Posts Tagged ‘Chili Con Carne’

What Did Rachel Really Think?

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I really enjoyed taking part in the film – it was very random but good fun. I liked the fact we didn’t know what we’d have to cook with as quite often that’s the case. Often when it’s coming to the end of term you find that you have to just eat what’s in your cupboard, which doesn’t have to mean rubbish meals.

Like we did in the film you just have to be more inventive with your ingredients, such as using mushy peas to make fried rice! Something I’ve found was a great left over meal is during BBQ season. Any left over meat i.e. sausages etc chop them all up and stir-fry them with some green beans, baby sweet corn and carrot (or whatever really!). Then add some sweet chilli or soy sauce and eat it. It’s really nice but you do have to make sure you re-cook the meat properly otherwise I think you could die or something.

To Can or to Cook?…That is the Question

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Ed: Can it or cook it…mmmmm. Wasn’t really sure what to expect at all and in all honesty I wasn’t fully trusting when the team said we’d have to be blindfolded and feel things in a box! Hence why it’s not me doing the feeling!

In the end though it was a lot of fun. We had a laugh and it’s given us something to remember. I wouldn’t say I’d particularly learnt anything from the experience other than don’t face plant a plate of chilli con carne filled with Piccalilli. On a serious note though it did go to show that cooking can be fun. A lot more often now me and my mates will all cook together or cook for each other. Everyone needs to eat so you may as well learn to cook and there’s no need to make it a chore.

Guide To Booze

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Picture the scene…’It’s a Tuesday and you’ve finally landed a date with the girl of your dreams and you’re taking her out to a fancy restaurant. It comes to ordering the wine and due to your ignorance you simply ask for the cheapest wine on the menu. In a fit of pompous anger she spits in you face, pushes over the table and leave!

To help avoid this here is a guide to wine.

Choosing The Right Wine

Wine isn’t just a cheap way to get drunk quickly-whenever your mates are round or if you’re eating out, choosing the right wine is an easy way to make a meal even better.

As a rule of thumb, white wine goes best with fish and white meat (chicken, turkey etc.) and red wine with meat dishes-steaks, burgers or even pasta that has meat such as spaghetti bolognaise.

Here’s a brief guide to the different kinds of red and white wine:

Varieties of Red Wine

Merlot

Not as strong as other red wines, it has quite a soft, mellow taste to it.  It is a great match for pasta dishes, like spag bol.

Rioja

(Pronounced ree-oka) Quite a strong taste, rioja is a Spanish wine and goes well with steak and other dishes that are full of flavour.

Cabernet Sauvignon

(Pronounced cabernay so-vinyon) Cabernets have a rich blackcurrant taste.  They are traditionally aged in oak, so can take on an aromatic woody flavour.  Cabernet goes well with beef, or lamb.

Varieties of White Wine

After something a little more refreshing?  Then white wine it is…

Pinot Grigio

(Pronounced peen-oh grijee-oh)  A very light and refreshing wine.  Usually a house wine in restaurants, goes very nicely with fish or chicken dishes, or cool salads in the summer.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc are typically very light wines, and tend to be crisp and acidic, making it ideal for more heavier foods such as risottos.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay can be one of the cheapest wines to buy, but still tastes great.  The taste varies depending on where the grapes have grown.  It goes best with poultry or seafood, like lobster or scallops.

From the front line with a loser.

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

United we stand divided we fall has become very prevalent in the light of mine and Steve’s performance in King of the Kitchen. I whole heartedly blame Steve for our miserable defeat – how hard could it have been to pick the right ingredients!

It’s true enough that it was the food I cooked that didn’t win however I have to say that I didn’t really have anything to work with. With no meat and some peanut butter I think it would be fair to say that the food didn’t even bear a slight resemblance to chilli con carne.

It was all a lot of fun though and that’s what it’s all about, I wouldn’t be saying that had there been a good prize however! In the end I think Patrick was simply choosing the lesser of two evils as Mark and Lauren’s chilli didn’t look great either. Very glad we did it though, loads of fun and something to remember!