Wild Mushroom and Chicken Pasta with Crispy Sage and Zucchini

mushroom and chicken pasta

All great ideas are inspired by a muse, sometimes that muse is less than motivational. Your work week has been hectic, you’re tired and you’re hungry; the last thing you want to do when you get home is think up a culinary masterpiece. You want something simple, but delicious, perhaps with some leftovers for your lunch the next day.

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Smoked and Blackened Barbecue Chicken with Slow Roast Sweet Potatoes

barbecue chicken

Fire is a wondrous chemical reaction that has literally shaped Homo Sapiens into what we are today. It gave us the ability to eat things that would normally be inedible and makes things that are edible even when raw more readably available to be digested. Take the potato for instance; this starchy tuber of the hemlock family will make you quite ill if was ingested raw, not to mention pathogenic bird meats that will down right kill you with Cinderella… sarsaparilla…I mean, salmonella.

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The Culinary Barbarian’s Sherry Chicken Pie

sherry chicken pie

Sherry; that fortified wine sipped by senior citizens in small stemmed glasses or guzzled from brown bags under bridges by varicose vagrants. Sherry is produced the world over, but only those wines that originate from the Cadiz province can take they name Sherry, all others must take the name Apera.

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Satiating, Wholemeal Sweet Potato Gnocchi recipe

sweet potato gnocchi recipe

What is a dumpling? The definition varies; some say it can be made of flour, others potatoes, maybe even rice or bread. It can be a ball of dough or a thin piece of pastry. It may have a filling and contain cheese or meat or vegetables, or it may stand alone. You can fry it, boil it, bake it, steam it, and stew it. In essence, a dumpling is whatever the hell you want it to be. You could just about fling a bowling ball into a hammock and call it a dumpling if only you can find a unique way to serve it.

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“Pulled Pork Pie with Pureed Peas” or “Alliteration Pie”

pulled pork pie

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers and Betty Botter bought some butter, but it made her batter bitter, but Betty Botter was a bitter batter baker, and Peter Piper, a forgetful forager and truly neither were triumphant at their traditional trades. Perhaps if Betty Botter and Peter Piper had pooled their possessions to better their baking, then their businesses would be booming. When baking with pickled and preserved produce what’s principle is a balance of sweet, savoury and spicy seasonings, cased in a cracking crispy, crumbly crust. 

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Oxymoronic Chocolate Stout Osso Bucco with Pearl Barley and Leeks

osso bucco

Once while absently attending the isles of my local liquor warehouse I purposely stumbled upon a glimmering black bottle. Apathetically intrigued as I vacantly viewed the description on the label which read “Double Chocolate Stout” I placed it into my basket with controlled abandon. I pondered in wondering certainty as to what I was to expect from the bottles contents; to me the sound of chocolate and beer were like chalk and cheese and yet if this brew could satiate my thirst it would be a minor miracle. 

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Mind Your Manners Moussaka

Moussaka

Greece. You couldn’t find a place in Europe with more history and culture. This is the birthplace of the founders of Western Civilisation. Philosophers such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. A region of temples and architecture, mathematics and sciences. The Greeks taught the Mediterranean aristocracy; Greeks during the Roman Empire were the crème de la crème of tutors and were the architects of the libraries of Alexandria.

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Tequila – THE Margarita Recipe

margarita recipe

Ancient Aztec Warriors, wielding weapons of obsidian, outfitted in armour of animal skins. Spanish Conquistadores, controlled by kings and queens to capture and colonise Mesoamerican Men in search of gold and glory. Revolutionary’s wrapped in bandoliers of bullets and sun-shading sombreros, seizing sizable haciendas from Henchmen and despicable Dons to protect the proletariat.

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Chickpea and Lamb Tagine with Saffron Pilaf

lamb tagine

North Africa, there are fewer places on the planet with more history. It is home to Rome’s greatest rival, The Empire of Carthage. The Empire’s greatest hero Hannibal, the general not the cannibal, marched his army of Phoenician Regular Troops, and European Mercenaries and elephants across the Alps to attack the Latin capital. Sure, it didn’t work well, the Romans eventually defeated them, razed Carthage and salted the earth so that nothing would ever grow again, but I say it just adds more seasoning to their dishes.

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