Posts Tagged ‘food’

Yes, more politics… I promise I’ll stop, sometime… but this time there’s hardly a tone of seriousness about this blog post! After watching the election coverage the other night, I have been inspired by some of the frivolous independent parties, and before I continue with my plans, I’d like to give some kudos to some of my favourites.

Obviously when you mention frivolous parties, the first to come to mind is The Monster Raving Loony Party who have always been brilliant, with manifesto pledges such as “introduce a 99p coin to save on change”.

One of my favourites during this election, was Mad Cap’n Tom, whose strongest policy was a pledge to “Fix broken Britain”… “A free roll o’ duct tape, sent t’all homes”.

And an extra special mention goes to Derek Jackson from The Landless Peasant Party, who I’m not quite sure if they’re frivolous or not, or at least if that was the intention… but he held his fist in a defiant gesture throughout the announcement of the result, and Gordon Brown’s five minute speech.

Eventually, he put his hand down

Eventually, he put his hand down

But now… the time has come, the time has come for me to reveal the name of my political party which will run in the local election next year in my area. Brace yourselves, I think you’re going to like it…



Yes, what else could I call my political party? I had considered The Birthday Party and The Surprise Party, but when I thought of “The Dinner Party” I knew I had found the name, and nothing could change my mind. Although, slightly more important than the name of the party, is my manifesto. Please bare in mind, that as a new party, I am still working on the manifesto, but here are the key pledges.

  1. McDonald’s to be abolished. The Dinner Party’s stance on McDonald’s can be summed up in three words, “Absolutely terrible filth”, and feel it our duty to have the curse upon the UK abolished, and can only hope that all over governments worldwide see that this is an important step towards a brighter future.
  2. 40% taxation on all microwave convenience foods. Once again, The Dinner Party’s stance on microwave meals is very similar towards our stance on McDonald’s, in the fact there is no need, and no excuse for microwave meals. People may say they don’t have time to cook, yet there are many recipes that can be made in the same amount of time it takes to heat up a Weight Watchers Chicken Korma with Pilau Rice.
  3. Come Dine With Me to revisit the city of Preston. Many fans of hit reality TV series, “Come Dine With Me”, agree that the Preston episode was one of the best, with characters such as Dawn Barry, who was constantly drunk, sick and at her own dinner party, fell asleep and left her guests to finish the cooking.
  4. Egg cartons to come with cooking instructions. Sadly it seems that even though the good saint, Delia Smith tried her best to educate people on the basics of cookery, people still don’t know how to boil an egg, we call for instructions printed on the inside of the lid of cartons of eggs, explaining all different cooking methods, including both stages of hard boiled (gooey and solid).

The Dinner Party has a recipe to make Britain great, again!!

If you would like to stand in your local election as a candidate for The Dinner Party, please leave a comment below, and remember, that it is entirely free to stand in local elections, there are no financial obligations, however any leaflets printed, will have to be paid for by the candidate, as I cannot subsidise you, when I have to buy some vanilla pods tomorrow.


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Ahh, Bank Holiday Mondays, eh?! A time for doing the gardening, and watching James Bond films and nursing a hangover… well, I’ve not done any of these. My dad decided to be a massive cliché and do gardening… for a change, but me, did I have a hangover to nurse?, alas not. I think the last time I went out was December last year, and the last time I was hungover?, not a clue. And as for James Bond, I once watched a James Bond film when I was a nipper, didn’t like it, and it’s never appealed to me. It’s a bit macho I think, and I’m far from being macho.

So I spent most of today in bed, and I’ve spent all of today in my PJ’s, surely that’s what bank holidays are for? Lazing about the house?

After being a bit of an accidental vegetarian over the weekend, having a Beetroot and Wild Garlic Risotto on Saturday, and home made Egg Fried Rice last night, I decided I needed to eat an animal, and the options were sausages (with a dubious pork quantity, my dad tends to buy crap sausages), or tinned tuna. So, tinned tuna it was. As I’ve already established, bank holidays are made for lazing about, and comfort food is the best when in this mood, so I knocked up a Tuna Pasta Bake! Hooray!!

Tuna Pasta Bake

Ingredients :

  • 1 tin of tuna chunks in oil
  • 200g pasta
  • 1/2 a pint of milk
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • handful of chives, chopped finely
  • Worcester sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 20g butter
  • 20g flour
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • handful of crushed Soured Cream and Onion Kettle Chips (optional)

Method :

  1. Boil the pasta as to the packet instructions, but cook a few minutes under
  2. Make a roux, by gently melting the butter, and then adding the flour to the butter. The molten butter should not be too hot. Beat the roux for a few minutes with a wooden spoon, to cook out the flour.
  3. Gradually add the milk to the roux, starting with a little splash to let it down, eventually adding more each time.
  4. Allow the white sauce to thicken, and then add salt, pepper and  dash of Worcester sauce to taste.
  5. Add the chopped chives and grated cheese, and stir into the sauce.
  6. Stir the tuna through the pasta, and then add the cheese and chive sauce.
  7. Transfer the tuna pasta bake mixture into a suitable baking dish.
  8. Add a handful of crushed kettle chips, crushed for a cheeky bit of crunch, and a grating of Parmesan cheese, and bake for half an hour at around 150 degrees centigrade.

And there we go, for me the real comfort food aspect of this dish is the crushed crisps on the top of the bake!

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