The Gregmeister FroffeeeCoffeee Special!

April 28, 2008 at 1:19 | Posted in General gubbins | Leave a comment

Now I like a really good frothy coffee from time to time. Well, at least one or two a day!
Here’s the way I like to make my coffee … it’s extra milky and very much extra frothy!

Put 1-2 teaspoons of any well known brand of instant coffee granules into a mug that
can hold up to 400ml (but no less than 300ml) of liquid. No cheapo, supermarket own
brand shite though, but Red Mountain, Maxwell House, Nescafe, or some other.
(My current preference is Red Mountain.)

Now add 2-3 heaped teaspoons of coffee whitener, preferable Coffee Mate or similar.

As for sugar or sweeteners, that’s up to you, although I recommend Half Spoon Sugar.

I assume by this time, you’ve already put some water in the kettle, and switched it on.
If you haven’t … well, what are you waiting for? The water won’t boil itself you know!

Give the contents of your mug a stir up, then pour in a drop of UHT semi-skimmed milk.
(The milk must be from a resealable carton with a plastic cap or tab or the next part
of the method could get quite messy.) Stir it up again, until you’ve got a smooth
and gloopy caramel coloured mixture in your mug. Make sure there are no lumps
or any undissolved coffee when you’re done stirring.

Now comes the interestingly unusual bit. If the milk carton is currently more than two
thirds full, pour about 200-300ml of it into any suitable container, such as a jug or
another mug. At this point, close the cap or tab of the carton and give a darn
good shake for about 10-15 seconds. This is where the frothyness starts!

Leave the carton to stand for a few moments, about 30 secs should do the trick.

The milk will now be rather foamy for the next few minutes, so at this point, open
the carton, and squeeze some of the the milky foam (or foamy milk) into the mug,
and stir it up. Now wait for the kettle to finish boiling, if it hasn’t already.

Pour on the freshly boiled water, up to about an inch or so from the brim of the mug,
and stir. Squeeze on a bit more of the frothed up milk, and stir again, but don’t mix
it completely into the hot coffee until it melts. Ensure it’s still slightly foamy on top.
Pour on some more water from the kettle until the mug is nearly full.

Top it off with as much, or as little of the remaining milk foam from the carton as
you like. Feel free to garnish this frothy coffee delight with whatever you fancy.
Cinnamon, chocolate powder, sprig of parsley … or nothing at all.

(Sprig of parsley not recommended!)

Now … enjoy!

New Knight Rider gets the go-ahead. And “The Doctor” is back!

April 6, 2008 at 20:02 | Posted in Television | Leave a comment

My all-time favourite TV series, Knight Rider is coming back! The (some would say) cheesy
action adventure classic from the 1980’s, has been commissioned by NBC for a new series
following a successful pilot TV movie aired in the US back in February. The original KITT
has been retired, and replaced by an all-new supercar, still called KITT, but this time
built into a rather mean looking Ford Mustang Shelby, and not the old Trans-Am.

Here’s the two minute preview trailer from NBC, posted on YouTube back in January.

The voice of the new Knight Industries 3000 is provided by Val Kilmer, although as yet,
no-one has ruled out any future appearances from the old Knight Industries 2000, as
voiced in the old series (and the 1991 TVM Knight Rider 2000) by William Daniels.

The driver of the all-new KITT isn’t Michael Knight (as played by David Hasselhoff in the
original series, but by Micheal’s son, Mike Traceur, although The Hoff briefly reprised
his role in the new pilot movie, with a brief walk-on part, passing the baton to Mike
towards the end of the movie, at the funeral of Mike’s mother Jennifer.

The new series is much more modern than the original and is likely to be a tad darker,
and far less cheesy than the original show, although it’s very likely that it’ll still have
some of the old show’s classic elements. It seems that it’ll still be a show that’ll
be fun to watch, and generally won’t take itself too seriously.

NBC have announced that the new Knight Rider series will premiere in September,
on Wednesday evenings at 20:00, and re-run on Saturday evenings at 20:00.

If/when the new Knight Rider will be seen on British TV is currently unlnown.

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In other news … the latest series of Doctor Who started on BBC One yesterday evening.
And despite the slightly controversial decision to cast Catherine Tate as the Doctor’s
new companion, the overall reaction has been mixed, but her re-introduction to the
series has been mostly well recieved, by DigitalSpy forum members at least!

There were still some slight elements of her comedy show characters coming through,
which some viewers may find annoying, although the first episode in this new series
was mostly lightweight and comical, with even more excessive use of that ruddy
sonic screwdriver than ever! Even the villain, Miss Foster, had her own sonic
device, that worked exactly the same as the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver!

Thankfully overall, her character Donna Noble, has been somewhat toned down since
her quite shouty original debut in the Christmas 2006 special “The Runaway Bride”.

Exactly how CT will be in the darker episodes of this new series, remains to be seen!

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