A bit of fun today. Nothing too serious 🙂
Now and again I drift off into my own little world. My imagination runs wild and the world is for the taking. Suddenly I can imagine a life where I can make all my dreams come true! Start my own business, write a book, travel the world or cook something so incredible that people queue hours to eat at my restaurant. Perhaps it’s hope more than anything but I think we all have these moments and it’s great! At least I hope so or I am starting to sound very strange. Our imagination makes everything possible so why not right?
Well today I had one of these moments. It started with me just thinking about what I fancied to eat. Then I thought about what I might have if I could have anything I liked. Doesn’t matter where from or who cooked it…. I could ask for it and it would be here. I had trouble choosing and so I started to think about what it would be like if I could eat all my favourite food, everything I have ever tried and loved or am yet to try in one place. One unbelievable, mouth watering and perfect restaurant.
Sounds great right?! I bet your starting to think about what you would choose right now.
Continue reading Lets Play a Game: ‘Fantasy Restaurant Menu’
Sunday I tested my smoker for the first time. This is how it looks at the moment.
Ok… It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world but I do believe with a lick of paint it will scrub up quite nice. But who really cares what it looks like?!
I thought that it might be finished but… unfortunately I discovered it was not. I have, however, learned some lessons and by next week it will be ready.
This was the first time I have had an entire day on the weekend to really knuckle down and get some work done on the smoker. Here’s what happened.
Continue reading THE FILING CABINET SMOKER: THE BUILD – PART 2
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.
Continue reading Cooking: Pulled Pork (Not Barbecued)
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.
Continue reading Cooking: My Favourite Barbecue Sauce
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.
Continue reading Cooking: Barbecue Glazed Pork Ribs (Not Barbecued)
So I have owned this filing cabinet for some time. I have always had the idea that it would someday be turned into a barbecue smoker. Time, money and the fact I have no idea what I am doing have all been factors preventing me from going forward with it.
February is the month I am finally going to get it done. Most of you might just say “why don’t you just buy one?”. I have considered doing just that but the main reason I haven’t is the cost. If I am going to buy something like that I would want a good one and the good ones are certainly not cheap. Secondly… Where is the fun in that?! I’m more interested in finding out whether or not this will actually work. Ill keep a track of how much this costs too and see how it compares. So far…. it has cost me £22.47 for the thermometer. Think of this as an experiment or research. Making slight improvements each month, maybe it will someday be a really great smoker (although I doubt it). I know that it is unlikely to be the best smoker in the world but I am hoping that with a little help here and there from those who know what they are talking about, I might be able to cook a half decent brisket. THAT… is the dream.
I am certain that many of you reading this will have fantasied about the possibility of smoking your own meat. Many of you already have. Whether it be a pork shoulder for pulled pork that melts in your mouth, barbecued ribs where the meat falls off the bone or juicy and tender brisket… everybody loves this stuff. Maybe… If it isn’t a total disaster – I might just inspire you to build your own.
This is part 1. I am going to treat this as a series – posting weekly updates and if you want to keep up to date… follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Continue reading The Filing Cabinet Smoker: The Build – Part 1
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 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?
Continue reading Cooking: Fried Chicken!
So this is my ‘review’ of the Exotic Meat Kebab from The Stuffed Dormouse in Caerleon. This was actually a Christmas present to me from a friend. I can’t say that I have ever tried any of the exotic meats on this menu so it was definitely an experience.
First of all lets have a look at what is on offer:
“We offer various exotic meats including:
If you are feeling adventurous you can sample a piece of each of the exotic meats on our famous King-size Skewer.
All of the exotic meats are served with salad and a choice of potatoes.”
Continue reading The Stuffed Dormouse: Exotic Meat Kebab
Today I am going to ‘review’ Lilo Newport, Grill House & Juice Bar. Lilo Newport is a restaurant/takeaway serving authentic middle eastern food. The reviews I have read give a positive impression of the restaurant and the food looked good so I gave it a go.
First of all lets discuss what I ordered and how it is described on the menu.
Continue reading Lilo Newport: Chicken Shawarma, Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Chicken Wings.
Today I am continuing my breakfast series and reviewing the Breakfast Pizza at Frankie and Bennys.
As discussed in a previous blog I wouldn’t normally blog about a big chain restaurant like this but if I enjoy the food, I will blog about it.
One of the main reasons I wanted to write about this pizza was, it is more unusual than the ‘Great Full English Breakfast’. Whilst the ‘Big Breakfast’ offered at Frankie and Bennys does not compete with my English Breakfast, the Breakfast Pizza is a great alternative. But, is it better than the ‘Great Full English Breakfast’?
Continue reading Frankie and Bennys: Breakfast Pizza