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 …
During our last day of holiday in September, we headed west of Denver in search of ghost towns. The first stop was Nevadaville, which had some interesting if somewhat derelict buildings. From there, the journey took us through the serene mountain landscapes to Idaho Springs, which has some more intact buildings from the bygone age of prospecting.
And it also happens to have one of the best BBQ places I’ve eaten at … Smokin Yard’s BBQ.
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.
A food blog can live or die on the quality of the photographs. A blogger could invent the most creative, heavenly meal on the planet, but an out of focus, badly lit shot won’t entice readers in. So I’ve used some simple tricks, low-cost lighting and free software to improve picture quality.
Below are my top five tips on on how we get our pictures looking as good as the food tastes.
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!
I am thrilled to announce that The Cook’s Digest has been honoured for our contributions towards the pizza food scene, following on from our award a year ago for Vietnamese food blogging. Once again, the good folks at feedspot.com have recognised us as a major contributing to all things 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!