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.
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
I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to justify using a full chimney of charcoal for just a couple of steaks. This is why many of us serious about outdoor cooking have more than one BBQ at our disposal depending on the circumstances. I already have my cheap but cheerful barrel grill and my UDS. I love them both but they are large and fuel hungry. Realising that I needed a more compact and efficient BBQ for the smaller cooks I decided to add a new member to the family.
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
Got a chance to barbecue some food today. So here I have my version of Sicilian Inspired Citrus Chicken. Very simple but really delicious too. I am no expert so the instructions provided below are simply for those who wish to give it a go. I also made a video which you can find by clicking here. The video was just for fun and provides no instructions. Continue reading Sicilian Inspired Citrus Chicken
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
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
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!
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!
I haven’t really posted anything to the blog recently and that is because I have started a new job. Previously, I had worked in an office environment for around 5 years. The job allowed me to spend all of my time on the computer and a large proportion of that time could be spent on the blog. There just wasn’t much work. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that but if you don’t go to the gym and keep active it can ruin your health. I am a perfect example of that. Combined with the fact I love my food, I can safely say that I don’t lead a healthy lifestyle at the moment. I hoped that this was something that might start changing. Continue reading New Job, New Discoveries and a Healthier Lifestyle?