Tag Archives: winter

Cereal Club – Porridge doesn’t have to be boring

23 Nov

On the subject of porridge I am utterly ignorant, I have only recently been enlightened that porridge enthusiast do actually exist. How on earth could anyone be enthusiastic about a food stuff so utterly lacking in variety of flavour and texture was my initial reaction. The only plausible reason I could think of for putting yourself through the arduous process of cooking and eating the grey goop was in penance for some terrible act you had once committed. I apologise for my philistinism for I now know that eating porridge is more than a facet of one’s daily pilgrimage. I could easily blame Tony the Tiger or Coco Monkey for my lifelong distrust and abstinence of porridge because if their cereals hadn’t tasted so good I might have been more inclined to try something new once in a while. If it’s not broken don’t fix it was a cliché I firmly lived by when choosing what to eat for breakfast and if there wasn’t a colourful character on the box it wasn’t to be trusted in my eyes. Continue reading

Spiced Apple Cake

4 Nov

I think I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, I miss slow cooked beef and ale stew, spicy chili, blueberry pancakes with butter and syrup, belgian waffles, hot chocolate with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows, bacon sausage and eggs for breakfast, meatballs in marinara sauce, cheesy lasagne, steak and kidney pie, ox tail casserole, hot meat sandwiches, pork and apple pasties, warm apple pie, toasty cinnamon rolls washed down with a salted caramel and nutmeg mocha, french onion soup, braised lamb shanks, pan fried pigeon, sticky toffee pudding, roast chicken, baked potatoes with sour cream, cheese and chives, rhubarb crumble, and the list goes on. In fairness I don’t recall complaining too profusely while glugging down ice cold beer and scoffing barbecued bugers and sausages on warm summer nights. Either way I’m happy winter is here and all the food that comes with it. Continue reading

Bake Off – Scones

30 Oct

There’s nothing better than a warm scone generously buttered and smothered in good quality raspberry jam. It’s one of those things that I’ve loved since I was a kid and hasn’t changed much unlike Bewley’s cherry buns, but that’s a matter for another day. The one difference I’ve seen in recent years has been the inclusion of fruits and berries to the humble scone and I for one am a supporter of this change. How can adding variety in the form of raspberries, apples and blackberries be a bad thing especially when it hasn’t led to the detriment of the original scone? Like anything, there scones of varying quality out there and we’ve attempted, through eating vast quantities of scones, to uncover the best of the best, for your convenience of course. Continue reading

Drinking the top shelf – Brooklyn Lager

21 Oct

I’ve never claimed to be a beer aficionado, beer enthusiast, most certainly. Like most people I’ll buy whatever is on offer but I have some standards; it must be bottled and contain at least 4.3% alcohol. I’ve had too many misspent days lying around wishing I was dead after some truly wretched swill and now that I’m older I fear that the great 6 for €7 bargain I was such an ardent supporter of may actually kill me. Drinking reminds you of how old you’re getting, as you age you learn to appreciate flavours more and desperately try to avoid getting very drunk for fear of the day after. If you don’t understand, you will some day and I’m glad about that, if I must suffer then so should you. Don’t you just hate those people who bound out of bed bright and breezy and tuck into a fry while you’re lying in bed praying that God actually does exist and promising you’ll live a better life if you survive the day. What fickle people we are. Continue reading