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ATW GOOD FOOD GUIDE

By Pete Moore On January 13th, 2013

DSC_0003Winter’s about to arrive in Blighty, and about time too. There’s no downside to that in my book, but a real bonus is the excuse for some warming winter grub.

There’s me dinner, in the thumbnail. Heat oil and butter in a pan. Gently fry chorizo, garlic and mushrooms for a couple of minutes (there’s no point being precise in the kitchen). Finish with a dollop of mozzarella for a few seconds to make it nice and gooey. Spread it all in a baguette. Don’t neglect the fats and oils in the pan, bright red from the chorizo. It tastes great and soaks into the bread a treat. A dash of Malden Sea Salt, a bit of pepper and finish with a few leaves. Rocket goes lovely. Have it with a bowl of steaming, homemade vegetable soup. Some hearty winter grub in two minutes. A total winner.

No-one can have too many ideas for food so feel free to share your winter grub in the thread. I promise to do my best to give everything a try.

88 Responses to “ATW GOOD FOOD GUIDE”

  1. yummy

  2. Much of the best food begins with good bread. That looks like good bread.

    This past Wednesday, I had dinner at Les Deux Salons, by Trafalgar/ Charing Cross in London. The bread there was spectacular. For that reason alone, I will return. Man should live by bread alone.

  3. It is going to be very cold here next week so I am giving myself free reign on comfort food until Sat. £2.99 for a lovely bacon bap and hot chocolate at Claoham Junction each morning will get my day off to a good start.

    Crispy bacon (and really grilling is the only way) is the basis of a lot of comfort food. Eithe with crusty bread or creammy buttery mashed potatoe :)

    Also love cauliflower cheese. No harm to vegetarians but it crys out to be eaten with sausages :)

  4. Don’t have any recipes to share, but if in London, try this place:

    http://www.tarorestaurants.co.uk/

    The spicy chicken teri don is awesome and it’s incredibly cheap. Get in there before they figure out they should be charging more.

  5. As for crispy bacon, I haven’t tried this yet myself but I’ve heard it is great:

    http://baconmethod.com/

  6. I’ve had bacon that way it’s great… but grilled, baked, microwaved you can’t go wrong with bacon.

  7. I have to say that one of the things I really miss living here is the food. Brit & Irish food gets a bit of a knocking, IMO undeserved. Chorizo is in abundance over here Pete and I wouldn’t thank you for it. For winter food it’s hard to beat a massive doorstep cheese & onion sandwhich and that steaming veg soup that you speak about above.

    Agree 100% regarding the bread Phantom. It’s probably the most common basic food and it must be good. This is probably the only multi – national that I happily eat from. The quality of ingrediants is unsurpassed.

    http://www.subwayspain.com/en.html

  8. Am I the only non-meat eater here? Apart from our esteemed host of course.

    Here’s my tapinade recipe: black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice. And additional garlic. Who wants to be popular?

  9. Take out the olives Peter and you’re onto a winner.

  10. Good idea Paul. I could replace the olives with more garlic.

  11. There’s no such thing as too much garlic.

  12. Sounds like a plan Peter. Pete Moore is correct, there is no such thing as too much garlic.

  13. Totally agree.

  14. Bacon in a crusty roll with butter and brown sauce.
    Fried egg in a crusty roll with Brown Sauce.
    Thick split pea soup with crusty rolls and hot pepper sauce.
    Tomato soup with hot pepper sauce and crusty rolls.

    ps.
    Bread is bad for you.
    (Fattening).
    Crusty rolls are a healthier alternative.

  15. Looks good Pete. Among winter’s pleasures are the great stews, soups and chowders (avec good dipping bread).

    tasty.

  16. A8

    You should bake your own bread. That way you have control, especially over salt content, but also other nasties which are dumped into factory bread.

  17. Pete, more. more description of delicious food, please.

  18. We do Peter.
    We have a fantastic Capitalist designed and built Panasonic breadmaker*. The loaves tend to be heavier, more solid, because we use various types of organic flour. You don’t eat as much, it has a lower salt and sugar content and freezes well.
    It also tastes very good.
    (I am told.)
    But shop bought crusty rolls are a healthier alternative.

    *Please don’t tell Tarasov.

  19. Pete Moore, on January 13th, 2013 at 8:53 PM Said:

    There’s no such thing as too much garlic.

    or Butter, both together add heaven to anything

  20. Last Monday I mad myself a big pot of simple Beef and vegetable stew. Chunks of stewing steak, and just loads of vegetables, onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery, swede, peas, etc, some red wine, beef stock and a bit of gravy to thicken. I reheated some of it each day and alternatively cooked some new potatos or rice and made it last all week. It tasted better each night. Lovely wholesome winter food.

  21. Heaven Colm. If I’m making stew I always leave it to mature for a day before eating.

  22. A8

    Yes, I started with a breadmaker and graduated to the oven when it went kaput.

  23. Butter is good for you – in moderation and better than margarine.
    Colm any food my darling wife prepares for me gets the lashings of sauce treatment.
    Stews either pepper sauce or brown sauce
    Eggs, chips hamburger sausages bacon: usually brown sauce.
    The only meal I don’t put sauce on is a nice roast chicken with the trimmings.
    Gravy and salt are enough.
    Roast Beef -horse radish sauce
    lamb – mint sauce
    Pork – no I don’t eat roast pork.
    Otherwise sauce is essential.

  24. I adore sauces too.

  25. Butter on mashed potatoes.

  26. “Yes, I started with a breadmaker and graduated to the oven when it went kaput.”

    Aah!
    NEVER buy a German breadmaker. They always do that.

  27. This may sound gross but it’s really good…roasted fruits and vegetables…apples, pears, red cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots, olive oil…learned the recipe in Sweden…but I also throw in various seeds, peppers and tomatoes. I love roasted fruits.

  28. Butter on mashed potatoes.
    Yes.
    I quite like mashed potatoes with crunchy bits in too, You know, when the potato hasn’t quite cooked through.

    I am also developing a taste for Humble pie too….

  29. “roasted fruits and vegetables…apples, pears, red cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots, olive oil…learned the recipe in Sweden…but I also throw in various seeds, peppers and tomatoes. I love roasted fruits.”

    Yeeeeeeeeukkk!
    That sounds gross mairin2

    You should be ashamed.

  30. Mature cheddar cheese and strawberry jam sandwhiches are delicious.

    ‘I quite like mashed potatoes with crunchy bits in too, You know, when the potato hasn’t quite cooked through’

    That’s just wrong.

    Butter on mashed potatoes . . . and brown sauce.

  31. That’s just wrong.

    No, I really like the crunchy texture.
    I beat my wife if she makes it too smooth.
    I’m mean like that.

  32. Agit8ed

    Why don’t you eat pork ?

  33. Reminds me too much of “long pig…”

  34. You’d be surprised, A8. I struggled finding food in Sweden I liked. The main fare is lots of root vegetables for the obvious reasons. Oh and I don’t eat red meat…poultry and fish every once in a while. Try it…it’ll put hair on your chest…;-). It did mine…only joking…;-P

  35. My daughters insist that I make a beef and vegetable pie, with loads of puff pastry, for their birthdays, when they are home. They also expect their age to be on the crust, in pastry :) They prefer this to birthday cake :)

  36. roasted fruits and vegetables

    Mairin, that actually sounds delicious :)

  37. Seimi….we used to have individual pies…with our initials though and not our age…great tradition!

  38. Agit8ed

    What is ‘long pig’ – or should a delicate lapsed catholic like me not ask ;)

  39. “Try it…it’ll put hair on your chest…;-). It did mine…”

    So,
    you have difficulty getting your bra on then?
    I don’t like Scandinavian food either.
    Nor French food.
    I like Italian (Pizza Hut)
    But English food is by far the best.
    Roasted fruit sounds disgusting.
    You’re only saying it’s nice to make people think you’re daring and adventurous…

  40. Long Pig is a delicacy once highly prized amongst Polynesians and South Sea islanders,

    But first you need a missionary…

  41. … position

  42. I’m not kidding A8…stick a pear and an apple in the oven…nothing else is needed…no oils or butters…lovely!

  43. Mairin, my 2 are 19 and 20 now, and they still insist on it :)

    Colm – Long Pig is another name for ‘Human’ :)

  44. Seimi

    Ah now I get it.

    Well all I can say is, any cannibal who kills me and tosses my gorgeous body into a big black pot is in for a wonderfull measty ripe tasty delicious melt in the mouth meal…. ;)

  45. I would kill for a puff pastry beef & veg pie.

    I like Italian (Pizza Hut)

    That’s sacrilege Agi.

  46. “I would kill for a puff pastry beef & veg pie”

    Well kill me and you’ll have the beef, kill everyone else on ATW and that’s the vegetables covered….. ;)

  47. ‘Well all I can say is, any cannibal who kills me and tosses my gorgeous body into a big black pot is in for a wonderfull measty ripe tasty delicious melt in the mouth meal…. ‘

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little… ;)

    ‘I would kill for a puff pastry beef & veg pie.’

    Control yourself, McM. I’ll make ye one in the summer :)

    ‘I like Italian (Pizza Hut)’

    That’s like saying ‘I like music (ABBA) ;)

  48. ‘Well kill me and you’ll have the beef, kill everyone else on ATW and that’s the vegetables covered….’

    Kill Agit8ed and you’ll have the Huff ‘n Puff pastry :)

  49. That’s like saying ‘I like music (ABBA)

    Oi Seimi, only Phantom is allowed to dislike ABBA here. We don’t want too many strange unmusical weirdos on ATW !

  50. Whoa…ABBA makes my skin crawl…I prefer the naked cowboy to ABBA even with his yucky Y fronts. BTW.

  51. That means I have to like ABBA!?

    Dammit! This site is so unfair!

    :(

  52. Oh the Philistines are coming out tonight. Has Phantom been hypnotising you all.

    It is not an opinion, it is a scientifically verified fact that after the Beatles, ABBA are the greatest popular musical combo EVER !

    There is no valid counterargument !

  53. ‘ABBA are the greatest popular musical combo EVER !’

    Didn’t your cardie get in the way when you were typing that? :)

  54. Seimi

    No I took my cardie off as I was dancing around to Boney M ;)

  55. Colm, I presume all that beef stew gives you energy for your bit of crumpet afterwards.

    http://www.essentially-england.com/crumpets.html

  56. Noel, once Colm has danced around to Boney M, he has no energy left for a bit of crumpet :)

  57. One can always summon up the energy for crumpet !!

  58. ‘One can always summon up the energy for crumpet !!’

    I stand corrected.

    As, I’m sure, you do.

    Or summat similar :)

  59. Colm is the thinking woman’s crumpet.

  60. ‘Colm is the thinking woman’s crumpet.’

    Apparently, the thinking woman thinks about Colm, and has a crumpet instead…

  61. You mean there are some women who think ???? ;)

  62. Whatever, the English like their crumpet for dessert, while I believe Americans prefer buns.

  63. But all women like buns in the oven …. :)

  64. ‘But all women like buns in the oven …’

    said the silver-tongued cavalier :)

  65. I was just going to say you have to be careful with that crumpet when there’s a bun in the oven.

    But whatever your tastes, bon appetit and goodnight.

    And remember: a slice off a cut loaf is never missed

  66. another thing to remember.. you should always get your oats ;)

    Good night all :)

  67. Mairin
    “roasted fruits and vegetables…apples, pears, red cabbage, onions, garlic, carrots, olive oil…learned the recipe in Sweden…but I also throw in various seeds, peppers and tomatoes. I love roasted fruits.”

    Try topping that mixture with Nuts, you’ll love it.

  68. one of my favorite simple meals is boneless chicken breast, first brown in buter, add healthy amounts of garlic. then fill the pan with a sweet white wine and let simmer covered remove the lid add more garlic and keep flipping the breasts until the wine burns away into a glaze on the breasts. serve over rice.

  69. A post about food seems the most appropriate place to write this.

    A very dear aunt of mine sadly passed away this morning.

    She was a great cook, and used to enjoy making us all snacks and meals when we were in her house, which was very often (she was also my next-door neighbour). Paul McMahon mentioned to me a few days ago about her famous homemade pizzas, which she used to make and then bring to work to share with the staff, volunteers, and any visitors to the offices. She also baked the most wonderful breads. She was a kind, sweet, happy woman, whose greatest love in the last few years were her 2 grandchildren, and the frequent visits of her grand-nephew.

    I feel sorry for myself at her passing, but more so for my father, who has lost his sister, and mostly for my two cousins, who have lost their mother.

  70. condolences and prayers Seimi, for you and your family

  71. I’m sorry.

    I hope that the simple courtesies that you describe survive into the busier and busier times we enter into.

  72. That’s a very nice tribute to your aunt Seimi.
    To be remembered with love and affection is the mark of a true human being. Something we should all aspire to.

  73. Seimi, I’m very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful sister, mom, auntie, neighbor…I hope you and your family find comfort in your memories of her.

  74. Troll,
    “then fill the pan with a sweet white wine and let simmer covered remove the lid add more garlic and keep flipping the breasts until the wine burns away into a glaze on the breasts. serve over rice.”

    What a waste!

    Go out to MacDonalds.
    Get a MacChicken sandwich (with mayo) and a large fries.
    Return home and drink the wine.
    Much easier.

  75. Thank you all for the kind words.

  76. Yes, you’re aunt Caitlin was quite a woman, her pizzas were the stuff legends are made from.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

  77. May I ask where she learned to make pizza? I remember being in Belfast a long time ago for an extended stay and craving pizza….back then (1990???) I think there was just one pizza place and I think it was called NY Pizza. I’m pretty sure it was by QU.

  78. Very sorry to hear that, Seimi.

  79. She taught herself, Mairin.

    Thanks Pete

  80. Seimi

    Sorry to hear that. There is clearly a big well of affection there.

  81. Seimi – sorry I missed that before, nice & sweet memory.

  82. Mairin, it sounds like you didn’t get around Belfast very much. Around 1990 Belfast was coming down with pizzerias, off the top of my head I can think of at least four around QUB alone.

  83. Mahons and Aileen – thank you.

    Paul – I passed on your condolences to the family.

  84. GRMMA.

  85. Very true, Paul. I seldom left West Belfast (a very specific area of WB) and because my hosts worried about me (given the times) I hardly ever went anywhere unaccompanied. Plus, I didn’t drive. I should have also said I craved NY-style pizza. More than pizza, I missed calzones and the place we went to by QU didn’t make good ones. Come to think of it…I was probably just missing NY and pizza/calzones were the best substitute.

  86. mairin2
    “I missed calzones and the place we went to by QU didn’t make good ones.”

    Calzones??

    Isn’t that Spanish for tentacles testicles?
    Sheep or goats?

  87. mairin2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq4mqCDakVQ
    Is that what you mean?

  88. Mairin, for the the pizzeria in Belfast in the nineties was on Kennedy Way in Andersonstown in west Belfast.

    A west Belfast institution;

    http://cdn.independent.ie/multimedia/dynamic/00174/goodfellas_174552t.jpg

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