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Night Shift Reward: Lentil Soup and the Sainthood of Spouses

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They say behind every great man is a greater woman. Well, last night, behind this bleary-eyed night shifter stood a woman practically wielding a machete, heroically chopping her way through a mountain of vegetables. The result? A steaming pot of Lentil Soup so good, it deserves an AI crafted sonnet :  In humble bowls, a simple feast takes form, A broth of gold, with earthy whispers tinged, Where tiny lentils, weathered through the storm, In gentle heat, to fragrant life are hinged. With verdant herbs, a dance of flavours starts, And carrots lend their sweetness to the stage, While onions sing their softly soulful parts, And celery with subtle bite engages. A sprinkle bright, of lemon's zesty kiss, Awakes the senses, sets the tastebuds free, A symphony of textures, more than this, A warmth within, a comfort meant to be. So raise a spoon to this unassuming friend, Lentil soup, a solace without end. Now, full disclosure, my culinary skills are more "instant noodles and a prayer&q

A Man's Guide: Pancake Tuesday

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It's that time of year again – Pancake Tuesday! Now, I know what you're thinking: "Pancakes are for wimps and kids' birthday parties." But hold your horses, fellas, because this ain't your nan's limp, sugar-dusted offering. This is a day for men, a day for batter explosions, questionable flipping skills, and enough melted chocolate to silence even the most vocal Mrs. Doubtfire. But before we get to the good stuff, let's brush up on our history. Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, dates back to the days when Lent meant more than just giving up chocolate (although, let's be honest, that's a struggle). It was a 40-day fast, a time to ditch the dairy, eggs, and all things delicious. So, what did our clever ancestors do? They invented a day to use up all those forbidden goodies in a glorious, buttery frenzy! Enter the pancake – the perfect vessel for soaking up eggs, milk, and enough flour to make your biceps scream. Now, before you reach for the

Snack: Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle and Baked Potato

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This is a culinary adventure that will tantalise your taste buds and test the limits of your digestive system.  Today's menu:  a Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle and a Baked Potato. Sounds fancy, right? The Players: The Bombay Bad Boy: Not your average pot noodle, this fiery fella boasts a "chilli sauce for added heat" that promises to make you sweat like you're running a marathon in the Sahara. Let's hope it delivers, because a lukewarm pot noodle is about as exciting as a Tuesday night in Millom. The Baked Potato: The trusty spud, a blank canvas for culinary creativity. Today, she'll be playing the role of supporting actress, soaking up the fiery wrath of the Bad Boy and providing some much-needed stodge. The Method: Nuke the spud:  Because who's got time for an oven? Plus, there's something strangely satisfying about shoving a potato in the microwave and hoping it doesn't explode. Unleash the Bad Boy:  Follow the packet instructions (if you can be bo

Pizza: A Pilgrimage of Passion

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I've just succumbed to the siren song of spice, the forbidden fruit of the pizzaiolo's oven. Not just any pizza, mind you, but a Vesuvius of cheesy, saucy goodness, crowned with enough jalapeños to make a dragon cry.  Let me paint a picture, my darlings: a canvas of golden crust, its edges blistered and begging for a dunk in the garlic dip. Upon this bready base, a vibrant tapestry of tomato sauce, its hue the blush of a️️️ after a particularly steamy salsa lesson. And then, the pièce de résistance: a galaxy of pepperoni cups, each one a miniature volcano waiting to erupt with molten meaty goodness. But this, my friends, was no ordinary pepperoni pizza. This was a pizza for the brave, the adventurous, the heat-seekers who like their️️️ with a little somethin' somethin' extra. Scattered amidst the pepperoni like constellations in a sky of molten cheese were these little green… demons . Jalapeños, they called them. Tiny slices of emerald fire, promising both pleasure and