Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bad dog acting

You know what I'm talking about - bad dog acting. You see it often in movies and TV. When it's obvious the dog doesn't give a crap about the actor that plays his owner and doesn't react emotionally as he should in certain situations. The dog would run off screen excited when he should just walk away (obviously running to his trainer who's holding a treat for him) or just stare at his owner after not seeing him for a long time instead of jumping around happily.

LOST has pretty crap dog acting. Cute dog, but very unconvincing. I mean, compare it to the heart wrenching performances from the dogs in Eight Below. A big hit series like LOST can't afford better dog trainers?

Just saying.


Monday, August 07, 2006


I've been neglecting this blog a bit, but I found a good reason to write. I'm going to share my Nachos recipe with the billions of readers of this blog.

It's not an entirely original recipe, just a spin on an old favourite that's super easy to make, tasty and filling. Now when I order nacho plates at pubs I'm disappointed that it's not nearly as good as the one I make at home.


A big bag of nachos (I use Tesco plain Nachos, avoid flavoured ones)
A can of beans (experiment with different types, my favourite is Tesco's Taco Mix)
A jar of Salsa (I really like the Nando's Peri Peri Salsa)
Mature Cheddar Cheese (I grate my own since it tastes better, but you can buy it grated to save time and effort)

2 tomatoes, a bit of garlic and salt.

Sour cream


Take a soup/cereal bowl and put a thick layer of nachos. Tops it with salsa, beans and cheese until the nachos are all covered. The exact quantities are not an exact science and you could experiment to find your favourite balance. Cover the mess with more tacos and repeat (I usually use three layers of nachos) until the bowl is heaped with goodies.

Preheat oven to 180 (160 if fan assisted) and heat it for 8 minutes.

The garlic, tomatoes and salt should be put in a blender until they become a creamy smooth dip. Again, the amount of garlic and salt is up to you. Another way to approach is to just chop it all into tiny bits.

Pour the tomatoes dip to one ramekin and put sour cream in the other ramekin.

The nachos bowl should be very hot, so be very careful!

Either dip nachos in the dips (hence the name) or spoon it over the bowl.

With a bit more effort you can add to the bowl fried minced beef or cooked chicken to make it more substantial and carnivore-friendly.

Writing all of this makes want to have some nachos now. Damn.

Please let me know if it turned out OK for you or if you have any ideas how improve it further.