Archive for July, 2006

Credit card statement oddity

I usually use Google to help track down strange payments that show on my credit card (to see if they may be fraudulent). I just found a payment for £19.70 on my statement to "WP-SWEET CURES YORK" which I did not recognise.

I could not find any results in Google but after further investgation I have worked out it was for a purchase from a website my girlfriend used:

Hopefully this will help anyone else out with strange credit card entries.

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Ali’s saffron chicken marinade

During Mark's stag weekend in Bournemouth a few years ago, Ali taught me a cracking chicken marinade. It's great for barbecues, so here it is in time for summer…

Saffron chicken (serves four)

  • 1kg chicken strips (use chicken breast)
  • Lots of olive oil (so the meat is covered)
  • One finely chopped onion
  • 2 limes (squeeze the juice in, then add the skins too)
  • Saffron – grind it with a pestle and mortar, add 1/4 cup of boiling water, some black pepper and mix it

Leave the chicken to marinate overnight if possible so that the flavours go deep into the meat. Take the chicken out of the fridge 30 minutes before you cook it. Barbecue on skewers (without over-cooking!) and enjoy.

Carl and AliCarl and Ali after a good feed.

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Martha’s amazing bean salad recipes

My good friend Martha makes a mean bean salad so when she gave me two recipes, I decided to share the goodness. Here are her rather tasty and very healthy bean salad recipes…

Bean salad and bread (serves 2)

  • 1 tin red kidney beans, drained
  • Quarter of an onion, finely chopped
  • 1 biggish tomato chopped
  • Handful of parsley, ripped
  • Handful of basil
  • Handful of black olives
  • Sprinkle of herbs de Provence/thyme
  • Fresh bread
  • Dressing: olive oil, vinegar, garlic cloves (leave the cloves to evolve for an hour or so, or if short on time, add a clove of crushed
    garlic direct to the salad).

Bean and tuna salad (serves 2)

  • 1 tin of flageolet beans, drained
  • Quarter of an onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Handful of parsley, ripped
  • Handful of basil
  • Handful of black olives
  • Teaspoon or so of ground cumin
  • Good squeeze of lemon
  • Dressing: as above, nice with lots of garlic.

Remember, it's all very casual (VC). Taste and see if you need to add anything else … frivolity recommended. You may like to add salt and black pepper.

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