Karl Pilkington

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.

Recipe books

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.

Hummus

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.

Movies

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
Scarface
Carlito’s Way
The Departed
The Untouchables
Goodfellas
Short Circuit
Flight of the Navigator
Wargames
Another Earth
Terminator
Terminator 2
Shaun of the Dead
Gone in 60 Seconds
The Italian Job
The Motorcycle Diaries
American Gangster
Silence of the Lambs
Monster
Donnie Brasco
The Godfather
Scent of a Woman
No Country for Old Men
Warriors
Dead Man’s Shoes
Easy Rider
Premium Rush
The Dark Knight
Forrest Gump
Philadelphia
Green Mile
Catch Me If You Can
Crimson Tide
Hunt for Red October
K-19 Widowmaker
Flight
Armageddon
Phone Booth
Tigerland
8mm
Wolf of Wall Street
Shawshank Redemption
Pay It Forward
The Man In The White Suit
Brief Encounter
The Thief
Snatch
Home Alone
Collateral
Jarhead
Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum
51st State
Taken
Braveheart
Love Actually
Notting Hill
Margin Call
Bladerunner
Valkyrie
Die Hard 1 & 3
Shadow Dancer
ET

TV Programmes

The Office
Extras
Porridge
Open All Hours
Alan Partridge (all)
Breaking Bad
Ally McBeal
Baywatch
Fresh Prince
Phoenix Nights
That Peter Kay Thing
Some Mothers Do Ave Em
Only Fools and Horses
Fawlty Towers
The Good Life
Father Ted
The Royle Family
Men Behaving Badly

Standup

Peter Kay
Steve Coogan

Things I Haven’t Seen But Would Like To

Schindler’s List
Top Gun
Sopranos
Psycho
The Great Escape
Rebel Without a Cause