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Better Man in a Month Day 5 – Eat or drink something you consider “exotic”

Being that it’s Friday and everyone probably has better things to do than read a length post, I’m going to make this one really quick and easy. Tonight, or this weekend, eat something that you normally shy away from. So many people I know will only eat what they’ve always eaten, they won’t even try a new sauce on their steak because they like mushroom sauce for instance. Same with drinking – a lot of guys will only drink beer and frown on everything else. Seriously, this weekend, broaden your horizons and your palate by trying something new. I’m not saying you have to eat something you’d normally consider extreme, but branch out a bit. If you always go out for Chinese, try Vietnamese or Thai instead. If you always eat chicken or steak, give duck a shot. Take a walk on the wild side, you’ll probably find that you really like what you try and it opens the floodgates of curiosity for you.

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Better Man in a Month Day 2 – Cook something

No doubt you think this is some strange attempt to get you to embrace your feminine side or to take the pressure off the wife at home. Well I can assure you it is neither of those. Aside from being able to actually catch your dinner, being able to cook it was a major step in human evolution. Here we are in 2011, and studies in Australia show that with Gen Y over half of all those questioned (males AND females) could not cook a meal. That is a pretty scary fact. So, where do you fit in this study? Can you cook some basic stuff like eggs or cheese on toast? Perhaps you have a decent knowledge and can cook a nice meal for your girlfriend or wife. Maybe you are one of those guys that can’t even cook toast without burning it. Well, it’s time to shape up and man up. Continue reading

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Saturday night drinks – cocktails

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Heading out on the town tonight and don’t feel like drinking your usual beverage? Wondering if there’s something different out there that can really wet your whistle? Today we’re going to go through some classic cocktails to liven up your night but more importantly your taste buds! Old school cocktails are rarely ordered nowadays with so much else to choose from on the market, but even with all the newer cocktails out there the older ones don’t get the credit they deserve. Up until about 30 years ago there really wasn’t much to choose from when you hit the town for a night out. Sure, there was beer (and a very limited variety at that), but wine came in a cardboard box unless you were wealthy and knew what you were looking for, lollipop drinks (which a bloke shouldn’t be seen drinking anyway) were almost 2 decades away, apart from that it was spirits. So if you wanted something nice besides beer, it was a cocktail. Now, the old cocktails are very different from today’s 10 ingredient monstrosities which have so many sweet ingredients in them to make it easy to mask a ridiculous amount of alcohol, in order to help you get wasted quickly. When you think of old cocktails they are generally 2, maybe 3 ingredients; taking 2-3 ingredients, mixing them with ice and making them palatable is a very subtle art. Let’s take a look at a few. Continue reading

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The basic cooking series – Beef

So, we’re going to go right back to basics before getting into any recipes in order to give you guys a really good foundation for cooking. Speaking to a friend the other day, his dilemma was not that he couldn’t cook anything, but that it all “tasted the same”. Well, I can certainly help there. To keep things nice and structured, we’re going to go through each animal and the different cuts of meat, how to best prepare them and what herbs and spices to use to jazz it up to be more than your typical meat and 2 veg. I’ll give you a couple of really basic recipes to finish things off. Continue reading

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Wine basics

Photo: Mick Stephenson

Wine is a drink that for a long time in many countries has carried connotations of the upper class and snobbery. In a country like Australia, where a couple of decades ago anything except wine in a cardboard box would have set you back a lot of money it is easy to understand why. For some reason a lot of men in Australia still seem to have this odd point of view; as they throw back their schooners of beer they’ll call any bloke in visual range sipping a glass of wine a pansy, a snob or any one of a dozen names with similar meaning. It’s time to get something straight people: wine is no longer the exclusive domain of the wealthy, the snobbish, the gourmet inclined, it is for everyone that likes to enjoy a drink. So today we are going to get into it and explore the world of wine for those that are curious. Continue reading

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Drinks to warm you up this winter

As the weather starts to cool down (it already has here in Canberra in a big way), the usual cold drinks become less enticing. When it’s stormy and freezing outside at night, the last thing you want to reach for is an ice cold beer or white wine. So what’s the solution? People in colder climates have been concocting their own unique winter warming drinks for centuries, and the great news is you don’t have to limit yourself to shooting vodka as though you are living in Russia. Whether you regularly enjoy a beer, wine or spirits, there’s something for everyone. Continue reading

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The basic cooking series – bolognase sauce

 

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