Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Beer battered fish with tomato sauce, peas and chips

Crispy, tasty and a true British comfort food, fish and chips can be mouth-wateringly delicious. Add some beer into the batter mix, and it’s truly sublime. Make chippy quality fish and chips at home with this simple recipe.
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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.

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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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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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Beef Tagliata with Rib Eye Steak

Beef tagliata using reverse seared rib-eye steak

At a recent dinner party, we were served Beef Tagliata. An Italian dish of slices of rare steak with shaved Parmesan cheese and rocket salad, it is accompanied by a dressing with rosemary, garlic and lemon. And it was wonderful.

I was so impressed that I had to try making it at home. Served with a bottle of Fitou, this was (and still is) a meal to remember.
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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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