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  • A beginners guide to Halloween

    first_imgI’ve been scratching my head over what I should write for this Halloween edition. If your childhood was spent in Australia, chances are you too grew up desperately wanting to celebrate Halloween but it wasn’t the done thing and so never have.But now you might have children, or you’ve moved to a street that can only be described as ’family friendly’. Perhaps the neighbourhood children roam wild and in packs and they celebrate Halloween with a vengeance? So this year, with Halloween falling on a Friday. I think we should be prepared for scary wee visitors but also celebrate ourselves. After all if it’s good enough for Martha Stewart, it should be good enough for us.But, where do you start with Halloween? What I like most is the colour scheme is already chosen, black, white, orange. Done! But there lies the problem as well. Traditional Halloween spreads are centred around the season, the leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air. But in Australia pumpkins are not in season come October. So how can you spin it?I’m a bit mad for the chocolate pumpkin. You can of course buy a pumpkin chocolate mold and quickly and easily create some chocolate pumpkins. A simple acetate box and a bit of ribbon and you have gifts for the guests and for the trick-or treaters.*There are also fabulous pumpkin cake pops and truffles. These can be easily rolled by hand or if you’re after a shortcut to perfection a few of your standard cake decorating tools should do the trick. Or if you’re after something a little less hands on, there are always custom molds and cutters to choose from. They will come in handy every season and as Halloween looks like it is here to stay in Australia, consider them an investment!But if you’re looking for something that you can create simply, perfecting over the years until you’re famous for your Halloween cake. Tweak the flavour, filling whatever you want….The pumpkin bundt cake.The pumpkin Bundt cake, is the show stopping centre piece and doesn’t require any additional equipment. Simply grab a Bundt pan, bake 2 cakes. And you have a whole pumpkin ready to be decorated. How clever is that! If you don’t happen to have a Bundt tin you can try using either a pyrex bowl or a round cake pan. I would most likely use both. Less carving and lots of extra cake for those cake pops I mentioned earlier.There are so many versions of this cake, decorated, naked, partially iced. It’s a brilliant idea, unfortunately I can’t find where it originated, if you know I’d love to find out more.My spin on the pumpkin Bundt cake is going to be a Jack O’Lantern version, maybe filled with M&Ms, if I’m feeling fancy. If you really want to get into the spirit you can always make pumpkin cake, although I think I’ll stick to carrot this year.Whatever you choose to bake and decorate have a Happy Halloween.*As much as I would love to make the gifts we give to our trick-or-treaters. We go the pre-packaged route. That way there is no question as to what may be in the item. With allergies and sensitivities, so common in Australia I figure it can only help the parents make easy decisions when it comes time to inspect the bounty!About Justine SpaldingJustine runs Australian website and newsletter The Sweet Source.   >> Visit Justine’s websitelast_img read more

  • West Ham complete £22m deal for Bowen from Hull City

    first_imgPalace agreed a £16million fee with Hull for Bowen, but West Ham outbid them.Earlier on Friday West Ham’s move for the 23-year-old stalled over personal terms, but the deal was eventually able to go ahead.Bowen, who can play on the right wing or up front, scored 54 goals in 131 appearances for Hull in total since making his debut in 2014. He joined Hull from Hereford United in 2013. Read Also: Ighalo not the right player for Man United – Warnock cautionsThe arrival of Bowen provides West Ham with an injection of quality in attack as they seek to preserve their Premier League status.The Hammers are currently only above the relegation zone on goal difference.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Hammers fended off competition from Crystal Palace to sign Bowen, who has scored 16 goals in 29 Championship appearances this season. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All TimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodycenter_img Loading… West Ham have completed the signing of forward Jarrod Bowen from Hull City for £22million.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Alexander: Please, Dodger fans, cool it with the demands for redress

    first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start • The increased linkage between MLS and Liga MX, including increased in-season competition between teams from the two leagues (the Leagues and Campeones cups) and the MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium, will give the domestic league a chance to further penetrate SoCal’s Latino market. But the MLS sides will need to do their part by being competitive in those matches.Meanwhile, the duels between Chicharito and LAFC’s Carlos Vela will take El Clásico to still another level. At some point, we might be saying “Zlatan who?” (He’d hate it if he found out.)• There’s a point during every sport’s offseason, sometimes more than one, when the power of speculation just mows down logic and reality. We’ve already reached one of those points in the NFL, and we’re still a week and a half from the Super Bowl.• The revelation by Philip Rivers that he and his family are moving to Florida permanently – just imagine the number of moving vans required for that relocation – had the rumor mill spinning into overdrive Sunday morning. The conclusion among many was that B follows A, thus Tom Brady is inexorably headed for the Chargers as their starting quarterback in 2020.You think it might be a good idea to slow down?center_img The world according to Jim:• It is now official. Los Angeles in 2020 sounds pretty much like New Orleans in 2019.• Remember? Saints fans exploded in rage over a pass interference penalty that was not called in the 2019 NFC Championship Game that helped the Rams get to the Super Bowl. Louisiana politicians fumed, ordinary fans vented, and one lawyer/fan filed a lawsuit against the NFL seeking to depose, among others, Commissioner Roger Goodell. It was laughed out of court, and most of us shook our heads at the whole thing.• Flash forward a year. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion Wednesday, introduced by councilmen Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz, asking that Major League Baseball not only strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of the 2017 and ’18 World Series titles, thanks to one sign-stealing scandal already uncovered and another still under investigation, but that the Commissioner’s Trophies for both years be sent to 1000 Vin Scully Ave. in Los Angeles. • Think about it, folks. Obviously, the revelations of recent months shine a different light on those two World Series, and Dodger fans have a right, and a reason, to vent. (As do Yankee fans, which is a topic for a whole different conversation).But do you really want to come off as this whiny?• The L.A. City Council beat the Beverly Hills City Council by a week. That city’s mayor, John Mirisch, had planned to put a similar resolution on the docket for next Tuesday’s council meeting. Our suggestion, again: Let it go.Let them live with their tainted championships. That should be consolation enough.• It has been estimated that there have been more than 19,000 major league baseball players all time, going back to 1871 and the founding of the American Association. With Tuesday and the election of Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, 236 of them are Hall of Famers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So if you wonder why your guy didn’t get in or didn’t get more votes? That’s why. It’s supposed to be exclusive.• This Space’s ballot: Jeter, Walker, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Billy Wagner and Omar Vizquel.In other words: Two now certified Hall of Famers, two who are part of the PED discussion but who put up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers before the suspicions began, the best big-game pitcher of his generation, one of the dominant relievers of his time and a winner of 11 Gold Gloves (Ozzie Smith had 13) who also had 2,877 career hits. The four shortstops who had more hits are all in the Hall: Jeter, Ripken, Robin Yount – who played 11 seasons at short and got the rest of his 3,142 hits in nine seasons as an outfielder – and Honus Wagner.• Is it safe to assume that the one voter who bypassed Jeter, out of 397 ballots cast, isn’t active on social media?• If we voters had suspected that Walker would be wearing a Spongebob Squarepants shirt for that first post-election interview, he might have gotten into the Hall of Fame three years sooner.• The Hall of Fame announcement came at a perfect time for baseball, and particularly for the MLB TV and radio networks. For a few hours, at least, they could shove Signgate into the background.• And now that Jeter Watch is over, back to our regularly scheduled Mookie Betts/Kris Bryant/Nolan Arenado trade rumors, featuring the Dodgers as stalking horse.• The biggest sports story in L.A. on Tuesday? That would be the arrival of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández to join the Galaxy. Those who follow soccer, and particularly those who consider El Tri their favorite team, understand that this could be a move with far more impact, short and long term, than not only the Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimović acquisition two years ago but that of David Beckham in 2007, or even Landon Donovan in 2005.That is how revered Chicharito is in the Mexican-American community, one that is still a difficult sell for Major League Soccer. The best part? Unlike the previous two international superstars, Chicharito is in training camp and will be with the club from opening day forward.Related Articleslast_img read more