Jan 25 2013

Cook And Get Laid More Often (Moira)

Moira

Moira

 

Watch this space. I am currently working on an article for all you guys out there to explain to you how cooking romantic meals will get you laid more often. I will post it in about a weeks time. Subscribe to the blog and you will be automatically sent an email with a link to it when it is posted.

 

In the meantime, have a great weekend.

 

Moira


Jan 21 2013

Chicken Teriyaki (Asami)

Asami

Asami

 

 

Hi,

My name is Asami from Yokohama in Japan. I just recently joined the Alpha Dog Food blog as a new recruit and this is my first posting. Here in Japan, we also use food for love and romance – and we don’t mind being a little adventurous!

Thank you Kate for helping with my English. For this recipe I give you a very easy to make Chicken Teriyaki that will make a special supper for you and your lady. I really hope you enjoy it and I will make some more recipes for you soon.

If you are a lady, over 18, who would like to join the team and blog here, please see the ‘new recruits’ page in the links above.

 

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Ingredients

The ingredients and measures below are plenty for two people. To make things easier, try to find chicken thighs that are already boned or ask your butcher to do it for you.

  • 4 boned chicken thighs (use breast if you prefer)
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp light/medium soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • sufficient noodles for 2 people

 

How To Cook It

If you haven’t already done so, remove the bones from the chicken thighs.

In a large bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, mirin, sake, ginger and garlic.

Place the chicken thighs in the marinade and mix/cover the meat thoroughly with the sauce. Transfer the chicken to the fridge for 1 hour.

When you are ready to cook the chicken, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. Dry the skin side of the chicken thighs on some kitchen paper, so the skin will crisp up when fried. Place the chicken thighs in the frying pan, skin side down, over a medium heat. Fry until the skin is browned. Depending on the size of your frying pan, you may need to fry the chicken in batches – don’t crowd the pan.

Turn down the heat to low, then turn the chicken over to fry the other side. Pour the sauce used to marinate the chicken into the pan. Simmer on a low heat for five minutes, then increase the temperature and cook until the sauce becomes thick.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet.

 

How To Serve It

Cut the chicken into slices and arrange on the plate next to a nest of noodles. Pour the thickened Teriyaki sauce onto the chicken. Garnish with a little raw chopped spring onion or mix a little sliced green cabbage into the noodles. This dish can look even more attractive on black plates if you have them.

If you have never tried it before, maybe serve with a small glass of Sake but otherwise, serve with a dry white wine such as Italian Frascati.

 

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Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

 


Jan 11 2013

Romantic Restaurants for the Single Guy – Part 2 (Fiona)

Fiona-1

 

 

OK, you’re a single guy, you have met someone new – she’s looking like a ‘keeper’ –  and you want to move things along a bit (or a bit faster anyway!).

In Part 1 of this article (here) I covered the top 5 restaurants in the world. In this second part I will cover the best 5 restaurants I have actually been to around the world….. and that are a bit more realistic on the wallet. They are not exactly cheap – but they’re not ‘silly money’ either – and you should at least be able to get a reservation there before you start drawing your pension.

Click on the web links I have provided for each one to discover more about them.

I hope you get the opportunity to experience one or more of these fabulous restaurants with that special lady in your life one day. She’s out there waiting for you – just get out there and look for her….. and cook her a romantic meal once in a while J

Lots of love,

Fiona

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1 Le Parc (Carcassonne, France) http://www.restaurantleparcfranckputelat.fr/

(website has an English section)

I last went to Le Parc in the summer of 2012, sitting outside in the covered garden, listening to the cicadas chirping away and soaking up a beautiful sunny day at the foot of the ancient historical ramparts of La Cite in Carcassonne. He could have had me there and then if he had wanted to!

The food of chef Franck Putalet here is divine and the fixed price lunch cost €35 each (which included a glass of wine, a salmon starter, breast of duck main course and dessert). For a 2 star Michelan restaurant, that is remarkable value and it is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.  There are more expensive and more extensive menus available both at lunchtime and in the evening for all you gourmets out there but I promise you the fixed price lunch will leave you full and happy.

If you have any problems with the web site, try a different browser to internet explorer.

 

2 La Signoria  (Calvi, Corsica) http://www.hotel-la-signoria.com/

(website has an English section)

La Signoria is a 5 star hotel situated just outside Calvi in Corsica (the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean). I ate in the Romanesque-style palm gardens here on my birthday in June last year under a beautiful pale blue evening sky, accompanied by the best, most discrete table service I have ever experienced. The menu when I ate there offered a great selection of dishes based on local organic ingredients (I had a cold pea soup as a starter that was to die for) including local cheeses.

The hotel was once an 18th century Genoese estate and is quite incredible and luxurious, nestled at the foot of the Corsican mountains and away from the general noise of the town. I think they still doing cooking classes here too.

 

3 La Mere Zou (Dublin, Ireland) http://www.lamerezou.ie/

I have to give my favourite local restaurant here in Ireland a place in my top 5 list. La Mer Zou is a thriving but relaxed restaurant in the centre of Dublin (St. Stephens Green).

The food is simple but stunning classic French cuisine (including a good selection of local seafood), it is relatively  inexpensive and the ambience (it often has live music such as a guitarist or cello player) created by the owner and staff is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. It also has a good selection of wines at affordable prices. Early bird menus from 6-7pm currently offer 3 courses for €26.

If you are ever in Dublin, I would definitely recommend eating here.

 

4 The Cinnamon Club  (London, UK) http://www.cinnamonclub.com/

Quite simply, the best Indian restaurant I have ever eaten in and I would get on a plane and go back there tomorrow for their spiced rack of lamb. Based in the heart of Westminster, in the former Westminster library, it will change your perception of Indian food if you dine here. If you have a lady who likes Indian food, take her here.

 

5 Izakaya Sozai (San Francisco, USA) http://www.izakayasozai.com/

San Francisco is a great, fun town and this is a great Japanese fusion/ramen restaurant. A lot of the menu covers seafood options but there’s plenty of meat on offer too and you can have it on skewers, breaded, deep fried, braised, sashimi’d or with wasabi!  The ramen is great and it’s a fun place. Whenever you look around in this place everybody looks happy and like they are having fun.

I think ‘Izakaya’ actually means a Japanese drinking establishment that serves small plates (like tapas). I had a complete pig-out and went for small dishes of pork belly  and a whole grilled squid followed by ramen (ritsu tonkatsu).

 

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Jan 10 2013

Happy New Year (Helen)

Helen

Helen

 

Hello – Helen here. Kate is away with work over January/February so I will be running the site in the meantime.

Welcome back to Alpha Dog Food and Happy New Year to all our readers. I trust you had a great Christmas. Santa was certainly good to me 🙂

Looking forward to the next month, we have new articles ranging from romantic restuarants to Asian recipes lined up for you – and a new joiner from the USA to tell you about.

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It’s cold, windy and wet here in Ireland. We need you men cooking warming romantic meals for us girls. So come on and make a resolution to do more cooking for us in 2013.

All our best wishes for 2013.

Helen