Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Different.

We spotted an Italian and Irish  restaurant sign on our travels on Saturday  in county Kerry.  We didn't sample the culinary delights but it made me think.

Readers will know we have a very Cosmopolitan approach to food at our house.  We have at least one takeaway a week and that is usually a kebab or a Chinese  takeaway.  Some nights we will eat a stodgy beef stew, usually on a Monday.  We make curries and home made pizzas.  Sometimes we put curry paste on the top and call it a curry pizza.  Bacon and cabbage is popular.  My Irish grandparents seemed to eat it very night.  Eggs, chips and Heinz baked beans is one of my favourites.

Perhaps other restaurants should food diversify with their menus?  Why be a one trick pony food restaurant?

My dear old mother never asked us what we wanted for our tea.  We got what ever she decided.  Perhaps that's why I like hot spicy food so much.  Kebab shops and curry houses would always still open after the pubs closed and you could always get four more pints, even it was lager and you always left half your curry!

Do you have a mixed weekly menu?  I could live on kebabs, beans and sausages and eggs, chips and beans, fiery amber beef and a beef curry.  I like home made pizza too.  Onion bhaji too.  I'm making my self feel hungry
😀!



23 comments:

  1. That is certainly a cosmopolitan menu! I like the sound of the bacon and cabbage and the beef stew but I'm not sure I could manage a curry pizza.

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    2. I will post a picture of it JayCee. It's great.

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  2. Variety is the spice of life JayCee. Curry pizza gives an Asian twist to an Italian meal. Just spread some hot curry paste on top of the pizza. I believe that pizzas originate in Greece. Thanks.

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  3. I like a nice bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with a dollop of mayonnaise. The bacon must be fairly crispy but no hint of burning is allowed. I am also partial to a good curry and because our local curry takeaway house is so good we rarely visit an Indian restaurant. I would hate it if they diversified - taking their eyes off the curry ball.

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  4. Sounds good Mr Pudding. Is it President Trumps favourite sandwich? I often see European Dishes listed on Indian menus. Offering Omelette and Chips and Fish and Chips. Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in a Scottish restaurant and Mulligatawny soup was a Colonial dish invented by the English in India. Not forgetting that Vindaloo sung by Fat Les and England football fans is actually a Portuguese Colonial dish from India. So there are different cultural influences in a lot of our food. I find it difficult to think of an English vegetable apart from perhaps Celery. Most vegetables that we eat come from far away places. Thanks YP.

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    1. Our ancestors ate a wide range of nutritious - often wild vegetables and leaves and pulses long before non-native vegetables appeared on the scene. Otherwise - how could people have existed on these islands?

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    2. P.S. I don't like anything that Trump likes.

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    3. Yes I know YP. Every sandwich we buy seems to be covered in mayonnaise. I don't mind a bit but I don't like everything covered in the stuff. My dad used to ask for a plain sandwich and it still came covered in it.

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  5. Pizza originated in Greece? First I've heard of it but the majority of Greeks will tell you anything even half decent originated here. They civilised the rest of the world they say....that is the Ancient Greeks, very different stant relatives!!!
    Would love to spend a few weeks at your house eating 'normal' food!!

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  6. Yep Linda. It's on the Internet. I thinks it's the Greeks love of flat bread that inspired them. We eat well at our house.

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  7. your column made me want to try your beef curry. Any chance of getting the recipe?

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  8. Hi Jean. I have a Curried Beef recipe from an old cook book: Practical Cookery by Victor Ceserani. 500g stewing beef, 1 clove garlic,10 g curry powder, 10g tomato puree, half a litre of stock or water, 25g chopped chutneym salt, 25g dripping or use cooking oil,, 200g of onions, 10g flour, 5g dessicated coco, 10g sultanas, 50 g chopped apple, 100g rice, 1 and half litres of water.

    Trim meat and cut into pieces. Season and quickly colour in fat, add chopped onions and chopped garlic. Cover with lid and sweat. Drain off fat. Add curry powder and flour, mix in and cook out. Mix in Tom puree, gradually add hot stock, stir thoroughly, bring to boil and skim. Simmer and add rest of ingredients. Cover with lid and simmer in the oven or on top of the stove.till cooked.

    We always enjoy it and you can make it more spicy with more curry powder. Thanks Jean.

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  9. As there is only one of me, I can eat the same meal three or four more times. Fortunately, often from the freezer.

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  10. Hi Joanne. It's a good idea to keep the freezer well stocked, especially in winter. We also like to stock up on tinned food like beans and sausages, ravioli and baked beans.

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  11. Interesting question, Dave, considering I've just made a batch of chilli. Some single portions will go into the freezer, the rest will be eaten tonight. The beef came from Scotland (but it's often Irish), the tinned tomatoes came from Italy, the onion was home-grown, and according to the packaging, the chilli powder and kidney beans are both from an unspecified range of EU and non-EU countries. It will be eaten with either rice or chips. So, chilli? Mexican? Probably not in this case!! Let's just say "Influenced by ...".

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    1. Yep. You're right the veg artist. "Influenced by". I think the same about "Organic" vegetables. Why not say "Chemical free" or " Grown using Organic methods?" Do you make your chilli super hot? I am the only one in our family who likes it hot. So sometimes we have to make two lots.

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    2. Just under the 'breaking out in a sweat' point, Dave. Only two of us eat it, so it's just the one version. We are also fond of two crushed garlic cloves (each) on a portion of spag bol!

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    3. I must try the two crushed garlic cloves each. You won't getting any vampires calling😊

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  12. I could murder a curry after reading this post. I always prepared different menus when Joe was alive but now I don't prepare anything, all my food is prepared and frozen and ready for the oven. I guess if I could still go out shopping things might be different.

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  13. Hi Valerie. Tesco and Mark's and Spencer's offer online shopping and home delivery. A lot of takeaways do home delivery too. We had a pizza delivered last week for an extra two Euros. It might be worth a Google? Have you had any snow yet? We are supposed to be getting another storm on Saturday. Fourth Saturday in a row.

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