When we were first together back in 2011, Patrick was a vegetarian, which lasted actually for another year or two. Though he cooked meat, he just chose not to eat it, not for any particular reasons but just to see how going meat-free would affect and change his body. To put it into context, Russell has always professed that a meal is never complete without meat.
In those early days (before GastroGays was ever a thing!) we didn’t live together; we lived in towns about 20 minutes drive apart so we rarely got a chance to cook together or for each other. All our time was spent eating out or grabbing something on the go and one of the first memories we have of one cooking for the other is Patrick cooking Russell steak. It’s such an essential skill to have, knowing how to char the cut properly, knowing when to take it off the heat, allowing it enough time to rest (and further cook), serving it with a complementary sauce and sides that make it sing even more. We’ve cooked steak for one another a million times since, but that first time really stands out.
The following recipe originally appeared in Gay Times Magazine in October 2015, under the theme ‘first date dinner’.
Anyone who knows us is well aware we’re Scandi-obsessed, and we’ve welcomed the heightened presence of Scandinavian cafes and nordic restaurants across the UK capital. Whether you’re a totally smitten scandiphile like us, a Hygge hedonist or just a bit partial to embracing ‘Fika’ each day, here’s sexton/seksten (16) little sanctuaries of all things Scandi in London that we’ve found.
We know Iceland, Finland and other territories generally are considered ‘Nordic’, not ‘Scandinavian’, but for the benefit of this article (and the alliteration of Scandi spots; couldn’t help ourselves!), we lumped them all together!
2016 – the year in which seaweed and activated seeds and nuts have been touted as top food trends, black pudding has only gone and been mentioned as a superfood in its own right, to the surprise of many. Well, we nearly had kittens – here’s us thinking we must have been ‘wellness’ bloggers all along as we always ensure we’ve an endless supply of the stuff.
Full disclosure: we’ve been known to watch cookery shows in the gym. Yes, we’re gluttons for punishment, but why else would they put TVs in front of cardio machines?
Some spin to sport or work up a sweat mesmerised by music videos, but give us a cookery channel and we’re set. Only problem is it’s usually fried chicken, rich cakes and towering burgers they’re demonstrating how to make, so you can guess what we crave afterwards!
Having produced that iconic, frozen fast food fave crispy pancakes for half a century, in 2016 it was reported with dismay that Findus Crispy Pancakes would be a thing of the past. The parent company sold off the brand and that was that. However, following furious public backlash over the beloved classic, apparently Birdseye are now planning to relaunch crispy pancakes in four flavours.
It seems this kitsch – and sort of naff – classic simply cannot be consigned to the past. People may take the piss out of these, but some comfort foods deserve to out-live us all, no matter how poorly produced they might be. (Sidebar: Ours are guaranteed 100% horse meat free!) But just because you can continue to pick these up in the chest freezers of certain UK and Irish supermarkets, doesn’t mean that’s your only option – we’re here to show you how to make these from scratch at home… and they taste even better, promise!
We’re suckers for food tours and we scour the net before embarking on a trip to any destination in the hopes we find a local going walkabout. By that we mean a local with expert knowledge, on-hand to guide us on-foot through the best of food and drink that an area has to offer. Recently we took a (seriously long-overdue ) trip back to Galway on Ireland’s wild west coast and we found all that we had hoped for in Sheena Dignam’s Galway Food Tours.