Roast potatoes: cut 4 medium potatoes into medium square. 20 minutes after you put the chicken in the oven, you can start to boil the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain the water and put boiled potatoes into a tray, sprinkle some duck fat and put on to the oven for 45 minutes. Normally, it’s gonna be ready at the same time with your roast chicken.
Gravy: put 4 heaped teaspoons of Bisto granules into sauce pan, add 280 ml of boiling water, and some juice from the roast chicken. Stir vigorously and continually until you get smooth gravy.
Strike for more than a week in a row, c’est normal, c’est la France!
Yesterday, I finally knew how it feels to be a victim of the typical French strike (read: la grève). Since the labour law project (le projet de la loi El-Khomri) was announced on February 2016, strike is becoming a weekly basis in some French public services. But last weekthe situation was such a nightmare. Lots of private companies were doing strike as well (not mine). Even one of the town in France, Le Havre, was paralysed after they blocked access to get into town.
I’m OK with people doing strike as long as they do it properly and do not take other people’s right. I mean, you can do strike in front of the government offices or kidnap and ask them with thousands questions (I’m kidding!) – I mean, meet them and talk or arrange a public debate until you get what you need. But, what did you get by blocking the main access to the town, burning tires, and vandalising the ATM machine?
The worst thing is they currently block the access to the petrol refineries, which impact fuel shortages around the region. I heard from the news that last week people were queuing for hours to get the fuel, and some of them were queuing for nothing. I thought the strike would be over on Friday, because normally it just last for one day or two, but apparently they are still on going, because government still didn’t change anything (typical).
Long story short, yesterday was my turn, my car finally needed the fuel, I went to the gas station near office, but I’ve got nothing. I was pretty desperate because all the nearest gas station were closed due to the shortage. My colleagues told me to go to the gas station on the toll road, which is it’s like more than 30 km away from where I was – if I found nothing there, I wouldn’t make it to find another or even to get home. Thankfully I found a mobile application to let me know where I might find some fuel around the town, at least it would be less gambling.
The gas station was on my way home, so just in case I won’t find anything, I will still survive to get home. But, when I got there, I needed to queue at least for half an hour. The gas station was pretty big, they have 8 lines, 3 of them are closed, 5 of them just have some of diesel, unleaded 95/E10, no more super unleaded. Well, I’m lucky enough, I still got my fuel!
In the spirit of participating on today’s prompt – have you ever doing strike? If you did, why and what is all about? If not, would you participate on strike? why?
Me I think, never, it’s not because I don’t care or I don’t like walking too much (lol), but I believe that if you want to change something, you need to be the person who can change something; to be the person who can change something you need the power; to have the power, you need to be smart; to be smart, you need to learn and study; so at the end you can have access to the system and be the person who can change something or at least have influence to change something…
New recipe is coming! The chillies chicken drumsticks is one of my basic recipes using some basic ingredients (chillies, tomatoes, garlic, and onion). You can cook any meat with these basic ingredients that you usually have at home. It is very easy and tasty. If you’re not a fans of spicy food, this recipe is not spicy at all, but make sure you de-seeds the fresh chillies and add enough tomatoes.
2 Garlic cloves (minced)
1 medium onion (chopped)
8 chicken drumsticks
one pot of red chilli purée
2 red chillies (de-seeds and thinly sliced)
2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
1 lemon grass
2 lime leafs (optional)
Juice of half lemon
1 tbs of caster sugar
For serving: Rice or fried potatoes, cucumbers or pickles and salads.
Heat 2 tbs olive oil and cooking butter in a medium-high heat. Put the chicken drumsticks and cook it until brown, add some black pepper, stir again and set aside on a plate.
Use the rest of the oil and fat from the chicken to stir the onion, garlic, lemon grass, and lime leafs until you can smell the perfume
Add fresh red chillies, cook again for 2-3 minutes.
Add chilli purée, caster sugar and some cooking butter and stir it using the wooden spatula until mixed (make sure that the sauce does not dry at the bottom of the pan).
Add the chicken drumsticks and some chopped tomatoes, mixed it well, put the lead and let it cooked for at least 20 minutes, but don’t forget to stir it every 10 minutes.
Normally there will be some water from the juice of fresh tomatoes, turn the heat off when there’s no more water and add some juice of lemon.
Serve it with cooked rice or fried potatoes, cucumber and salads.
p.s. Chilli purée usually contains salt, so you do not need to add some salt.
I have no idea who Ricky Gervais is until I watched some of his opening jokes at Golden Globes, this guy is mental in funny way. Since then, I started to watch pretty much everything that’s he’s on to, his daily jokes on twitter, even he’s appearance on Ellen Degeneres Show.
But today, It’s about my second and third quotes challenge from my favourite comedian-actor-producer, Ricky Gervais on Derek.
Derek is a British comedy-drama television series starring him, who is also its writer and director. The TV series is available on Netflix. So far, it’s becoming my favourite TV series after Modern family. Believe it or not, I cried every episode like a weeper.
About the plot: Gervais plays 50-year-old Derek Noakes, a care worker at Broad Hill, a home for the elderly, who has worked there for three years. He likes watching reality television shows and game shows and is interested in celebrities, YouTube and, above all, talking about animals. The viewer is told he is kind, helpful and selfless, with good intentions. He is vulnerable because of his childlike naivety and distractions from society. He is ridiculed and ostracised, as well as being marginalised by mainstream society because of his social awkwardness and lack of inhibitions. Derek says it is more important to be kind than to be clever or good-looking. Many media sources describe him as autistic, though Gervais has firmly denied this. Gervais has, in fact, remained carefully ambiguous as to whether Derek is intellectually challenged, autistic, or otherwise.
She said it was better to be kind than to be clever or good looking, I’m not clever or good looking. But I’m kind. – Derek
I like the quote because it makes me realise what’s more important that people should be doing in their life, just be kind to one another.
The last quote is about forgiveness, it’s totally human to be mad or angry to somebody, but forgiveness is your choice. The quote is taken from final episode of season 2 when Derek reflected on his recent and timely reunion with his father who left him when he was a kid. He decided not to forgive his dad and did not want to see him any more, but at the end, he gave him a chance.
That’s the amazing thing about life, you can just rub it out and start again. It’s what you do from now. – Derek