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Fish & Chips

Canadians have a lot of connections to the British, we share a lot of history and with that, a lot of food. That is why growing up, not only did my family visit London, Liverpool and Brighton regularly, but we also brought back some of their edible delights.
One of my favorites is the traditional fish and chips. To translate that into Canadian it’s fish (deep fried) and fries, and it’s amazing.

It’s simple, easy to cook, and tastes great which is all you want when arranging a dinner party, that way you have more time to hang out with your friends and drink copious amounts of beer while listening to great music, and that’s exactly what happened last night.

I can literally cook this dish in my sleep, so I had a lot of time to hang out with my gang of friends. As always Toby picked apart my record collection with vicious slander, questioning my gender.  Personally I think Alanis Morissette  is both a talented genius and a national treasure, but we can’t all have my great taste in music.

Eric and Angela reaction to the news of getting served a traditional English dish, was to spend most of the night talking in British accents. Sounds hilarious? Well it wasn’t, but hats off to them for being so dedicated to the bit. It was like Downton Abbey if it was worse than it already is.

Luckily the tasty food seemed to deter them from continuing the whole night. While fish and chips is quite an easy dish to cook, you have to be careful to make sure the skin stays crispy but not burnt, and the flesh is tender but not under-cooked. Other than that I recommend, peas and some British ale to accompany it. It’s a great dish.

Ginger Beef, Canadian Style

Last night I made some Ginger Beef stir fry (Canadian Style) with some noodles for my friends David, Angela and Toby. While I tend to prefer authentic Chinese versions of Chinese dishes, this westernized style of Ginger Beef is quite delicious.  Also an added extra is it’s pretty easy to cook, and to cook well. It’s basically just deep fried strips of beef drenched in a sweet sauce that consists mainly of vinegar and sugar.

It also contains flavors of ginger (hence the name), garlic and hot peppers, and the vegetables you serve with it is up to you but I favor the traditional carrots (cut into thin matchstick strips) and onions. Like most great Chinese dishes, it goes well with both rice and noodles but on this occasion I chose noodles.

For this dinner party I had the luck of having a guest chief, Angela. We both had a rare day off so she kindly offered to help me with the cooking, and then proceeded to drink all my wine, cut just one onion and tell me ALL of the gossip in the world!
While I could of used the help it was still great to catch up on the office politics, but I won’t bore you with the details. Basically if she is to be believed everyone is sleeping with everyone.

It was a great meal, there is something about Chinese food that seems quite social and unifying. You set a pot of beef and a bot of noodles and everyone helps themselves to the delights of the food. It tends to connect people which is why it’s one of my favorite cuisines to both cook and eat with dear friends .

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.

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!

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.