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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Vietnamese Food Blog Award

Top 40 Vietnamese Food Blog Award

I am thrilled to announce that The Cook’s Digest has been honoured for our contributions towards the Vietnamese food scene. We have recently been recognised as one of the top Vietnamese Food Blogs by the good folks at feedspot.com. And perfect timing, as this coming weekend the country celebrates National Day.

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Roast Venison Haunch with Huckleberry Sauce

Roast venison haunch with huckleberry sauce

We discovered huckleberries back in June whilst on holiday in the Pacific Northwest of America. It was served as a syrup with pancakes for breakfast at Gibson Mansion in Missoula. My wife thought it would make a great sauce to go with venison. As usual, she was right on the money.

Find out how to make this terrific sauce and meal with a simple recipe.

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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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Potato Wedges with Truffle Oil and Rosemary

Potato wedges with truffle and rosemary

Another simple yet effective side dish. Enhance your everyday potato wedges by cooking them with freshly cut rosemary along with rapeseed and truffle oils. The oil flavour combination subtly blends with the aromatics from the rosemary to create a stand-out side dish.

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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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Leftover Vegetable Hash

Tasty vegetable hash served for lunch

Whilst at a local farmers market I was impressed with the array of vibrant, fresh vegetables. I bought a selection and took it home for meals during the week. After consuming some tasty sides over a few days, my wife made a delicious vegetable hash with the leftovers.

Make yourself a simple, tasty and very healthy vegetarian dish with this easy recipe.

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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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Sous Vide Chicken Breast with Pickled Celeriac

Sous vide chicken breast with pasta, vegetables and pickled celeriac

Take one Sous Vide Supreme. Mix in a Big Green Egg. Sprinkle with other kitchen equipment. Combine with tender chicken breast, vine ripened tomatoes, crisp asparagus tips, fresh basil and papardelle pasta.

The result was a meal truly greater than the sum of its parts. And the ingredient that bought it all together? Pickled celeriac.
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Green Eggs and Ham Crumpets

Green eggs and ham crumpet with vine tomatoes

Whilst on holiday, we discovered The Crumpet Shop in Seattle. A charming little breakfast joint, it backs onto the famous Pike Place Market, serving up a cornucopia of crumpets (sweet and savoury) to kick-start the day. We tried a few, the stand out being green eggs and ham, a clear nod to the classic Dr. Seuss book.

On returning home, we gave this a go … it’s now one of our go to breakfast dishes.
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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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Ancho Chili and Hoisin Chicken

Ancho chili and hoisin chicken

I saw a recipe for Hoisin Sriracha Chicken and thought “this looks lovely, I’ll make it tonight”. Sadly we were out of Sriracha sauce but did have ancho chili paste. So I used that instead.

And thus Ancho Chili and Hoisin Chicken was born. The spicy and vibrant ancho chili paste paired perfectly with hoisin flavours. The dish was completed with a tasty side of peppers stir fried in toasted sesame oil with a little pineapple juice.

Enjoy a delicious evening meal at home with this simple recipe.

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