Tomato and Beef Dripping Salad

headchef Sides Leave a Comment

Off Tom Kerridge’s show, this looks like a cracker to serve at a BBQ or along side something hot off the smoker… Method Melt the dripping over a gentle heat Slice up the tomatoes into good chunky slices (don’t want them breaking down later) Finely slice and onion and add this, with the tomatoes, and the lemon thyme to a …

Magnificent Mac ‘n’ Cheese

headchef BBQ, Sides, Snacks, Weekend Specials Leave a Comment

Mac ‘n’ Cheese is a great blank canvas, hence why a Mac n Cheese bar is so popular at festivals and other pop up events these days. Master the basics, then you can start sprinkling on interesting toppings. The only advice I’d give is that ‘crunchy’ should probably be the focus. Dried onion crisps, crumbled slow grilled streaky bacon, or …

Perfect Yorkshires

headchef Sides Leave a Comment

This recipe comes from a card I received when I visited the Marylebone uber-butcher, The Ginger Pig. What they don’t know about beef isn’t worth knowing, so it follows that their yorkie puds will be awesome… Method Set the oven to 220°C Add the dripping to whatever container you’re using – experiment with different containers, deep muffin tins produce tall …

Cracking Crackling

headchef Sides, Snacks Leave a Comment

Perfect crackling is a lot easier than a lot of people think it is. I usually make these with the skin left over on sausage making days, tried and tested they come out perfect every time. I also recommend you consider skinning joints of pork and cooking the skin separately like this if the joint is on the small side …

Quick Breads

headchef Sides, Snacks Leave a Comment

I didn’t really ever consider the existance of ‘quick bread’ until that is, I saw last night’s episode of the Great British Bake Off. All of a sudden, the Saturday morning loaf might actually be ready by lunchtime… Basic Soda Bread Quick breads work by generating the lift gas due to the reaction of bicarb of soda and something acidic, …

Focaccia

headchef Sides, Snacks Leave a Comment

I always thought I didn’t really like focaccia, but I promise you this beauty bears no resemblance to the heavy stodge that you buy from the supermarket and reheat at home. Focaccia is a light, crispy bread, heavy on olive oil and infused with a variety of additional ingredients. The general rule is if it cooks inside 15 minutes, it’s …

Ciabatta

headchef Sides, Snacks Leave a Comment

I love ciabatta, its a close run thing between this and sourdough for King of Breads if you ask me. Here is the summary of what I learned on a Italian breads course at the excellent Bread Ahead bakery school in Borough Market. The key, as ever, is super high quality ingredients. Going the extra mile to source organic, stone-milled …

Creamed Corn

headchef BBQ, Sides Leave a Comment

This American dish is a staple of the mid west, and is a great accompaniment to a BBQ as its cheap, easy to make and goes well with char grilled meats. The one thing it definitely isn’t though, is easy on the waistline! Method Whisk the flour and milk together in a jug Add everything else to a pan and …

Spicy Red Cabbage

headchef Sides Leave a Comment

This suggestion from Abel & Cole is easy and tasty. Don’t over do the chilli, just a hint of heat is best. This is fantastic as a side to the Ultimate Chicken Pie. Method Slice/shred the cabbage and chop the chilli Melt the butter in a little oil Fry the cabbage with the chilli and cumin seed for 4-5 minutes …

Chilli Crab Mix

headchef Sides, Snacks Leave a Comment

Hmm, couldn’t think of a better name, but this goes down a storm at parties. Method Mix the crab with the finely chopped raw chilli, and the coriander Add a finely chopped spring onion if you want to Squeeze in the juice of a lime, and some zest (the finely grated skin) Mix in a few spoonfuls of sour cream …