Bone Marrow Glazed Steak

Bone marrow glazed steak with potatoes and asparagus

I confess, there are a few steak posts in this blog … but heck, my wife and I enjoy a good rib-eye, it’s one of our favourite meals. How to improve on it, though? We recently found a way to enhance the flavour by several notches … searing with a bone marrow glaze.

Step up your own home cooked steaks with this really simple recipe.

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Vietnamese Roast Duck and Pineapple

Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple with seared pak choi and asparagus

I made the classic dish of Vietnamese braised duck and pineapple a while ago. It was good, however my wife suggested roasting the duck to bring out more flavour. I agreed.

Discussions with a friend in Saigon revealed that Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple isn’t a traditional meal in his country. He also liked the roasting idea. So I created a recipe and named the dish Vịt Nướng Thơm (a literal translation). My wife approved.

Make my take on Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple at home with this step-by-step guide.

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Umami Smash Burgers

Umami smash burger served with fresh asparagus and chips

Burgers cooking on the BBQ are ubiquitous with warm, sunny summer days. Yet they can quickly become repetitive and ordinary. How to make them … well, less ordinary?

Through chance experiment we discovered that chestnut mushrooms, Dizzy Pig Red Eye Express rub and a little butter combine to exhibit an umami-like taste. Very left field and unexpected. So we used those ingredients in crafting some truly outstanding smash burgers.

Make these distinctive, delicious and very different burgers yourself with this simple recipe.

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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Baked Pineapple

Sweet 'n' spicy baked pineapple served with vanilla ice cream

We recently cooked some Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple for dinner. The baked pineapple rings were a harmonious blend of spice and sweet, and held its own in terms of texture and flavour.

My wife thought the pineapple (suitably paired with vanilla ice cream) would be a great dessert. She was right … as usual. And thus sweet ‘n’ spicy baked pineapple came to be.

Try a different, delicious and refreshing dessert at home with this easy recipe.

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Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Sauce

Wild garlic leaf pesto sauce with some of the ingredients

Wild garlic is in season at the moment, and I’m fortunate enough to have parents-in-law with this wonderful herb growing in their back garden. My wife picked some and used it to make a tasty, fresh wild garlic leaf pesto sauce.

We had this with some pappardelle pasta, which was served with smoked chicken and asparagus. Utterly delicious. It can also be used for vegetables, or as a dip.

Discover how to make wild garlic leaf pesto sauce yourself with this easy recipe.

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Spring Cleaning The Big Green Egg

Searing rib-eye steaks ... spattering fat and blowing smoke onto the Egg

As with a conventional oven, over time a Big Green Egg gets gunked up with fat, grease and other undesirable detritus. When the ceramics glisten with black, fatty deposits and there’s an aroma of fat as the Egg warms up, it’s time for a clean.

Not with Mr. Muscle though. I restored the Egg by performing a clean burn. The result was an Egg nearly back to the state it was when purchased.
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Simply Zensational Vietnamese Banh Mi

Simply Zensational Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich

What do I enjoy most about cooking? Bread, Vietnamese food, fresh flavours and cooking gadgets … mostly the Big Green Egg. So how could I bring all of those elements together into a single meal, throwing in a good dose of tasty flavour enhancing rub?

Step forward the Simply Zensational Banh Mi roll.
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Sous Vide Seared Rib-Eye Steak

Sous vide rib-eye steak seared on a Big Green Egg

Steak is a popular starting point for sous vide cooking. It showcases how easy it is to achieve an even level of done whilst retaining both moisture and flavour. Our sous vide rib-eye steaks have been consistently delicious.

Find out how to get evenly cooked steak every time with a sous vide.

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Vietnamese Orange Chicken with Lemongrass

Vietnamese orange chicken with lemongrass, rice and dipping sauce

Celebrate this year’s Lunar New Year with homemade Gà Sốt Cam – a simple, tasty low-cost Vietnamese dish of delicious orange chicken with fragrant lemongrass.
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Wok Cooking with a Big Green Egg

Stir frying chicken and vegetables with a Minimax Big Green Egg

I relish a challenge. Recently I cooked a Vietnamese meal using a wok in our kitchen. My wife said “that’s something you probably couldn’t cook using a Big Green Egg.”

Challenge accepted! Find out how to do wok cooking on a Big Green Egg with this simple guide.
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Beef Tagliata

Beef tagliata using reverse seared rib-eye steak

At a recent dinner party, we were served Beef Tagliata. An Italian dish of slices of rare steak with shaved Parmesan cheese and rocket salad, it is accompanied by a dressing with rosemary, garlic and lemon. And it was wonderful.

I was so impressed that I had to try making it at home. Served with a bottle of Fitou, this was (and still is) a meal to remember.
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Smoked Tomato, Aubergine and Mushroom Pizza

A vegetarian pizza - smoked tomato, aubergine and mushroom

My mother visited us over the recent holidays, announcing she was now following a vegetarian diet. She also wanted to see what we could cook on our Big Green Egg.

Obvious solution – a vegetarian pizza with her favourite herbaceous plants … smoked tomato, aubergine and mushrooms.

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