Madeira and Mushroom Steak Sauce

Madeira and mushroom steak sauce served with rib-eye steak

I’ve published a few ways of cooking some delicious steak, especially rib-eye. Time to look at how to augment the dishes even further, starting with this tasty Madeira and mushroom steak sauce. It’s perfect with many cuts of steak, including filet mignon.

Enhance your steak experience today with this simple sauce recipe.

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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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Bone Marrow Glazed Steak

I confess, there are a few steak posts in this blog … but heck, my wife and I enjoy a good rib-eye, it’s one of our favourite meals. How to improve on it, though? We recently found a way to enhance the flavour by several notches … twice searing with a bone marrow glaze.

Step up your own home cooked steaks with this really simple recipe.

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Vietnamese Roast Duck and Pineapple

I made the classic dish of Vietnamese braised duck and pineapple a while ago. It was good, however my wife suggested roasting the duck to bring out more flavour. I agreed.

Discussions with a friend in Saigon revealed that Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple isn’t a traditional meal in his country. He also liked the roasting idea. So I created a recipe and named the dish Vịt Nướng Thơm (a literal translation). My wife approved.

Make my take on Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple at home with this step-by-step guide.

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Umami Smash Burgers

Burgers cooking on the BBQ are ubiquitous with warm, sunny summer days. Yet they can quickly become repetitive and ordinary. How to make them … well, less ordinary?

Through chance experiment we discovered that chestnut mushrooms, Dizzy Pig Red Eye Express rub and a little butter combine to exhibit an umami-like taste. Very left field and unexpected. So we used those ingredients in crafting some truly outstanding smash burgers.

Make these distinctive, delicious and very different burgers yourself with this simple recipe.

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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Baked Pineapple

We recently cooked some Vietnamese roast duck and pineapple for dinner. The baked pineapple rings were a harmonious blend of spice and sweet, and held its own in terms of texture and flavour.

My wife thought the pineapple (suitably paired with vanilla ice cream) would be a great dessert. She was right … as usual. And thus sweet ‘n’ spicy baked pineapple came to be.

Try a different, delicious and refreshing dessert at home with this easy recipe.

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Wild Garlic Leaf Pesto Sauce

Wild garlic is in season at the moment, and I’m fortunate enough to have parents-in-law with this wonderful herb growing in their back garden. My wife picked some and used it to make a tasty, fresh wild garlic leaf pesto sauce.

We had this with some pappardelle pasta, which was served with smoked chicken and asparagus. Utterly delicious. It can also be used for vegetables, or as a dip.

Discover how to make wild garlic leaf pesto sauce yourself with this easy recipe.

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Simply Zensational Vietnamese Banh Mi

What do I enjoy most about cooking? Bread, Vietnamese food, fresh flavours and cooking gadgets … mostly the Big Green Egg. So how could I bring all of those elements together into a single meal, throwing in a good dose of tasty flavour enhancing rub?

Step forward the Simply Zensational Banh Mi roll.
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Sous Vide Seared Rib-Eye Steak

Steak is a popular starting point for sous vide cooking. It showcases how easy it is to achieve an even level of done whilst retaining both moisture and flavour. Our sous vide rib-eye steaks have been consistently delicious.

Find out how to get evenly cooked steak every time with a sous vide.

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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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Vietnamese Orange Chicken with Lemongrass

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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Beef Tagliata

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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