Best Nine 2017

It’s been a fun 2017 here at The Cook’s Digest. We won a blogging award, had a recipe go viral and expanded our horizons . So here’s our best nine cooks of 2017 …

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Smoked Scotch Eggs

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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Beer Battered Fish 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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English Breakfast Scotch Eggs

The rustic pub scotch egg, when made using Cumberland sausage infused with black pudding, has a few of the ingredients for a traditional English breakfast.

After the last article, I was challenged by a Facebook correspondent to see if I could work bacon into the recipe … after all, everything is better with bacon. Well why stop there? Let’s throw some mushroom in for good measure. And thus it was born.

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Rustic Pub Scotch Eggs

I’m a sucker for a really great scotch egg. Add in a kick-ass dipping sauce, a cool cider and a sunny beer garden and that’s a great afternoon.

On a trip to a rustic pub in the sleepy village of Cartmel, I discovered the finest scotch eggs I had ever tasted, along with an outstanding taramind-based dipping sauce. My wife, who normally cannot stand scotch eggs, was instantly converted.

The chef, Gareth Webster, was kind enough to share the recipe for both eggs and sauce. They can be made at home and well worth the effort.
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Gareth’s Tamarind and Date Dipping Sauce

This is a simple recipe for a great dipping sauce, with a couple of off the wall ingredients to give it a bit of a kick. Superb with Rustic Pub Scotch Eggs as well as pretty much anything cooked al fresco in the Great British Summer … whenever that might happen. Continue reading “Gareth’s Tamarind and Date Dipping Sauce”

Cook A Life Less Ordinary

In the past I made a shopping list for meals we cooked regularly, went to a supermarket and purchased what is on that list. Same meals, week after week, or takeaways.

Since discovering cooking can be a lot of fun, we try different things. This could be a dish we have seen or eaten in a restaurant or at a friend’s house, or using a new ingredient.

Mealtimes have been transformed, as we Cook a Life Less Ordinary.
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