Anyone who has spent more than 30 minutes with me will have heard about KP. I truly believe him to be the funniest man alive. Some of the choicest titbits of this modern day genius:
* proposing that everyone have a little badge saying “KP looks after me” if he was Prime Minister
* giving his girlfriend of nearly two decades a pat on the head before leaving for work and, when asked if he loves her, saying “yeah, you’re all right”
* having a pet magpie called Maggie in his youth, who used to peck his head and the tyres on his Grifter
* inventing words and phrases like “glunge,” “flumpf” and “willy nillily”
* too many funny and ludicrous stories to mention, like baguettes being invented so Napoleon’s army could fit food down their trouser legs, and the monkey, named “Number 46″ who drove to Spain (not to mention the monkey who robbed a bank).
To find out more about this comedy legend, have a look at pilkipedia.co.uk or search on YouTube.
I used to have a cupboard full of recipe books. I hardly ever looked at any of them, and when I did, I mostly just salivated over the recipes without actually cooking anything. I moved out of a property in 2010 and left the books in the kitchen cupboard. By the time I realised, it was much too late to do anything about it.
Now, I have only three recipe books:
“A Girl Called Jack,” by Jack Monroe (ISBN 978-0-718-17894-9)
“The Pauper’s Cookbook,” by Jocasta Innes (ISBN 0-7112-2240-1)
“Ma Cuisine,” by Auguste Escoffier (ISBN 0-7493-0955-5).
The Jack Monroe book is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. Most things I eat come from there. It has lots of vegan recipes, but also has meaty and veggie stuff too. I can’t wait to get Jack Monroe’s new book, which came out not long ago. Many of her recipes are available on her blog at agirlcalledjack.com. But the book, though, if you can afford it – it’s totally worth it. It’s only about seven pounds brand new.
I cooked from “Pauper” for the first time today – spicy chickpeas. Very nice. Served it with lemon juice, peas and toast and marmite.
I haven’t cooked from the Escoffier yet, but am looking forward to it very much. It doesn’t have much that’s vegan, but what is there looks great.
You can never have too much hummus, right? Here is my recipe:
2 cans chickpeas (boiled for 20 mins)
4 cloves garlic (or more to taste)
6 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
12 tbsp olive oil (trust me!)
optional: salt and pepper, fresh herbs, other stuff that the shops put in like peppers, coriander, etc
When the chickpeas are done just mash it all up. No blender needed. Garlic press will make it a lot easier (about £2 in IKEA).
This is adapted from a recipe by Laura Vitale (see laurainthekitchen.com). I tend to find that her recipes aren’t quite right straight out of the gate, but she has lots of great ideas that you can take and run with.
A light-hearted post before I get all serious. Here are my movie and TV recommendations:
***Frances Ha*** (my favourite film)
***Taxi Driver*** (my second favourite film)
Rust and Bone
Flight of the Navigator
Shaun of the Dead
Gone in 60 Seconds
The Italian Job
The Motorcycle Diaries
Silence of the Lambs
Scent of a Woman
No Country for Old Men
Dead Man’s Shoes
The Dark Knight
Catch Me If You Can
Hunt for Red October
Wolf of Wall Street
Pay It Forward
The Man In The White Suit
Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum
Die Hard 1 & 3
Open All Hours
Alan Partridge (all)
That Peter Kay Thing
Some Mothers Do Ave Em
Only Fools and Horses
The Good Life
The Royle Family
Men Behaving Badly
Things I Haven’t Seen But Would Like To
The Great Escape
Rebel Without a Cause