Recipes for the Lads is ideal for the lads who don’t want to buy 500 herbs and spices and spend hours preparing and cooking a meal.
Easy to cook meals that pretty much anyone can prepare and cook. If you fancy a career as a chef and plan to start your training here or are very particular only to eat organic, locally sourced, non processed food then this probably isn’t for you. If you just want to learn how to eat a bit better or want to impress the new girlfriend with a few ‘cheat meals’ then recipes for the lads is for you.
An ideal cheap and simple Pasta Bake meal that costs less than a fiver and will be ‘ready to eat’ in around 45 minutes. Just pop down your local supermarket grab a jar of sauce, a pack of pasta and some cheese and you’re on your way.
Total Cost: £3.55(£4.55 with sausage) – Asda– 19/03/17
You don’t need a barbecue this summer. Be brave, and just stick your steak naked straight on to the charcoals – you’ll get 100 times more flavour
Dirty food, to most people, is burgers served in doughnuts, deep-fried birthday cakes or some diabetes-inducing culinary challenge served in a hubcap. Thankfully, we’ve moved on. It’s no longer 2014. This summer, for me, is going to be all about dirty barbecue. This has nothing to do with the other dirty food. This is way more literal. The late, great Josh Ozersky cooked me some dirty steaks last year. If I’m honest, Ozersky had had a few bourbons and they could have been a little better, but he learned this trick from my mentor and US barbecue guru Adam Perry Lang, who also taught me a few years ago. He calls it “clinching”.
Dirty cooking is awesome in its simplicity. Instead of using fancy grills and barbecues, just grill the food directly in or on the hot charcoal. The most important thing is to use decent charcoal. Don’t use cheap briquettes anddispense with chemical lighter fuels, too. Get some nice charcoal online or from your local butcher that is made from wood and not much else – there are plenty of companies that sell additive-free briquettes. You don’t even really need a barbecue, just charcoal, air and something to cook. If you have a normal barbecue, use that without the grill. Or you could “acquire” something like a metal shopping basket, placed on a few house bricks and filled with charcoal. You could probably use a cake cooling tray on some concrete or an old colander. Be innovative. All you need is something to put the charcoal in, air to get to the coals and a base that won’t go up in flames.