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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Moroccan Cassoulet

Moroccan cassoulet served with cabbage

This dish came from exploring the depths of our larder in search of a winter warming meal and combining a bunch of stuff to make something with Moroccan flavours and vaguely themed on a cassoulet. Whilst being accurate, that wouldn’t have made a snappy recipe title.

So we called it Moroccan Cassoulet instead, simple and descriptive. Very flavoursome, and perfect for a cold winter night.

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Ultra Crispy Chicken Legs

Chicken legs served with creamy coleslaw

I’ve been working in Switzerland for most of this week, and whilst it’s been a lot of fun and hard work combined, very little time to do anything constructive with a new recipe. So instead, a simple lunch of ultra crispy chicken legs.

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Sour Cream Loaf

Sour cream loaf with jam and marmalade

I’ve garnered a wealth of bread-making knowledge from many sources, the most influential being Dan Lepard and Ken Forkish. I decided to combine a Lepard recipe and Forkish technique to bake one of the best breads so far – the sour cream loaf. It has a delicious, tangy faux sourdough flavour and makes the most amazing toast.

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Smoked Ham and Mushroom Carbonara

Smoked ham and mushroom carbonara with asparagus

Christmas leftovers never seem to run out, the most recent festive season was no exception. We had some smoked ham in the fridge, so I made smoked ham and mushroom carbonara. It turned out to be a diverse and tasty twist on the Italian classic.

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Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs

Beef shortribs cooking in a Big Green Egg

Sometimes referred to as “brisket on a stick”, slow cooked beef short ribs are rich, meaty and incredibly tasty. A guaranteed winner at dinner parties and BBQ events, this hedonistic dish is very easy to cook, rewarding the patience of the chef.

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Smokey Chipotle Beans

Smokey chiptole beans with baked potato and cheese

Cold winter evenings demand meals to warm both body and soul. This scrumptious side dish of smokey chipotle beans does just that, and is perfect to accompany a range of main courses. Or served with a baked potato cooked in an open fire.

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3-2-1 Spare Ribs

Spare ribs served with coleslaw and beans

For the last food post of 2017 (probably), I present one of our favourite new meals from the year … spare ribs smoked low ‘n’ slow in our Big Green Egg. A flavoursome and very enjoyable meal to have with friends and family over the holiday season.

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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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