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.
Burns Night is approaching once more and it's time to raise a glass to Scotland's greatest poet. If you're not usually one to get involved in this annual shindig, the 25th January is the time to don your kilt, get mashing those neeps and tatties and turn your attentions northwards.
Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!
There ain't no party like a Food Tube party and on Tuesday we are turning one-year-old in style. That's right, FoodTube will have been on Youtube for 365 days and we've got all your favourite contributors from Gennaro Contaldo and DJ BBQ to Michael from V sauce and Jack's Gap on the show.
Sugar is the latest scapegoat in our fight against obesity. Why? Because we like to find external factors to blame rather than our inability to exert self restraint or improve our eating habits. Sugar inhibits the appetite control mechanisms in the brain which normally stop us eating when we feel full, so if we are to look for a cause, it could be said to fit the bill.
So instead of turning to discounted ready meals and the freezer section of your local supermarket, I've provided some suggestions of homemade meal choices that are tasty, nutritious and most importantly, won't break the budget!
I fully accept that diet is a personal choice as is wasting our hard earned cash on food we throw away, but with less waste and even becoming part time vegetarians for at least three days per week, we can help preserve three of the planets most valuable assets.
Every day in the UK approximately 900 people get diagnosed with cancer. That works out to be 300,000 every year. In every three people you know, one will develop cancer. A few everyday changes can be made to help you reduce your risk of developing cancer.
This is such a simple recipe but is also very impressive. The trick to a good gnocchi is to make sure they are as light as possible and they do not break up. Make sure the gnocchi have sage butter on top as this will make them really delicious. Have a good week!
The secret, is to look East. Both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine completely live in the NOW when it comes to the chilly months. Both believe that if you do winter right, you will bounce through the rest of the year.
I can't answer for the authenticity of this goulash* but I can say, hand on my not-remotely-Hungarian heart, it's extremely tasty and the perfect winter comfort food.
George Bernard Shaw once said, "Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time." One year on from the horsemeat scandal and the food industry is in danger of doing exactly that.
So there we all were, tucking in to a delicious roast beef, enjoying our Sunday lunch, discussing the terrible weather with my American friends. And as they started talking about American Football I went and spoiled it all by asking something stupid like "so what's your favourite Superbowl food? Is there a top 5?"
No purples. No green triangle things. No Orange Crunch. No Caramel. Even my secret back-up of orange creams were gone. All that greeted me was a sea of red, blue and gold.
Did you vow to make 2014 the year you ate well and took up a new hobby? You did? Then let Food Tube take you by the hand and lead you through your culinary metamorphism. Here's a taste of what we have been dishing up this week.
It's January and therefore that time of year when you decide to go on a diet, fitness regime, healthy eating plan or detox. I am currently doing just that with my own diet & fitness regime and after weighing myself today, I've lost 4 pounds this week - hurrah!