Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here's another quick meal for the lazy guy. Baked Pasta. It really doesn't get any easier.
- Cook some pasta (any kind). This typically takes about 9 minutes....if you're searching the internet for recipes you really should know how to cook the stuff ;-)
- Grab a big baking dish
- Put a base layer of your favourite sauce
- Add a layer of pasta
- Add a layer of grated cheese (in this case we used mozzarella)
- Continue until you reach the top of the bowl
- Put the dish in the oven until the cheese on top is nice a cooked
- Remove and serve (add some Parmesan & Pepper if you like)
- Serve with a simple side salad or mixed greens
This only takes about 20-25 minutes and little to no effort or clean up time.
Monday, March 8, 2010
My usual first choice when out at the pub is a local brew called Grasshopper. But when I travel I like to try whatever is local or found at the local pubs. And if I'm lucky and find one I really like I'll try to see if it's available at home. Today, you can pretty much find any beer if you're in a large enough city.
On one of my original 'man-cation' trips to the UK a friend bought me a pint of Grolsch. I wasn't sure about it. It sounded like something I would say when i drank 12 pints of it, or at least the noise i would make...after drinking 12 pints of it. But i was pleasantly surprised. By no means is this a high brow beer and I have received the side eye from some of my UK pals when I now order it (I give them the side eye back when they order Budweiser or Fosters...I mean COME ON....you live in the land of pints and you're drinking that swill ?)
It's a light tasting beer, a bit watery, that has a slight skunky smell. It's a bit stronger than a Grasshopper taste wise, but this is the type of beer that is good when sitting at a patio on a hot afternoon.
It's a bit pricey here, going somewhere in the neighborhood of 13$ for a 6-pack, but I'd say if you're looking to try something other than the usual and don't mind paying a bit more give this a go.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
My wife is a fantastic cook, and i enjoy doing my part in the kitchen as well. But, sometimes I'm just super lazy and don't have the energy to boil water let alone peel a carrot. So what to do ? A frozen pizza ? Hot Dog ? Order in ? Bother the wife to cook me something ? Nah...All of these, while good suggestions, are not a part of my new, I need to eat better and save some cash, mantra (along with the - don't bother your pregnant wife with stupid requests if you know what's good for you). So, here's a super simple thing to do for guys like me who just need something to eat and have zero energy or drive to make something out of a cookbook and also are trying to reduce spending cash and their spare tires - while maintaining good relations with the mother of your children.....
- Pull out a bag or container of mixed green salad (I assume everyone trying to be healthy has this in their 'fridge....)
- Chop a couple mushrooms and toss in...this will take seconds (wash them first) or don't add anything if you don't feel like 'chopping'
- Pull out of your freezer a bag of diveined shrimp (I just tossed mine into the sink and threw hot water on them to defrost and then peeled them and pulled the tails off...this of course was borderline too much work but I went through with it anyway)
- Toss the shrimp into a heated non stick pan with a bit of butter
- Cook until pink
- add a dash of oyster sauce
- toss onto the salad
This could be even easier if the shrimp didn't have to get peeled or if they were already cooked.