Gluten-Free Stilton and Port Pork Pie (The Portman Pie)

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Published on: July 25, 2013
 

 I’ll be honest, I had my doubts that a proper gluten-free pork pie could be done.  I don’t really do pies and I’d never used a hotwater crust so the thought of doing a gluten-free one seemed like a step too far.  But I was asked to try it out and I figured the worst that could happen is that the crust ends up as little more than a fancy way to hold a pork pie filling. […]


The Pigskin Burger

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Published on: February 11, 2013
 

 Following one of my favourite Chef’s Richard Blais, I found a series of Burgers that he is currently showcasing on YouTube for Tasted.  One in particular was the Pigskin burger ahead of the Superbowl; It looked amazing!  See the video here. Sadly there isn’t a detailed recipe for this burger – the video gives us a good idea what it involves but there isn’t an exact method or list of ingredients.  So not only do I[…]


Ginger, Fennel and Golden Zucchini Couscous with Venison and Chorizo Sausages

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Published on: February 1, 2013
 

 I have never been a big fan of couscous and nor is my wife, every dish we’ve tried has been too bland.  That was until I decided to give it another go at my local restaurant – The Bridge Brassiere.  I had their Ginger & Fennel Couscous with Venison sausages for lunch.  It was wonderful, and that’s not the usual word I use to describe dishes with couscous!  The ginger and fennel gave the couscous[…]


Roast Chinese 5 Spice Pork Belly with Green Peppers

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Published on: December 13, 2012
 

 One of the first times I had Pork Belly was at a Chinese restaurant following a funeral (I know, not exactly where you would expect to have memorable food experiences) but I was about 10 or 12 years old and I couldn’t get enough of this pork belly.  Crispy skin, melt in the mouth fat, moist and tender pork meat, no little salt and the taste of those spices; It took several more years to[…]


No Roast Char Sau

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Published on: August 15, 2012
 

 This is my all time favourite dish since I was young.  Char Sau in Hakka is roast pork.  It is served in chinese takeaways all over the UK, but I find some of them can be quite dry.  I can eat it everyday, but it’s not a very healthy one as it contains quite a bit of fat and sugar. The most delicious part of the dish is the sauce.  I always find that the[…]


Pepperoni Sauce

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Published on: August 5, 2012
 

 I can’t really take the credit for this sauce, I pinched it from Mike Isabella after watching the Top Chef All-Stars finale (and digging out the recipe).  I have made a few minor changes but for the most part the recipe is the same – it’s just so good I can’t think of many ways to improve it.  It’s pepperoni, as a sauce and it’s dead simple to make, what could be better than that???[…]


Poached Pork Fillet Roulade on a Polenta Fritter topped with Pepperoni Sauce

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Published on: August 3, 2012
 

 Out of all four courses I made for my dinner party, this was the one that required the most work, both in prep time and cooking.  The result however, was more than worth it.  After a few courses of lighter, subtle flavours I wanted to do something that had a lot of strong, meaty flavours and this dish has it in spades.  I didn’t want to completely destroy everyone’s taste buds though, so I’ve added[…]


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,[…]


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[…]


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