Brown sugar dry rub with guajillo and pasilla chiles

I’ve been working on a brown sugar dry rub for [primarily] pork but also other meats such as beef and chicken. I’m getting closer…this one is very good. It incorporates some dried Mexican chiles. In order to blend up the chiles smoothly and incorporate the oils, I processed the chiles and garlic in a food…

Smoked pork hock soup with black eyed beans, kale and peas

   This soup was a two-stage process using a pressure cooker. I can’t give exact measurements for the soup, but you probably won’t need it. The first part involves pressure cooking a pork hock in about 3 litres (3 quarts) of water containing 2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, half a head of garlic,…

Raw food diet for dogs

I’ve adopted two dogs recently, and I made my first attempt at a raw food diet for Max and Rosella. Max especially likes it, while Rosella still prefers her dry food. It’s easy to make, but you need a food processor or grinder. Essentially, mince and grind all the ingredients until relatively smooth, and then…

mini lamb burgers with vegees

An easy and quick meal…minced lamb (500 g, 1 lb), 1 finely minced garlic clove, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 Tb apple cider vinegar…mixed together and formed into small patties.  Cooked to your liking and served on mini-pitta breads.  Served with steamed baby broccoli, carrot and corn.

Ham bone stock

No pics for this recipe, but I thought I would write it up nonetheless as it is so useful for soups.  At work we buy in smoked hams on the bone, and cut the meat off for customers.  When we’ve cut most the meat off, what’s left is about 1.5-2 kg (3-4 lb) of bone…

Garlic, rosemary and sage pork chops

4 pork chops, 1″ thick3 cloves garlic, mincedRosemary from 3 medium length branches, minced12 sage leaves, minced1/2 tsp salt1/2 Tb sugar1 Tb cider vinegar Mix all ingredients together and marinate pork at least 2 h. Grill to perfection! Serve with apple jelly. The rosemary, sage and the apples used to make the jelly were from…

pizza night!

Home-made pizzas are so much fun…and the girls love to make them…their favorite is bacon and pineapple, and of course we used my home-cured bacon!  Pizza dough recipe and toppings below… The dough is the easiest to make…I prefer to make it 1-2 days ahead, if possible, but a few hours is okay.  I use…

Pork floss

I found this in the Asian supermarket. Cannot wait to use it! It’s essentially dried, BBQ pulled pork.

Hanoi beef noodle soup

For New Year’s eve we had some friends over for dinner, and Belinda wanted to cook some Vietnamese dishes from her new cookbooks by Luke Nguyen.  I was the sous chef for the evening!  This is the first of the dishes, very yummy and we had leftovers the next day for lunch.  The recipe calls…

Beef and pancetta meatballs

                                      Madeleine has been asking for meatballs recently, so here we go… Ingredients meatballs 1 kg (2 lb) beef mince 250 g (1/2 lb) pancetta 1 large brown onion 3 cloves garlic 1 large handfull (1/2 cup)…

Garden photos update, December 2012

The Vegees are continuing to grow. The sugar snap peas are long gone, the broccoli is gone, and there’s a bit of silverbeet (chard) left. Still waiting on the red cabbage, hot peppers, red onions, tomatoes and corn. I also added a photo of an artichoke flower and a bush that has flowered for the…