Food files with Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross
Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30
The Leinster and Ireland prop and Lineout Magazine technology columnist reveals his match-day meals and food dislikes.
I try not to eat a lot of processed foods. I cook most of the food at home myself. I try and use stuff that's local or in season.
Practice makes perfect
I tend to follow a recipe fairly rigidly - I have a science degree so I tend to do things by the book. But my wife has a different philosophy and she tends to do a pinch of this, a pinch of that. I'm very into my barbecue and I smoke meat. The most difficult thing about that is getting the temperature right and leaving it there for hours.
Be an adventurous eater
I'm not a big fan of liver or Brussels sprouts but I'll try most things once. I ate Rocky Mountain oysters when I was in Argentina, which are not from the Rocky Mountain, nor are they oysters. [They're testicles]. I wouldn't have them again, I'll put it like that! I was probably a bit too conscious of what I was chewing on.
Match-day meals are carb heavy
Usually I tend to have chicken and pasta with some sort of a sauce - it doesn't really change too much. There's one thing I won't do when I retire and that's ever eat chicken and pasta again! I try and cut the calories off-season because I can put on weight fairly easily if I put my mind to it. I wouldn't eat a huge amount of bread or pasta otherwise.
Mike Ross will be demonstrating his favourite 'In Training Menu' at Dublin's Miele Experience Centre in April. For dates, tickets and further information, please contact Miele on (01) 461-0710.
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