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That looks like a good girl.

Honestly, I don't know what breed she is. I do get asked if she is part pit all the time, she's a little barrel chested and walks with her paws tilted inwards.
The pound said she was a lab collie mix but that doesn't seem right at all, and I'm not paying 90 to find out.
She could be a mix of a few things. Maybe one of her parents was a mongrel too. Def looks like there might be some pit in there, but that might just be the mix of different breeds.

She's a good looking dog anyway.
 

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I've used that before. I just add some extra herbs and chilli to give it a bit more flavour.

It's good for cheap and easy italian style stews or baked eggs.
Ex-Mrs Trail was a wizard with pasta sauces. Give her a tin of tinned tomatoes and a few spices from the old spice rack and she produced bolognese sauce (and variations of) better than most shop bought stuff. Maybe I'm just a simple man, Bob, but the tomato sauces she came up with up were fab. Despite her not liking me much since we split I often wonder whether she'd knock up a sauce for me if I gave her a call.
 
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Ex-Mrs Trail was a wizard with pasta sauces. Give her a tin of tinned tomatoes and a few spices from the old spice rack and she produced bolognese sauce (and variations of) better than most shop bought stuff. Maybe I'm just a simple man, Bob, but the tomato sauces she came up with up were fab. Despite her not liking me much since we split I often wonder whether she'd knock up a sauce for me if I gave her a call.
I doubt it.

I prefer to make my own sauces, whether it's pasta, curry, or whatever. But some shop bought ones are very good, and even the bad ones are OK when you are tired.

If I'm using stuff from a jar I usually just use red pesto. It's tasty and it goes far.
 
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I doubt it.

I prefer to make my own sauces, whether it's pasta, curry, or whatever. But some shop bought ones are very good, and even the bad ones are OK when you are tired.

If I'm using stuff from a jar I usually just use red pesto. It's tasty and it goes far.
Probably likely to contradict myself here - I can't make curry sauce from scratch, having said this I haven't really had a proper try. It all looks a little daunting to me. You see the TV chefs do it and it's a great form of wizardry. Everything goes in there and it comes out looking and tasting amazing.
 
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Probably likely to contradict myself here - I can't make curry sauce from scratch, having said this I haven't really had a proper try. It all looks a little daunting to me. You see the TV chefs do it and it's a great form of wizardry. Everything goes in there and it comes out looking and tasting amazing.
It's easy enough if you are just making it to please yourself.

I just bung stuff in and me and the Mrs always like it. If I was cooking for guests I would follow a recipe.
 
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Working towards my 10 a day of fruits and veg, along with a homemade protein bar and 90% cacao chocolate.

Ten a day (around 800g) comes in at only 500-600 calories when someone eats mixed fruits and veggies.

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Being as it's the missus' birthday I've indulged in some cake. I did do a ten mile run earlier in the midday heat and have drunk more than I've eaten today so I didn't feel too guilty chucking this shit down my screech. It tasted bloody delicious.

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Eating leftovers today. I cut up a large chicken yesterday, seasoned the meat and baked it, along with my version of twice baked potato casserole.

Actually the potatoes are only baked once after being peeled, boiled and mashed up with butter, sour cream and some half & half to moisten them. To that I added cooked down onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, green onions and parsley----salt and pepper to taste. Then I mixed in some bacon bits using my home smoked bacon and cheddar plus Tex/Mex cheese blend in the potatoes and a nice layer of cheese to top the casserole. Then that is baked in the oven at 350 F until the cheese browns (about 45 minutes).
 
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Neglected to keep on top of this so this is the weekend eats. It's pretty much a one meal and a snack thing on Saturday and Sunday. I might stick a couple of images of some of the other days later.

Anyhoo, yesterday was the traditional brunch fry up but most of the components don't actually get fried. Fried eggs, roast tomato, fried potato bread and black pudding, beans, mushrooms, bacon, chipolatas and a bit of bacon crackling loitering on the eggs.

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Today was roast chicken dinner and I have to say the plates got cleared in double time on this one. Even I, a notoriously slow eater, scarfed it down in minutes because every element was absolutely on point. Potatoes crunchy on the outside, floury and fluffy inside, veg just al dente, chicken and stuffing bang on and the gravy had a sensational depth of flavour. Which is the reward for starting it yesterday by doing a chicken bone and vegetable stock base.

Better yet, there was such a quantity of surplus gravy there's now two bags of it in the freezer to seed another couple of gravies.

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Tomorrow is likely to be salmon, Jersey Royals, English asparagus (season's crop nearly exhausted now, I'd think), broccoli and Hollandaise sauce.
 

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On the catchup, this was Monday lunch. Fucked if I can recall dinner. This is getting towards the Quichwich for genius. You wanted simple, et voila. Cornish pasty with cheese melted on top, seasoned with black pepper. Fucking outrageously nice and very, very simple. Micro flat side up for a minute, turn over and do another 30 secs, take out and put on thinish cheese slices to cover, nuke again, turning as required until cheese melts.

And fucking use good mature Cheddar cheese, not cheap shite that'll slide off in a pool of grease and taste of fuck all.


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Fucked if I know what Tuesday produced dinner-wise.:lol: Luch was a donner burger and chips.

Wednesday dinner. One of my speciality salads. This one had feta rather than the usual Stilton and was the poorer for it. Friday was the same salad but with the Stilton. And was enriched by it.

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Thursday lunch: If the Quichwich wasn't enough to convince you that you are mere pismires in the shadow of a Culinary Colossus, I present you with...The Kernow Kebab. :yep :deal

That's right. You know it. Cornish pasty. With melted cheese. Seasoned with black pepper. In a motherfucking hot pitta bread. With Walkers Ready Salted crisps. Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! :rofl

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Thursday dinner. Lamb and potato curry with buttered pitta, round one. After doing the curry on the plate I went for seconds.

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Made a curry on Friday. Sauce was close to being a Rogan Josh. Bulked it out with green lentils and green veg.

Made some wraps for sat lunch. Quorn chicken in fajita mix with salad, cheese, and salsa.

Pasta with butter and green veg again for dinner on Sat night. Same as before. Shared some Rose with the Mrs.

Had a big tapas lunch on Sunday. Spanish omelette, patatas brazas, grilled padron peppers, meatballs in spicy tomato sauce, grilled halloumi in lemon, oil, and spices. Washed down with some Esyrella beer.

Had a small dinner. Just some potatoes, chicken dippers, salad, and houmous.
 
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Made a curry on Friday. Sauce was close to being a Rogan Josh. Bulked it out with green lentils and green veg.

Made some wraps for sat lunch. Quorn chicken in fajita mix with salad, cheese, and salsa.

Pasta with butter and green veg again for dinner on Sat night. Same as before. Shared some Rose with the Mrs.

Had a big tapas lunch on Sunday. Spanish omelette, patatas brazas, grilled padron peppers, meatballs in spicy tomato sauce, grilled halloumi in lemon, oil, and spices. Washed down with some Esyrella beer.

Had a small dinner. Just some potatoes, chicken dippers, salad, and houmous.
Bob, you mentioned the other day how you used a Hearty Meal Co sauce (tomato) for pasta, but correctly added stuff to it to fill out its taste. Would you do the same with a shop bought curry sauce? I've mentioned on here about my fear of making an Indian from scratch but would quite easily use a Pataks (other brands are available) and add bits to it. My only concern there though doing this is the 'new' sauce might become more expensive than, say, buying a curry from a local take out joint.
 
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Bob, you mentioned the other day how you used a Hearty Meal Co sauce (tomato) for pasta, but correctly added stuff to it to fill out its taste. Would you do the same with a shop bought curry sauce? I've mentioned on here about my fear of making an Indian from scratch but would quite easily use a Pataks (other brands are available) and add bits to it. My only concern there though doing this is the 'new' sauce might become more expensive than, say, buying a curry from a local take out joint.
I might add some extra chilli or garlic, but that's about it.

Most store bought curry sauces will have strongish flavour, it's maybe just not as nice as fresh stuff.

I wouldn't have confidence that what I added would improve the taste, but I imagine that some, more talented, cooks might be able to.
 
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On the catchup, this was Monday lunch. Fucked if I can recall dinner. This is getting towards the Quichwich for genius. You wanted simple, et voila. Cornish pasty with cheese melted on top, seasoned with black pepper. Fucking outrageously nice and very, very simple. Micro flat side up for a minute, turn over and do another 30 secs, take out and put on thinish cheese slices to cover, nuke again, turning as required until cheese melts.

And fucking use good mature Cheddar cheese, not cheap shite that'll slide off in a pool of grease and taste of fuck all.


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Fucked if I know what Tuesday produced dinner-wise.:lol: Luch was a donner burger and chips.

Wednesday dinner. One of my speciality salads. This one had feta rather than the usual Stilton and was the poorer for it. Friday was the same salad but with the Stilton. And was enriched by it.

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Thursday lunch: If the Quichwich wasn't enough to convince you that you are mere pismires in the shadow of a Culinary Colossus, I present you with...The Kernow Kebab. :yep :deal

That's right. You know it. Cornish pasty. With melted cheese. Seasoned with black pepper. In a motherfucking hot pitta bread. With Walkers Ready Salted crisps. Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! :rofl

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Thursday dinner. Lamb and potato curry with buttered pitta, round one. After doing the curry on the plate I went for seconds.

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Great pictures, to begin with. The cornish pasty looks fab. I never toyed with the idea of this combo of pasty and cheese. I always saw this as a strictly 'with chips and gravy' kind of snack; no more.

I like your idea on pitta breads with cornish pasty, it's like a pie sandwich which some often have. The addition of crisps and cheese only adds to the invention.

Pitta breads are so versatile. I'm the kind of bloke who will eat the main meals and then graze inbetween. A pack of cheap pittas, a few prawns, some salad, some chopped up meat, cheese, all kinds of shit can go in them for a snack between meals or a great supper. I often laugh at people in the shop buying 40 b*nson & Hedges complaining they can't feed their children in these hard times when there are snacks like that available. It doesn't cost a lot to feed a child if you do it correctly (fuck, it doesn't cost a lot to feed an adult if you do it correctly). I was brought up from a very working class area where there wasn't much money around, and whose parents struggled to pay the bills etc...but give my Mum three or four potatoes, couple of sausages, and a couple of other cheap additions/ingredients and my sister and me would be fed. Rinse and repeat the following day with four or five other cheap ingredients and the following day was the same.

I don't have children (well, not to my knowledge) but I know for sure if I did I could feed the fuckers on a lot less that three or four Happy Meals a week. Take aways in my childhood house were VERY few and far between and usually reserved for a late Friday night and for my parents, and that maybe happened once every three months. My sister and me were never bothered for take away as we were always fed well through the day, so weren't hungry at night.

On a slightly related note - I live in a small village (not a leafy suburb village), alone. There are nine options for take out foods within a half hour walk. There's also a McD and a KFC on the main roads if you're prepared to walk ten minutes on top of that. Fuck, I could quite easily go through £75/80 worth of take out food a week just feeding me. I'm the kind of fucker who will buy one Chinese meal and eat it two days though, not because I'm tight, mainly because I've had breakfast and dinner before my tea so by the time it gets to 7pm I'm not usually that hungry to plough through a massive Chinese, chips, rice and a curry sauce.

Last take out I had was April, end of - Chicken Chow Mein (cultured old me), chips and curry sauce. Fed me twice...though the chips were tough the day after. £8.30. £4.15 a meal. Could have fed myself for a week on a tenner almost. Some folk don't see it.

Right, I'm off my high horse.
 
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I might add some extra chilli or garlic, but that's about it.

Most store bought curry sauces will have strongish flavour, it's maybe just not as nice as fresh stuff.

I wouldn't have confidence that what I added would improve the taste, but I imagine that some, more talented, cooks might be able to.
Watching Indian folk prepare food is sweet, how the fuck do they manage that?

Related - watch the Rick Stein Mexico thing (it's on iPlayer as it's currently getting rerun from a couple of years ago) their food is ace, and so simple to make it seems.
 
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It's also worth noting that you can get a lot of good dried herbs and spices quite cheaply, and they go a long way.

The world foods section of your supermarket usually has cheaper spices than the main spice section in the shop. They are often better too.
 
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It's also worth noting that you can get a lot of good dried herbs and spices quite cheaply, and they go a long way.

The world foods section of your supermarket usually has cheaper spices than the main spice section in the shop. They are often better too.
I'll keep an eye out, Bob. It's always worth checking out the aisles in supermarkets that no-one tends to go down, that's where the diamonds are found.

I remember years ago there used to be a Chinese wholesalers/supermarket in my local town (Donny) - it looked just like a shop but was just basically sacks full of stuff to put in Chinese and other cuisines all over the place, and tins of foreign shit you couldn't find in the local supermarket. The public could shop there, no trade card needed. It was dirt cheap, and if you knew what to do with the stuff you were onto a winner. This was pre-internet days, so obviously you would have had to have 'known' or bought a book.

On a slightly related note - considering we're in a Pandemic thrift thread, it's worth noting that if you can afford it then £30 at Sainsbury's tastes better than £30 at Tesco, though obviously you won't get as much bang for your buck. If you're not going down the gourmet route and are buying stuff to make then you can often make it taste better than other places. I'm no snob (I draw the line at going to fucking Waitrose) but often £50 spent in a local Sainsbury is money well spent - obviously on their own range stuff, the brand stuff is just plainly more expensive. I'm quite happy to find an @ant-man like bargain anywhere though, sometimes you have to trawl, often a very fruitful venture, especially just before the stores close.
 
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The wife came home with a beautiful slab of fresh salmon yesterday that she got from Costco and I brined it for a few hours then dried it to let it rest in the fridge uncovered overnight and I just got done setting up my smoker to cold smoke it for 12 hours today. By 7 tonight I will pull it and then thinly slice it to snack on.

My homemade smoker is ideal for this since I can use it 2 ways, as a cold smoker with a hot plate in a smaller side box and smoke piped to it via a piece of gutter downspout with an elbow that keeps the smoker box under 100 degrees F. or put my charcoal pan directly in the smoke box and load it with charcoals and hardwood for hot smoking/cooking.

I did some cold smoked bacon made from a pork belly I brined for several days a week ago and it is killer.
 

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On a slightly related note - considering we're in a Pandemic thrift thread, it's worth noting that if you can afford it then £30 at Sainsbury's tastes better than £30 at Tesco, though obviously you won't get as much bang for your buck. If you're not going down the gourmet route and are buying stuff to make then you can often make it taste better than other places. I'm no snob (I draw the line at going to fucking Waitrose) but often £50 spent in a local Sainsbury is money well spent - obviously on their own range stuff, the brand stuff is just plainly more expensive. I'm quite happy to find an @ant-man like bargain anywhere though, sometimes you have to trawl, often a very fruitful venture, especially just before the stores close.
Sainsburys is on my daily running route T. I shit you not, every SINGLE time I run past that place there are 30-40 schmucks OR MORE queuing outside. It's like they take a flask and make a day of it. "What shall we do today? Let's go to Sainsburys and queue for food like they do in Russia". Motherfuckers. I won't do it. They lost a customer. I WILL NOT queue to get into a shop. :nono
 
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