Vietnamese Pork and Lemongrass Burger

Vietnamese pork and lemongrass burger

It’s the second birthday of The Cook’s Digest! As our Vietnam adventures were the inspiration for becoming immersed in culinary pursuits, it seemed appropriate to cook a celebratory meal using classic Vietnamese ingredients. And thus the Vietnamese pork and lemongrass burger was created, a decidedly different take on the classic burger.

Simple to make and a tasty alternative to the standard beef burger, give this one a try on your barbecue. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Apricot Preserve and Maple Syrup Glazed Pork

Spurred on by the awesome huckleberry glazed roast mutton, I made another glazed roast this week with apricot preserve glazed pork.  The dish has sweetness, with a hint of sour. It was remarkably tasty, and something we’ll be trying again very soon. Maybe as soon as I’ve finished writing this blog post.

Impress your family and dinner guests with this simple, delicious roast pork recipe.

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Slow Cooked Pork Breast Ribs

Slow cooked pork breast ribs with roasted sweet potato

Pork spare ribs are tasty and fun, but sometimes I like ribs with a little more meat on them. This is where pork breast ribs come in … pork belly on a stick without the skin and fat layer. Slow cooked, these are tender, juicy and utterly delicious.

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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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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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Seared Pork and Chorizo with Sweetcorn Puree

Pork fillet with sweetcorn puree and pea shoots

I’ve had some delicious dishes of pan-seared scallop served on sweetcorn puree. I liked the puree idea, and wanted to try pairing it with something different. My wife suggested pork fillet … say no more! Add in pea shoots, asparagus tips and chorizo, this meal is fantastic!

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Smoked Scotch Eggs

Smoked scotch egg served with cider and sunshine

I’ve made Scotch eggs in numerous guises, the most recent adding BBQ rub to enhance the taste sensation. This incantation of the popular pub snack was deemed by my wife to be the pinnacle of Scotch egging (if that’s a phrase).

All this changed however when I added smoke into the mix.

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Simple Pork Curry

Simple and delicious pork curry topped with coriander

Continuing our exploration of Indian food, a recipe for a simple and delicious pork curry. It goes very well with the sweet potato and aubergine curry side dish posted here last week.
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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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Chicharron – Crispy Pork Scratchings

Chicharron sprinkled with smoked paprika

Tired of popcorn, looking for a new snack for movie night? I was, so decided to try something different and make crispy pork scratchings (or chicharron). Served with apple sauce or sprinkled with paprika, they are delicious and tasty.

And watching them cook in a deep fat fryer is up there with the top weird and funky cooking experiences I have had.
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Peruvian Marinated Pork with Sour Cream Dip

Peruvian marinated pork

Peruvian chicken is a classic, tasty dish with many permutations. The basis of all of the different recipes is a marinade that combines a few spices to give a memorable flavour to the chicken.

After tasting the marinade, I thought it would work equally well with pork chops. So when in Rome … or, in this case, Lima …
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