Bar B Quickies

Hi guys

Its that bar-b-q time of year again folks and the real signal that summer is on its way…
Right dust off the bar-b-q and roll it out into the back garden get the gloves on and get scrubbing… Use a good strong brush so and pick up a good bar-b-q cleaner at your local diy store.

Here are a few quick marinades for any chicken you are cooking on the bar-b-q. Like all marinades they need the meat to rest in a fridge for at least 4 hours to really get the flavours into the meat.

Classic Honey and mustard

Simplest of all of them…. just add some runny honey onto the chicken then mix in some full wholegrain mustard (I like the whiskey and whole grain mustard by Lakeshore…and you done. Wrap them in tin foil to prevent the honey blackening the meat before its fully cooked. (works great on sausages also bye the way)

Franks & Ketchup

Yep why not have em together ? Just mix 3 times the Franks Hot Sauce to -1 time ketchup add a teaspoon of smoked paprika and you will be hooked

Whiskey Sour Chicken (I don’t even like whiskey…Honest!)

Juice from 2 Lemons, thumb size ginger, desert spoon of honey- 1 shot/two caps of whiskey (optional add some lazy chili from the jar to heat it up)

Barbcue Chicken Marinated

Mens Shed Pizza

lamb kebab pizza

lamb kebab pizza

Wow, this ticks all the boxes…

So the name comes from the gang of 16 lads I play tennis with every Thursday. Well I say play tennis with but actually its more of an excuse to pop out for one or two beers to be honest. No Thursday would be complete without the obligatory pizza served up by the friendly guys behind the bar. It has been mentioned that the ultimate pizza would be a kebab pizza. So I tried this out and yep I reckon it is indeed the ultimate pizza !

Buy a fresh pizza dough prepared to bake in the oven most supermarkets have them.

Roll it out according to the packets instructions and let it relax.

Fry 150 grams of lamb mince with some lazy garlic until cooked through (10 mins max)

Get your smallest pot and gradually heat a table spoon of harissa paste or use a mix of 1 tea spoon of smoked paprika, 1 of chilli powder and half tea spoon of cumin powder all together.(no oil needed). Pour 300 mls of tomato passata into the pot add a pinch of salt and stir well.

Using a dessert spoon slowly pour the the spicy sauce onto the pizza base.

Now throw on the minced lamb.

Add some chopped red onions and green peppers.

For the garlic sauce finely chop 3 garlic cloves add to some 3 desert spoons of natural yogurt and a teaspoon of olive oil and blend all together with a half a fist full of chopped herbs (parsley is best). Now splash it all over the pizza to your taste.

Bang! There ya go. Mens Shed Pizza….


Whats your favourite snack ?

favourite snack

Whats your favourite snack?

Hi Guys

Just interested to know what you all love tucking into when you are looking for a snack?

Why don’t you let me know and I will see if I can come up with an improved version that you would like…Ya never know.

So please respond.


Fast and Furious Stir Fry

chicken mushroom broccoli stir fry

chicken mushroom broccoli stir fry

Ok, those of you who play golf will be familiar with a rescue club. The one club that gets you out of a bad lye or knock it down (if you play like me)…

Well this stir fry is my rescue club in the kitchen.

If I’m running late and under pressure for time but need to get some hot grub on the table fast – remember no take aways!

Kids love it and it’s healthy and substantial too!

Heat the wok up  (to max heat). Chop up the meat into strips. (chicken is perfect)

Chop up some mushrooms red onions/spring onions broccoli twigs

Now add in a half a desert spoon of coconut oil ( best for stir frys)

Throw in the chicken after about 2 mins sprinkle in about 1 teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice and the same amount of lazy garlic.

Now throw in the chopped veg add in some some Soy sauce (about 2 desert spoons)

Finally if you think your hard enough add a quarter teaspoon of potent lazy Chili!

You done now enjoy with some basmati rice

Old School Spaghetti Bolognese


spaghetti bolognese

old school spaghetti bolognese

A favourite for everyone at home, you can beat it.

The secret is in the parmesan cheese in the sauce. and it take no time at all.


Can’t do without ! Very Lazy chopped chilies and chopped garlic.

Very Lazy Chopped Chillies

Very Lazy Chopped Chillies

Both Very Chillies and Very Lazy Garlic are fantastic. So handy

A must have in the fridge and lasts forever coz they are in white wine to preserve them.

In a Hurry Curry

Curry in a Hurry

Curry in a Hurry

I love Indian food I never get tired of it, the perfect meal if you were out the night before. Easy to make in advance on a Saturday afternoon. You can feed the kids then pop it in the fridge for a snack when you’ve got back in from a boozy night out. This is kid friendly curry and can be made as mild as you want and ramp up the spice at the last minute if you like an extra kick in your curry.

  • 500g lean mince beef
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 beef Oxo cube
  • Tomato passata 500 mls
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 10-15 mushrooms quartered
  • half a cup of frozen garden pees
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1 desert spoon of Patak’s Madras curry paste (Patak’s can be bought in most supermarkets)
  • Sharwoods Mango Chutney

Add in any extra veg you like such as broccoli red/green peppers or carrots

Fry mince and chopped onion add in the Oxo cube

Once the beef is no longer pink add in the mushrooms pees and salt

Pour in the passata and mix in the paste use less if its for the kids then add more if required.

Lower the heat to medium

Stir in at least 1-2 desert spoons of Mango Chutney

Why not serve with a few naan breads heated in the oven or my perfect rice (18th Jan post )

Now get stuck in !





Perfect Rice

perfect rice

perfect rice

Ok lads don’t be afraid of this one…’s a sinch!

Boil some water (2 parts water to 1 part rice is the best ratio)

Add a table spoon salt to the water as its boiling

Rinse the rice (I use basmati) in a strainer under cold water and pop it in the pot with lid on for 11 minutes (approx) you should see mini holes with steam shooting out at this point.

Done! Pour excess water off using a strainer give it a quick stir and you’ve got perfect rice.

Top Ten Kitchen Things!



  1. My mini blitzer
  2. Tefal Frying pan
  3. Pepper grinder
  4. Cheese grater
  5. Small frying pan (5inch diameter)
  6. Big mixing bowl
  7. Old plastic measuring jug
  8. Wooden Spoon
  9. Perforated oven tray
  10. Tea bag picker (I use it for a tongs)