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 with Rib Eye Steak

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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Steak and Mushroom Pizza with Bourbon Bean Sauce

Steak and mushroom pizza, cut and ready to serve

I enjoyed a bowl of smoked bourbon baked beans at the weekend, paired perfectly with a juicy rib-eye steak. What to do with the leftover beans though? I had planned to make a pizza during the week. A steak pizza for that matter.

In a moment of culinary creativity, my wife blended the remaining beans into a sauce as a passata substitute. It resulted in one of the best tasting meat pizzas that we had.
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Chipotle and Tamarind Roast Chicken

Honey-glazed chipotle and tamarind chicken

A glaze or marinade can make the humble chicken shine, especially when there is a flavoursome dry rub used as a base. After trying some commercial products that were too salty and sweet, I decided to make my own.

Enjoy this simple, effective and very tasty homemade glaze for cooking chicken in a covered BBQ, Big Green Egg or conventional oven.
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Two-Level Raised Cooking With a Big Green Egg

Cooking sweetcorn and a spatchcock chicken on a Minimax

I believe in making the most of available space, whether it’s storing herbs, stacking pans … or cooking in a Big Green Egg. The Egg has a big dome that normally has nothing in it. Most ovens have two shelves, why not the Egg as well?

Find out how to add a second cooking level to a Big Green Egg, Kamado or BBQ with a few nuts, bolts and washers.

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Enhancing Flavours With Cold Smoking

Heritage (heirloom) tomatoes prepared for cold smoking

Smoked cheeses, vegetables and nuts can add extra nuance and flavour to a meal. And it doesn’t need a large, dedicated piece of equipment. It’s surprisingly easy to do with a Big Green Egg, standard covered BBQ or similar device.

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