Smoked Peri-Peri Pork Chops

Smoked peri-peri pork chops with triple cooks chips and coleslaw

My wife and I really enjoy a thick, moist pork chop, served with fresh vegetables. A tasty, cost-effective meal. I recently acquired some rubs and marinades produced by Nando’s, so decided to give them a try. Yeah, with pork … why not?

Bring some diversity to pork chops with a couple of Nando’s rubs and this simple recipe.

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Lamb Tagine With Vegetables

Lamb tagine with vegetables served with bulgar wheat and pomegranate seeds

According to a well-known television drama series, winter is coming. So time to make some winter warming recipes for the cold months ahead, starting with a delicious lamb tagine. Simple to make, tasty and a welcome dinner for chilly winter nights.

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Pork and Chorizo Smash Burgers

Pork and chorizo burger served with triple cooked chips

There are some things that naturally go together … Ben and Jerry, Samson and Delilah and in the world of food, pork and chorizo. We used this classic combo to make delicious pork and chorizo burgers, served in a brioche bun with smokey cheese, served with triple cooked chips.

Make some crowd-pleasing alternative burgers with this simple recipe.

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Aloo Jeera – Potato with Cumin Seeds

One of the first blog posts I wrote was “Cooking a Life Less Ordinary” … when meals get mundane, mix it up. This is precisely how today’s dish came about. We had some potatoes left over and I wanted to cook a side dish with a bit of spice to it. Aloo Jeera was the perfect answer.

Make a really tasty and simple side dish at home with this easy recipe.

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Sous Vide Asian Duck Breast

Sous vide Asian duck breast with stir fried vegetables

I’m a sucker for delicious duck dishes, especially ones with a sauce and an Asian twist. This sous vide Asian duck breast, with really crispy skin, is up there in my favourites. The rich sauce pairs perfectly with moist duck and sesame-infused vegetables.

It’s also a perfect match for a good Pinot Noir.

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Smoke Your Own Cheese

Cold smoking a selection of cheeses

A local supermarket used to sell one of my favourite cheeses, oak-smoked Wensleydale. It was utterly delicious, and a regular purchase. Then one day it disappeared from the cheese counter, and a response from their HQ confirmed it was no longer stocked. Sad face.

But they continued to sell normal Wensleydale. And I do have a smoking device …

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Seared Pork and Chorizo with Sweetcorn Puree

Pork fillet with sweetcorn puree and pea shoots

I’ve had some delicious dishes of pan-seared scallop served on sweetcorn puree. I liked the puree idea, and wanted to try pairing it with something different. My wife suggested pork fillet … say no more! Add in pea shoots, asparagus tips and chorizo, this meal is fantastic!

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Inverted Dutch Oven Bread

Loaf of bread with scored openings

A while ago I published an article for home-baked crusty artisan bread. The loaves produced since have been consistently great, yet I aspired to have better fissures, as well as rise. However scoring the dough was proving quite tricky.

I recently found the ideal solution … I just needed to turn things, literally, upside down …

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Mushroom and Truffle Risotto

Mushroom and truffle risotto served with spiced duck breast

We had this as a side dish last week with Dizzy Pig Peking duck breast. After posting about that meal, I had a couple of requests for the risotto recipe … happy to oblige! This is really tasty, and goes well as part of a main course or a dish in its own right.

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Two-Way Dizzy Pig Peking Duck Breast

Dizzy Pig 'Peking' rub on duck breast with mushroom risotto and carrots

I took Dizzy Pig’s latest BBQ rub, Peking, for a spin with some duck breast. Cooked two different ways … the rub by itself, and also as the base for a marinade, both were served with tasty mushroom risotto and honey glazed carrots. The results were both delicious and different.

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Madeira and Mushroom Steak Sauce

Madeira and mushroom steak sauce served with rib-eye steak

I’ve published a few ways of cooking some delicious steak, especially rib-eye. Time to look at how to augment the dishes even further, starting with this tasty Madeira and mushroom steak sauce. It’s perfect with many cuts of steak, including filet mignon.

Enhance your steak experience today with this simple sauce recipe.

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Honey Glazed Carrots with Cumin

Honey glazed carrots with cumin served as a shared side dish

Another recipe in the “interesting side dishes” initiative, this time cooking carrots in a sous vide with honey and cumin. The resulting dish is some lovely, tasty, glazed vegetables suitable for a wide range of main courses.

Try these winter warming beauties out for yourself with this simple recipe.

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