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Paella Recipe for men


(1) clear the wife, kids and dog out of the kitchen and lock the door

(2) put on some Spanish music or something you think sounds kind of Spanish,

(3) as you are a man you need to put on an apron, don’t matter what colour but if you have neighbours probably try to avoid the wife’s pink frilly one.

(4) get the slab of wood out from the cupboard, this is called a chopping board, good man you are doing well nothing burnt so far.

(5) turn up the music and do a bit of a dance, no one is looking and the door is locked but don’t get carried away so leave your clothes on

(6) pull out the plug from the fridge and open the door, this stops the fecking thing from beeping all the time and stops the wife knocking on the door asking what’s going on in there every five minutes.

(7) open  a few windows this is for the smell of burning and the smoke to escape

(8) get anything what looks like it came from an animal and put out on the table. so chicken , beef,, chorizo, rashers , sausages, bunny rabbit,  the remains of the cat, dog, horse  the usual stuff if you find human remains in there you may need to get out of the house quick or ask yourself some  serious questions about where you were last night

(9) now the difficult bit get out other stuff what isn’t meat such as garlic, tins of tomatoes (they are red), an onion, frozen peas (boil some water put them in a bowl and put the water and a few fist fulls of peas altogether, this defrosts them big boy). Some of this stuff wont be in the fridge it will be in cupboards, those are the things hidden behind the doors with small handles on them. take a leap of faith and open them for once

(10) after you eventually find the paprika and chicken stock cube have a bit of a sit down, listen to the music playing and have a cup of tea, no need to be getting all stressed and stuff

(11) get a knife and put the stuff you have on the table on the chopping board and go stone raving mad chopping it all up into smaller bits , this is the fun bit. go mental with yourself, no holding back.

(12) get the paella dish down from where ever the wife has hidden it away, wipe the dust of, put on a heap of oil (any oil don’t be acting the mick now by trying to be fancy) just grab something you could put in the engine of your car and pour it out (on the pan) turn on the cooker (red button on the wall, the one you always wondred what it was for) and turn the dial on the front and back rings, all four of them bad boys (this makes it easy rather than trying to figure out those bastarding tiny diagrams beside the dials)

(12) get the none meat stuff (onion, garlic, peas) and throw them on the pan) find a stick and stir them around, when they get hot and when smoke starts to fill the kitchen up open the tin or two of tomatoes (don’t be a mangy yoke use two of them) and stir them with the stick again.

(13) mix up the chicken stock, turn on the kettle (the one appliance with the microwave you are great at using) get a bowl and a spoon and mix the water and the cube (feck it put in a veg one too, lets go mad here). then all the pieces are gone, pour it over the stuff in the pan and wait and watch it bubble, stirring with the stick again.

(14) open the rice packet , this isn’t easy, rice is small and you have big thick fingers so take it slow real slow, if it pours out on the floor, don’t panic, get the dust pan and brush them up and throw in the pan (no one will know). get a few fists of rice and throw it in the pan and stir again. let it bubble, lovely bubbles. Turn the heat down.

(15) open the paprika bottle thingy and pour heaps of it over the meat, use the whole wee bottle of it, and if you are adventurous add a bit of chilli powder (try the hot stuff lad and see how you fare)

(16) heat a second pot and peg in all the meat bit be bit, let it cook  until it isn’t too pink anymore then put it on a clean plate (don’t use the plate where it was when it was raw or you will be death of yourself and whoever else is mad enough to eat this when its finally finished.

(17) give the rice a stir after about 10 mins and see if its starting to look a bit soft, then get that cooked animal flesh and throw it in there. turn the heat down low and let your creation bubble away.

(18) get the remote control, turn on the telly and set the alarm on the phone to go of in fifteen mins

(19) wake up when the alarm goes of, stir the stick again. if the fluid is absorbed into the rice then happy days. Taste the rice if its hard and the liquid level is low then add some water and go back to the tv. If there is heaps of liquid and its still hard go back to tv and pray you didn’t feck it all up (perhaps look up a take away menu just in case)

(20) eventually the rice will be soft. take it of the heat and cover with a bit of parsley, that the green stuff

(21) unlock the kitchen door. call the wife

(22) wait for her to put the knives and forks out, grab a spoon

(23) tell them all it may not look great but it will be lovely

(24) tell the kids to at least try it

(25) give up , get a spoon and eat it yourself if edible.

(26) put back in the plug of the fridge and hope she didn’t notice


(c) Francie McGivney 26.02.16

Recipe for Men number 373 Beans on Toast (Irish recipe so a bit of bad language)

Recipe for men :number 373
Beans on Toast
This recipe starts on shopping day when you have to select the right tin, don’t whatever you do allow your missus to pick the tin, even the big ladies will pick the wrong tin and destroy the meal before its even started. Scan the aisle until you find a good quality brand. None of that cheap shit, it will only give you problems of a digestive nature. For jaysus sake, keep away from the low fat option. Think about it logically the only thing light can be the sauce and that’s meant to be made out of tomatoes so how in god’s name are you supposed to be eating fat free tomatoes. Don’t be minding the sugar bullshit if you are desperate enough to cook any of my recipes then a bit of sugar is the least of your problems.
Tin of beans
Slice pan preferably white and full of sugar (see above)
Sliced ham (again none of that real cheap shit but no need for the mad dear stuff a few chemicals will only do you good)
A cup of tea

Sunday evening you have to wait until the wife is giving out about you been good for nothing because you won’t get up off your arse and do her the tea especially since seemingly she cooks every other day of the week. Of course all of this white noise will just go in one side and out the other (a bit like the beans later on). You look up from the sofa and say something along these lines
“Of course darling I will do beans on toast now in a minute”
She will give out even more about you been so useless that you are only fit for cooking that kind of rubbish, but you have implanted the idea in her head. You then pretend to fall asleep and wait until you smell the sweet odour of tomato sauce wafting in the air. At this stage you jump up and run out to the kitchen, trying not to injury the children or step on the cat (again) on the way. You proceed to take a load of bread out of the bag and put them in the toaster. You then tell the wife to sit down and you take over stirring the beans, this of course may give you a chance of some matrimonial benefits later on, of course the smell of you will most like counteract the slim chance you have.
This is where it gets tricky you have to time the toasting while preventing the beans from sticking to the end of the pan. This is a tricky thing for a man as it involves doing more than one thing at the same time but just take deep breaths and try your best. Once the toast is done butter it with real butter (that spread stuff will kill you eventually, it’s made out of cow dung and donkeys liver fat).
Cut the toast into squares or maybe triangles (it’s known that bread tastes better when cut into triangles it’s a scientific fact proven by Irish Mothers) and cover the plate with the resulting tasty shapes.

Continue to heat the beans until a few bubbles appear, make sure you don’t feck it all up by boiling the bejaysus out of them boys. This is vital, don’t take the eyes of the ball. Boiled beans are brutal. When heated pour them over the triangles making sure not to spill too much on the counter top.
If you remember put some toast down for the wife and leave a plate out for her to sort herself out.
Boil the kettle and make a cup of tea and put a spoon of honey to sweeten it. Honey is mad healthy so this one step will convert your tea into a healthy option. Don’t try and make the tea at the same time as the beans and toast because excuse the language now, you will fuck it up. Remember you are a man and we are incapable of doing two things at once not to mind three. If you try then you will most likely burn the house down so just don’t be acting the bollix and just wait for the end to make the tea.
Sit at the table and rip up a few slices of ham and mix into the beans this is an option because men need meat at all meals, it’s to ensure the smooth running of our constitution. Finally mill into the meal ignoring everything until the end, only rising your head to take big sups of tea.
Afterwards it is recommended to put the plate and cup into the dishwasher just in case you are still in with a chance of some love later on. Also sitting close to a door or open window is a good option in the aftermath as the beans and ham hit your digestive system.

Frank McGivney 18.01.15