Ramos Potatoes … Where Have You Been?

Chips / fries made with Ramos potatoes

It was a late, cold, snowy night when I last returned from Switzerland. On the way home I went to our local fish and chip shop and whilst waiting, talked with the owner about their amazing chips. He revealed that they used Ramos potatoes and sold me half a bag to try out … they made the most amazing home cooked chips and potato wedges we’ve had.

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Best Nine 2017

Best nine 2017

It’s been a fun 2017 here at The Cook’s Digest. We won a blogging award, had a recipe go viral and expanded our horizons . So here’s our best nine cooks of 2017 …

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Vietnamese Food Blog Award

Top 40 Vietnamese Food Blog Award

I am thrilled to announce that The Cook’s Digest has been honoured for our contributions towards the Vietnamese food scene. We have recently been recognised as one of the top Vietnamese Food Blogs by the good folks at feedspot.com. And perfect timing, as this coming weekend the country celebrates National Day.

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Maxing Out a Minimax Big Green Egg

The raised grid in the Minimax with a cooking basket underneath

“Roast chicken in the Egg is great, but I miss having gravy” said my wife. This was indeed the case … spatchcock chicken cooked in our smaller Big Green Egg makes for a great dinner, however fresh gravy wasn’t feasible. Anther challenge was cooking something big on the lower level.

After pondering this, I came up with a simple solution, a Minimax 2.0 rig if you will. I just needed to cannibalise three of my wife’s meat skewers.
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Happy Birthday To The Cook’s Digest

A chocolate cake made by my wife

This month marks a year of The Cook’s Digest. It’s been a lot of fun, and an interesting learning experience. In this post I share some of the  important events and aspects of the year.

And also eat some chocolate cake to celebrate. 🙂
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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 controlled clean burn. The result was an Egg nearly back to the state it was when purchased.
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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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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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Cooking Pizza With a Big Green Egg

Cooking a pizza using a Big Green Egg

Scratch-made pizza was a “road to Damascus” home-cooking moment. My oven-baked pizzas were really good. Yet whilst being tasty, and much better than pre-packaged products, they lacked that authentic pizzeria quality.

I needed a pizza oven. My wife agreed. Seriously, she did …

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A New Look for The Cook’s Digest

The new blog look and feel

When is a blog not a blog? When it is an IT project.  I recently realised that The Cook’s Digest had become too focused on making it look good rather than fulfilling what I originally wanted to do … sharing our home cooking experience.

It also transpired that from the outset of this blog, my wife was, in fact, right …
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Adventures with The Big Green Egg

Our Big Green Eggs ... a Minimax and Large

I recently added a Big Green Egg to our collection of cooking appliances. This is more than just a kitchen gadget though … partly because it is normally used outside.

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Short and Sweet – “A blueprint for great home baking”

Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard

My go-to home baking book is Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard. Not just a recipe compilation it is, in Dan’s own words, a “blueprint for great home baking”, imparting much wisdom in a concise and approachable style.

“I truly believe that life is improved by cake.”
Dan Lepard

The “eureka” moment was minimal knead bread-making. A slow, steady rise, interjected with 15 second kneads, it is a good fit for home baking in the maelstrom of modern life.

Dan is a master across the field of baking. His book covers cakes, biscuits, desserts, pizza and even beer-battered fish!

The book can be purchased from amazon.co.uk in either hardback or Kindle format.