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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post

    There are two very telltale signs of a crap pub (serving food) or restaurant: 1) printed menus, laminated in plastic (because the same food is served over and over, and shows little imagination) and 2) as (1), but which contains ZILLIONS of choices of dishes, of all different types, as a) it suggests that none of it (or not much of it) is fresh, and b) the accent is on quantity, not quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    My comment was off the cuff and a 'little' flippant but even in fine dining restaurants I usually plump for something and fries (or dauphinoise at a pinch) being a big old carb monster.

    Never been that keen on salads or veg but that's probably down to the way they've been prepared/cooked/seasoned. Some of the pictures you put up of that type of food look awesome and I'm sure taste the same but your missus could probably make a welly boot taste good.
    Lol - I told her that and she's giggling away! You'll be making Grant jealous, as he likes getting all the Brownie points!

    As for the rest, mate, just different cultures. In terms of carbs, mine come largely from pasta (and rice) and yours, potatoes. Jeez, you'd have loved it if we'd known each other as kids, as with my dad owning two chippies, you'd have had ample opportunity to munch as many as you wanted, for nowt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Lol - I told her that and she's giggling away! You'll be making Grant jealous, as he likes getting all the Brownie points!

    As for the rest, mate, just different cultures. In terms of carbs, mine come largely from pasta (and rice) and yours, potatoes. Jeez, you'd have loved it if we'd known each other as kids, as with my dad owning two chippies, you'd have had ample opportunity to munch as many as you wanted, for nowt!

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    I love pasta & rice as well. With a chinese takeaway I get to have all three on the same plate - noodles, fried rice AND chips!

    I need to be careful though with my predilection for carbs I could well end up as the subject of a discovery channel documentary called 'The Essex Massive' or some such.

    Had chilli tonight but it wasn't very photogenic.

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    Lol, no worries... As I said, it's a different culture and style of eating. Even though my dad owned chippies. I never pigged out on fried foods (chips included) when it would've been so easy to have done so. Ditto with sweets and ice-cream, and all the other stuff he sold in his shops.

    We had fish and chips once a week, and the rest of the time it was very much the traditional Italian food my mum would cook, all made from scratch with fresh ingredients, which is probably mainly where my love of good food originated.

    British culture has the tendency to treat food as mainly sustenance, and that's often reflected in the consumption of stodgy foods, designed simply to fill you up, whereas in Italy it's quite different: people LIVE to eat, not EAT to live.. That means the approach to food and cooking is totally different (always quality over quantity and made with lots of LOVE and PASSION), especially where it's not untypical for families to spend hours over meals, as enjoying great food in a convivial atmosphere is the highlight of their day!

    We're also brought up to season our food well, and enhance it with garlic and fresh herbs, usually from our own gardens, and always to cook with fresh ingredients (nothing tinned or frozen unless there is no other option), and that reflects in what you mentioned about vegetables and salads. The former would be seasoned properly, often with some butter or herbs added, and crucially cooked 'al dente', not boiled to buggery, so it ends up as tasteless mush, which has tended to happen here, although things in that respect have markedly improved in recent years!

    In terms of salads, where possible they'd consist of produce from our own gardens and/or greenhouses (if you haven't tasted it before, you'd be shocked at how different tomatoes or lettuce can taste when homegrown, compared with those sold in supermarkets - just a different animal altogether), and ALWAYS topped with some sort of dressing, either just good quality olive oil, together with red or white wine vinegar (or balsamic), and ground salt and pepper, or something else that ramps up the flavour and stimulates your taste buds!

    Again, that's different from here, where it's not uncommon for salads to consist of some limp lettuce, out of a bag, and some bland-tasting supermarket tomatoes or cucumber, which really just taste of water and have no real flavour (the opposite of home-grown ones), served 'dry' with no dressing on whatsoever, and which I find completely unpalatable!

    Therefore, it's no wonder that salads and/or veg for your good self or other Brits, raised on or used to the above, aren't considered as very exciting... You guys need to learn to treat your food with more love

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    Macaroni cheese and white sourdough cob.
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    That is a very nice looking plate of food...I'd scoff that in a heart beat...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mad-moon View Post
    That is a very nice looking plate of food...I'd scoff that in a heart beat...
    it was very tasty considering what it is(mostly rice i think) Alan.
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

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    Toasted sausage sarnie with Asda date, fig & balsamic vinegar chutney. It tasted amazing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Toasted sausage sarnie with Asda date, fig & balsamic vinegar chutney. It tasted amazing!!

    looks tasty.. not had a links for a long time
    Regards,
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Gammon just out of Foodi


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