It’s time for the Olympics. It’s time to start going to the gym after inspirational highlight reels on the television make you feel like you can better yourself. It’s time to better yourself in a manner which all Olympians will have taken to for so many years. Right now, you also can’t help getting in to the South American twist of culture and bold Brazillian ways.

Mantality writer Danny Andrea is a walking oxymoron and quite possibly the craziest chick you’ll meet, or read about to be more precise. Being Greek and a natural feeder, self-admittedly, her true love lies with food, and good food, real home-cooked hearty, but healthy meals; and that’s exactly what she’ll be writing about.  But, with a perceptive view on a typical male situation – the attempt at cooking in tune with a world event. In this case, Danny outlines the go–to feast, which is an un–negotiable to try out!

You’re sat in the pub with the boys. You’ve had a few beers. You are Johnny (or Tom, or Dave, or Joey) Big Bollocks. You are The Man. You have the big TV, the nice pad and the big beer fridge. The Olympics are on next week so naturally you pipe up and say you’ll have the lads over to yours to watch it, on that big TV, on your big leather recliners, with your fridge full of beers. Where else would they want to watch it? There’s only one problem, you can’t cook, not well anyway. Not more than heating up a tin of beans and sticking a few slices of toast in the toaster, and even then you burn the toast and dry out the beans. What on earth are you going to feed them. They’re going to be there all day, lots of booze and lots of hungry boys.

Fear not my culinary-inept friend, fear not. You’re about to show them all how it’s done. You’re about to blow them all out of the water, run them off the track and take home the gold with your South American inspired feast. You’re even going to sound like the big dog when you say it. You are making Moqueca.

Don’t be scared, it’s not nearly as difficult to make as it is to pronounce. This is going to make the 100m hurdles seem like a walk in the park.

Moqueca for the Modern Man

Serves 3-4 persons

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 40 mins

Eating time: 30 seconds, if you’re lucky!

Ingredients:

200g Raw King Prawns

200g Cod Loin cut into chunks

200g Monkfish cut into chunks

3 Large Tomatoes

1 Large Red Pepper

1 Large Onion

1 Tin of Coconut Milk

3 Cloves of Garlic

3 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tsp Paprika

2 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes (because real men like it hot)

1 Fresh Lime

Handful of Fresh Coriander


Method:

  1. Pop all of your fish and prawns into a big bowl and add the juice of half the lime. Crush 2 cloves of the garlic and add to the bowl, mix well and set to one side. (As a note this dish would work just as well with chicken or all the veggies if you’re not a fish lover.)
  2. Heat the olive oil in a big pan over a medium heat.
  3. Chop your onion and red pepper into big meaty chunks and add to the pan with the remainder of your garlic.
  4. Keep the veggies moving, you want them to colour but not to burn.
  5. Add in your paprika and the chilli flakes and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the veggies are nicely coated in the spices.
  6. Roughly chop up your tomatoes and add to the pan and mix with the other ingredients.
  7. Add the tin of coconut milk, and half the can full of water.
  8. Simmer for 20 mins, stirring every 5 mins or so.
  9. Add in your marinated fish and cook for a further 10 on a low heat.
  10. Season to taste, personally I would add a ton of fresh cracked black pepper.
  11. Serve it up in big old bowls with tons of rice and the fresh coriander torn by hand.
  12. Enjoy
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The great thing about this dish is you don’t have to actually serve it up. Stick some big old serving spoons in the pans and let the boys help themselves. Just make sure you serve yours first, as there’s likely to be very little left!

Love and Olympic Man Hugs

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