Friday, 20 February 2009

What's for dinner Dad?

Is it just me that struggles with what on earth I'm going to cook for dinner? I was flicking through my recipe books this morning trying to find something that might tempt my taste buds when my Dad got in touch for a blether (Good Scottish word for a chat just in case you didn't know). We were chatting away about how he's getting on with his latest book when he remembered that he had a link to send to me. Now, I am really lucky that both my parents have a passion for cooking which, although it took a while, has rubbed off on me so it was with utter delight that I received the link he sent. I now know what I'm going to make for dinner tonight.....and if your struggling for inspiration then here is my Dad showing you how to make his Five-Spice Spare Ribs followed by Korean Barbecued Chicken. Let me know if you make it :-)

22 comments:

  1. Your dad is lovely - I couldn't get the link to his site to load but I did watch the video. His recipes do sound good. We have lunch in our house - gone native you see - and our evening meal is just a very light snack.

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  2. French Fancy - Awwww, thanks hon...I'm sure he'll be pleased to hear that :-). His recipes are good....I've made ribs before but had forgotten all about them. They are well worth having a go at....perhaps you could have them for lunch :-)

    C x

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  3. I loathe cooking and really admire people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I struggle on with simple fresh food dishes but we do need inspiration from time to time!

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  4. Lindsay - I used to be the same...but now I absolutely love cooking and find it a really good way of relaxing. I like having a go at complicated things (only if no-one is coming round) but I do love the kind of cooking where you bung everything into a pot and leave it for a couple of hours!!

    C x

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  5. What a cool dad you have.

    I'm going to have to try and make that too.

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  6. Don't get me started. I have terrible trouble with meals as the welshman is unbelievably fussy and won't eat any of the things normal people eat.

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  7. Debs - He did the video to go along with an article that was being published about his China thrillers. I'm very proud of him!!

    You must have a go....both recipes are fab....I'm actually in the process of making the ribs as I type!!

    Helen - Eeek, that must be difficult!!! Do you sneak things in so he doesn't know that they are there? (I do that with Chris and courgettes)

    C x

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  8. Looks great, but I won't be cooking it as we're both vegetarians. (Very happy for other people to eat meat, though; just don't want to do it ourselves.)

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  9. Queenie - I was vegetarian for about three months whilst I was at university...when I started having dreams about chicken I decided that perhaps it wasn't right for me!!

    C x

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  10. What a great dad! Do you think he would mind adopting some more children, even thirty-cough year old ones?

    I've often thought of a random recipe program for the computer. The idea would be you'd fill out what you have left in the fridge and the cupboards, choose from hard, adventurous or Jamie Oliver and click a button. It would choose a random recipie for you, print it out and you could get going.

    Of course, being me, I wouldn't stop there. I'd have to programme robotic arms to do the mixing, conveyer belts to fetch the ingredients out of the fridge. These helpers would then hide themselves when the other half comes in, leaving you merrily stirring the contents of a wok.

    "Cooked up a storm again darling?" "You betcha."

    How's about that for a slice of fried gold?

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  11. Your dad is a man of many talents. And he has such a great voice!

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  12. A great accent eh. you cannot beat a good blether, I bet you are proud.

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  13. Yum! Chopper does most of the supper cooking in our house so I am going to steer him to this post and if I am lucky I will come home to find it on the menu one night this week.

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  14. The Accidental Fan - Hehehe....I think he may say that he has enough on his hands with one thirty-cough daughter!!

    I think your random recipe generator is a brilliant idea....LOL at 'or Jamie Oliver' but think you may have gone a wee bit far with the whole robotic arm thing!!

    Lane - hehehehe I sound just the same....except...I have a slightly higher voice since I'm a girl :-)

    Blu - Chris has a very strong Scottish accent and people say that once he's had a few drinks they only manage to understand half of what he's saying....they are not missing much really!! (oooh, he's going to kill me for writing that!!)

    DJ - You must!!! The ribs are best if marinaded overnight but are still damn tasty if only left for a few hours (I marinaded mine for about four hours on Friday and they were yummy!!).

    C x

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  15. Crumbs, that does look good. I'm going to cook more, I've decided - he has totally inspired me! He should have his own show for sure.

    I lurve the way he says 'marinade'...

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  16. There's a well-deserved award waiting for you at my place

    x

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  17. Spiral - The best thing about them is that they are really tasty but actually quite easy to make :-)

    LOL, the way he says marinade drives me bonkers!!

    French Fancy - Ooohhh an award....I shall be right over :-)

    C x

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  18. C! You naughty person! You actually upped the ante on my joke! I've just been crying with laughter for the last five minutes!

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. The Accidental Fan - hehehehehe....couldn't resist!!

    C x

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  20. I AM still in the room, you know. I can hear you!! Marinade - pronounced "marr-in-add" is a French word, the noun from the word (faire) mariner, to marinate (pronounced as written). It is pronounced the same as similar words of French derivation such as "promenade" and "tapenade". And, Carol, it doesn't take my pronunciation to drive you bonkers - you've been that way for years!

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  21. Dad - LOL....you wouldn't want a nice normal boring daughter would you....were would the fun be in that!!!

    C x

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  22. Hi I just came across your blog via Caroline. I now have that dilema since my Mum died and I stay with my Dad. Thinking what to have for dinner. I have always wanted a good recipe for spare ribs so a big THANKS to your Dad.

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