In the world of food some things were simply meant for each other. In fact some food items are so compatible it’s a bit of a mystery why God didn’t just save some time and bring them into existence in their final, delicious form.
Take, for example, bacon sandwiches and tomato ketchup. No one would even consider one without the other, so why bother producing them as separate things? And lamb with mint jelly. What else can you do with mint jelly except eat it with lamb?
And so the list of inseparable foods goes on – cheese and pickle, steak and scallops, chocolate and jelly beans…I’m stopping now before I start chewing the keyboard.
However you can go too far. Sometimes a food combination sounds better than it tastes. For example ‘Chocolate Chilli’.
When I started this blog I had no idea where I was going with it. And I still don’t. Apparently best practice dictates you have a theme. And you stick to it. So you get food blogs. You get travel blogs. Photography. Films. Books. Politics. And so on. I started by trying to be funny. That didn’t work.
So then I did a post where I made a chicken curry using a Chinese curry paste. And I got loads of likes and comments. So I carried on. But food blogs are dangerous. You eat what you make. And I don’t really do exercise posts.
So the Happiness Stan Blog has turned into a kind of food blog liberally sprinkled with observations about what is going on in the small world it lives in. It’s not an Epicurian’s delight. I cheat and cut corners where ever possible. Take Thai Curry for example. You can (and I have) create the curry paste from scratch – chop the chillis, peel the lime grass etc. Or just buy a jar of ready made and be done with it:
After cooking Rib Roast I had a not inconsiderable amount of beef to deal with. So I decided on chilli for the first leftover dish. I think if I eat any more beef I’m going to grow horns and/or start lactating. Nice thought. Anyway we always served chilli with rice over here so I thought I’d try something different and attempted cornbread.
I had some duck left over from the other day. And I love hoisin sauce. So it made perfect sense to put the two together. Again. Like a kind of redux (sic). Think Apocalypse Now for those who know their movies.