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  1. I have an old school triangular Breville style one which I use regularly. If you leave a half centimetre gap around the edge of the bread and are sparing with the filling it works very well. No major spilling. I get rid of any bits of crusty cheese that have come out, but leave any fat on the machine for the next time.
  2. Polish crisps are good. I am a big fan of Crunchips.
  3. I buy quite a lot of frozen veg. These are my thoughts: Spinach: Good in a curry/stew situation. Not good for other applications. Mirepoix (celery, carrots, onion): Perfect for things like ragu. No need to chop, no waste, can't tell the difference between fresh and frozen. Peas: Everyone knows these are great. Good for pea soup. Sweetcorn: Decent, I usually have this and canned sweetcorn. Corn on the cob: I use this when making Asian style soups (broth), haven't tried eating it normally. Carrots: Good in soup, stew etc. Broad beans: My girlfriend likes these. Mashed potato: They come in these little 3cm long cylinders. Simply stick it in the microwave. Once you've added some salt, pepper and butter these are pretty much the same as freshly made. Diced onion: Perfect for stews, curries etc. Sliced red onions: Ok for stews, curries etc, wouldn't use if you needed more texture. Mixed Mediterranean veg: Ok if it's going into a stew, curry etc, wouldn't use it if you needed the texture of the individual veg. Mixed veg steam bags: Super easy to throw in the microwave for a basic side of veg. Chopped garlic: Super useful. You can pretty much use this like normal garlic. Perfect for stir fries for example. You never waste any garlic. Chopped ginger: Same as the garlic.
  4. This Nectar point hack is amazing. This microwave potato 'hack' sounds insane. I think you are right on the border of mental and genius. I love it.
  5. Who needs the Champions League when you can lose to Barcelona in the Europa League!
  6. £1 at Tesco. These are really good quality. I've paid a lot more for similar quality sardines in Portugal. They have a very nice texture. Good with some chipotle Tabasco or Cholula.
  7. That Anthony spin cracked me up.
  8. I would say overall jasmine is better than basmati, but basmati has qualities that jasmine doesn't. If you want super separate grains, you'll need basmati. If you cook Jasmine quite dry and you make fried rice with it, the grains are quite separate, but it takes skill. You also need to make sure you buy decent jasmine, because it does vary. Your best bet is buying one of the big 10kg bags from an Asian supermarket. Also wash jasmine thoroughly to remove excess starch.
  9. Damn without goal line technology I don't know if that would have been given. Pretty much as close as it's possible to get.
  10. Why is it that left footed players always seems to be extremely left footed? It feels like the best left footed players have a better left foot than the best right footed players have a right foot, but they're much more one footed.
  11. I'm curious. Can people really tell the difference between food from an oven and from the air fryer? I'm especially interested if anyone has actually blind tested the two side by side. I understand you save money with an air fryer, but it would surely take a long time to make back what it cost in saved energy bills
  12. There's always Homepride pasta bake. Put pasta in baking tray (I use more than they say), pour on sauce and the correct amount of water. Cook. Halfway add pre-grated cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Eat. You could also make your own very easily. Plum tomatoes, some tomato puree, few big tablespoons of mascarpone and enough water/stock to cover the pasta. Bake for 40 mins or so, top with grated cheese half way through.
  13. You can put these directly on a frying pan from frozen. Eat with some mango chutney/sweet chilli sauce/curry whatever: Again you can eat these with curry, hummus, tzatziki etc. Cut them up into squares and put them in the freezer. Cook from frozen directly in the toaster:
  14. I had this the other day. It was solid. They're expensive, but Charlie Bigham's make really good ready meals. Honestly as good as some restaurants I've been to. Major supermarkets like Tesco and ASDA do pre-diced, frozen mirepoix (celery, carrot and onion) these days. Good as a base for a stew. Also they do frozen chopped garlic and ginger which are also super useful:
  15. I never feel confident Rashford will score when has a good chance. He's not really a clinical finisher. I think if he added that ruthless goal scoring that other great strikers have, he'd be incredible. As it stands it feels like there's a lot of potential, but he needs to start improving quickly. He's not 18 anymore.
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