Monthly Archives: June 2016

Euro 2016 predictions

The headline predictions for the tournament are as follows:

Isaac:

Winner: France – 1 – 0 victors over Spain
Top scorer: Thomas Muller
England’s progress: Quarter finals
Star player: Paul Pogba
Red cards: 4a
Wales progress: Group stage
Northern Ireland progress: Group stage
Republic of Ireland: Group stage

Julian:

Winner: Germany – 3 – 1 victors over Belgium
Top scorer: Mario Gomez
England’s progress: Quarter finals
Star player: Kevin de Bruyne
Red cards: 9
Wales progress: Group stage
Northern Ireland progress: Group stage
Republic of Ireland: Group stage

To try and work out likely scenarios for the different stages me and Isaac plotted out each stage of the tournament and I will post the detail of how we came to our conclusions.

Focaccia farcita

image

This is a cheese-filled epic with mozzarella and gorgonzola and basil just prior to having the top layer dough added and sealed.
Perfect for a summer picnic but definitely best served still warm, although can survive a 1 minute reheat in the microwave.
Again, in common with all the stuff I cook, very easy to make and much the same dough as i use to make pizza bases though it doesn’t have the wine I usually have in the focaccia.

image

And here’s the result after baking

Banana and coconut loaf

image

Another one taken from the i newspaper’s daily recipe.
This is made with butter (coconut oil instead), sugar (dates) and with spelt rather than flour.
Not quite dairy-free because of the 4 eggs but it’s very simple to make, just bung the ingredients in a bowl, mix and bake for an hour.
I made a second loaf but forgot the dessicated coconut; it’s definitely better with than without.