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
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.
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.
So why would I choose to use this camera? Continue reading “New” Camera. Olympus OM10
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)
So I fancied cooking something a little different. Something with a little spice. Mexican to be specific. I could have cooked chilli, fajitas or enchiladas but I’ve done that so many times! In the end I decided to try something new and make taquitos! Continue reading Cooking: Taquitos
This isn’t breaking news. I’m certain that many of you already know but I am still thrilled to share this news with you. Anybody that has read my blog would know that Hang Fire Smokehouse are incredible. They were voted ‘Best Street Food’ by the BBC, launched Wales’ first craft soda and obviously cook the most incredible Barbecue food – you should do anything they can to go and eat their food. However, I realise that this is not always possible and so the announcement that they are releasing their very own cookbook is incredibly exciting. Now you can cook their food at home! Continue reading Hang Fire Smokehouse Announce Cookbook Deal!
When cooking – Nothing is better than using the freshest ingredients possible. Most of us don’t have the luxury of homegrown meat, for that you will need to visit a good butcher or fishmonger, but we can grow our own fruit and vegetables. Whether you grow just a small amount in your garden or upgrade to an allotment – for at least a few months of the year, you can enjoy fresh salad, potatoes and almost anything else you feel like growing. Continue reading Growing Your Own
Today I fancied beef burgers and so I made some. I was also in a more experimental mood that usual so decided to try something a little different. At least for me anyway. Whisky! Today I cooked Whisky beef burgers with red onion, red onion chutney and gouda cheese in a brioche bun. Continue reading Cooking: Whisky Beef Burgers with Red Onion Chutney.
Recently, I had the great opportunity to try something new. Hokkei. A new twist on the traditional Chinese takeaway, Hokkei serves Hong Kong inspired food, utilising authentic ingredients and innovative cooking techniques in order to deliver the best dishes possible.
The chefs, Larking and Dale, were both in fact MasterChef competitors and through the show became good friends. Armed with the know-how and passion for cooking, they decided to open a Chinese takeaway with a difference. No “Untraceable and unethical ingredients, low quality, stodgy food and sloppy service”. Surely their food must be brilliant right? Continue reading Hokkei: Peking Duck Baos and Rice Noodle Salad
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!