I had a job interview today, so haven’t had time to write. So here’s a couple of fast and easy recipes that I can’t really fit into a whole article. One of them takes 9 hours to cook, but maybe 10 minutes prep!
The hangover preventing salad
Unlike a lot of blogs, I’m not going to provide a bunch of pseudoscience to back up this claim. However, the four times I’ve made it on coming home from a night out, I’ve not been hungover the next day.
Base measurements to your appetite
- Smoked haddock
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
Heat a medium sized pan to a medium low heat. Dice your chorizo, and throw it in, till it starts to sweat it’s juices into the pan, about 5 minutes.
While you wait for this, flake the smoked haddock into smallish pieces. Throw them in with the chorizo and stir until they start to pick up some colour from the chorizo.
Throw in some handfuls of spinach, a dash of water and balsamic and cover for a couple of minutes. Season, throw on plate and eat. Salted, tart joy.
Bloody Mary Pasta
This is a silly idea that started the other night with the idle thought that Worcester sauce is the British balsamic vinegar. My mind ran from there to Bloody Mary’s, and their similarity to a nice arrabiata pasta sauce. And so a monster was born!
- Any pasta shape you fancy
- A tin of tomatoes
- A red onion
- 2 sticks of celery
- Worcester Sauce
- Tabasco or other hot sauce
- A shot of vodka (optional)
Stick the pasta on to cook as per instructions on the packet.
Dice the onion and celery, and mince the garlic, and throw into a saucepan over a medium-low heat, with a little olive oil for 10 minutes or so, until everything has gone a little golden and soft.
Pour in the tomatoes, a healthy dose of Worcester Sauce, and as much Tabasco as you can bear. I actually used a different hot sauce- let’s be honest, Tabasco is okay, but these days there is such a wide variety of great hot sauce, it seems silly to keep going for that same one. Simmer for 10 minutes or until it tastes good to you, adding the vodka about halfway, so as not to lose all of it’s alcoholic punch.
Stir in the cooked pasta, grate over some cheese (while we have them beat with Worcester Sauce, perhaps best to stick with Parmesan… it’s just perfect). Serve and eat God’s own drink in carbalicious food form.
Simple Pulled Pork
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating- pulled pork is cheap, easy, and please stop paying hipsters £7 a go for it. It takes time. But you barely have to be there for it, so just do it.
- 1.5kg (ish) pork shoulder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
- 2 tbsp salt
- Barbecue sauce, or whatever you fancy as a sauce- something sticky though
Preheat the oven to 220c. Line a baking tray with foil leaving a large overhang.
Mix the paprika, sugar and salt, and then rub it all over the pork. Place the pork in the baking tray.
Shove in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove and turn the oven down to 120c. Wrap the joint in the foil so it’s completely sealed in, then leave in the oven for 6-8 hours, until the temperature in the middle reaches 89c when you stick a food thermometer in (THEY COST £3).
Remove the foil, turn back up to 220c and cook for 10 more minutes. Put in a bowl and cover with the foil for half an hour, then rip it up, either with two forks or your bare hands. Stir in the warmed BBQ sauce.
Serve in a bun, with some coleslaw on top.