Six of the best one-pot snacks

Six of the best Cut down on the washing-up with these all-in-one dishes, including pork rib with dumplings, chard gratin and Korean beef stew

Borlotti, parsley and bread soup( pictured above)

Prep 20 min
Cook 1 hr 30 min
Serves 6-8

6 tbsp olive oil
3 red onions, peeled and finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
3 carrots, approximately chopped
2 heads celery, outer branches removed, hearts approximately chopped
1 bunch parsley leaves, roughly chopped
5 tbsp tinned chopped tomatoes
1 bunch cavolo nero, chopped
500g cooked borlotti beans, cooking liquor reserved
3/ 4 loaf stale white bread or ciabatta, crust removed, cut into 2.5 cm thick wedges
Plenty of good olive oil
600ml boiling water
Salt and black pepper

In a large heavy-based pot, fry the onions, garlic, carrots, celery and parsley uncovered in the olive oil for about one hour over a low heat.

When these are entirely soft, add the tomatoes and continue to cook for a further 15 minutes. Stir in the cavolo nero and set aside.

Pour half the beans with half their cooking liquid into a food processor. Pulse until smooth, then add to the vegetables. Strain the other half of the beans and add them to the soup. Lay the bread gently on top of the soup to form a kind of lid, then covering with plenty of olive oil. Pour the simmer water over the bread and leave the soup to cook very gently for 10 minutes, then leave to sit off the heat for a further 10 minutes. The bread should be completely soft.

Gently break up the bread lid and fold it into the rest of the soup. Season if need be, and serve with some more olive oil on top- the soup should be thick enough that you can stand up a spoon in it.
From The Kitchen Orchard by Natalia Conroy( Ebury)

Chard gratin with gruyere

Alice Alice Hart’s chard gratin with gruyere. Photograph: Ola O Smit for the Guardian

Prep 15 min
Cook 50 min
Serves 6

500ml vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
300ml doubled cream
50g unsalted butter
25g flour( wholemeal plain or spelt)
3/ 4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
150g gruyere cheese, grated
2 egg yolks
1kg Swiss or rainbow chard
2 garlic cloves, crushed

Heat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas 4. Put the stock in a small pan with the bay foliage, and simmer until reduced by a third. Add the cream and keep warm.

Melt half the butter in a medium saucepan, stir in the flour and continue to cook for one to two minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce the hot to low.

Slowly add the cream concoction, whisking all the time with a balloon whisk, until smooth, thickened and silky. Maintain simmering gently for five minutes to cook the flour. Take off the heat, stir in the nutmeg and half the cheese, and maintain stir until it has melted. Then whisk in the egg yolks and put aside, covering the surface with clingfilm to avoided a scalp forming.

Cut the chard leaves off the stems and shred into 1cm-thick ribbons. Cut the stems into 3cm pieces and set both aside separately.

Put the garlic and remaining 25 g of butter in a large frying pan, put over a low heat and fry very gently for two minutes, until softened but not coloured. Stir in the chard stems, covering with a eyelid or baking sheet and cook for five minutes until the stems are translucent and soft. Uncover, increase the heat and stir in the foliages, cooking briskly for two more minutes until the foliages wilt and any liquid in the pan has evaporated.

Tip into a large gratin dish and cover with the sauce, flinging to combination somewhat. Scatter over the remaining cheese and bake for 25 minutes, until golden and bubbling.
From The New Vegetarian by Alice Hart( Square Peg)

Il ciuppin( chunky fish soup)

Anna Anna Del Conte’s il ciuppin. Photo: Ola O Smit for the Guardian Prep 20 min
Cook 40 min
Serves 8P TAGEND

900g assorted fish, such as hake, grouper, dogfish, whiting, john dory or haddock
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped, plus a few peeled whole garlic cloves
120ml olive oil
150ml dry white wine
225g tinned plum tomatoes, with their juice, chopped
Salt and black pepper
Slices of country-style white bread, such as pugliese
3 tbsp fresh parsley foliages, chopped

Clean and wash the fish and cut into large chunks. Discard the heads and tails.

In a large saucepan, fry all the vegetables and the chopped garlic gently in five tablespoons of the oil for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the fish, mix exhaustively and fry gently for five minutes, turning it over frequently. Pour over the wine and boil rapidly to reduce by half.

Pour over two litres of boiling water and add the tomatoes and seasoning. Return the soup to a simmer and simmer for 10 -1 5 minutes. Savor and check seasoning.

Toast the bread for 10 minutes in a hot oven. Rub with peeled, halved garlic cloves and then put a piece or two of bread in individual soup bowl. Ladle the soup over the bread. Drizzle with the remaining petroleum, sprinkle over the parsley and serve.
From Classic Food of Northern Italy by Anna Del Conte( Pavilion)

Green lentil and spinach stew

Salma Salma Hage’s green lentil and spinach stew. Photo: Ola O Smit for the Guardian

Prep 10 min
Cook 35 min
Serves 6

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 onions, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and
1 leek, sliced
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and
2 big potatoes, peeled andcubed
1 litre vegetable stock
250g dried green lentils, rinsed
1 bay leaf
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp baharat( Lebanese seven-spice seasoning)
300g baby spinach leaves, washed
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper
Labneh, to serve( optional)

Heat the petroleum in a large saucepan. Add the onions, carrots, leek, and celery, and cook until soft, but not browned. Next, add the garlic and cook for one minute.

Add the cubed potatoes, then pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Add the green lentils and bay leaf, and simmer until the potatoes and lentils are tender.

Remove the bay foliage, then add the spices and season well with salt and pepper. Add the spinach and cook until wilted- which will take only a few minutes. Finally, add the lemon juice and stir gently to combine. Serve hot, drizzled generously with olive oil and with a spoonful of labneh, if desired.
From the Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook, by Salma Hage( Phaidon)

Pork ribs with dumplings

Olia Olia Hercules’s pork ribs with dumplings. Photograph: Ola O Smit for the Guardian

Prep 10 min
Cook 3 hr 15 min
Serves 8-10 as a feast

For the pork ribs
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1kg pork ribs, cut into individual ribs
500g potatoes, peeled and quartered lengthways
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
50ml apple juice or wine
750ml-1 litre water
1 bay leaf
Salt and black pepper
Sour gherkins, to serve

For the dumplings
250g kefir( yeast starter) or plain yoghurt
1/ 2 tbsp sunflower oil
1/ 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/ 2 tbsp sugar
1/ 2 tsp salt
350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 even tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tbsp sunflower oil

Heat the sunflower petroleum in a large, heavy-based flameproof casserole. Season the rib with salt and pepper and brown them really well over a high heat in batches, so they colour nicely. Set aside with any juices. Don’t wipe the pan out.

Add the potatoes to the pan and brown well all over. Add the onion, lower the hot and sweat for 10 minutes or until soft. Add the apple juice or wine, and deglaze the pan. Set the meat and juices back in the pan and add enough water to encompas. Add the bay foliage, season, and cook over a low heat for two hours, or until the meat falls off the bones.

Meanwhile, induce the dumpling dough. Put the kefir or yoghurt, sunflower petroleum, vinegar, sugar and salt in a large bowl, and mix with a fork. Mix the flour with the bicarbonate of soda, then sift into the kefir mixture and mix in to a soft, pillowy dough. If it’s still somewhat sticky, heavily flour your work surface and start kneading the dough, incorporating more flour into it. The dough should stop sticking to your hands when it’s ready but also remain soft. Divide the dough into four.

Roll out each piece of dough on a floured surface into a 2mm rectangle. Add a tablespoon of the sunflower petroleum, scratch all over with your hand, roll into thick sausages and cut each dough sausage into 5cm disc. You should end up with about 35 dumplings. Now check how much liquid there is in the stew. It should be still wet, but not too much. You want your dumpling bottoms to assimilate some of the juices but their tops should steam.

Turn up the heat for the purposes of the stew. My gran used to call this’ breathing strength’ into it. It should be simmering like crazy. Now swiftly but gently set the dumplings into the stew and covering, securing with a wet tea towel if steam escapes, so put a folded wet tea towel around the rim of the eyelid if you ensure steam escaping. Cook on high for 15 minutes, then lower and cook for another 30. Serve with sour gherkins.
From Mamushka by Olia Hercules( Octopus)

Spicy beef and vegetable stew

Jordan Jordan Bourke and Rejino Pyo’s spicy beef and vegetable stew. Photo: Ola O Smit for the Guardian

Prep 15 min
Cook 2 hr 20 min
Serves 4

400g beef brisket
1 onion, peeled and quartered
10 garlic cloves, peeled, 6 left whole, 4 crushed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
150g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 leek, halved and thinly sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp roasted sesame seed oil
3 tbsp gochugaru( Korean red pepper powder)
11/ 2 tsp salt
10 spring onions, halvedlengthways then cut into 6cm long strips
Cooked rice, to serve( optional)

Put the brisket in a medium pan and cover-up with three litres of water. Bring to the boil, reduce the hot a little, add the onion and the whole garlic cloves, and simmer for two hours with the lid off; spoon off any froth that rises to the surface. Top up with water while cooking to ensure the meat is submerged.

Transfer the brisket to a plate and put aside to cool. Stres the stock through a fine sieve, into a bowl or jug, and discard the flavouring ingredients. When the brisket is cool enough to handle, slice or tear the meat into thin, bite-sized strips, disposing any fat.

In the same pan, heat the vegetable oil over a medium hot, add the mushrooms and leek, and saute for five minutes. Add the beef, soy sauce, crushed garlic, sesame seed petroleum and gochugaru powder.

Turn up the heat and fry for one to two minutes until aromatic. Pour 1.3 litres of the strained stock back into the pan( freeze the rest for future use ). Add the salt and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat a little and add the spring onions. Simmer for three minutes, until all the flavours worked together and serve in bowls with rice alongside if you like.
From Our Korean Kitchen by
Jordan Bourke and Rejino Pyo( Orion)

Food styling: Ellie Mulligan. Prop styling: Anna Wilkins.

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Sepp Blatter after the fall:’ Why the hell should I bear all the blamed ?’

David Conn has expended years used to describe corruption at Fifa. When he was granted an audience with its deposed chairman over lunch in Zurich, he found there was more to the man than the arch-villain of popular caricature

In any account of the extraordinary rise and fall into corruption of footballs world governing body, Fifa, since the landmark 1974 election of the Brazilian chairwoman Joo Havelange, Sepp Blatter has to be a central figure. His expulsion at the age of 79 by Fifas ethics committee, terminating his fifth stint as president, was as precipitous as a autumn can be: from being courted by prime ministers and chairmen, to a ban from any activities relating to football.

He is serving that ban still, for the 2m Swiss francs( 1.35 m) payment in 2011 to Michel Platini, the former chairwoman of European footballs governing body Uefa, which both men claimed was back pay for work at Fifa Platini had concluded nine years earlier.

When I was working on my volume about Fifa and its serial corruption scandals, Blatter agreed to see me in Zurich in the summer of 2016, six months after he was banned from Fifa, whose inner workings and cultural activities he had mastered over 40 years.

Looking at the course of his time at the organisation, I insured another dimension to Blatter and Fifa than the arch-villains of popular caricature. The photo of him marooned in a snowstorm of dollars thrown by the comedian Simon Brodkin could now be endlessly reproduced as the defining image of his tenure, but his record is more complex. He had arrived at the old Fifa in 1975, at the start of the watershed Havelange presidency, and become president 23 years later, when fistfuls of dollars were always going to rain on football. His first undertaking had been to orchestrate Havelanges development programme, and, for all the scandals and criticisms , nobody can deny that there has been a major concrete legacy of global improvement.

Blatter in the snowstorm of dollars at an executive committee meeting at Fifa HQ in Zurich, 20 July 20 2015. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/ Reuters

So far, through a ferocious investigation of all Fifas books, he has not been accused of taking any fund corruptly, while all around him footballs chiefs were helping themselves to it.

He was accused, more persuasively, of having known it was going on but doing nothing to address it; of keeping the felons on members of the executive committee happy and the cash flowing to the national FAs, to maintain his prime intent: his starting position as the head of Fifa. Personally, there seemed to be more to him as well, than the consiglieri-turned-don portrait of him at the head of the Fifa family. People who knew him said that along with his wiles, aspiration and ruthlessness were charm and a sense of humour, and that he did genuinely love football.

Blatter and his press consultant, Thomas Renggli, had named a place we could talk: Sonnenberg restaurant. In the commotion of preparing the long listing of allegations I needed to put to Blatter, I didnt quite register the importance of the location.

At the restaurant the staff knew I was satisfying him; we were expected. I was early and they sat me on the terrace, appearing down to the lagoon and the beautiful city around it. There was a flag at the front that I couldnt quite make out, so I moved to see it properly. Here, flying high at the top of the hill, was a Fifa flag with the logo on it: For the Game, for the World, and slowly it dawned on me that this must be Fifas own restaurant. This was Hitzigweg, of course, and next door was the old Fifa House where Blatter had arrived as a thruster. After his prohibition, this was where he still chose to meet, at the place where he was king, before the fall.

He arrived a little late.

He didnt look too great. Shrunken, nearly frail. He had let the shaving go, and his beard was white and thin. He was wearing a waistcoat over a blue-and-white striped shirt, on which you could just see his initials: JSB. He looked his age, 80.

When we began to talk, he told me instantly that it was true: under the pressure of the arrests and the ethics charge against him, he had suffered a breakdown. I had this collapse on 1 November and this was at the cemetery, he said. The Catholic, we always go to the cemetery to pay accolade to our parents, all the families in the same grave, and I was there, I felt the worst at that time. They brought me instantly back to Zurich in a clinic; my immune system had collapsed.

A protester constructs his phase after a police raid at the hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich during the course of its US investigation into Fifa corruption. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/ Getty Images

When I asked him about the arrests of Fifa officials at the Baur au Lac hotel in May 2015 and whether he was bitter at the US us attorney general description of Fifa as a racketeering investigation, he replied: I was not bitter, I was shocked. And I have never recuperated about the shock.

Now he was back up and battling; appealing to the court of arbitration for athletic against his ethics committee forbidding[ he subsequently lost the example ], defending his record to the Swiss researchers. He had period on his hands, though, for the first time in his life, and we would have 3 hour or so over lunch. In that time, he would indeed be quite funny at times, sharp, scathing of some “whos been” intersected him, and would tell me he had done nothing incorrect. He would denounce his accusers, blaming the investigations on the 2010 vote to send the 2022 World Cup to Qatar( which he had not wanted) and on England and the US, who had been bad losers after their own bids failed; and denounce the very principle of whistleblowers. It would become clear, as I listened, that his whole view was habitually narrowed to its power-politics dynamics, and how he navigated them to remain on top.

Blatter could not understand why the US had gone for him when he had supported their bid to host the 2022 Football world cup. Then he corroborated what had so often been theorized: that this plan was part of his ultimate aspiration to claim a Nobel prize, to be recognised to have made a major contribution to world peace.

I asked him if it was true that he wanted a Nobel peace prize, and he replied with all due modesty that it would not be for him personally, but for Fifa, for the game: We had meetings with the Nobel prize organisation. I was there, and what I was asking, truly asking, was for the Nobel prize: for football , not for a human. It is the movement, for Fifa.

Discussing Blatters fall, one senior figure at Fifa observed to me that it was the greatest anticlimax possible. There he had been at 79; he survived every challenge. He thought he was about to top it all by clasping his hands on the Nobel prize, when it was all snatched away, imploded in disgrace, and he was out.

Spain celebrate winning the 2010 Football world cup with Sepp Blatter. Photo: Javier Soriano/ AFP/ Getty Images

There was a thunderstorm and we moved inside. Blatter hailed some people he knew at other tables one, Renggli told me, was a very prominent banker in Zurich and I sensed a slight inconvenience in their parties as they shook hands with him. He was quite cheery, flirted a little with the waitress and we ordered. She recommended the cte de boeuf, and when it arrived, rare, it was a tremendous joint of meat, served with saut potatoes and mushrooms porcini, of deep flavor. Blatter ordered some white wine, and we carried on talking about Fifa.

His chippiness about his provincial roots was clear after all these years, a need to show he had proved himself; even at 80, he referred to being from an Alpine region considered a backwater. He believes some of his troubles stemmed from resentment in his country: In Switzerland, you should never be too successful, otherwise they dont like that, he said.

And I am from this part of Switzerland, the Valais, where they think we are still people from the mountains, mountaineers, and we are behind the moon, he said, sitting in the smart restaurant in Zurich with the Fifa flag at the front. I have a better image in most of the countries of the world than here.

Blatter told me one of his strategies for getting on in life, getting ahead of people. I was a workaholic. When I was in Zurich, I started at 7am in the office; there was no need but it was a principle, and to be the last one who left the office. I liked this advance in the morning, waking up, listening to the news on the different radios. And if you do that during so very many years , not only at Fifa, all my life; you have always a bit of an advantage of period, and also advantage of knowledge. This is important; this was my way.

Michel Platini at the court of arbitration for sport … Blatter blames him for taking vital Football world cup votes away from the US. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/ AFP/ Getty Images

Blatter blames Platini, and its most important votes that the Frenchman took away from the US after his now famous lunch with the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and the emir of Qatar, for, as Blatter watched it, the disastrous referendum to take the World Cup to Qatar. Blatter, who knew Fifa best, argues that it is a distraction to look for bribery when it comes to the Football world cup votes. His argument is that the US indictments accuse regional football chiefs of indulging in kickbacks on their own turf when selling TV rights, but he did not believe such practices decided World Cup elections: The World Cups are not bought; they are influenced by political pressure, he reflected. Sarkozy changed everything. He asked Platini to look for the rights and interests of France and election with his colleagues.

Blatter seethed that after the lunch Platini took decisive referendums with him, although Platini has always said he made his own intellect up.

Some weeks before that, he told me that we cant go to Qatar because everybody will say we[ must] have been under pressure to be done in order to Qatar that we were paid, or pressurised. Then he comes with that …

I asked him how “hes having” felt when he pulled the name Qatar out of the envelope.

Look at the picture, he replied, and pouted. I havent had a very smiling face.

He is convinced that the US investigations began from then, and he railed at the Swiss authorities for collaborating so fully, at the unfairness of it all. He accepted that the American investigators appeared to have found major corruption, mentioning kickbacks on Copa America TV bargains, but he argued that had nothing to do with Fifa itself, it involved the confederations, over which he had no control.

So why the hell then should the Fifa president bear all the charges, the responsibility and the blame?

Concacaf chairwoman Jeffrey Webb acknowledged taking bribes for TV bargains. Photo: Brendan McDermid/ Reuters

He singled out former Confederation of North, Central American And Caribbean Association Football( Concacaf) chairperson Jeff Webb as the most breathtaking rogue of all. Blatter recalled being at the publication of the Concacaf integrity report, which identified the alleged hoax of the former secretary general and chairwoman Chuck Blazer and Jack Warner, and that Webb presented himself as the president for a new era of decency.

Jeffrey Webb had tears coming down his face, telling: I am humbled, I accept it; I promise I will do that. Blatter, warming up, did a little impression of Webb, and mimed the weeping.

Then, on that morning at the Baur au Lac: The first one apprehended was him, Blatter told. How can you be misled by that or by yourself to say this human is a correct human? I was already thinking that he could be tomorrow the president of Fifa, a good person, a strong man.

Last year, Webb pleaded guilty to US charges of corruption, having helped himself to bribes and kickbacks from Tv bargains as soon as he was in a position to do so as Concacaf president.

Blatter( right) with then Fifa president Joao Havelange and Brazils Pele in 1987. Photograph: Bob Thomas/ Getty Images

Throughout the conversation, Blatter preserved he did not know that the people around that executive committee table, whose support he nurtured for so many years, were corrupted. He said that after the arrests he had thought he had been incorrect to trust people although he admitted that he was not astonished about some of them.

Of Warner, Blatter insisted he had not known or suspected him of wrongdoing. Again, the point at which he said he stopped trusting him related to Blatters own position when he was standing for the presidential election in 2011 and whether Warner was supporting him, rather than any of the alleged frauds.

I asked him about the handing out of cash in Trinidad following a session of Caribbean football associations with Blatters challenger for the Fifa presidency, Mohamed Bin Hammam Of Qatar, which really generated the major US investigation, and Blatters take was still electoral: At a certain time I stopped believing him, because he was saying that he did this special meeting there[ for bin Hammam] but[ told] it doesnt matter,[ the Caribbean delegates] will all vote for you.

Asked about an alleged $10 m bribe from South Africa to Warner, to vote for the country to host the 2010 World Cup, Blatter said that South Africas then-president Thabo Mbeki had decided to have a legacy fund for the African diaspora and the Caribbean was the natural place for it; Fifa did not pay the money itself, merely subtracted the $10 m from the South Africa organising committees budget. The notion had been a surprise to him, he told, and anyway the money was pay a long time after the vote to have the Football world cup in South Africa, so was not connected to it. When I put to him that Blazer, Warners general secretary at Concacaf, had told the US law enforcement authorities that it was a bribe, Blatter replied, quite quickly: I am not involved in this case. I have not even seen that[ the money] has passed from Fifa.

Yuliya Stepanova … her exposure of Russian nation doping of athletes was snitching according to Blatter. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/ AP

He is not impressed with whistleblowers in general, even criticising Yuliya Stepanova, who had recently exposed the Russian state doping of athletes, the great scandal breach over athletics. She wants to go to the Olympics, and now everybody says it is a shame she cant run because she is a whistleblower. Before long whistleblowers will be allowed to go to everything, he sneered. Because if you are a whistleblower, its not correct as well.

Startled by that statement, I asked him to clarify; was he telling whistleblowers are not correct?

No, he confirmed. At school, if you had somebody who was a whistleblower towards the instructor, then … and he trailed off, as if it was obvious.

Do you still think that? I asked.


That they are like a snitch in school?

Yes, yes, he said.

He was scathing about Blazer: Blazer was at the Olympics as a representative of Fifa, and he was wired by the FBI. So, exactly what he such a country trying to give us lessons in how to honestly do a job?

Do you think that is deceitful? I asked him.

How can you do that?[ Blazer] accepted because it was his escape, but it is incredible.

Of himself, he believed that the authorities would find nothing to incriminate him. He was still indignant that he had lost the position he worked so hard for, over the 2m Swiss francs payment to Platini. He argued there was nothing wrong except a failure to note that they had an oral agreement for Platini to be paid that amount of money. It had nothing to do with attempting Platinis support for the Fifa presidential election of 2011; Platini had already said he was staying at Uefa, and Fifas ethics committee procured it was not corruption or bribery.

Blatter disagreed even that it was a conflict of interest at the time. When I was banned I was so much surprised, he said.

I told him that he did seem quite relaxed. I am relaxed, he said, because I would have stopped all the matters if I feel really guilty and that something could happen to me in a criminal case. I would have stopped everything, taken a rucksack, I would be somewhere in a Valais alp with my tube or cigar, I would have radio and television, I would be there. I would be like the Greek philosopher when they come to visit him and they say: Can we do something for you? and he tells: Yes, you can go away.

I am still the boss here … Sepp Blatter. Photograph: Michael Buholzer/ AFP/ Getty Images

There was something a little odd that he pictured it like this, that if he was ever caught out, he would not be in jail, but could retire back to the obscurity of the Valais. Listening to it, I felt he should have taken that option, retired, and lived that vision some years ago. A tube, radio, feet up, a bit of sunshine in the Alps. Rather than be here at persons under the age of 80, his life in the hands of lawyers.

He had to be off, and he called for the bill. It is always an awkward quandary, the bill when you meet for lunch as a journalist.

I had decided in advance that I would insist on paying even at these costs, at Fifas Sonnenberg restaurant.

No, Blatter insisted, he had already paid. Its done.

I said truly I ought to pay, as he was giving me his time.

No , no , not in my restaurant, he said, and then, through gritted teeth: Well, its not mine, but I am still the boss here.

Then Sepp Blatter said his goodbyes. The cook and staff of the restaurant loyally came out to line up and shake his hand. He was ushered into the black Mercedes and back down the hill.

Blatters time is finally done; he is not the boss any more. And nobody can say what the future holds: for Fifa, for video games, for the world.

This is an extract from The Autumn of the House of Fifa by David Conn( published in the UK by Yellow Jersey Press, 16.99; and in the US by Nation books, $27 ). To order a transcript for 14.44, go to or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p& p over 10, online orders only. Telephone orders min. p& p of 1.99.

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The clergyman and ex-addict opposing to give drug users a safe place to get high

The head of a leading needle-exchange program, has teamed with a rector to combat overdoses in Washington state but the pair face strong opposition from some corners

Shilo Jama, an activist and former drug addict, is used to being sworn at, spat at, and even threatened with demise. As the head of what’s thought to be the US’s largest needle exchange, which has handed out 34 million syringes in the last 27 years, he has never shied away from controversy.

In the past, he has pushed legal borders by handing out crack and meth pipes and the opioid antidote naloxone. Now he’s embroiled in a bitter conflict over safe-use sites, where addicted people can take narcotics openly with nurses on hand in case of overdose- and he has an unlikely ally: a Methodist pastor.

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Why is there an opioid crisis in America?

Almost 100 people are succumbing every day across America from opioid overdoses- more than vehicle crashes and shootings combined. The majority of these fatalities disclose widespread addiction to powerful prescription analgesics. The crisis unfolded in the mid-9 0s when the US pharmaceutical industry began marketing legal narcotics, especially OxyContin, to treat everyday pain. This slow-release opioid was vigorously promoted to doctors and, amid lax regulation and slick marketings tactics, people were assured it was safe. But the drug was akin to luxury morphine, doled out like super aspirin, and highly addictive. What resulted was a commercial triumph and a public health tragedy. Belated efforts to rein in distribution fueled a resurgence of heroin and the emergence of a deadly, black market version of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The crisis is so deep because it affects all races, regions and incomes

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In response to the opioid abuse crisis, King County, which encompasses Seattle, has approved two such sites. Similar places operate in nine other countries, including Canada, Denmark and France. When they open, they will be the first legal facilities of their kind in the US.

But the decision has infuriated many in Seattle, who argue that they will encourage drug use and increase crime and public ailment, while not doing enough to get people into treatment. Nearly 70,000 people signed a petition calling for a public vote in an attempt to stop the sites. That move was overruled by a judge last month but an appeal is planned.

Shilo Jama. Photo: Patrick Kehoe for the Guardian

In the meantime, Jama, 42, who is a member of the district opioid addiction taskforce that recommended the sites, is fed up with waiting for them to open. Last year there were 332 deaths from drugs in King County, with two-thirds of those opioid-related overdoses.

Jama, executive director of the not-for-profit People’s Harm Reduction Alliance( PHRA) needle-swap programme, which operates out of a Methodist church in Seattle’s University District, told:” While we wait, people are going to die. I believe every day of the folks who are dying needlessly while bigoted cowards yell and call about hatred .”

Rumours have swirled that the organisation is scheming an illegal site at the church, which also houses a childcare centre, a young adult shelter and meal programs.

Jama said he was able to start one at the church if the county health department gave the green light.

” My opinion hasn’t changed. We want[ safe-use sites] as part of the solution because people are dying. By any entails necessary .”

Jama has the backing of the University Temple United Methodist church clergyman, the Rev Pat Simpson, and the church’s board of trustees.

Simpson told:” We stand beside them. The PHRA has been with us in this building a long time. We’ve had time to learn that they are trustworthy, highly committed to their work and expanding services to meet unmet wants. For instance, they started giving out Narcan[ naloxone] before it was strictly officially permitted in order to equip people to reverse overdoses .”

Jama believes there should be several places for taking drugs safely across the city.

” A million-dollar facility is not a good notion. It’s too big, too much money. You only need a room in an existing facility where people can pop in and use. They need to be the price of a nurse and the paraphernalia. Super, super simple .”

Officials from Seattle-King County public health department said in a statement:” The independent safe consumption site proposed by the PHRA in Seattle’s University District is not part of our efforts. If the PHRA does establish a site, we will not have enforcement authority, except in the event that this particular facility becomes a threat to public health .”

Jama and Simpson’s stance is not popular in some quarters, and both have received some negative reaction.

But Simpson said the idea for a safe-consumption site had broad backing among her congregation. Their support of a harm reduction approach, focusing on safe utilize rather than abstinence, is a philosophical change given that Methodism was a major organisation in the temperance motion that led to prohibition.

The Rev Pat Simpson. Photograph: Patrick Kehoe for the Guardian

Simpson told:” When you look at the list of participants in the taskforce that recommended this and assure the law enforcement representation there, the medical community, several layers of government, we’re part of a broad coalition that believes it’s the right thing to do.

” This is not some wildcat renegade attempt. It’s well planned and it’s being to be undertaken by knowledgeable people based on this long experience elsewhere. That’s why we have the confidence to do this and intend to brave the blizzard of whatever the opponent might be .”

She added:” We’re a congregation of people who appreciate science and are willing to look at the evidence and not only will vary depending on gut reactions or public prejudice .”

Jama, who believes drugs should be legalised, says much of the opposition comes from dread and ignorance of nimbys( adherents to a” not in my backyard” view ).” They have met a drug user or have had a drug user in their life that they have negative impressions about and they hypothesise that all drug users are like that. We are not a homogenised group of people.

” They have been very vile in their treatment of us. When I was on the street, passersby called me disgusting and gross and spitted at me. I find them as no different to these people who are blinded by their own rage and dislike .”

Seattle-born Jama, who expended time in foster care as small children, spoke of his own drug experiences. He tried magic mushroom on a camping trip aged 13, began taking LSD in high school, and eventually ended up homeless with a heroin habit. He suffered a lot of trauma, he told, and felt a lot of anger.

The turning point went when his best friend died from an overdose in the mid-1 990 s. He volunteered at the needle exchange and discovered his vocation.

He also founded a drug users’ union, the Urban Survivors’ Union, which lobbies for alternative medication laws. He gratified his wife, a mental health employee whom he describes as” one of the best things in my life”, when she was helping out at the exchange.

Jama calls the 60 to 90 daily visitors to the exchange “my family”. They were all invited to his mermaid and unicorn-themed wedding reception, held in the alley next to Simpson’s church.

The PHRA now operates in eight locatings, in Washington and Oregon. It has five the workers and 250 volunteers, of which 51% have to be drug users.

” So many people come into the exchange with smiles- this is the only service that treats them with respect and dignity ,” he said.” I tell,’ I love you only the route you are and I’m proud of you only the way you are ,’ and some people look at me like I’m a crazy person, and other people give me big hugs .”

Jama still uses illegal drugs occasionally. Holding up his takeaway coffee cup, he points out that most people employ some stimulant- whether caffeine, alcohol or illegal drugs.

He’s keen to stress that he is lobbying for the other proposals contained in the taskforce recommendations, as well as the safe intake sites.

” We need to focus on mental health services and treatment on demand for folks who are in chaotic utilize. There is chaotic drug use and there is stable drug use. We want to keep people on stable drug use .”

Whether a safe-use room at the church will be part of that mission remains to be seen.

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Why You Should Be Inducing Frittatas and Not Omelets

” A frittata is very different business from an omelet , not just because the one is Italian and another French ,” writes Skye McAlpine in her new volume, A Table in Venice: Recipes From My Home, which comes out on March 20.” The omelet is finer, of course, suited to a quick breakfast or lunch for one. A frittata, on the other hand–wonderfully thick and stuffed with veggies and melted cheese–is without a doubt food for sharing .”

I couldn’t is all very well. When I was growing up my mother would often take out her largest frying pan and make a frittata for my family to share with whatever cheese and veggies we had on hand. Whether it was at breakfast time or dinner hour, I always enjoyed it.

McAlpine’s recipe is highly simple and the zucchini, pecorino and fresh mint is a delicious trio. The dish, as I learned from my mommy, also works with a range of other ingredients. McAlpine suggests subbing in roasted broccoli, black olives, red pepper, goat cheese and fresh parsley. I’d add to that list cooked spinach, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.

It also may be the perfect brunch party food, since” unlike the omelet, which you must eat straight from the pan or it will turn to rubber, a frittata, I find, savors even better at room temperature than it does hot ,” she writes.” All of which attains it ideal for cooking ahead .”

Zucchini, Pecorino, and Fresh Mint Frittata

INGREDIENTS 😛 TAGEND 2 Tbsp Olive oil 1 medium Onion, sliced A generous pinch of salt 3 medium Zucchini, thinly sliced 8 large Eggs 1 beaker/ 100 g Grated pecorino cheese 3 sprigs Fresh mint, leaves finely chopped

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South Florida educators claim moldy classrooms causing illnesses

South Florida teachers in one of the nation’s largest public school districts claim moldy classrooms and hallways are making them sick, with the Broward Teachers Union claiming grievances to district administrators are going largely unanswered. Over 700 Broward school employees claim to have suffered sinus issues, watery eyes, headaches, itching, rashes and asthma as a result of mold, the Miami Herald reported .

“I have schools telling me they’ve get mushrooms growing out of air ventilates, spores in students’ desks, spores on musical instruments, spores coming out of the cracks in the floor, on furniture, on walls, in the foyers, ” Anna Fusco, president of the Broward Teachers Union, told the Miami Herald . “If you’ve got people that are off work all summer long and they’re feeling better and they’re exhaling better and they get back to school and they’re impression sick, that’s got to be a sign of something.”


Efforts to combat the issues have been too slow, government employees claim, with the union alleging that some orders for clean-up were placed two years ago.

Tracy Clark, Broward Schools spokeswoman, told the Miami Herald that the district takes mold complaints seriously, and is committed to providing a safe and healthy learn environment for students and employees. She added that different districts is replacing the run order system.

“Any staff member with a matter of concern is encouraged to immediately notify his or her school administrator and site-based maintenance teams, ” she told the news outlet .~ ATAGEND

The problem is not exclusive to Broward, with educators in Miami-Dade also complaining of health issues. A spokeswoman told the Miami Herald that the district sent licensed mold remediation contractors to two schools in the past, and that they are scheduled to be renovated as part of the district’s $1.2 billion school improvement.


The issues were reportedly so bad at Miami Sunset Senior High School in Kendall that the principal abruptly resigned. And in Pembroke Pines, one high school teacher claims complaints about mold on ceiling tiles and air ventilates going to go unanswered for six years.

“Aside from our colleagues being in these schools with mold, the children are exposed to it, ” Fusco told the Miami Herald . “We’re asking people to take this seriously. We’re not just looking out for our colleages. We’re looking out for our children.”

The union is planning to bring independent experts in to inspect schools within the coming weeks.

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Police breakfast photo stirs dispute on Twitter

A police squad in North Wales received some criticism for posting a image on Twitter featuring a protein-packed breakfast.

The Rural Crime Team was assembling for a squad breakfast last month when they decided to take a snap of their spread- two plates of fried eggs, two plates of sausage, a plate of bacon, toast, cooked mushrooms and a bowl of baked beans all filled up the round table.

“Not bad eh….not one egg violated ….. let the team session begin! ” the team captioned the photo.

The team shared the pic and appeared to think nothing of it- following up the initial image with another picture of different groups enjoying their meat-heavy breakfast.


The photo itself gained little traction, earning 217 likes and 28 retweets, but it was enough to rages one follower.

A Twitter user named “Diana” called out the police force’s palates in a since-deleted tweet, “Speaking as a taxation payer I’d favor them to be less selective when answering questions and perhaps not post breakfast pics that offend vegetarian/ vegan adherents – fairly thoughtless considering the job title they have.”

Diana’s outrage, however, was not felt by the majority of Twitter users, who took to the social media platform to taunt her.

“As a taxation payer, I think you should tweet photos of your breakfast unless it’s a protected species, ” one user wrote in response.

Another sarcastically wrote, “What if I’m offended that your not posting pictures of cooked breakfasts? As a contentious breakfaster I only think it’s within my moral and ethical rights to see how good your breakfast is……..”


“Vegetarian here but not offended. Not a banner falter. People have a right to live their lives as and how they opt, ” another said.

The Rural Crime Team took a screenshot of the original tweet from Diana and proclaimed they would no longer be engaging with their audience on Twitter for the time being.

“And to finish 2017 I had to post this recent answer about our Twitter account, to reveal why we are withdrawing from answering questions or remarks on Twitter for the time being. Nothing more I can say truly ……. Happy 2018, ” the team wrote.

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First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next? – Kaiser Health News

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First, Marijuana. Are Magic Mushrooms Next?
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In Oregon and Denver, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, activists are now pushing toward a psychedelic frontier: “magic mushrooms.” Groups in both states are sponsoring ballot measures that would eliminate criminal penalties for possession

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The Delicious Dish That You’re Probably Too Afraid To Pronounce

If you’ve ever refrained from ordering something because you didn’t know how to pronounce it, we wholly feel you.

But no one should be deprived of the deliciousness that is bibimbap for dread of embarrassment. Once and for all, it’s pronounced “bee-beem-bahp, ” but it might as well be called “beautiful bowl of YUM.”

Multi-bits via Getty Images We don’t know whether to frame it or eat it.

The secret to building the perfect bowl of this healthy Korean classic is range. Listen to your taste buds and don’t be afraid to go a little crazy.

Start with a base layer of warm white rice. Then add shredded cucumber, carrot, zucchini, kimchi and bean sprouts — season or sautee these bibimbap staples however you prefer. Top your bowl with some avocado, pickled daikon and a variety of mushrooms to take it to the next level. A fried egg or raw egg yolk and a sprinkling of sesame seeds and seaweed will pull all of the flavors together.

Finally, don’t forget one of the most essential elements of good bibimbap: a healthy heap of gochujang, Korean red pepper paste. If you love fiery food, pile it on. If your taste buds are more accustomed to mild flavors, proceed with caution.

The Wanderlust Kitchen Get the Vegetarian Korean Bibimbap Bowls recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Stick to big portions of veggies for an unbelievably fulfilling and healthful vegetarian meal. Bibimbap is the perfect dish to prepare when you have a wide variety of leftover veggies in the fridge, and tofu — like the pan-fried version in the recipe above — is a welcome addition if a little extra protein is in order.

However, bibimbap doesn’t have to be meat-free. In fact, it is often served with beef bulgogi, a classic and simple Korean BBQ. The many ingredients mean you’ll get unique flavor and texture combinings in every bite. What more could you want in a bowl?

When it comes down to it, bibimbap can be whatever you want to make it. It can be a big tasty mess of mismatched ingredients, or a work of precision worthy of a museum. Below, a few recipes to satisfy all of your bibimbap needs 😛 TAGEND


Slim Palate

Get the Bibimbap recipe from Slim Palate

Tofu Bibimbap

Connoisseurus Veg

Get the Tofu Bibimbap recipe from Connoisseurus Veg

Stone Bowl Bibimbap

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Get the Stone Bowl Bibimbap recipe from i am a food blog

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