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Thai Food

Few things hit the spot like a great Thai dish. Toby suggested a mix of Thai green curry and some Pad Thai for our next dinner party. Being a lover of spicy food I jumped at the chance and last night we had a Thai food festival!

Ingredients are the most important part of authentic Thai cooking. What really helps when it comes to sourcing genuine Thai ingredients is actually living in Thailand, when you live in Canada it’s a little harder. The best thing to do is get well acquainted with the ingredients, find the nearest Asian food store and get what you need.

How you prepare Thai food is very important, you are probably thinking “Well that goes for all food dummy” and you’d be right, but when it comes to getting that authentic Thai taste you have cook authentically. Proof of this is the fact that you will often spend 2 hours preparing Thai food and only 1 hour  cooking it; preparation is key!

Thai food is always a joy to cook, especially if you are sipping authentic Singha Thai beer in-between chopping onions and whisking coconut milk. Another joy that comes witch cooking Thai food is the vibrant colors that are a delight to dish up. 7

Toby was the first to arrive, I was surprised as he is often late, but realized he was just as over-excited as I was to tuck into the Thai feast I had laid out. As usual I probably over cooked, and when my friends Jessica, Angela and David arrived they expected at least 10 more people to join us if we were to finish the feast.

Luckily we did (Toby took a bunch of leftovers home) and we all had a blast! I really recommend Thai food for both spicy and mild lovers. It hit’s all the right spots!

 

Chicken Korma Curry

I love Indian food, so when Angela suggested a curry night I was excited to see what I could do with a chicken korma. I had previously cooked a chicken tikka masala and a madras, so I was glad to add the korma to create the classic curry 3.

What I love about the chicken korma is the sauce is so thick and creamy but spiced at the same time to create a great taste in your already watering mouth. My tip for a good korma is the right amount of coriander and cumin. Also whilst cooking be sure to keep the yogurt from curdling. Other than that it’s not a super hard dish to cook.

I’m a big fan of spicy food, and the korma is one of the mildest curry’s you can have and I tend to spice it up with a Scotch Bonnet (or two if you are brave) which gives it that extra flavor.

David was complaining about the fact that he had a very hard day at a very awesome job, as I served up my curry of which I was extremely proud, because I had added cashew nuts at the last minute and it only increased it’s taste. David works for a porn site, so yes he basically watches porn for money and whenever he complains about how hard work is we all tend to laugh and tell him to take his work home with him.

The korma was great, it was just the right amount of spice and creamy delight. I made some basmati rice to accompany it along with some naan bread and salad. I recommend it especially if you have never had a curry before, the korma is the perfect intro into the wonderful world of Indian curry’s .

 

The Hot Wings That Were Too Hot

OK, so this was totally my fault. My buddies, Sam, Jack and Tim wanted to watch the game. It was my brilliant idea to have a dinner-hockey watching-party. I thought id just cook my (self-proclaimed) world famous hot wings some fries, have a ton of beer and a ton of fun it would be great!

When I look back it was technically my fault but it was mostly Sam’s fault too. I was on the phone with him while I was  making my (self-proclaimed) world famous marinade. I can’t tell you exactly what I put in it, because you may sell it to a food corporation and become a billionaire, which wouldn’t be fair. What I will tell you is they pack a punch.

I love spicy food so I have quite a high tolerance to spicy dishes. I tend to use Scotch Bonnet peppers and I am always very vigilant when putting them into my food because it’s a spicy pepper. However on this occasion Sam was telling me about his latest date, and to put it lightly he went into various details that have the power to distract a man.

Basically I forgot how many peppers I put in the marinade and added another one just to be sure and in my confusion I forgot to give it a taste and put it in the fridge without a second thought. Funnily enough the night of our dinner party/hockey fest I noticed that the wings were had a lot more color than usual, specifically red.

Just so you know that the best method of treating a spicy tongue is milk. Milk stops the spice in it’s tracks and instantly soothes you. People tend to go with water which actually makes spicy dishes more spicy. You should also know at this point I did not have a drop of milk in my house.

To cut a long story short, myself and the guys tucked into my wings and then proceeded to use every curse word we knew existed, along with some I’m sure we made up in our state of pain.
Some might see this as a disaster but I’ve got to say the fries and Hot Pockets I made were unquestionably awesome, so I’m calling it a win.

The Night Of The Lazy Takeaway

I love my job, I really do. Working for an online casino website really keeps you on your toes. Working at SlotPrince.com you can guarantee there will never be a dull day. The online casino world is so competitive that no one can be sure that they are secure, I’ve seen business fall, and fall fast. It sounds scary but it truly fuels the creative juices, keeping one step ahead of the competition brings out great things in all of the staff.

While it’s often inspiring, it can also wear you out both mentally and physically, so when (again) I completely forgot that I had planned a dinner party, and instead passed out on my  couch half-way through a thrilling episode of Grey’s Anatomy, waking up to my hungry friends knocking on my door was a little embarrassing.

Mr David Gent was nice enough to suggest a takeaway dinner party. That was the greatest idea I had heard all day! The only problem was that whenever a group of people decide to order take out they can never decide on exactly what to order. On this occasion Angela wanted Chinese but Toby had Chinese for lunch, David wanted sushi and Angela would be up for that but Toby felt more like burgers and this went on for a while.

I literally fell asleep again waiting for them to decide what to eat. I was just glad I didn’t have to cook anything. Finally I woke up to Toby holding a large slice of pepperoni pizza below my nose. It was one of those great moments you have in life when you realize exactly why you love all of your friends.

The Beauty Of Jerk Chicken

Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities around, and with that we are fortunate enough to taste and experience food we never would, from Cinatown to Koreatown, from The Danforth to Little Italy, we are lucky enough to have wall to wall pristine cuisine. One of the many great cuisines I have come across is the Caribbean cuisine. It’s filled with flavor and life, and  nothing beats jerk chicken served with rice, plantains and beans.

I remember the first time I had some authentic jerk chicken and it blew my head off. Not just from the spicy jerk sauce but the also the joy of discovering something truly beautiful.
So when Toby rang me about my next dinner party and wondered if I could serve something new, it was the a no-brainer.

I told Toby to hang on to his shoes because I was ready to blow his socks off, which is as corny as it sounds and Toby greeted my said corny-ness by laughing in my face, but jokes aside I could also tell he was just as excited as I was whenever I try some new food .

For the best jerk chicken you have got to get the seasoning right. Make sure you have your Scotch bonnet peppers and your allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg are also good ways to give it an extra kick. I prefer to dry-rub the chicken as opposed to the wet marinade, but both work well. The plantains are easy to cook and be sure to add the beans to the rice, not on the side and, cook the jerk chicken well but don’t over do it. If you do all that you will definitely have a fun and spicy time.

Everyone watched with excitement as Toby took his first forkful of the tender and juicy jerk chicken. His eyes immediately lit up with a joyous glare and his eyebrows were raised higher than their usual position , as if he had just had a grand epiphany. Which he did; Caribbean food is awesome! Either that or it was too spicy.

Shish Kebab & Rare Weather

Like most Canadians know, when we are blessed with good weather, we’ll be damned if we don’t use it and milk every ounce of sun we get! For some people that means a beer in the park, a game of soccer in a field, or that very elusive tan. For me and my dinner party guests, it meant only one thing; BBQ time!

One of the most important ingredients for a BBQ is not the meat like most people think, it’s actually the beer. OK, maybe that’s just my rule, but it’s a rule that works. David managed to get a hold of a Moosehead keg and a few fancy imports from England, like Red Stripe and Carling, and with that the feast began.

I had every kind of meat you could want, I had goat, beef, chicken, lamb, fish and pork. The secret to a great Kebab skewer, is plenty of heat, both flames and spices and plenty of flavor. Also having the right vegetables to accompany the meat helps, I went with the Turkish style of mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon to give it that popping zest.

It was good to see Eric Andersson again, he’d been kept busy with his work at BrowsingAnonymousOnline.com so it was good to catch up and talk a bit of shop on our similar business ideas, but that was all the business talk we could handle. The beers were flowing, the sun was smiling and the kebabs were truly irresistible, if I don’t say so myself.

Toby DJ’d with his Ipod, Eric and Angela danced all night, and David helped me with the grilling of what seemed to be an endless supply of meat. Not only did I learn that none of my closest friends have any natural rhythm and should never ever dance in public, I also learnt that nothing beats good weather, buddies, beers and BBQ.

T-Bone Steaks

I had been wanting to do a steak night for a while, I’m lucky as a cook because all my friends like their steaks the same way, medium-rare. So when David suggested I cook up some T-bone steaks for the next dinner party I jumped at the chance.

The secret to a good T-bone is to marinate it the night before to get that flavor locked in.  I went with herbs, spices, cooking wine and a table spoon of Texan BBQ sauce. Using a dry heat grill is the fastest and most effective way to get a tender and succulent T-bone steak.

My dear friend David arrived with a case of beer, which is the quickest way to get the biggest steak when coming to one of my dinner parties! and he was giddy with excitement. We talked about work and the stresses and joys that come with working with competitive internet based company’s then I remembered that David sorted the content on a popular porn website and I told him to never complain to me again!

Angela, her friend Jess Matthews, and Toby all arrived together, Toby was in charge of the music and played some classic Prince while I grilled the T-bones. I passed around some beers and we shared some dating horror stories.

I told everyone about the time I was in college and a girl I was seeing brought her mom to chaperon us. I was so nervous and I drank too much and the night ended with me being sick all over my dates mom, suffice to say there was no second date!
“That explains so much about you” joked Angela.

I served up the steaks with some sweet mash potatoes, asparagus and steamed carrots. The steak was a tender delight and the flavor was so delicious it made you want to lick the plate. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, which is the best parts of cooking a meal for friends.

“A toast to Sean’s amazing steaks and his hilarious dating history” said David, raising his glass.

The Night We Had Breakfast For Dinner

It was a funny night, I had invited a few friends over for another one of my dinner parties but I had to work late, so I didn’t have time to buy the ingredients for the dinner I had planned. My fridge was empty apart from breakfast stuff and a few beers, and my guests would be over within the hour.

I came close to canceling when I had one of those epiphany moments. Why don’t we just have breakfast? I had all I needed to make pancakes, plus I had maple syrup, sausages, Canadian bacon and eggs. It was morning somewhere so we might as well let out hair down, relax and have what I like to call “Dinfast”

I was flipping some pancakes when Toby walked in “I had a nap before I came, I think I must of overslept?” he said with a smile. He asked me what was going on and I told him I was a genius that had invented a new craze to which he replied “You forgot to go to the shops didn’t you”

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Angela and Dean were equally confused but excited all the same. “It’s gonna be weird eating pancakes and drinking beer, my brain will be all confused” joked Angela.
I made a couple of ham and cheese omelettes, some hash browns and served up the “Dinfast” with a healthy sized jug of Canadian ale.

“All the kids in Brooklyn and Portland will doing this before you know it” I said. “And having roast lamb and pot roasts for breakfast?” asked Dean, “Exactly” I replied “I’ve just started a new craze.

I’ll be the first to admit that it felt a little strange eating breakfast at night, but that didn’t stop it from being fun. There is something about cutting though a syrupy stack of pancakes and then taking a long sip of a pale ale that makes you feel truly free. I highly recommend “Dinfast” to all!

Pasta Bakes And Canadian Bacon

I had a hard day at work and I was really looking forward to cooking, mainly because a pasta bake is one of the easiest dishes to cook and I just wanted to relax with some friends. I had already made the pasta so all I had to do was add the sauces, meatballs and Canadian bacon, yes, Canadian bacon! That sounds awesome I hear you scream, well, you’re not wrong.

 

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There is a little know secret in Canada, which basically is adding Canadian bacon will make anything greater. I put the bake in oven and waited for my guests.
First to arrive, as always, was Angela Bennett. We have been friends for years and she also works at SlotPrince.com. Then Toby Dean, who manages bands, followed by my good friend and perpetual late comer, Eric Andersson. Eric is the senior developer at BrowsingAnonymousOnline.com and seems to not only take his work home, but everywhere he goes.

As always Toby picked a record to set the party mood and spent five minutes mocking my record collection. “Kings of Leon, Sean? Come on you’re better than that!” we decided on some Jazz and I brought out some Canadian ales I managed to get on a trip to Quebec, the Molson Export’s did well to numb the pain of Toby’s teasing.

 

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We spent the evening tucking in to some great pasta bake and everyone was talking about how much they loved their jobs. Which I do, working at SlotPrince is super competitive which can be hard but trying our best to stay one step ahead of the competition is where the fun and creativity comes in. Angela agreed with me and we all seemed to be really happy with our jobs, which is a rare luxury, or maybe it was all the ales we were drinking.

Welcome To Eating With Sean!

Hello there and welcome to Eating With Sean!

My name is Sean Adams, I am 38 and live in the world’s most beautiful city, Toronto, Canada. I’m a graphic designer for the online casino bonus website SlotPrince.com and Dutch casino website online casino paypal. I love my job, the online casino industry keeps me forever on my toes, so there is never a dull day.

Another passion of mine is food! I love cooking it and I love eating it, and I regularly host dinner parties. To me there is nothing greater than good food and plenty of beer shared with loved ones.  My dear friend, Eric Andersson, who is a regular attendee to my shindigs, said my dinner parties were so awesome (his words not mine) that I should start blogging about them, so here we are.

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My favorite dish has to be Poutine, it’s a traditional Canadian dish so it’s a little bias on my part, but I challenge anyone to eat a plate of Poutine and not smile with delight. I’m not sure which genius thought to put gravy on fires, with cheese, but whoever he is, he deserves a medal!

I also love a good Pâté Chinois which is another Canadian dish, which is basically the same as the British Sheppard’s Pie, but with a little Canadian flavor. This is my favorite dish to cook, it takes a lot of artistry to get it right, but when you do it’s totally worth it.

 

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One of the features of my dinner parities is beer. Some people are connoisseurs of wine, whiskey and scotch, well I’m a beer connoisseur. My friend David and I went on a beer tour in Quebec and sampled the top 100 beers in Canada, luckily though it wasn’t all on the same night. Beer plays a big part at my dinner parties, I ask guests not to bring wine, bring beer!

I’m looking forward to sharing my dinner party exploits with you, I may also share some top secret ingredients and tips I use to make my food delicious.