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!

It’s been quite some time . . .

March 30, 2008 at 2:27 | Posted in General gubbins, OI!!! Give it back ... ! | Leave a comment

. . . since I last posted anything on this ‘ere weblog. TBH … I had almost forgotten about it.

There have been some developments regarding my ongoing effort to get a refund of my
bank charges from Alliance + Leicester, and thanks to the test case between the OFT
and several major UK banks, I’m not much ruddy closer to acheiving my goal!

I’ve sent 2 refund request letters, the 1st of which, got a stock reply, which boiled down
to A+L effectively saying “We’re waiting for a decision in the test case … so F*** off!” … !

The 2nd letter, which outlined my intention to pursue county court action, but also offer
an olive branch of me possibly accepting a moderately reduced refund … was ignored.

So, it seems like I’m going to have to wait for that decision too. But I’m NOT giving up.
The total amount of charges now due is £614, not including interest … or Greg Tax!

Back again after a partial hiatus.

August 14, 2007 at 20:30 | Posted in General gubbins | Leave a comment

Since my last entry on here, even though I’d been offline for a while before that, I decided
to take a partial hiatus from the internet, then gradually come back to it a bit at a time,
rather than leaping straight in. I’ve had swathes of crap clogging up my Google mail!
Luckily most of it was in my Spam folder, and it was gone in two mouseclicks!

The next thing I’m going to do is post an update on the saga of reclaiming a heap of bank
charges back from Alliance + Leicester. I got the information I requested detailing all the
charges last week. I’ll tell you more in the next article. Feel free to go and have a look
at my previous entry regarding that situation, if you haven’t read it already.

Once I’ve sent off my next letter asking for my money back, I’m going to catch up with
a certain friend and business associate (You know who you are!) via WL Messenger.

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night … delete where applicate!

July 20, 2007 at 23:24 | Posted in General gubbins | Leave a comment

Well, until now, I’ve never really had much to blog about, if anything, but now I’m about to
start action against my bank to reclaim hundreds of pounds of excessive bank charges.

So here goes . . .

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