Vietnamese Orange Chicken with Lemongrass

Vietnamese orange chicken with lemongrass, rice and dipping sauce

Celebrate this year’s Lunar New Year with homemade Gà Sốt Cam – a simple, tasty low-cost Vietnamese dish of delicious orange chicken with fragrant lemongrass.
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Homemade Crispy Aromatic Duck

Crispy aromatic duck with all the trimmings

It’s great to discover a favourite restaurant dish can easily be made at home. Thus it was with crispy aromatic duck, a regular order at our local Chinese eatery.

Find out how to make your own crispy aromatic duck with this easy to follow recipe.

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Chipotle and Tamarind Roast Chicken

Honey-glazed chipotle and tamarind chicken

A glaze or marinade can make the humble chicken shine, especially when there is a flavoursome dry rub used as a base. After trying some commercial products that were too salty and sweet, I decided to make my own.

Enjoy this simple, effective and very tasty homemade glaze for cooking chicken in a covered BBQ, Big Green Egg or conventional oven.
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“Life of Spice” Chicken Legs

Chicken legs rubbed and ready to be cooked

After thoroughly enjoying the delicious Jamaican jerk spatchcock chicken, it was clear that spiced rubs can enrich a meal. The “Life of Spice” company offer a range of rubs to enhance flavours. I tried five individual rubs on some chicken legs, all distinct and very tasty.
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Jamaican Jerk Spatchcock Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Spatchcock Chicken

Spice up your chicken with a homemade Jamaican jerk marinade. Whether it’s cooked al fresco on a Big Green Egg (or similar), or inside using an oven, this will undoubtedly delight and impress your dinner guests.
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Reviving a Classic … Duck a l’Orange

Duck a l'orange with Roast Potatoes

This classic restaurant dish from the 1970’s has all but disappeared from our menus now, as the food trend has moved from sauces poured onto food to food served on sauces (or with foams).

In the past the emphasis was weighted towards the sauce … which led to heavy sauces, unbalanced flavours and the duck skulking somewhere in the background. With a couple of tricks, the meal can be re-balanced, letting the duck shine through once again.

An impressive meal to serve to guests, or enjoy as a family, we present duck a l’orange.
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Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

A bowl of Pho Ga served in a cafe in Saigon

Walk around any town or city in Vietnam and you’ll find a Pho vendor, either a curbside street stall or a bustling cafe. Pho is a very popular Vietnamese noodle soup dish, normally served with beef (Pho Bo) or chicken (Pho Ga).

From my first taste, it was an instant hit. So many new and exotic flavours and aromas. This just had to be made when we got back home … which happened, and as a result of eating this wonderful dish, I dropped 19kg (3 stone) in weight.

Delicious, cost-effective and incredibly healthy, I hope you enjoy Pho Ga.
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