Crusty Artisan Bread

Crusty artisan loaf cut and ready to eat

I’ve been successfully baking bread for some time using a minimal knead method. However I recently switched to an even better way of bread making that produces a tastier loaf with a looser crumb and wonderful crust … and also looks fantastic. The trick? A casserole dish.

Up your home bread making with this simple recipe for delicious, crusty artisan bread.

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Potato Wedges with Truffle Oil and Rosemary

Potato wedges with truffle and rosemary

Another simple yet effective side dish. Enhance your everyday potato wedges by cooking them with freshly cut rosemary along with rapeseed and truffle oils. The oil flavour combination subtly blends with the aromatics from the rosemary to create a stand-out side dish.

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Over The Top Smoked Chili

Over the top smoked chili with sour cream, cheese, coriander and tortilla chips

Every once in a while, an inspirational idea comes along that both simple and ingenious. Thus was the case with Over the Top Smoked Chili, conceived by Dawn and Johnny Barnes back in 2016. Once tasted, you’ll never go back to normal chili again. We haven’t.

Find out how to make a truly game changing dish with this simple technique.
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Leftover Vegetable Hash

Tasty vegetable hash served for lunch

Whilst at a local farmers market I was impressed with the array of vibrant, fresh vegetables. I bought a selection and took it home for meals during the week. After consuming some tasty sides over a few days, my wife made a delicious vegetable hash with the leftovers.

Make yourself a simple, tasty and very healthy vegetarian dish with this easy recipe.

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Sous Vide Chicken Breast with Pickled Celeriac

Sous vide chicken breast with pasta, vegetables and pickled celeriac

Take one Sous Vide Supreme. Mix in a Big Green Egg. Sprinkle with other kitchen equipment. Combine with tender chicken breast, vine ripened tomatoes, crisp asparagus tips, fresh basil and papardelle pasta.

The result was a meal truly greater than the sum of its parts. And the ingredient that bought it all together? Pickled celeriac.
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Green Eggs and Ham Crumpets

Green eggs and ham crumpet with vine tomatoes

Whilst on holiday, we discovered The Crumpet Shop in Seattle. A charming little breakfast joint, it backs onto the famous Pike Place Market, serving up a cornucopia of crumpets (sweet and savoury) to kick-start the day. We tried a few, the stand out being green eggs and ham, a clear nod to the classic Dr. Seuss book.

On returning home, we gave this a go … it’s now one of our go to breakfast dishes.
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Ancho Chili and Hoisin Chicken

Ancho chili and hoisin chicken

I saw a recipe for Hoisin Sriracha Chicken and thought “this looks lovely, I’ll make it tonight”. Sadly we were out of Sriracha sauce but did have ancho chili paste. So I used that instead.

And thus Ancho Chili and Hoisin Chicken was born. The spicy and vibrant ancho chili paste paired perfectly with hoisin flavours. The dish was completed with a tasty side of peppers stir fried in toasted sesame oil with a little pineapple juice.

Enjoy a delicious evening meal at home with this simple recipe.

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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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Sautéed Potatoes with Red Pepper and Chorizo

Sautéed potatoes with red pepper and chorizo, asparagus and steak

In an effort to make side dishes more interesting, and inspired by seeing a chef sautéing potatoes to go with pork chops, we came up with sautéed potatoes with red pepper and chorizo. A simple, effective and very tasty side that works well with a variety of mains … and breakfast.
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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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