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!
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.
It is literally two ingredients. Eggs and Nutella. Here’s how to make it. Continue reading Cooking: Two Ingredient Nutella Cake
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:
Continue reading Cooking: American Style Pancakes!!
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!
I know that everyone is busy during the week and many of you might not get to check your social media accounts until the weekend. This is why I have created this ‘Sunday Round Up’ so that you will never have to miss a blog again!
Continue reading Sunday Round Up: A Summary of the Past Weeks Blogs (07/12/14)