Category Archives: Cooking

COOKING: PORK BELLY BUN

As some of you may know, last weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to visit Shebeen Festival 2015.  You can read a little about it here if you are interested.  It was fantastic.  The entertainment was brilliant, but the highlight and the main reasons I made the trip to Manchester for the festival were the food.

Among other things, I particularly enjoyed The Busan BBQ’s Pork Belly.  The pork belly had a great flavour and spice which worked fantastically with the apple and cabbage slaw.  I wanted to make this at home and set about finding out how. Continue reading COOKING: PORK BELLY BUN

Cooking: Awesome Steak!

This is not really an instructional post.  After all… It is just a steak.  I still wanted to tell you about it because I enjoyed it so much!

This was a piece of Welsh rump steak bought for just £2.97!  No idea why it was that cheap.  May have been reduced, may have been on offer but I grabbed it anyway.  I was too excited to notice, to be honest.  I’ve cooked good steaks before.  I know all the rules – oil and season the meat, allow the meat to reach room temperature, place on to a really hot pan and don’t move it around too much.  This time, I decided to try something new and use a herb brush to butter the steak. I wasn’t sure how much flavour could really be added to the meat by simply brushing it with butter using a herb brush, but it was brilliant!  I am guessing that this is not new for many of you, but there might be a few people that are yet to try this and I seriously suggest that you give it a go. Continue reading Cooking: Awesome Steak!

Cooking: Two Ingredient Nutella Cake

This is not at all the kind of thing that I would normally blog about but… because it was pretty good and involves using just two ingredients, I was shown how to make this by a family member, I thought I would share it with you.

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It is literally two ingredients. Eggs and Nutella.  Here’s how to make it. Continue reading Cooking: Two Ingredient Nutella Cake

Cooking: American Style Pancakes!!

So I wanted to prepare a post ready for pancake day.  I do love pancake day because it’s another excuse to eat more pancakes!  Ordinarily my family stick to the usual thin pancakes, sultanas and lemon juice with a sprinkle of sugar.  I do love these but I have decided to cook something different for you to try.  Considering most of my cooking and reviews so far have been American style barbecue based, I though I would stick with that theme and cook American style pancakes, topped with banana in butterscotch sauce.  It’s my first time making butterscotch sauce actually but I definitely liked it.

I have to say… They are pretty incredible pancakes.  Even if you don’t like butterscotch sauce I would definitely suggest cooking the pancakes.  They are just as good with blueberries, maple syrup, bacon, lemon juice and raisins or pretty much anything else you can imagine would go with pancakes.  Light and fluffy… They are really good and I 100% recommend you give them a try if you don’t already eat them regularly.

Just in case you don’t know how to make this.  Here’s how:

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Cooking: Pulled Pork (Not Barbecued)

One of my favourites when it comes to cooking BBQ-ish food at home is pulled pork.  Although I am certain that cooking something like this would be better on the smoker/barbecue, it isn’t always possible.  I know that many of the people reading this will barbecue rain or shine and although I will if the mood takes me… Most people wouldn’t.

 I would like to make it clear at this point that I am no expert in the kitchen or on the barbecue.  I am only a keen cook with a good love for barbecue food and these recipes only detail how I cook this particular meal.  If you have any tips or suggestions that might improve the recipe, I am more than happy to hear them. In any case, this is a great way to cook it at home.  Primarily because it’s pretty simple to make and the end results are delicious.

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Cooking: My Favourite Barbecue Sauce

This recipe is not my own.  I originally made it following a recipe for barbecue sauce used by Chef Tom Kerridge.  I have adapted it a little depending on what it will be used for.  Use less liquid if your just making it as a regular sauce.  Follow the recipe below for a glaze or marinade. The reason I probably like this sauce so much is that it packs a punch.  It isn’t healthy in the slightest but it tastes damn good.  It’s strong, tangy yet sweet with a little bit of spice for a kick.  I would definitely suggest that you at least give this a go.

So this is what you need to make it.

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Cooking: Barbecue Glazed Pork Ribs (Not Barbecued)

In this blog I have decided to show you just one of the ways I might cook barbecue ribs when cooking on the barbecue is not an option.  Some of you might say that using the barbecue is always an option, rain or shine you would use it but… most people wouldn’t necessarily share that opinion.  Personally, I would love to use the barbecue whenever possible but I don’t when it’s too cold.  If I had a smoker I would probably use that more often.  I am in the process of building one and you can see how that is progressing by clicking here.

So here’s my barbecue pork ribs.

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Cooking: Fried Chicken!

Today I cooked some fried chicken.  I’ve been desperate to cook something and since it’s harder to cook barbecue in the winter I decided to make something easily prepared indoors.

Why fried chicken?  Well first of all it’s relatively easy.  I don’t and will never claim to be making fried chicken as well as the likes of @motherclucker but for those of you who would like to make something really tasty at home before your next trip to your favourite chicken place… this might be a good place to start.  The good thing about this is it can be adapted to pretty much anything you want.

So what will you need?

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Cooking: Burger Time!

A couple of days ago I decided that I want to make the best burger possible in my own home.  Inspired by The Beefy Boys (@TheBeefyBoys) and my recent visit to Sawyers Bar and Grill @Sawyersmagor (review here) I gave it a go. I believe that I am competent enough in the kitchen to make a burger.  With the knowledge gained scrolling through Twitter recently, I should know how a good burger should look and taste.

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