Friday, February 16, 2007

P is for...

P is for Pub Grub.
Who: Pub Food.
What: That would be the food that is served at pubs.
Where and When: The word "pub" comes from the term "Public House" which is what Pubs were called in the Victorian era. Pubs actually originated in the Roman times, 2000 years ago.
Why: Because it tastes good, and sometimes sitting with your friends, drinking a pint and eating some nibbles is a good way to pass an evening.

Some blurry camera phone pictures of a recent pub visit:
A pint of Ricketts for Scott and a pint of Strongbow for me.
Beautiful gooey full of fat Guinness and Cheddar Soup.
Hot Wings.

Sadly my phone battery died before I could take a picture of our potato nachos - have any of you had these? They cut waffle fries, cook them, and then use them like tortilla chips in nachos, covered with cheese, tomatos and onions and served with sour cream and salsa. They were gooooood.

On another visit to another pub we shared this platter. Natchos, wings, skins, little fried pork things. Ohhhh, the grease.

Click here for my recipe for potato skins.

After potato skins my favorite pub snacks are dips.

Smokey Black Bean Dip

This is adapted slightly from Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons

1 can black beans, rinsed well and drained
small handful cilantro, chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 canned chipolte pepper in adobo
pinch of cayenne pepper
juice of one lime
salt and pepper

Place the beans through lime juice into a food processor and whiz until blended but still a teeney bit chunky. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

If you have leftover bean dip, it is sooo good wrapped in a tortilla, or plonked on some scrambled eggs.

Hot Artichoke Dip

1 small jar (6oz) marinated artichoke hearts
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 small tomato, finely chopped

Drain the artichokes and finely chop them. Mix all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper if needed. Pour into a small dish and bake at 400' for 15 minutes until hot.

Previous Alphabet Posts:
A is for Artichoke
B is for Beet
C is for Carrot
D is for Dogs
E is for Egg
F is for Fondue
G is for Garlic
H is for Hamburger
I is for Indian Food
J is for Jamie Oliver
K is for Kaffir Lime Leaves
L is for Lobster
M is for Mushroom
N is for Noodle
O is for Onion


Emmy said...

That smokey black bean dip looks so delicious. Black bean dip is one of Rob's favorite things. I'll have to give this recipe a twirl. Thanks for sharing :)

Ruth Daniels said...

I particularly like the looks of the artichoke dip.

Thanks for sharing.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yep, sometimes guys/gals just got to have pub snacks. Bean dips of any kind and especially black beans are favorities of mine.
Thanks mucho!

Anonymous said...

Passing the time with good friends, good drinks and good food is always a great way to spend the evening! I never knew where the word "pub" came from. Another foodie factoid has been added to my brain - ding! - thank you very much. ;)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Peabody said...

I can't believe you are already to P. Pub food is the best!

Sara said...

Emmy - mine too, thanks!

Ruth, thanks to you too!

Tanna - i totally love beans and bean dip has so many uses.

Ari - thanks for your kind words.

Peabody - the alphabet is getting a lot harder. U? X? Z???? Argh.

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