I decided to make these little beauties after Anna and I had been out for food before and, because they were fried in the same oil as other things, they were unable to guarantee that they would be gluten free.
Because I don’t work in a commercial kitchen, it was pretty easy to make sure that ours were. And they were also pretty damn delicious. They were crispy on the outside and I cooked them just long enough to keep them crunchy on the inside too, with a little bit of softness so it wasn’t like just eating battered courgettes. Because that doesn’t sound like fun at all.
When you’re talking about healthy food, the word “fried” immediately turns people’s noses up.
Well, it shouldn’t.
Frying food can be healthy! Yeah, that’s right. I said it! Fried food won’t kill you. It’s all in the execution.
The reason it can be quite unhealthy is that people often do it wrong. Cooking at a low temperature or overcrowding the pan means that the intrinsic aspect of frying food is lost. Done right, even deep frying can be healthy…ish.
I was never really that into coleslaw before I met The Noodle. Even before she realised she may be slightly intolerant to gluten, she was one of those godawful weirdos who has coleslaw INSTEAD of a burger bun. Yeah, you read that right. Instead…
Not next to….
Not in the bun…
Why I didn’t just pack up my stuff and call it a day is beyond me… oh yeah, I was in the middle of Africa. She timed that little revelation perfectly. Damn her.
As you well know, I have been tasked with creating and sharing some rum cocktails using a wonderful bottle of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum. I’ll be honest, this was a little bit more difficult than I first envisioned.
I have long enjoyed spiced rum over ice, maybe with a slice of lime (if I’ve remembered to pick some up on my travels) and that will do for me. I am a man of simple tastes.
But I was asked very nicely to do this and, come Hell or high water, I am going to do a damn fine job of it.
As I said in the previous blog post, for National Rum Day my guests demanded that I made a meal which was:
- Somehow pirate related
- Gluten Free
I knew that I was going to aim for somewhere in the Caribbean area for my recipes as I had just arrived on Nassau in Black Flag and that’s pretty much my only good frame of reference for pirates.
I really wanted to make a Mojito marinated grilled fish, but that violated rule 2. So I had a think, drank some rum (obviously), assassinated some people (in the game, don’t worry) and set about making my Bahamian-inspired, vegan curry and rice.
Ahoy, Land Lubbers!
Are you prepared for National Rum Day this year?
I am! Although, I do have to profess that I was given somewhat of a headstart by the lovely people over at Captain Morgan’s when they sent me a delicious bottle of their Original Spiced Rum and asked me to… drink it. They were pretty laid back about the whole affair, to be honest.
They just wanted me to have a good time and let all of you scurvy dogs know how to make the most out of this holiday with a bottle of fine grog.
As you may know, I recently had a leaving party at my mothers. There was Gin. Remember?
So, this is the reason for my leaving party. I have left Scunthorpe (the place I used to live), crossed the border and arrived, bags in tow, in Edinburgh. My home for the foreseeable future.
Before I… well, before I pad this out into an actual blog post, I would just like to thank a few people who made this possible.
Similar to the Martini, this is one of those classic gin cocktails which boils down to drinking lightly flavoured spirits. It’s usually made with just sweetened lime juice and a boat load of Gin. I thought I’d think outside the box and give it a much more British, summery feel with the inclusion of a splash of homemade Cucumber and Mint syrup.
I’m not being deliberately obtuse in my choice of drinks. I didn’t want this to be a pedestrian, prosaic blog post about gin. Essentially, I didn’t want to talk to you like you’re idiots. You know how to make a Gin and Tonic. What I wanted was to help elevate your drinks so that next time you’re at a party or cocktail evening, you can start pulling these out the bag like it’s no big deal.
This has long been one of my favourite Summer cocktails. Occasionally, with a fruity cocktail you end up with a glass of saccharine goop. The joy of the Bramble is that it balances the sweetness of using Creme de Cassis (or Creme de Mure) with the tartness of red berries and lemon juice. Again, this one is usually a stronger one but it doesn’t do any damage to put a splash of soda water in to lighten the tone.