Adieu Watson Chicken Soup

Ingredients: 55g/2oz butter 2 onions, sliced 2 sticks celery, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely diced 25g/2oz plain flour 1.2 litres/2 pints chicken stock 450g/1lb big fat cooked chicken, skinned and shredded 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions, celery and carrots until they start … Continue reading Adieu Watson Chicken Soup

The Real Lib Dem Führer

BY TIM DAWSON “Bollocks to Brexit!” they screamed. “Bollocks to Brexit!” This was less a conference, more a collective breakdown. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with sandals and vegan salads. For three days, the Liberal (not that they’re liberal) Democrats (not that they’re democrats) tore up Bournemouth – and democracy. Their headline act was Guy Verhofstadt. Verhofstadt, as readers will know, is a deluded … Continue reading The Real Lib Dem Führer

Countryside Wary of Carrie

BY MELISSA KITE The girl in the eco-dress is making me nervous. Ever since Carrie Symonds, the girlfriend of Boris Johnson, went to a bird-watching festival wearing a dress rumoured to be made of something that doesn’t destroy the planet, unlike the clothes worn by you and me, I have been fretting. The highly disingenuous speech she made at this festival, about puffin hunting, which … Continue reading Countryside Wary of Carrie

CC2019

BY BEN EVERITT Tonic water is being stockpiled in Deansgate. Gin, too. And beer, for that matter. The M6 is braced for the rumble of Discoveries as the Tory herd makes its biennial migration to the watering holes of Manchester. Always eventful, the Manchester conference is a bear pit for Tory activists. MPs, staffers, stalwarts and all, must each enter the grand security of the … Continue reading CC2019

Candied Bramble

Ingredients: 25ml Edinburgh Gin 20ml Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur 25ml lemon juice 15ml Crème de Mure Garnish – blackberry and a curl of fresh ginger Instructions:  Add gin, liqueur and lemon juice to a shaker with ice. Shake until ice cold. Strain into a rock glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle Crème de Mure over the top of the ice. Garnish with a … Continue reading Candied Bramble

The Point to Point Horse Racing Guide

All you need to know about Point-to-Point horse racing: Point-to-point action, live at Whittington Racecourse. Photo by Extraordinary, CC BY-SA 3.0 Point-to-point horse racing is one of those things that most people don’t even question when they head into a bookmakers. That’s because most people prefer to watch horse races hosted at the major flat or National Hunt racecourses involving professional jockeys. The key difference between … Continue reading The Point to Point Horse Racing Guide