Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Chicken Wings

We discovered salt ‘n’ vinegar chicken wings whilst on holiday in the USA. It seemed like a crazy combination, but throwing caution (and a couple of dollars) to the wind, we gave it a shot. They were delicious, a superb fusion of classic British fish ‘n’ chip flavours with American cuisine.

And as it happens, very easy to make at home, either oven baked or al fresco style in a BBQ …

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Ranch Dipping Sauce with Gherkin

With the summer well and truly in swing, it’s time to BBQ some awesome meals in the glorious sunshine. This ranch dipping sauce with gherkin takes standard sauces up a few notches, and is perfect for ribs, chicken wings and grilled vegetables. It’s even great with cod goujon!

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New And Improved Pizza Dough Recipe

I’m a sucker for great pizza! So many different combinations of toppings and sauces, whether it’s steak and mushroom with BBQ sauce or a vegetarian pizza with passata. Endless possibilities. Yet my tried and tested pizza dough recipe has remained the same … could that be improved?

Yep, it could. And it has been. I tried one of Ken Forkish’s pizza dough recipes, this has upped the quality for our homemade pizzas. It’s easy to manipulate, not too thin and perfect elasticity. The pizza has more texture and flavour, is slightly chewy with just the right level of crispness. And it’s just as simple to make as ever …

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Photographing the Moon and Bears with Digiscoping

Yes, that’s a picture of the moon, taken by my wife earlier in the year … I’m going strictly off-topic with this week’s blog post. And if you’ve got a cellphone you could take shots like this too. All you need is a pair of binoculars (monocular and spotting scopes also work) and a handy little gadget and hey presto, you’re digiscoping!

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Mad Max Turkey Burgers

For the next in our series of burger recipes, we present the Mad Max Turkey Burger. Infused with the flavours of the unqiue Mad Max seasoning, and packed with a little chorizo, this is a great tasting lean meat burger. And utterly delicious.

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast

A simple recipe this week, perfect for summer evenings. Wild garlic leaf is in season, and my wife had made a batch of her excellent wild garlic leaf pesto sauce. Smokey bacon is a perfect match for it, so I cooked up some bacon wrapped stuff chicken breast with wild garlic leaf pesto pasta to enjoy in the warm summer sun.

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Sticky Tamarind Baby Back Ribs

I hosted an al fresco lunch event for my work colleagues a couple of weeks ago. We are sadly all going through a redundancy period, so to lift spirits I prayed for good weather and cooked up a few classic dishes, including some tasty sticky tamarind baby back ribs.

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Braised Lamb Shoulder Shank with Chorizo

Lamb shoulder shanks? That was a new one on me, having roasted lamb shanks for numerous dinners in the past. Combined with spicy chorizo and textured pinto beans, and cooked low and slow to extract the rich flavours, this made for a stunning meal on a sunny evening.

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Vietnamese Pork and Lemongrass Burger

It’s the second birthday of The Cook’s Digest! As our Vietnam adventures were the inspiration for becoming immersed in culinary pursuits, it seemed appropriate to cook a celebratory meal using classic Vietnamese ingredients. And thus the Vietnamese pork and lemongrass burger was created, a decidedly different take on the classic burger.

Simple to make and a tasty alternative to the standard beef burger, give this one a try on your barbecue. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Apricot Preserve and Maple Syrup Glazed Pork

Spurred on by the awesome huckleberry glazed roast mutton, I made another glazed roast this week with apricot preserve glazed pork.  The dish has sweetness, with a hint of sour. It was remarkably tasty, and something we’ll be trying again very soon.

Impress your family and dinner guests with this simple, delicious roast pork recipe.

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Mutton Leg with Huckleberry Glaze

We’d had roast mutton a month ago for the first time, and really enjoyed it. The meat had a texture and flavour that I thought would work with a sweet glaze. We had some huckleberry syrup and jam … so voila, a quick sauce was concocted to make a delicious mutton leg with huckleberry glaze.

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Butternut Squash Macaroni Cheese

A great macaroni cheese, or mac ‘n’ cheese, is something we’ve been wanting to make for some time. There are some inspired recipes out there, we drew on some of those and added some of our own ideas into the mix. The result was an awesome butternut squash macaroni cheese.

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