Braised Pig Cheeks

With the cold winter nights once again upon us, it’s time to focus on some warm, hearty meals to provide sustenance to both body and soul. We kick off with delicious braised pig cheeks served with a rich red wine sauce. This makes use of a tasty, low-cost and often overlooked cut of meat to deliver a fabulous meal for all the family.

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Thit Heo Nuong Xa – Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork

Traditionally cooked over hot coals as street food on the hectic byways of cities such as Hanoi and Saigon, Vietnamese lemongrass pork (or thit heo nuong xa) is one of the easiest and tastiest classic Vietnamese recipes to replicate in your own home kitchen.  It’s a great way to experience some authentic, flavoursome food of this exotic country.

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Huli-Huli Chicken

Another new discovery, this time from Hawaii, Huli-Huli chicken is a delicious alternative to your everyday, classic roast chicken dish. Cooked with a simple spice rub and glazed with a sweet, aromatic sauce, it makes a tasty talking-point for your dinner guests.

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Braised Lamb Shoulder Shank with Chorizo

Lamb shoulder shanks? That was a new one on me, having roasted lamb shanks for numerous dinners in the past. Combined with spicy chorizo and textured pinto beans, and cooked low and slow to extract the rich flavours, this made for a stunning meal on a sunny evening.

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Vietnamese Pork and Lemongrass Burger

It’s the second birthday of The Cook’s Digest! As our Vietnam adventures were the inspiration for becoming immersed in culinary pursuits, it seemed appropriate to cook a celebratory meal using classic Vietnamese ingredients. And thus the Vietnamese pork and lemongrass burger was created, a decidedly different take on the classic burger.

Simple to make and a tasty alternative to the standard beef burger, give this one a try on your barbecue. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Apricot Preserve and Maple Syrup Glazed Pork

Spurred on by the awesome huckleberry glazed roast mutton, I made another glazed roast this week with apricot preserve glazed pork.  The dish has sweetness, with a hint of sour. It was remarkably tasty, and something we’ll be trying again very soon.

Impress your family and dinner guests with this simple, delicious roast pork recipe.

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Mutton Leg with Huckleberry Glaze

We’d had roast mutton a month ago for the first time, and really enjoyed it. The meat had a texture and flavour that I thought would work with a sweet glaze. We had some huckleberry syrup and jam … so voila, a quick sauce was concocted to make a delicious mutton leg with huckleberry glaze.

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Moroccan Cassoulet

This dish came from exploring the depths of our larder in search of a winter warming meal and combining a bunch of stuff to make something with Moroccan flavours and vaguely themed on a cassoulet. Whilst being accurate, that wouldn’t have made a snappy recipe title.

So we called it Moroccan Cassoulet instead, simple and descriptive. Very flavoursome, and perfect for a cold winter night.

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Smoked Ham and Mushroom Carbonara

Christmas leftovers never seem to run out, the most recent festive season was no exception. We had some smoked ham in the fridge, so I made smoked ham and mushroom carbonara. It turned out to be a diverse and tasty twist on the Italian classic.

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Lamb Tagine With Vegetables

According to a well-known television drama series, winter is coming. So time to make some winter warming recipes for the cold months ahead, starting with a delicious lamb tagine. Simple to make, tasty and a welcome dinner for chilly winter nights.

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Sous Vide Asian Duck Breast

I’m a sucker for delicious duck dishes, especially ones with a sauce and an Asian twist. This sous vide Asian duck breast, with really crispy skin, is up there in my favourites. The rich sauce pairs perfectly with moist duck and sesame-infused vegetables.

It’s also a perfect match for a good Pinot Noir.

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Seared Pork and Chorizo with Sweetcorn Puree

I’ve had some delicious dishes of pan-seared scallop served on sweetcorn puree. I liked the puree idea, and wanted to try pairing it with something different. My wife suggested pork fillet … say no more! Add in pea shoots, asparagus tips and chorizo, this meal is fantastic!

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