Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Duck Eggs

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Published on: July 31, 2012
 

    Steamed minced pork is a traditional home-cooked meal that most chinese housewives will do.  It’s a very versatile dish that can be changed according to your personal preference.  Salted duck eggs is also another well-known chinese delicacy that is only available in oriental supermarkets.  The taste of salted duck eggs is richer than normal chicken eggs.   Ingredients: 500g of minced pork 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped) 3 salted duck eggs (cooked[…]


Pan fried Scallops and Chorizo in a White Wine Jus with a Wild Rocket and Pomodorino Tomato salad dressed in Black Truffle oil

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Published on: July 31, 2012
 

 Please excuse the longest title in the world for a dish (or an article) but I couldn’t really break it down.  I have to mention each ingredient as they are all essential to the complete dish.  I love how this dish is constructed, on one side is a basic surf and turf, on the other is a simple salad.  But, each individual component of this dish matches another.  You have sweet, delicate scallops with strong,[…]


An Amuse Bouche – Lemon Sole & Avocado Ceviche

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Published on: July 30, 2012
 

 This is my first ever Amuse Bouche and I don’t think it will be my last. If you’ve not had or heard of an amuse bouche before, it’s a simple one-bite, hors d’oeuvre.  If you go to a restaurant and you get one, it’s picked by the chef (so you don’t get a choice) and it is meant to give you an idea of the chef’s personal style.  In this case, I’ve got a set[…]


My dinner party in review

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Published on: July 30, 2012
 

 So now that the guests have finished eating, I’ve finished cooking and all the pans have been washed (several times over), all that’s left to do is write-up all the recipes.  Before I do that, I’m going to go through the menu and how it all went.  Firstly, I decided to add an additional soup course.  Three courses didn’t sound like enough work and I had initially planned to make a Langoustine & Coconut Bisque[…]


The Spanish Frittata

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Published on: July 26, 2012
 

 Before anyone says it – I know Frittata’s are Italian!  It should be a Spanish “Tortilla de patatas” but I’m really making a frittata that contains spanish ingredients.  What’s the difference between a tortilla and a frittata?  Not much, but a frittata is generally fluffier and is usually finished in the oven, a tortilla is pan fried, flipped and is mixed with fried potatoes. This “Spanish Frittata” is fried potato, eggs, chorizo and onions, pan[…]


Dinner with friends

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Published on: July 22, 2012
 

 This weekend is going to be the first time since moving south from Aberdeen that I’ve had friends around for dinner – a bit of a poor effort considering I’ve been down here for over two years!  I’ve been given a slight challenge as the meal must be both lactose and gluten free and it has made me rethink a few of the dishes… I was going to have a wild rocket (Arugula) and goats[…]


A word on knives

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Published on: July 20, 2012
 

 I bought a 3 piece Hammer Stahl knife set at the Bristol foodies festival last weekend after Martin Blunos recommended them (and mentioning a 20% discount).  The RRP of the set was £275 – a lot of money for 3 knives!  Thankfully they were doing a bit of a deal, selling the set for £190 with a free 5.5″ Santoku knife.  After giving Martin’s recommendation and quoted discount I managed to get the set for[…]


Site Update – 2

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Published on: July 19, 2012
 

 Once again I have changed the site’s theme.  It’s now back to the Fast Food theme but I’ve made a few style changes as there were quite a few things I liked with the “temporary” theme I was using. You might also have noticed that my wife, Phoebe has joined the site – RainbowChef.  She will be posting a few recipes to add a little more variety (and activity) to the site.  Look forward to[…]


Homemade Chips

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Published on: July 18, 2012
 

 I first made these chips with my Turbot and sweetcorn sauce recipe.  I pretty much made it up as I was going but they turned out really well.  I decided to separate the chips from the main recipe as I will probably reuse them in other dishes! It’s easy to go out and just buy some nice frozen oven chips, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s cheap.  There is nothing wrong with frozen chips but[…]


Turbot with Chips and a Sweetcorn sauce

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Published on: July 2, 2012
 

 The king of the fish and a very expensive fish too.  Turbot has a rich and delicate flavour, it’s also quite heavy so a large fish won’t feed as much as say, salmon.  It is probably my favourite fish but it’s not very common in the UK and even if it was, it wouldn’t be something I would buy everyday… not at £15-20 per kg.  I managed to spot a whole turbot going for £5[…]


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