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.

The Elvis Sandwich’s

My dad was always a massive fan of Elvis and that had a big impact on my childhood. If we were not watching one of the 1000 films he did, or listening to one of his songs, we would be staring at one of the 10 framed pictures my dad had of him, around the house.

I was never a massive fan of Elvis, which my dad never forgave me for, but there was one crazy Elvis fan ritual I was always on board with; the Elvis sandwich! If you didn’t know already the Elvis sandwich consists of peanut butter, banana and bacon, that’s right I said it’s a sandwich that is peanut butter, banana and bacon. This genius sandwich was severed to us at least once a month by our dad, and it’s a ritual I still do today.

Last night, my good friends David, Angela and Toby, came round for a pot roast dinner party with a special surprise; Elvis sandwiches for desert! To be honest the pot roast was so-so and I think my over excitement for desert overshadows my memory of the dinner party. All I remember clearly is the delicious glory of the first bite, the rest is haze of bacon and joy.

Toby and Angela had never tried an Elvis before but I had made David a few and he was as excited as I was. Toby and Angela were not so sure but I managed to convince them with my “nothing that has bacon in it is bad” argument.

Watching someone eat an Elvis sandwich for the first time is great. First off is a slight look of confusion as various textures clash, then there is the “what is this?” face immediately followed by a “Why don’t I do this everyday” face.
I recommend the Elvis sandwich to anybody that wants to have a fun and unique desert.

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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!

Chili Con Carne Feast

Yesterday I had a dinner party because Ted Johnson challenged me to make the best chili con carne ever. He had heard from a mutual friend that I make a mean chili, and he wanted to put it to the test. I like Ted, we have a funny little rivalry going since I work for SlotPrince.com and he is the technical manager at SlotTavern.com, one of our main competitors. We constantly joke about which company is on top (it’s totally ours) and turn everything into a competition.

Last month he bested me in a beer tasting competition, which I lost on a technicality, so everything was at steak to make this chili the best chili anyone had ever tasted.
I love chili and the secret to great chili is the right beans, the right beef and don’t over do it. Plus my mother taught me a little secret to making it pop, which I shall take to my grave!

The great thing about chili is it’s versatility. You can have a chili dog, chili fries, chili on rice, chili macaroni, chili Poutine, the list is endless. For sophistication purposes I decided to have chili on a bed of basmati rice, and as my doorbell rang I had a little taste and I knew Ted would be speechless.

Angela bounced into my home holding a six-pack of Moosehead Lager, and that was the first sign that it was going to be a great  night. She was excited to taste my chili so I gave her sneak peak and she loved it.

Toby and my friend Daniel Reed arrived together soon followed by Ted who brought a six-pack of Labatt 50 a delicious blonde ale along with him. We all talked for a while and then I unleashed my chili masterpiece.

Ted took one spoonful and tried his best not to smile but he couldn’t resist.
“Fair enough dude, this is awesome”  he said. He still claimed  he could make a better chili but I took his joyous face as a victory and accepted my self-proclaimed title of the chili-king!

Poutine, Poutine, Poutine!

Poutine is my favorite dish. Maybe because it goes so well with or after a few beers. Maybe is because it was the first thing I learnt to cook in college, or maybe because it’s so bad it’s good, I don’t know, but I’ve always had the Poutine bug for many years and haven’t been able to shake it.

For those of you that don’t know Poutine is a traditional Canadian dish that started in Quebec. Essentially it consists of french fries  topped with gravy and cheese curds (mouth watering?) If you grew up in Canada you have had this dish at least once, and if you are me you eat this dish far more than you should.

What I love about it is the dish is so simple, it gives you room to be creative. Why not go with one of my mantra’s: “Add Canadian bacon to everything” or literally spice it up, with some jalapenos, with Poutine, the sky’s the limit!

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Yesterday I called Eric and asked him if he was up for some homemade Poutine to which he replied “You had me at homemade, I’m on my way”  When Eric arrived we spent most of our time talking about how different cooking smells link to different memories.

Poutine reminded him of his dad and all the Hockey games they went to in his youth, for me the smell reminded me of the amusement park food trucks and how the smell of candy mixed with Poutine would leave you dizzy with joy.

We watched Hockey, had a few beers and had some Poutine, for those that are uninitiated nothing does better with Poutine than some Hockey and beer. This time around I decided to add  Canadian bacon a dash of nutmeg (trust me) and some chilli on the side. It was so good Eric and I had two helpings and sported what we call “Poutine baby bumps” for the rest of the evening.

 

 

Sushi Pizza

You have to try this. My friend from work, Gabriel Holice, told me about this amazing thing that he had tried in Montreal…the Sushi Pizza! Yes two of the greatest things in the world colliding since pancakes and bacon, sushi and pizza! I could barely contain myself so a few days after Gabriel told me, and a few failed attempts, I called up the gang and set a date for Sushi Pizza night.

It can be quite hard to make, so I strongly suggest the use of Wikipedia and YouTube, but essentially all you need is fried rice patty, salmon and avocado, the rest is up to you. When Angela arrived we laughed at how she had assumed I had meant sushi and pizza, not a sushi pizza, and when she saw it baking away in the oven her excitement almost matched my own.

Toby, Eric and my close friend David Gent all joined us. I’m slightly jealous of David, his job is one that causes a lot of envy in our circle of friends, well mainly the guys are jealous, because he is head of content at AsianPornVideos.xxx. That’s right, he get’s paid to look at porn all day!

Finally the sushi pizza was ready and I served it up, it’s one of those dishes that genuinely look like a work of art if you get it right. It tasted amazing, and we all wondered why we hadn’t ventured down the sushi pizza road sooner.

David went overboard on the wasabi and we joked it was karma for having such a cool and envious job. Angela shook her head in disagreement and probably would of told us off for acting like teenagers if she wasn’t so in awe of the sushi pizza. It truly is a dish you have to try!

Washed down with some Japanese Asahi beer it was the perfect night.

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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.