To celebrate a fantastic holiday in the USA (which is also why I didn’t post much in September), I wanted to cook something a bit different to what we’d enjoyed in the States. In a “root around the pantry and find what’s available” moment, along with inspiration from fashion guru Gok Wan, some delicious duck breast with plum and tamarind sauce was served …
Simple to make, and with a with a wide variety of fillings, bánh xèo is a quick, easy and incredibly tasty Vietnamese meal to enjoy at any time of day. These savoury Vietnamese crêpes are perfect for sharing as a family or with friends, where everyone can choose their favourite flavours and fillings. And they make a delicious breakfast to start the day.
Stuffed crust pizza is a well-known take on the classic Italian meal. Cheese stuffed burgers however? That was a new one for me. Known as Jucy Lucy burgers, they are a twist on the classic American comfort food, with cheese sandwiched between two thin burger patties.
Find out how to make your own Jucy Lucy burgers at home with this simple recipe …
With summer well and truly upon us, it’s time to look at another interesting side dish for al fresco cooking and dining. We’d had delicious mac ‘n’ cheese a few times in the USA, so my wife tried to replicate it at home. She excelled herself (as usual), this classic crispy mac ‘n’ cheese beats any we had on t’other side of pond.
We bought back the idea for awesome salt ‘n’ vinegar chicken wings from the USA. We also came back with some delicious huckleberry BBQ sauce. Well, heck, let’s try making some more chicken wings with a tasty, tangy sweet fruit glaze! This was outstandingly good, it’s now a tough choice as to which would be our go-to wing recipe.
Continuing with our theme of buffalo inspired meals, I made a triple buffalo pizza using strips of buffalo minute steak. Combined with sliced buffalo tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella and topped off with fresh basil leaves (that may have been near a buffalo at some point), this was one seriously tasty and good-looking pizza!
Whilst staying in Yellowstone National Park, we had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious bowl or three of smoked bison chili. It was absolutely delicious, the meat and sauce had a richer flavour than beef chili dishes I had previously tasted.
After a bit of research back at the home ranch, we came up with our own version using buffalo and cooked up some tasty buffalo chili with roasted tomatoes.
We discovered salt ‘n’ vinegar chicken wings whilst on holiday in the USA. It seemed like a crazy combination, but throwing caution (and a couple of dollars) to the wind, we gave it a shot. They were delicious, a superb fusion of classic British fish ‘n’ chip flavours with American cuisine.
And as it happens, very easy to make at home, either oven baked or al fresco style in a BBQ …
With the summer well and truly in swing, it’s time to BBQ some awesome meals in the glorious sunshine. This ranch dipping sauce with gherkin takes standard sauces up a few notches, and is perfect for ribs, chicken wings and grilled vegetables. It’s even great with cod goujon!
I’m a sucker for great pizza! So many different combinations of toppings and sauces, whether it’s steak and mushroom with BBQ sauce or a vegetarian pizza with passata. Endless possibilities. Yet my tried and tested pizza dough recipe has remained the same … could that be improved?
Yep, it could. And it has been. I tried one of Ken Forkish’s pizza dough recipes, this has upped the quality for our homemade pizzas. It’s easy to manipulate, not too thin and perfect elasticity. The pizza has more texture and flavour, is slightly chewy with just the right level of crispness. And it’s just as simple to make as ever …
For the next in our series of burger recipes, we present the Mad Max Turkey Burger. Infused with the flavours of the unqiue Mad Max seasoning, and packed with a little chorizo, this is a great tasting lean meat burger. And utterly delicious.
A simple recipe this week, perfect for summer evenings. Wild garlic leaf is in season, and my wife had made a batch of her excellent wild garlic leaf pesto sauce. Smokey bacon is a perfect match for it, so I cooked up some bacon wrapped stuff chicken breast with wild garlic leaf pesto pasta to enjoy in the warm summer sun.