Germination after two weeks & the derby

Seems like United are on the up – and so are my little plants. Not all of them, but at least half of every little plate started to grow. As United started to produce some decent (or better) performances, my plants started their life…

Anyway, a couple of times we’ve already thought that the team had turned a corner, but this time it feels a bit different. There were two really good performances where not only the results were acceptable but the spirit of the team and the players’ state of mind.

Propagators in a row
Propagators in a row

Now, I don’t think we’re all right now – especially not now, when this time it’s the game against City. But the mood is rather good now for a big, big, big result for the team and for the manager. Now is the perfect time for a famous win!

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Red devil’s menu – v the Greeks

Yes, it’s the biggest game of the season so far, let’t not pretend it, we are kind of crap, we have to come back and win it by at least three, without conceding one.

I think we will win it, the first half will be 2-0 to us, and we’ll score another one in the second. From that on we may let one in, but we’ll score again to make it 4-1.

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Chicken wings, ready for the oven

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First things – steak au poivre and reflection to the beginning of the season

So, yeah, it’s gonna be a reflection to my career as a chef-at-home and David Moyes’ at Manchester United.

It’s steak au poivre this time on the plate and I really feel like it’s like playing Wigan in the Community Shield before the new season begins. I mean it is the one thing you wish for if you start your career at a team, you’ve already had a couple of tries during the summer tour, you are more or less successful, so far.

Exactly, it’s not a big deal, the one thing really important is what you have on the table (and on the pitch). And at that time Moyes could have thought that he had that bunch of players – although we all knew that there were problems in different parts of the team. Anyway, back then there everything looked quite nice, CS won, Wigan nicely beaten, easy job, still time for acquiring new faces.

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Ingredients for steak au poivre

And that’s exactly where I am now in my cooking experience – after a nice start this recipe looked quite easy to make – and there were no problems. And I am lucky to have a friend who brings the best meat to Hungary. If you want to buy good quality meat here in Hungary you really have to dig deep – and that is how I found primecuts.hu. I don’t know what I was looking for but I bumped into the website and since that time if I need beef or Irish sausage or cheddar I call Robert, the owner and he delivers. This time I ordered tenderloin from him (among other things). Continue reading

Tonight’s menu – beer & the kitchen itself

So, I’ve decided to examine our kitchen – in terms of kitchen equipment and the useful stuff in and around it.

I’d like to figure out what I have and what I need in order to run a small but effective and practical kitchen, so I am going to look at a couple of areas:

  • pots and pans
  • bowls and plastic boxes to store and cook
  • small kitchen appliances
  • other useful bits like spatulas, etc.
  • The pantry and the fridge (herbs and spices, canned things, etc.)
  • organizing the stuff above
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Our kitchen

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Sautéed skillet potatoes – and Hull City, away

Well, I’m a bit behind, first ’cause I missed the West Ham game (well, I watched it in a pub, so I couldn’t cook anything, I had a bit more beer, rather…), and secondly because there was an internet crisis here during Christmas – when else?

Never mind, I’d planned to cook this as part of the learning process – this time it was sautéing something easy, just to start with. (And it was the same kind of experience for Moyes as well – after a couple of disappointing results, the team won four in a row in all competitions. And the festive season coming there was a lot to hope on either the cooking side – turkey, soups, whatever or the footballing side – while we play against teams below us, on the table, at least, our biggest opponents play a couple of matches against each other.)

As on Boxing Day we still had the best part of the Christmas Turkey it was obvious to make a side dish for it, and when the match started I started to prepare everything. That was the time when I realized that I hadn’t known if I had baking potatoes at home. So there was a bit of a delay in the process – and by the I made the decision to bake them anyway, Hull City were in front by a goal that shouldn’t have happened – firstly because it wasn’t a corner and secondly because we should have defended better. Anyway, it’s not really a big deal if you concede early in the game – most of the game is there for you to turn it around, and United have proved they can do that many times.

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Potatoes sautéed in a skillet/pan

So I started to chop the potatoes into cubes, or as size matters, into dices, rather. By the time I finished and put the cubes into the skillet with something like three or four tablespoon of oil, United were two goals behind, once again a rather interesting goal – good old Evans and his right leg did the job for Hull. We were unlucky there, and although I was swearing a little bit (I really didn’t understand what was going on, ’cause I didn’t know what our defenders were doing there), but I knew that we would somehow win that game. I really thought that we were going to score more than two and weren’t going to concede again. Continue reading

Like an egg salad – v Stoke, away, League Cup

So normally it would be an easy game, exactly like making an egg salad.

But these are different times for me and for United, as well – Moyes is learning and so am I. I thought I’d known a couple of thing around cooking – and I thought I’d known how to cook an egg. [And Young almost scored a screamer right now… Only he hit the side of the net.] So normally a game against Stoke would be a hard one, but most of the time won by routine, even with the B side.

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Peeling wasn’t that easy…

As I would cook some eggs by routine – or I should say “boil” some eggs. ‘Cause so far I boiled eggs, not cooked them. So this is the first time when I put the eggs in a saucepan, covered with cold water, then bring it to the boil over high heat – and as soon as  possible. Then I remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs stand in the pan for about twelve minutes, as these are middle sized eggs. [So, I have time to watch I so far not that convincing United, where there’s still not much creativity.] Continue reading

Cooking, learning, football and other things

When I realized that I wanted to write a blog in English I soon found out that I need another one. This one is about chillies and cooking (it all started with the chillies, yeah) – and I have another hobby (or obsession, rather) football (soccer?) and Manchester United, and that calls for another blog.

For half a year it’s been working well, I managed to post here and there (almost) evenly, once a week on either side. But as I have a blog in Hungarian, too, and with our second daughter growing and demanding more and more attention, so there’s a lot to do, well, suddenly I had no time and I just saw that there are no fresh things – nor here, neither there.

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Here we go – it all started with some eggs this time

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