PR will be absolutely toxic from now on. Very hard to question fans for that and I won't be rushing to my seat for the remainder of our home games. Evans needs to be made to squirm somehow. However, Evans can't just "get out of our club". I'm sure he'd love to if he could cut some of his losses.
Lambert on the other hand is a fool of a football manager. The team and shape he selected and that first half performance is mind boggling. Everyone could see it from before kick-off, and watched it unfold. There is no excuse, looking at the bench and available players. Jewelleqsue except without the honesty.
It's surreal. In most other businesses a senior project manager overseeing this shambles would be fired immediately for gross incompetence.
It's cost us enormously, and how significant this is may reverberate for many more years. Yes, Evans gets too much slack. He has made bad decision after bad decision. He is absent. He doesn't give a fook. I'd love him to find an owner who can put more attention and love (and money) into our club.
However, our squad was perfectly capable of challenging this season. Evans doesn't choose the team. From the platform we had, Lambert must be the biggest failure yet. He has some very serious competition to boot.
Often feel like a young man again, with all the world laid out in front of me. And even though I'm down on our club and its stewardship, I can't wait to get into town. What a sucker. Football, eh? See you all in a manner of speaking this afternoon. Play nice :)
It will do enough for four (main) portions. It’s a dish in itself but you can trough anything with it. Salmon is particularly good with fresh lime and coriander, but anything veggie or vegan equally good.
If you haven’t got one already get a hand blender. Essential kitchen gear, and you can get something decent for thirty quid or less. You can chop your onions and all but a blender is better. A spice grinder is also a great bit of kit and worth the investment (fifty odd quid). Otherwise ready ground spices will work BUT you’ll need to crush things like fennel, fenugreek and cloves in a pestle and mortar, and that’s a pain in the ass. Or you can avoid those spices and just use the ones you can get ready ground. No great shakes, but your dals and curries won’t be quite as good.
Whizz an onion, two or three cloves of peeled garlic, and a two inch stick of peeled fresh ginger in the blender whilst heating a splash of oil in a large saucepan. Ideally heavy based, but you can also use a wok or whatever. Fry this “paste” on a medium heat for five to ten minutes.
Meanwhile grind your spices: three teaspoons cumin (just like coffee it stays fresher if you buy seeds, but if you don’t want to grind just get the ready ground innit), two teaspoons coriander (seeds best if using grinder), one teaspoon fennel, one teaspoon fenugreek, three or four cloves and one star anise, one teaspoon chilli powder (mild/medium/hot depending on what you like). Throw these into the pan and cook for a minute.
Chuck in 200 grams of red lentils. You can get ready to go ones. Then a level teaspoon of ground turmeric. Stir everything together. Squeeze in a dollop of concentrated tomato puree, then a litre of water. You can start off with 750 odd millilitres and add the rest as you go along and if the dal looks too dry. There is no right or wrong consistency.
Once it’s boiling put a lid on and simmer on a low heat for half an hour, stirring often. If you like a thicker dal take the lid off so the water evaporates quicker. I chuck in a load of baby spinach and chopped fresh tomatoes ten odd minutes from time. Note that this adds more water. If you make it often you’ll get a handle on the consistency quite quickly.
Just watching the Birmingham vs Blackburn "highlights" and it's very Ipswichesque from both sides, attack and defence. I know of course that we are like this all the time at the momebt, but we can still have a good season IF, and it's a big, Lambert can find some continuity and the team get into a groove.
Vociferous support is still very important, and Blue Action et al have a part to play. It's not too late so let's not all flounce and blub just yet.