Hangover breakfast… and lunch

hangover lunch
It’s been a bit touch and go for the old Grazza McFilthy Mouth today.

The precursor to this story if I may…

Yesterday I was paid a visit by an old friend and fellow chef who, for the purpose of this anecdote, shall be known as Toodles (mostly because that is his name). We proceeded to dive face first into a heap of beer, adding authenticity and conviction to the age old adage “chef’s really should not drink together”.

Oh, we did indeed drink together. I even invited a few more fellow chefs to come and join us on the verandah as if that was going to douse the flames of our drunkenness a little. Alas it appeared they had not received that memo and indeed proceeded to attempt to quell the fire that was our drunkenness with what could’ve only be described as regular house hold diesel fuel AKA. Their own drunkenness.

That same inebriation made me smile at the time but I must confess today has been a bit of a struggle. I have not even been able to trust myself with what I would normally consider the more simple of my daily tasks. Holding a conversation, pulling together a coherent sentence, brushing my teeth and simple grade 2 mathematics were all just beyond my grasp today.

I got through it with the help of some food. A lot of food.

This is what I reckon…

The sardines in the bacon fat ruled
The sardines in the bacon fat ruled

There was heaps of other good shit too
There was heaps of other good shit too
So much of this went into my face
So much of this went into my face

Nom nom nom
Nom nom nom

Breakfast consisted of grilled bacon, sardines that had been marinated in rosemary, olive oil and a splash of vinegar and then grilled in the bacon fat, my nana Rose’s potato cakes, toad in the hole (out here that’s what we call the bread with the hole cut in it and then fried with an egg cracked in the hole), fresh tomato and herb salad and coffee. A heap of coffee…

Chips loaded with good things
Chips loaded with good things

Lunch was home made mixed potato chips covered with a layer of beef chilli that spent a couple of hours in the smoker last night, then some crumbled feta and a bit of grated honky dory fridge cheese (this is whatever gratable cheese you have in the fridge).
Out the the grill and into my belly
Out the the grill and into my belly

Under the grill (broiler) for a few minutes until golden brown and then anointed with jalapeño relish, natural yoghurt and sriracha hot sauce. Straight the heck into my face hole.
So damn good
So damn good

This really is the sort of food you can only truly appreciate like it deserves to be appreciated when you are feeling the wrath of the decisions your drunken self made the previous evening.

I make me good now.

26 responses to “Hangover breakfast… and lunch”

  1. Oh my gawd Mr Food. I had the WORST hangover today but I didn’t eat anywhere near the delicious kind of food that you consumed this fine day. (Probably because I was ummm…unable to eat anything until midday.) I felt the wrath of my ill advised (by myself) decision to overimbibe on the fizz but we had a right old knees up, a fabulous boogie and lots of laughs. (Please send me those fries…now…please?)

    1. Bahaha. Sounds like it was the night for it then Mrs Cheer 😜. The things we do, eh.

  2. You’re almost encouraging me to go out and get really drunk so tomorrow I can be ruefully hungover and make a lot of food to enjoy. Almost. Glad you had a good time and got yourself back in working order!

    1. Cheers. I’m glad I’m back in working order 😜

  3. The sardines in bacon fat look top. We have a different “toad in the hole” in the UK and I remember asking an Aussie friend if he fancied toad in the hole. His face told me that he really didn’t fancy having a toe in his hole…..bad misunderstanding:)

    1. The sardines were awesome!
      And i can understand why he didnt want your toe in his hole 😜

  4. Stunning indeed Monsieur stunning indeed

    1. Why thank you my friend. We could’ve put a dent in that after a few 😜

      1. Agreed ! Sitting in the pub right now 🍻

  5. I could with this now. No hangover. But, I’m heading out on the bike up the mountains, in the rain and wind. Perhaps I should have a couple of swifties before hitting the hills.

    1. Cheers Conor. You always need a couple of swifties for the hills! 🙂

    1. Why thank you. I loved it once I had got through it 😜

  6. OMG if you ever need help with that fire on your verandah, give me a shout. I’ll try and make it in time for the breakfast … those sardines …

    1. Yes chef! You’re gonna need a bit of notice though, yeah?
      Cheers G 😜

      1. I live 20 minutes from Heathrow. 20 hours for the flight? That should leave it just enough time to grab the last bites …

  7. Haha ok those sardines.. not my idea of hangover food. But kudos to you for making this epic spread while recovering from your day yesterday. Looks great! 🙂

    1. Haha. I understand sardines are not everyones cup of tea, but we certainly love them around here. Cheers my friend 😜

  8. This is definitely good hangover food! You know how it’s done. 🙂

    1. Too much experience in the old days…

  9. i’m sober, boy i think i can eat the hell all of it…..

  10. Ok … after more than a 6 month absence from wordpress, I tune in tonight only to find that not only are we both suffering from a bitchin’ hangover, my hangover food was almost identical to yours…white anchovies instead of sardines for me…big fry up…yes…toad in the hole with a side of fries topped with beef chili and cheese…scary shit…!!!
    So glad you are still posting 🙂

    1. Holy balls she’s alive!
      It sucks when my wordpress homies disappear cos I have no other form of contact.
      So glad to have you back on the grid, Hel! Fucking unbelievable!

  11. Hahaha…I’ve been suffering from a serious lack of cooking and writing skills.
    Everything I did was crap!
    I took it as a sign to give it a rest for a while. I’m hoping to get back into it…I’m going to lounge on my couch today and catch up on your posts…I’m following you on Instagram so I’m sure not to miss a thing 🙂

    1. Well it’s good to have you back 👌

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