Today I have a lovely little guest post for all  single men out there. Enjoy.

It’s actually a myth that independent men make bad cooks. With a little imagination and flair most men can create a feast in no time.

Entertaining at home 

If you want to impress a guest, one of the easiest ways to cook a meal is to use your oven to prepare the vegetables and meat. You will have to make sure that you get the timings right, but as long as you stick to the maxim that most meats cook at 20-30 minutes to the lb and that the vegetables take around 45 mins to complete you can prepare a delicious feast with the minimum of effort.

Chicken in spiced rice

This is the sort of meal that can look great, and takes little preparation. Cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks, and fry in a pot with spices, onion and garlic. Add a cup of rice.

It’s really up to you to decide upon any other vegetables you may wish to add to the pot. Peppers are great, and so are mushrooms. You may also want to add a touch of tomato puree.

Now add a pint of fresh stock to the pot, bring to the boil, cover and simmer. Don’t be tempted to lift the lid and stir; this dish cooks itself. You can always serve it with a fresh green salad.

Homemade burgers

At most barbecues you’ll see a man wearing a silly apron demonstrating his cooking skills; it’s sort of a summer tradition. In most cases, someone else will have prepared the burgers etc for him.

Homemade burgers are really easy to make. You can use minced beef, pork or lamb. If you want plain burgers, divide the mince into patties, season well, and you can add some breadcrumbs for texture at this stage. Grill the patties on each side, and voila.

If you want to extend your repertoire, try adding some diced olives and peppers for a spicy taste. A pinch of paprika will add extra flavour. You can prepare side salads and toasted sesame buns as an accompaniment to this dish.

Prawns and garlic

This simple but tasty snack is perfect for the warmer weather. Heat olive oil in a large pan; add garlic and chilli flakes with salt and pepper. Fry the prawns, you can leave them in their shells, for around 3 minutes. Mop up the delicious juices with hot crusty French bread. This dish looks sumptuous and tastes wonderful.

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