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Burger Experiment: Making My Own Mince.

So I thought I would try to make my own mince for burgers.  I’ve had the electronic mincer for quite a while and still haven’t used it.  Every time I’ve been to a shop intending to by meat for the mincer I have backed out because it seemed to work out so much more expensive.  This time I thought it must be worth the extra effort so lets have a go.  For my first attempt I decided that I would try to use the most accessible meat from a local supermarket.  I hoped this would bring down the cost but also demonstrate what is possible to those who don’t normally shop at a butchers.

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Maple Glazed Pork Ribs & Whole Chicken

This cook was a simple one.  Not too adventurous but it’s definitely one of my go to smokes.  Maple glazed pork ribs and whole chicken.  As much as I do like to experiment, it’s sometimes nice to stick to what you know and like.  This is one of those times.  Below is the link to a video made for this cook and some details of what I did.    Continue reading Maple Glazed Pork Ribs & Whole Chicken

MY FIRST DIRTY STEAK

I’ve always been sceptical about cooking steak ‘dirty’ despite many bbqers stating that this is the best way to cook a steak.  For those of you not familiar with this method – Rest assured, cooking a steak ‘dirty’ doesn’t actually involve any dirt.  It actually means that instead of cooking your steak on the bbq’s grill, you place the steak directly onto the coals.  Now if you’re anything like me, when I first heard of ‘dirty steaks’ you’ll be thinking a few different things.  Why?  Wouldn’t it burn? Wouldn’t it get covered in charcoal and ash?  I’ll answer those questions for you now. Continue reading MY FIRST DIRTY STEAK

Super Quick Scallops in the Shell

This is only the second time I’ve cooked scallops.  The first time I’ve cooked scallops in their shell.  The method I’ve used today is extremely simple but wow did these taste good!  I know a lot of people aren’t sure what to make of scallops but trust me, if they are cooked well, they are unbelievably tasty. Continue reading Super Quick Scallops in the Shell

The Benefits of Good Charcoal: Sweet Green Chilli Pork Shoulders

What charcoal do you use when you barbecue?  Whatever you can find in the supermarket?  Maybe you’re more bbq savvy and use brands like Big K instead.  Have you ever thought about looking for a local producer of charcoal? No?  I think you should give it a go and here’s why. Continue reading The Benefits of Good Charcoal: Sweet Green Chilli Pork Shoulders

Reverse Sear Steak

Have you ever heard of reverse searing?  No?  Then this is the best thing you’ll learn today.  Yes?  You probably already know everything I’m about to say but by all means, read it anyway.

If like me you love steak, you probably believed you could cook a pretty incredible steak already.  You’re probably right but this method of cooking your steak will definitely take your steak to the next level.  To cook this steak I adopted two new techniques picked up from the incredible community over in the CountryWoodSmoke Facebook group.  Dry brining and reverse sear.  If you are at all interested in BBQ and good food I seriously suggest you go and join that group.  Let’s start with preparing the steak. Continue reading Reverse Sear Steak

The Reigniting of my Passion for Barbecue and Smoking.

I haven’t posted anything to my blog for a very long time.  My domain had expired and my drive to write anything had disappeared.  I have loved barbecue food for a long time but my ignorance meant that I didn’t make the most of what I had.  Although I have a large Weber Mastertouch at my disposal – I mistakenly believed that they could only be used for grilling.  I think most of the UK public incorrectly hold a similar view.  What I really wanted to do was smoke some meat but I couldn’t afford to buy a dedicated smoker.  After watching videos of Frankin BBQ on Youtube I was sure that an offset smoker was the way to go.  I even tried to build my own filing cabinet smoker but it just didn’t work (despite the popularity of the post) and I gave up.  The dream of smoking the all mighty brisket at home was all but guaranteed never to happen.   Continue reading The Reigniting of my Passion for Barbecue and Smoking.

“New” Camera. Olympus OM10

So I bought a “new” camera a week or two ago.  The Olympus OM10 35mm camera.  I don’t know how many of you still use 35mm film but I can tell you it isn’t too cheap.  Although the camera itself cost me around £60 (can be much less but I liked this tan version) including delivery – the film and developing of that film is quite expensive.  The 35mm film itself can cost £5 – £7 per roll.  I managed to get a pack of 20 for £10 which is pretty excellent considering.  The developing of this film will cost me £5 per 35mm film if I would like it scanned to a CD.  In the future, I plan to purchase my own film scanner saving me money in the long term.  Film developing would then only cost £2.50 per roll.  Still much more expensive than digital photography.

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New Direction (Sort Of)

Lately, I have struggled to write new content for the blog.  I have been busy.  Life gets in the way sometimes but I have also come to the realisation that I need to post more regular content in order for the blog to be in any way interesting.  Unfortunately, posting regular reviews of restaurants etc seems unachievable.  You should still expect to see reviews, personal posts and the occasional piece of news but the focus will change.  Mainly, I don’t have the budget to eat out regularly.  However, I do love to cook and try new things. Continue reading New Direction (Sort Of)

Abergavenny Food Festival: Full Line up Announced!

This information is being posted a little late but I felt that late is better than never if it means that some of you didn’t know about Abergavenny Food Festival.  Tickets for Abergavenny Food Festival 2015 went on sale of the 1st.  On the 18, 19 and 20th of September the festival will welcome thousands of visitors to Abergavenny to sample the best food and drink the UK has to offer.  In this post I will provide more information about what exactly is install if you have already purchased your tickets or for those how havent purchased a ticket yet – Convince you that this is not something you should miss. Continue reading Abergavenny Food Festival: Full Line up Announced!