Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The age-old "Fish Finger Sarnie" debate.

I normally work late on a Tuesday evening. As Nicola isn't a big fan of cooking, it means that Tuesday night dinner is normally an oven-baked affair. I don't mind though, fish and chips, or a pasta dish, that kind of thing.

Tonight was fish fingers! Weirdly enough, I didn't like fish fingers much as a kid but I love them now. My preferred fish fingers are from Lidl - made from MSC sustainable Alaskan Pollock, have more fish content than the bearded man's offering (you know who I mean), and have a really crunchy coating.

This leads me to the topic of this post - The Fish Finger Sandwich.

Freshly buttered bread, hot crispy fish fingers and lashings of tartare sauce.......Delicious!

How do you eat yours?

Monday, 30 January 2012

Fusilli con la salsiccia

After a long day at work, sometimes I don't want to spend forever cooking dinner. This dish has few ingredients, tastes delicious and can be on the dinner table in 15 minutes.

150 grams Fusilli - I use De Cecco 
6 good quality sausages - use whichever kind you prefer
1 onion, sliced thinly
150ml soured cream
1tbs wholegrain mustard
large handful of fresh rocket leaves
Grated Grana Padano


Boil the pasta as per packet instructions. 
While the pasta is cooking, grill the sausages until cooked through.
In a hot pan, gently fry the sliced onions until softened.

Once the sausages are cooked, slice into bite-size chunks.
Drain the cooked pasta, add the sausage, soured cream, onion and rocket.
Stir all ingredients together, grate some fresh Grana Padano into the mix and serve.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Economical cooking

Over the last few years, We have constantly been told to eat more fresh fruit & veg, to think more about our carbon footprint and where our food comes from, and to consider using local suppliers where possible, but how are we expected to give serious thought to these things when the cost of basic foodstuffs has risen so much in recent times?

Back in the times of our grandparents, it was common place to prepare a grocery list based solely on the meals that were going to be eaten over the coming week. By adopting this philosophy, I am able to spend more on the things we like, as well as reducing food waste.
After returning from my normal saturday morning grocery shop the fridge is well stocked, yet by friday evening my fridge resembles Old Mother Hubbards cupboard!

Challenge yourself next time you do your weekly shop, only buy what you need and not what the supermarkets want you to! Is a '3 for the price of 2' offer a good deal if you end up throwing food away?

Where did it all begin?

Just over a year ago whilst at a charity fundraiser, I won a silent auction. The prize was to help review a restaurant with resident food critic for the Daily Record, Tam Cowan.
Myself, Nicola and Tam visited a newly opened local bar/restaurant in Clarkston. We had a great night then, and have been back on a number of occasions since then. If you are ever in or around the southside of Glasgow and looking for delicious food and great value, don't hesitate in popping into Clark & Sons.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Are you hungry?

After years of eating, tasting, cooking and enjoying food, I have eventually got round to creating my very own food blog. 
I hope that the info that I share can help influence what you might cook over the coming weeks, or where you might go for to enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner.
Today Nicola and myself were in Glasgow (not shopping for a change), Nicola had a bit of pampering going on. In between her beautifying herself, we decide to go to The Living Room on St Vincent Street for a relaxing lunch. 
Although, they were not long opened, there were already a few hungry diners in front of us. The barman suggested that we would be comfier through in the restaurant rather than the booths in the bar. I think the full length windows and the almost sub-zero outside temperatures helped us decide that barman knew what he was talking about.
Once seated, our waiter quickly ran through all of the specials on the menu before taking our drinks order. Not a bad start to the day, quarter past twelve and we each have a large glass of wine in our hands.
Things got better when our lunch arrived, Nicola had the Living Room Club Sandwich, a massive stack of chicken, bacon, fried egg, lettuce and chips. We had to ask the waiter to wrap half of the giant sandwich up to take away, honestly - it was that big!
The Pesto Chicken burger that I ordered came out, beautifully presented. Grilled chicken breast, pancetta, sun-blush mayo, gherkin on a flour bun, served with thick chips served in a little fryer basket.
Both of our meals were delicious and great value for money. If you are ever looking for somewhere more upmarket, make yourself at home in The Living Room.

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