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Posted by sean on March 8, 2019 at 11:36 pm in Cooking with No Comments


What is this new obsession with ‘Mac and Cheese’? It’s suddenly appeared everywhere, presumably from the same ‘Book of Fake Fads’ as Veganism.

A quick note on this (before the International Vegan Society perform a DoS attack on my blog). I have nothing against vegans. In fact, as somebody who turned vegetarian last year, for animal welfare, I applaud you. Those poor individuals who are forced to become a vegan, due to food intolerance problems, also have my respect and sympathy.

The vegans I take issue with are those who are doing it as a fad or to make a statement. The people who decide to turn vegan in the summer, but give up as soon as mummy’s famous turkey comes out of the oven at Christmas… grrr!

Worse are the vegans, who say things like “I’m a vegan, but I do eat dairy cheese on pizzas. It’s my guilty pleasure!”. It’s like veggies who eat fish – you’re not a vegetarian, you’re a pescatarian. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the stupid phrase “guilty pleasure” – that’s for another day! Vegans who eat cheese on pizza are called vegetarians. Let’s face it, if they have cheese, they probably have pepperoni, which will make them an omnivore.

If only Fred West had seen this sign…

Where on earth am I going with this? OK, to summarise, vegans are great, as are veggies, but ONLY if you stick to your choice of diet FOREVER – and just to clarify, FOREVER does not mean until the BBQ season, or when McDonald’s bring back the McRib sandwich. FOREVER means until the day you die.

Considering this blog post was originally meant to be about Mac and Cheese, I have digressed terribly…

This is what this blog was supposed to have been about!

Lots of people seem to be going on about M&C. You see recipes for it in magazines; you see idiotic celebrities, like Robbie Savage, attempting to make it on cooking TV shows; and when you look at restaurant menus, “MAC AND CHEESE” is commonly listed. I was in Asda on Tuesday, when some child shouted out “Guess what we’re eating later? Mac and Cheese!’.

As far as I was aware, M&C is simply Macaroni Cheese. This is a delicious dish, made with macaroni (although I’ve often seen it done with pasta tubes) and thick, creamy cheese sauce. My parents often made it for me and it was my favourite meal as a child. Considering I’m 37 next week, you work out how long ago that was! As an adult, I continue to regularly enjoy the meal.

Even my own mother suggested I try M&C, as “so many people are going on about it”. Does she not realise she was cooking it for me, some 30+ years ago?

Where has this M&C rubbish come from? I have my suspicions. I may be wrong, but it stinks of Americanisation and another example of the British adopting one of their terms. I blame Donald Trump.

If I ever hear the words “Mac and Cheese” used, after I have eaten “Macaroni Cheese”, I will immediately vomit my recently consumed meal, all over the offender – just like that racist Women’s Institute lady from Little Britain.

Posted by sean on December 3, 2018 at 10:48 pm in 365 Blogs, Cooking with No Comments


One of posts I have been hoping to write from the 365 Blog Topic Ideas book, is My Favourite Recipe.

This evening we decided to make the most of our time off work, and do some cooking.

Unbelievably, despite this being our favourite meal to cook and eat, we haven’t done so in over a year. I know this because we have been in our new house for 368 days, and haven’t prepared the dish here.

Tonight, we cooked our favourite…

Cheesy gnocchi bake

Ingredients

  • 500g pack gnocchi
  • 200g cauliflower, divided into small florets
  • 250g spinach
  • 500g tub 4-cheese sauce
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 50g Cheddar cheese, grated

Preparation

  • Heat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200C
  • Bring a saucepan to the boil, add the gnocchi and cauliflower, and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the gnocchi rises to the surface. Drain contents of saucepan
  • Cook spinach in microwave, according to pack instructions
  • In a gratin dish, combine half the cooked gnocchi, cauliflower, spinach and cheese sauce
  • Layer half the tomatoes on top, then combine the rest of the ingredients, finishing with a layer of tomatoes
  • Scatter over the Cheddar, season with black pepper (optional) and bake for 10 minutes until golden and bubbling

Posted by sean on September 11, 2018 at 11:05 pm in Cooking, Rabbits with No Comments


I have decided to stop eating meat. While I haven’t gone officially “veggie” (yet), I have been avoiding the stuff for a few weeks now.

I can’t see myself missing it. I have never been a big carnivore – growing up with a Mum and now living with a wife who are both vegetarians certainly helped with this. To her credit, Claire has never had an issue with cooking meat for me; although more often than not, I eat what she eats, including veggie burgers and Quorn sausages. I even went for the veggie option at my wedding!

Strangely, the only thing I will miss, if I do go all-out vegetarian, is not meat at all – it is sweets and desserts. It is amazing how much confectionery and puddings contain pork or beef gelatin. It is no surprise that jelly-based sweets, like Haribo, are unsuitable. However, veggies also have to avoid most types of mousse – the pudding, not the large Canadian deer, which coincidentally, they also cannot eat.

I am yet to explain my recent change in attitude towards meat. The reason is Roman, my pet rabbit. I have NEVER eaten rabbit. I couldn’t. Growing up with the cute creatures, I grew so attached, that I would rather eat my left arm than a bunny burger.

Since getting Roman, my feelings towards rabbits have grown even stronger. I’ve seen him grow from a timid little ball of fluff, to a cheeky, excitable, loving member of our family, who demonstrates levels of intelligence that I didn’t think rabbits could reach.

I don’t believe that Roman is any more clever than other rabbits. I just think that, as a child, I was oblivious to just how smart my pet bunnies were.

Roman has made me realise that if rabbits can show a degree of intelligence, so can other animals, like pigs and cows. Roman would be petrified if he thought he was going to be killed. Who am I to deprive some poor piggy of their life, in order for me to enjoy a Walls sausage, anyway?

If you know me, or regularly read this blog, please don’t worry – I am not going to start preaching that “meat is murder”. One of my hates in life is when people try to force their beliefs – religious or otherwise – onto others. Although, if I do see you eating a Big Mac, I will be throwing a bucket of cow’s blood over you…

Posted by sean on January 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm in Cooking, Nandos with No Comments


For Christmas, I received a selection of Nandos sauces.┬áThis evening, I decided to cook some chicken…

Shortly after getting up this morning, I covered two chicken breasts in marinade.

Half an hour in the oven, and this came out…

The chicken was transferred to a plate and vegetables added…

Very tasty it was too…

I didn’t lick the plate as the sauce was very hot!

Posted by sean on February 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm in Cooking, Fun At Home with No Comments


Pancake Day came early to our house tonight.

Here is Claire’s effort

Mine was less successful…

I’m a useless tosser (of pancakes)

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