Campbell receives work permit but further loan spell still a possibility

16 07 2013

I’m actually quite excited about this.
Since we first signed Campbell I have been hopeful that he actually might make the grade in the red and white.

I really wouldn’t mind it if we kept him around the club until January and gave him playing time in the cup competitions.

Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth

Almost two years since he officially became an Arsenal player, Joel Campbell finally received the news that he had long been waiting for when it was confirmed last night that he has been granted a work permit enabling him to play in England.

The Costa Rican winger, who has scored seven goals in 25 senior outings for his country, has spent the ensuing period out on loan, first with Lorient in France and then with Real Betis last season. Despite being a regular on the right flank for both of his temporary sides, the athletic and powerful youngster failed to find the scoresheet with regularity, scoring a combined total of just five league goals in two years.

However, many other aspects of his game have improved considerably since he departed on temporary transfer. The 21-year-old’s close control has improved markedly, whilst his decision making is also far more accurate than…

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2 months on

9 05 2013

2 months on





Smiler

8 04 2013

Smiler

7 weeks old





Quick and easy Saag Aloo

5 04 2013

Finally decided what I am going to make for dinner tonight… Saag Aloo.

I am not completely convinced that anyone in India has ever had Saag Aloo / would recognise what we server here in the UK but for some reason the combination of spinach, potatoes and spices gets me everytime!

Feeds 4 – sort of:

  • 4 medium potatoes 
  • 400g spinach puree
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 green finger chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Half tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Finely chop the garlic and the green chillies. Stir the green chillies into the spinach puree along with the lemon juice, and leave to sit in a bowl. 

Next, dice the potatoes into small pieces no larger than one square inch each. Do not pre boil tha potatoes as otherwise they will end up as mush. Chop the onion and finely mince the garlic.

Now bring the oil to heat on high in a medium-sized pan. When it’s hot, add the chopped onion and garlic and saute for five minutes until golden. Then add the potato pieces, cumin and coriander powders and stir on the high heat for five minutes or until the potato edges start going translucent. If the spices start getting stuck to the bottom of the bottom add a tablespoon of hot water and scrape it off.

Next add hot water to the pan until it comes half way up to the potatoes. Lower the heat to a medium and cook the potatoes until they are done. This will take between 5 and 10 minutes depending upon how fresh your potatoes are, and you have to stir regularly.

When you can easily insert a fork through the potatoes without breaking them, mix in the spinach. Add salt to taste, you will need a fair bit to lift the spinach, and simmer for 5 minutes.





4 weeks old

4 04 2013

4 weeks old





An ode to Banelings

3 04 2013

 

 

 

Biding time the burrowed baneling waits,

Footsteps patter overhead,

Boom, boom.

Bye,bye bio-ball.





Hello chums!

3 04 2013

So yeah you might have noticed I haven’t been around here much….1 post in 6 months, hardly going to set the World alight with that pace!

Guess it is cliche in the extreme but life kind of got in the way visitors from the UK and Germany have all demanded time as has a more permanent visitor. If you have still been bothering to come around here you might have seen my most recent post.

Yeah, she is kinda the “BIG” reason that I haven’t bothered myself with too much blogging. 

That will change though I promise….sort of.








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