This is a no-brainer; it’s healthy, gives you sustained energy, isn’t fattening and is cheap. That’s a whole lotta boxes ticked in my book. Of course I always go for the brown rice, but it’s completely a personal choice – long grain and basmati are relatively healthy too, as...Read More
This one I've often produced at circa 4am having stumbled home with twenty two of my closest friends for the post-drinks drinks we Irish are so famous for - isn't it strange how the rest of Europe finish up and go home, whereas we'd sell our own mothers for...Read More
Ok, so this one isn't strictly man food, it's anybody-who-pines-for-the-pre-healthandsafetyruined-buttery-cinema-popcorn-days food. And it's soooooo good it's not even funny. In my house I get the OH to make it so I can pretend I didn't see and there isn't lashings of artery-tightening butter laced into my lovely movie snack....Read More
This stuff should be illegal.
You look ridiculous eating it, you end up with more sauce on both cheeks than in your mouth, and you're basically licking the ribcage of a pig.
But sweet Jesus does it taste gooood. This one's stupendously easy, and oh-so-satisfying. Albeit messy.
Alright lads, you know when you have the boys over for Match Night / X Factor / Godfather Trilogy and you fight over who has to go to the effort of picking up the phone, hitting speed-dial and calling Dominos? Why not surprise them some night with these few...Read More
In the early days of 'us', Mr Gastronomics once freaked out upon coming home to a snivelling, crying, bleary-eyed mess of a girlfriend. He now realises that if this happens and he can't think of anything horrific he's done wrong, I'm chopping onions. Yes, I know there are five...Read More
Yes, you can of course make your own curry paste. But in these recessionary times it can sometimes make a lot more financial sense to buy the little pot of potent paste (howdyalikethatforalliteration) than schelp across the city to specialist food shops looking for the detailed hard-to-find ingredients.
I find...Read More
Ok, so it’s not quite a larder staple, more of a fridge-filler but my Mum doesn’t really eat cheese so probably won’t read this and realise I’m shoe-horning posts into blog categories. Ho-hum. Anyway, this is a great ingredient which can lift a dish or provide an interesting...Read More
I'm guilty of a little blogger-licence here; the 'towers' are pretty much just my way of assorting potatoes on a plate and attempting to make it look arty-farty. I add these to dishes such as Surf n'Turf, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Griddled Steak and all kinds of Grrr-I'm-All-That-Is-Man-Hear-Me-Roar dishes.
It's usually the most luxurious (read: expensive) item on the menu when we eat out, usually costing anything from €25 to €35, but at home it can be a satisfying and only marginally budget-busting Friday night treat.
Firstly, what rule book says it has to be fillet steak? Not my...Read More