Archive for July, 2006


July 13th, 2006
The bottom seeded teams to reach the knock-out rounds were Ecuador, Ghana, Australia and Switzerland. Since each of these teams went out at the same point in the competition it comes down to points in group stage. Out of this 4 ,Ecuador and Ghana both gained 6 points in the group stage with Australia racking up 4 points but the winner was Switzerland with 7 points. They also topped their group and finished highest in the latest fifa rankings so this means Mike Barry picks up €30.


July 13th, 2006
A couple of people were looking for this. Thanks to Hilary for the link. And the relish!

Sweet Chilli and Tomato Relish

500g ripe tomatoes, halved
2 red chillies, stems removed and deseeded
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
300g caster sugar
100ml red wine vinegar


Place half the tomatoes, the red chillies, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender and pulse to a purée.

Dice the remaining tomatoes into small pieces. Place the purée, sugar, vinegar and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium pan and bring to the boil over a low heat, stirring continuously. Stir in the diced tomatoes, with any juice, and simmer for 40-50 minutes until thick, stirring occasionally and scraping the sides of the pan. Pour into a warm, clean, dry jar and allow to cool.

This recipe will make 300ml relish; any remaining can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Use this relish as a glaze for chicken or pork, or serve with cheese or ham in a sandwich. Make the relish more fiery by adding 3-4 red chillies or, for a milder flavour, omit the chillies completely.

Sean has been known to do this…

July 6th, 2006