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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Smoke Your Own Cheese

Cold smoking a selection of cheeses

A local supermarket used to sell one of my favourite cheeses, oak-smoked Wensleydale. It was utterly delicious, and a regular purchase. Then one day it disappeared from the cheese counter, and a response from their HQ confirmed it was no longer stocked. Sad face.

But they continued to sell normal Wensleydale. And I do have a smoking device …

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Inverted Dutch Oven Bread

Loaf of bread with scored openings

A while ago I published an article for home-baked crusty artisan bread. The loaves produced since have been consistently great, yet I aspired to have better fissures, as well as rise. However scoring the dough was proving quite tricky.

I recently found the ideal solution … I just needed to turn things, literally, upside down …

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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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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 probably 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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Cooking Food To Temperature

Cooking chicken thighs to perfection with a temperature probe

During the first year of this blog, I picked up many valuable culinary tips, tricks and techniques from a plethora sources, both digital and real world. This led to significant improvements in our approach to home cooking.

The change that had the biggest positive impact was to cook food to temperature (rather than elapsed, fixed time). This has drastically transformed the quality of our entire home dining experience, as well as being a new avenue of “food adventure” to immerse myself in.
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Maxing Out a Minimax Big Green Egg

The raised grid in the Minimax with a cooking basket underneath

“Roast chicken in the Egg is great, but I miss having gravy” said my wife. This was indeed the case … spatchcock chicken cooked in our smaller Big Green Egg makes for a great dinner, however fresh gravy wasn’t feasible. Anther challenge was cooking something big on the lower level.

After pondering this, I came up with a simple solution, a Minimax 2.0 rig if you will. I just needed to cannibalise three of my wife’s meat skewers.
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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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Spring Cleaning The Big Green Egg

Searing rib-eye steaks ... spattering fat and blowing smoke onto the Egg

As with a conventional oven, over time a Big Green Egg gets gunked up with fat, grease and other undesirable detritus. When the ceramics glisten with black, fatty deposits and there’s an aroma of fat as the Egg warms up, it’s time for a clean.

Not with Mr. Muscle though. I restored the Egg by performing a controlled clean burn. The result was an Egg nearly back to the state it was when purchased.
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Experiences With Sous Vide Cooking

Preparing to sous vide two ribeye steaks

I enjoy experimenting with kitchen gadgets. For Christmas, I was gifted a “Sous Vide Supreme” to add to the culinary arsenal. After a few sous vide meals, it’s clear this was a perfect present. Meat is moist and evenly cooked throughout. Vegetables taste fresh and vibrant. Every time.

Find out about sous vide cooking and what I’ve been doing with it in this blog post.

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Using BBQ Rubs For Everyday Cooking

Spaghetti bolognese infused with a BBQ rub

One of my culinary discoveries has been the positive effect BBQ rubs can have on enhancing  flavour. A real-deal meal time game changer. I’ve blogged about cooking with rubs in our Big Green Egg, simply because it’s what I normally use.

Recently rain stopped play on a planned al fresco roast chicken. A lot of rain, and high winds. So I used the oven indoors. Turns out that BBQ rubs work with everyday kitchen cooking.

There’s a world of flavour waiting for you to discover. Let’s go explore it …

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Wok Cooking with a Big Green Egg

Stir frying chicken and vegetables with a Minimax Big Green Egg

I relish a challenge. Recently I cooked a Vietnamese meal using a wok in our kitchen. My wife said “that’s something you probably couldn’t cook using a Big Green Egg.”

Challenge accepted! Find out how to do wok cooking on a Big Green Egg with this simple guide.
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