Thursday, 23 April 2015

Chicken & Pancetta Bake


Recently, the weather has really started to pick up; the skies are intensely blue and the sun is shining down. It's times like these that I really appreciate living just a 5 minute walk to the coast, where I can go for a relaxing stroll - it almost feels like I'm on holiday sometimes. Feeling inspired by the almost-Mediterranean climate, I wanted to create a meal that mirrored it. 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Wild Venison Prosciutto


This is probably the most terrifying piece of charcuterie I've attempted. Pancetta and pastrami is fine; the cuts of meat I used were small and relatively inexpensive. The haunch of venison I've used for this cost £30 from the local farmers market.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Duck Pastrami


Traditionally, pastrami is made using beef but, when I was looking for the meat to make it with, duck stuck out as something a bit more unusual and exciting. I wanted to go for a Chinese-style flavouring, so in the brine I used spices that would mirror those in Chinese cuisine. The chilli doesn't come through that well, so if you want a bit of heat in there I'd recommend to try adding some dried chilli flakes to the spice rub on the outside... just be careful of how much you use.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Char Siu Pork Belly


This is such a simple meal that's infinitely improved by a bit of forward planning and allowing the pork belly to marinate for as long as possible; ideally 12 hours. And, because of it's simplicity, get the best ingredients you can afford.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Chicken & Black Bean Noodles


I don't think I've ever met a person that doesn't like Chinese takeaway. I've definitely met those who don't eat it for silly reasons (namely if they're on the d-word... diet... shhh). Obviously, home-cooked Chinese food is better, but it never really tastes the same. But, nevertheless, I endeavoured to cook something that was just a simple stir fry and a massive pile of noodles.