I like making them myself with minced beef, adding breadcrumbs to soak up the fat, herbes de Provence, garlic, S&P and sometimes a dash of Worcestershire sauce, all bound together with a beaten egg.
They are so tasty that I can't bear to buy ready-made ones any more. I either grill them, fry them or chuck 'em on the barbecue, and always eat them in a toasted burger bun with sweet onion, ketchup and tomato. Mmm
2. What's your favourite way of preparing chips?
I think I do them the Jamie Oliver way. I heat olive oil in an oven tray to 200°C, then throw on the chips I've cut from real potatoes. They take about an hour, and I like them well-tanned. You can either just salt them, or sprinkle over some gremolata (parsley, lemon zest, crushed garlic) which makes them really something. I wouldn't add vinegar as well however. They are way less fatty than cooking them in a deep-fat fryer, and are really tasty.
3. What's your favourite way of preparing pizza?
You can make fab dough in a bread machine. It takes 90 minutes to do and the quantity makes three thin or two medium crust pizzas. I bought some of those pizza trays with holes which prevent the dough from going soggy, and my oven has a pizza programme so they always turn out properly cooked. The boys prefer pizza without cheese but with chorizo and bacon bits, and I like it with cheese and any veggies lurking in the fridge.
4. The asparagus season is over now, but my eldest's favourite way of eating it was in a quiche. Ready-rolled pastry thinly spread with mustard, fried up bacon bits sprinkled over the top, chopped sweet onion and the steamed asparagus all covered with a mixture of 4 eggs and a small box of 15% fat liquid cream with some fines herbes. Twenty minutes in a hot oven (220°C) and Bob's yer uncle.
5. Finally, with the barbecue season upon us, you can run up the best sauce ever by heating olive oil with some ketchup, Branston pickle and water to thin. Add anything you like extra such as a little HP sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, herbs etc. Heat gently and pour over the barbecued meat when ready. Enjoy with crusty bread and a green salad, and your summer is off to a great start!