunders, one of the most notable ones being when he commented on how London was not prepared for hosting the Olympic games. On the eve of the Olympics he said "It's hard to know just how well [the 2012 London Olympics] will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.". Way to go on the international relations front.


There have been several other gaffes where he has tried to identify with the 'common folks' but has instead ended up either enraging them or alienating them. One classic example being when he insinuated that those receiving welfare were just lazy, nothing to do with the high levels of unemployment caused by the recession. No, clearly just laziness. 

It will be interesting to see come November who is elected/re-elected as President of the USA and whether this Mormon version of George W will win the hearts of his fellow Americans. As the saying goes 'the problem with political jokes is they often get elected'. Worrying times. 

For more of Romney's Gaffes check out this website.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Stew

One of the things I am now able to do now that I have absolutely no studying to do is cook. Now when I say cook I do not mean grab a ready meal, pop the film and watch it rotate in the microwave, I mean proper cooking, from scratch with fresh ingredients.
Having the time and the inclination means that I am now free to try all the recipes I spotted on Good Food but was always too busy to make. All this spare time to spend cooking has resulted in the new nicknames of Delia (as in Delia Smith) and Nigella (as in Nigella Lawson), the second I am in no way going to complain about. Personally, I'd love to look as hot as Nigella does when I am 52!
Anyways, as I have previously shared a couple of my favourite recipes I felt it about time to share a new personal favourite. It's cheap, it's quick and it's very very simple.

Today's recipe is Carrot, Lentil and Tomato Stew.
You will need:
Olive oil
4 Carrots
1 Onion (chopped)
8oz Red Lentils (washed)
Garlic (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons mild curry powder 
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
500 ml stock (can also be made with a stock cube)

Method:
Chop the onions and carrots then add to a large pan with olive oil in it. Heat slowly until the vegetables soft then add the garlic. Fry together for a few more minutes then add the spices and herbs. Mix together then add the tomatoes, stock and lentils. Mix together and bring to the boil. Once boiled stir, cover and leave to simmer on a low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils have absorbed a large amount of the liquid. Bring back to the boil then serve.
This dish is best served with a plain naan bread.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Holiday!

Having completed my dissertation and thus my Masters also it is time to take some well earned time off and head off on holiday. Once I return then so will the blog posts, anecdotes and cute pictures of kittens. As a heads up anyone who wishes to contact me will have to wait for my return to UK soil as my phone, email, Facebook, Twitter etc will all be switched off. It'll be just like living back in the 90's except without the Spices Girls, Brit Pop and a Labour Government.