Ox Cheek Confit with a Tomato Essence Air

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Published on: November 22, 2013
 

 Ox Cheek Confit with caramelised carrots, fondant potatoes and a tomato essence air.  This was the first dish I put on the menu, I’ve wanted to do ox cheek for a long time and this particular recipe has been going around my head for months after I spotted a similar recipe nearly two years ago on another site.  As soon as I knew I was doing a dinner party, this dish had to be part[…]


Ribeye Steak with Straw Potatoes and Jim Beam Glaze

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Published on: May 14, 2013
 

 I return to one of my favourites, steak.  You can read my previous article on how to properly cook a steak here, so I won’t cover it in much detail this time. My initial plan with this recipe was to do steak and eggs but I was reminded of the bottle of Jim Beam (white) which is so bad, I can’t even drink it with coke.  It’s like that overly excited aunt or uncle you always see at[…]


Ribeye Steak with Pomme Puree & Herbed Carrots

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Published on: December 13, 2011
 

 I love cooking a good steak.  It’s quick and easy but so many seem to get it wrong?  Even restaurants sometimes struggle to get the right level of “done-ness” but I think there are a few key things people miss out when cooking a steak. First of all, you need some good quality meat – it’s a steak, don’t go buying the supermarket value meat that needs to be beaten to death (a second time)[…]


Meatloaf with Garlic Potatoes and Red Onion

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Published on: November 22, 2011
 

 Meatloaf is one of those things that I just kept hearing about over the years, mostly from all those America TV shows and movies.  After hearing so much about it and how much the Americans seem to love it, I had to give it a try.  I’ve never had any meatloaf other than my own, which is based on a number of recipes and some fine tuning to my own tastes, so I’m not entirely[…]


Pappardelle alla Bolognese

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Published on: November 7, 2011
 

 “Spagbol” it has to be one of my most loathed terms.  It represents all that is wrong with British-Italian cooking.  Spaghetti with a bolognese sauce?  Every time you tell an Italian to try the spaghetti bolognese, they will look at you like you are some kind of freak.  Spaghetti just doesn’t pick up a lot of meat sauce, it works for a marinara sauce but not for a meat based sauce.  If you are making bolognese it should[…]


Meatballs in a Heavy Tomato Sauce with Soft Polenta

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Published on: October 12, 2011
 

 I made this particular recipe from the Top Chef cookbook a couple of days ago but through work commitments I just haven’t had time to write it up properly.  It could also be that this made me so full I could barely move for three days… but I’m sticking to my work commitments story.  The sauce for these meatballs is incredible!  I simply could not stop eating it.  I realise a few people who have[…]


Bacon Chili Cheese Burgers

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Published on: October 2, 2011
 

 I love a good burger, but it has to be a good one.  By that I mean using real mince, not the sand blasted beef bone stuff.  It has to have some quality cheese, processed slices just won’t do!  But above all it can’t have any beef tomato in it.  Nothing ruins a burger more than a slice of beef tomato.  It’s so bad, that everytime a “chef” puts a beef tomato in a burger,[…]


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