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Rob Broadfield with his easy-peasy sausage rolls. Picture: Robert Duncan/The West Australian

Throw away the corn chips, watery bottled salsa and frozen meat and join the growing trend for home-made snacks.

Perth cooking school owner and chef Sophie Budd said there was a growing trend for men to cook.

"About 40 per cent of my students are men these days and they're not doing it just to impress the girls, they're learning to cook to impress their mates too," Ms Budd said.

"A lot of these blokes like nothing better than to cook food to watch the footy with."

Inspired by high-profile cooking shows like MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules, WA blokes are increasingly hitting the kitchen to cook fair dinkum snacks, which are cheaper, healthier and more fun to eat than the more traditional, over-processed TV snacks like party pies, corn chips, potato crisps and oven-ready pizza.

Sausage rolls are about as easy as it gets. Mix together fresh herbs with good lean mince - veal, pork or lamb or a combination of the three - and then add finely chopped fatty bacon or pancetta and finely grated parmesan cheese.

Roll into a sausage and wrap with store-bought puff pastry. Don't forget the tomato sauce.

With so-called "dude food" all the rage these days, crispy-skin pork belly served in a soft bun with Asian slaw or cucumber and spring onion, is about as easy as it gets.

Or buy a roast duck from your favourite Chinese barbecue restaurant and shred it into store-bought (or home-made) tortillas with cucumber and hoi sin sauce. But keep it small, you'll need one hand for the food and one hand for a drink. Good TV food is portable food.

And for those who want to stay healthy, nothing beats a platter of raw vegetables with a good dip on the side.

The West Australian

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