Fast Food #5: Fish and Chips

Image of a young Mrs P and her dad at the seaside

Me and my Dad at the seaside, him channelling his Kirk Douglas look

Seaweedy swimming togs, sandy buckets and spades and wet towels. Your dad cleaning globs of tar off your feet with a rag dipped in petrol. Being stuck inside a gently steaming caravan with rain drumming on the roof, your siblings squabbling and your parents getting increasingly ratty, while you tried to stay between the lines in your colouring book with wax crayons that were too fat and clumsy and broke at the wrong moment.

You wouldn’t think it was possible to get that nostalgic about a family holiday on the east coast of England, where the weather was famously “bracing” when it wasn’t actually raining. Continue reading

Fast Food #4: Southern Fried Chicken

Image of crispy coated chicken served with sweetcorn salad and baked spuds

There are nearly as many recipes for fried chicken as there are cooks. Marinated in buttermilk or not at all. Skin on and skin off. Coated in flour, dunked in breadcrumbs or (heaven forfend) crumbled cornflakes. Deep fried, shallow fried, oven baked or a combination thereof.

I’ve tried various versions and this is the one I like the best. Continue reading

Fast Food #1: Burgers and Buns

Image of burger in a bun

I like the idea of fast food but often I don’t like what I get served in burger bars/fish and chip shops/kebab shops/those weird ones where they sell a bit of everything and it all tastes vile.

So I thought it’d be fun to do an occasional series making similar stuff at home – except edible. Continue reading