Smoked Tomato, Aubergine and Mushroom Pizza

A vegetarian pizza - smoked tomato, aubergine and mushroom

My mother visited us over the recent holidays, announcing she was now following a vegetarian diet. She also wanted to see what we could cook on our Big Green Egg.

Obvious solution – a vegetarian pizza with her favourite herbaceous plants … smoked tomato, aubergine and mushrooms.

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Hearty Winter Beef Stew

Winter stew used to make a delicious beef pie

Frosted cars, ice on the pond and Christmas decorations … all sure signs that winter is upon us. In a frosty climate it can be a challenge to simply raid the fridge and make a fulfilling meal.

So instead, make a delicious and hearty winter beef stew. Cost-effective and versatile, it warms both body and soul during the cold winter nights.
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Spicy Roast Parsnip Soup

Spicy roast parsnip soup served with some crusty bread

Bring warmth to a cold winter night with this delicious and healthy roast parsnip soup. Infused with exotic flavours of cumin, turmeric and garam masala, it’s easy to make and very cost-effective.

Enjoy with homemade crusty bread or sandwiches as a starter, quick meal or late night snack.
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Chicharron – Crispy Pork Rinds

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 rinds (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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Making Fresh Bread On A Work Day

Freshly baked bread with crumbly cheese and tasty bresaola

A friend at work mentioned that he liked bread made using the minimal knead technique. However with work and children (and cats), it took too long on a work night, and the bread was not ready for their dinner time.

I altered the recipe so that dough is prepped before work and baked fresh in the evening. Or prepped in the evening for fresh bread with breakfast.
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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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Steak and Mushroom Pizza with Bourbon Bean Sauce

Steak and mushroom pizza, cut and ready to serve

I enjoyed a bowl of smoked bourbon baked beans at the weekend, paired perfectly with a juicy rib-eye steak. What to do with the leftover beans though? I had planned to make a pizza during the week. A steak pizza for that matter.

In a moment of culinary creativity, my wife blended the remaining beans into a sauce as a passata substitute. It resulted in one of the best tasting meat pizzas that we had.
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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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Two-Level Raised Cooking With a Big Green Egg

Cooking sweetcorn and a spatchcock chicken on a Minimax

I believe in making the most of available space, whether it’s storing herbs, stacking pans … or cooking in a Big Green Egg. The Egg has a big dome that normally has nothing in it. Most ovens have two shelves, why not the Egg as well?

Find out how to add a second cooking level to a Big Green Egg, Kamado or BBQ with a few nuts, bolts and washers.

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Smokey Bourbon Baked Beans

Smokey bourbon baked beans with ribeye steak and chips

I watched Jamie Oliver’s “American Road Trip” a couple of weeks ago. One recipe that stood out was when he cooked baked beans cowboy-style whilst camping in the great outdoors. Looked great with strips of steak seared on a cast iron pan over a campfire.

So we decided to made our own version at home … very simple and definitely several notches above your standard tin of baked beans.
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