Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Spag Bog with freshly baked toms

Rather nice this. Created a Spag Bog from the freshest ingredients

Lovely browned mushrooms to start



Always nicely brown your meat - I think it gives a deeper flavour



When you go to the effort of roasting a punnet of toms - you know it's gonna be good





The only way to eat Spag Bog - 10 times more bog than spag :o)

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Smoked Duck Salad and Soup

We moved over a year ago, and to my shame I hadn't used my smoker at the new place. It turned out to be a fantastic weekend of weather - and so off we went

Got up at 8am to kick start it off



Looks quite sad doesn't it !



All kitted up and ready to go



Looking good after about 3 hours



Looking very good in-fact, after 10 minutes in a blazing oven to crisp the skin





A so a nice Thai smoked duck salad....that somehow missed the mark...:o(



However - all was not lost. A duck stock was salvaged



And a few days later....



Duck and Corn soup.





Bloody lovely.....

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Slow cooked Pork Chilli

I'm sooo behind on my updates. Oh well...

The one benefit of that is that it does mean I can relive the meal when I finally get around to looking at the pickies.....and boy was this a good memory.

I'd decided I needed to slow cook some pork - having been watching Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the TV...where slow cooked American BBQ seems to be a favorite.

I decided to cook a chili - but mixed it up a bit by cooking the sauce first...



And simultaneously cooking the pork shoulder.....ooh this was good



Proper fall off the bone stuff....



And it made a seriously good chilli after a bit of infusing




Saturday, 5 May 2012

Steak with Bearnaise


Dad taught me bearnaise sauce when I was just getting interested in cooking. I remember it well and over the years it's kept me in good sted

Not sure where the idea came from - but all of a sudden I needed to do it again. And I was very happy to remember the recipe from memory



Sweated some shallots and tarragon in wine vinegar until the vinegar has alomst gone



And whisk in loads of butter and egg yolks....perfect



Forgot to take a picture with the sauce on the plate. Doh !



Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Awesome Ketchup

We decided to cook some homemade burgers. Mainly because we've just discovered the delights of Stokes Real Tomato Ketchup.

We had it a local pub (who cheekily implied it was their own) - but I then discovered you could get it from Waitrose..



It's fantastic - deep tomato flavor with the correct amount of sweetness and vinegar. I've tried my own tomato ketchup before and I'm sure I will do again.....but this will be hard to beat !





Tried to make them 'sliders'....



Ready and waiting for a large dollop of Stokes