Food and Stuff
Fish & Chips Hogan
I know it is fun to go out and buy fish and chips all wrapped up in paper then eat it with your fingers (something I approve of and I believe all adults and children should get stuck in with their paws whenever they can get away with it!), but when I do buy fish and chips I am so often disappointed. Oh, I know some very few establishments cook it beautifully, but most don't and I always end up feeling stuffed and uncomfortable!
So, for people who really love fish, this is my take using one of the cheapest fishes out there - the sprat!
Tasty Tagliatelle and Ham
It is always tempting when cooking a pasta dish to use only Italian ingredients, but of course pasta will go with just about anything.
In the UK, we are often fed a diet of crappy processed ham sold in uninspiring thin slices, which is a shame since in this country we create wonderful hams. Dig around on the deli counter at leading supermarkets and find the best hams you can, or better still, find a deli or country butcher that cooks their own using the best pork.
This is a dead simple recipe that pulls together two wonderful traditions.
Fried Mushrooms on Toast for Lunch
Sometimes it is the absolute basics, the very simplest of ingredients that can fool us the most; to the point where we can neglect them altogether.
The humble, mass-produced, closed cup mushroom is one such beast, and yet, treated nicely and served on toast... wonderful!
Creating a single template blog with Processwire and Hanna Code
This is a bit of fun, really and not a complete tutorial - I do not have the energy. With Processwire and the Hanna Code textformatter plugin, it is theoretically possible to create a complex blog structure with just one simple template.
Really? Well, yeah!
Outrageous Steak and Kidney with Cider
Occasionally you have to just say "I am not going to take it any more," or some such rubbish and just think out of the box. Or in this case, out of the bottle; the cider bottle. You know how it goes, one glass for me, one for the pud...
Rich Tomato Soup with Chorizo
There is something about a certain famous tomato soup that people love. However, if they have never tried a home made tomato soup, with the larder thrown at it, then they are missing out.
This is one of my favourite recipes. Well, it would be; it is one of mine!
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North London, 1976. The longest, hottest summer on record. The water is running out and the kids hate their parents. Which bunch of idiots would think it is a good idea to start a band?