Glazed Beef Ribs

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Must say, I have mixed results when trying to smoke beef ribs. They are occasionally a bit dry, and rarely consistently soft and melt in the mouth. More practice probably required, and I guess controlling the temperature of the smoker is all important. However, Tom Kerridge has the below recipe, which I have adapted to be half in the oven …

Chicken in a Basket

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Southern style chicken is a bit of a treat, but let’s be honest, deep frying stuff is a pain in the arse. Here we shallow fry to get crispy, then finish in the oven. Make sure you use dried herbs… Method Marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for 8+ hours, preferably overnight When ready mix all the dried ingredients to …

Butt Rub Sausage

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This is the first of a new wave of sausage making from me! The idea being that rather than faff about wth 10 different herbs and spices, the plan is to get the salt and pepper content right, and then use a pre-made rub of some kind to impart the flavour. The difficulty with this plan revolves entirely around gauging …

Black Treacle and Beer Bacon

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Curing bacon is not difficult. This recipe is a winner – cold smoked afterwards and then left to mature for a week or two I find it better diced into chunky lumps and used in salads, pastas or with scrambled egg. You can try to slice it and have it in a butty, but it’s not really right for that …

Salt Beef / Pastrami

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Making your own authentic Salt Beef is fairly easy – particularly if you use the equilibrium brining technique described below. I recommend using Weschenfelder’s superb cure mix. It’s essentially just right blend of salt and nitrates to do the job and produce that lovely pink colour. If you don’t wan to buy a bag of that, you can use a …

Tarta de Queso la Viña

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If you’ve never been to San Sebastian then put it on your list – nowhere else covers my 2 favourite hobbies of eating and drinking quite so perfectly. One of the highlights is the ‘burnt cheesecake’ sold by a small bar in a backroad of the Old Town. La Viña is so famous for these that cooling cakes adorn every available …

Home Cured Pancetta

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Curing bacon is not difficult. Buy a nice lump of pork belly, coat with cure, refrigerate, turn every day, done. Turning bacon into pancetta essentially just involves finding somewhere to hang it until it’s lost 20% or more of it’s body weight. This post on the daily brine says it all really – read it. All I can add is …

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 …

Steak Night

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Want an awesome dinner on a Saturday night but can’t be arsed to cook for hours? Got to be steak night! Anyone can fry a steak and bung a few chips in the oven, but steak is actually very versatile. This post is going to start by talking about cuts, move on to how to cook it, then finish with …