Thursday, 29 August 2013
There are exciting times on the horizons, as FishBiscuits HQ is moving to a new premises! Unfortunately, the future Fishbiscuits Mansions is currently in a bit of a state, and needs a hell of a lot of work before it is fit for human habitation. Therefore my current weapons of choice are the hammer and drill, rather than the whisk and frying pan.
Nevertheless, I still had time to put together this rather special "dish". First stop - KFC. I think most people like a bit of fried chicken now and again, whether it's a post piss-up snack, a Friday lunchtime guilty pleasure, or just a crap dinner. But today I wasn't looking for the Colonel's traditional drumsticks/thighs - I was after the "Boneless Banquet". This consists of three mini breast fillets, fries, and small box of "popcorn" chicken. You also get a drink, one side, and a dip. The price for this little lot is around £6.50, which I don't think is particularly cheap.
I needed a bread roll big enough to hold the boneless banquet (minus the pepsi, of course... I drank that on the way home). The best I could find was a large ciabatta from Asda. So I don't want to hear any nonsense about ciabatta being too posh... if you can suggest a better vessel large enough to hold the chicken and fries, I'm all ears.
There was a reasonable amount of food to start with, but when placed inside a sandwich, the banquet becomes a feast of gargantuan proportions... and I'd be lying if I said I didn't struggle to finish it.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
I used to love Salt n' Shake crisps - it's amazing how much more fun crisps seemed when the salt came in a separate sachet. But less well known were the 80s follow-up, 'Flavour 'n' Shake', where the little blue bag of salt was replaced with a pouch of powederd flavouring. I fondly remember combining different flavour sachets and pouring them into the packet, inevitably with revolting results.
So here is my homage to the Salt/Flavour 'n' Shake concept. First I made the crisps by thinly slicing potato and sweet potato, and then deep frying in vegetable oil until golden brown and very crispy.
I made the curry seasoning by roasting cumin, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, peppercorns and cardamon. I finely ground the roasted spices, and mixed in some salt and chilli powder... before putting the whole lot in a big bag and giving it a damn good shake!
Fresh home made crisps are simple, cheap, and taste bloody brilliant. I guess they could be a good opener at a dinner party, but I wouldn't really know - I just sat down with a nice cold beer in front of the TV, and scoffed the lot.