Wings

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Wings – where to even begin? There are wings and there are wings. I want wing perfection, and why not? A plate of wings is well into 3 figures on the calorie count so why bother wasting it on soft, limp, greasy monstrosities that even the majority of professional kitchens refer to as buffalo wings. For the record, Brew Dog …

Magnificent Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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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 …

Scotch Eggs 2 Ways

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Who doesn’t love a scotch egg? Even a crappy one from Sainsbury’s is a glorious feast, but if you’ve never had a freshly made restaurant quality scotch egg with a runny middle and a crunchy outer, served up with a little piccalilli you haven’t lived! They are surprisingly easy to make so long as you have the right equipment (a …

Cracking Crackling

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Perfect crackling is a lot easier than a lot of people think it is, check out the Roast Pork recipe here, which covers how to do it when there’s a big lump of meat involved, however, these cracklin’ strips are so easy they are virtually fool proof! I usually make these with the skin left over on sausage making days …

Quick Breads

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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

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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

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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 …

Fancy Cheese & Ham Toastie

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Yes, it’s a cheese toastie but I had to record it here for posterity – it’s inspired by one of the finest street food stalls in London Town: Kappacasein These gooey treats are made with a carefully selected combination of three cheeses – Ogleshield, Montgomery cheddar and Comte – which are added to a sharp mix of leeks and onions …

Versatile Tomato Sauce

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This sauce is so simple and versatile, yet extremely tasty. You can knock it up in 15 minutes and it’s fantastic with pasta for lunch, it’s great poured over a grilled chicken breast, or even blitz it and enjoy it as a soup! Method Put everything into a saucepan, season well and bring to the boil Simmer until reduced by …

Tasty Bit of Crumpet

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Yes, of course you can just go and buy some, but these are far more satisfying. Make the batter an hour in advance, then you’ll need some crumpet rings… Method Mix the sugar, warm milk and water in a jug and stir in the yeast. Leave in a warm place for 15 minutes until frothy. Mix the flours together with …