slow cooked bbq chuck steak on the bone

The next cut of meat up for slow cooking is chuck steak on the bone. Each of these pieces weigh in at nearly 2 lb (just under 1 kg). I have dry rubbed these steaks with a mixture of sumac, cumin, anaheim chile, guajillo chile, allspice, cinnamon, oregano, garlic and salt. For those of you…

Fruit bowls

Are fruit bowls in the past? Does anyone still keep a large bowl with mixed fruits, not only looking delicious, but tasting delicious? Personally, I think having fruits on display, the contrasting colours, textures and aromas, entices you to eat them. And if you’ve got kids, I think it’s an extra bonus to promote healthy…

Spinach and cheddar quesadilla with sour cream and hot sauce

There’s nothing like a simple quesadilla. I’m happy with some fresh mozzarella alone, but it’s good to throw in something green and a sharper cheese. And if your going to throw in some spinach, throw in a bunch! Let’s say about 4 oz, 1/4 lb, 225 g. And a good amount of sharp cheddar! Fry…

Grilled lamb cutlets and broccoli

There is not much you can say against lamb cutlets.  When perfectly grilled, they are slightly caramelised on the outside and tender, moist and succulent on the inside. Hard to resist, especially with the right marinade! And what grills perfectly with lamb? One of my favourite vegetables. Broccoli. Lately I’ve been roasting broccoli, but this…

Home-style potato chips

Everyone loves crispy home-style potato chips.  Not the thin crispy style…the thick style with crispy skin and tender potato inside. There are a lot of ways to cook the ‘perfect chip’, and I’m not debating them here. But here is one way that is easy and a lot of the work can be done ahead…

BBQ pork ribs – one of the best so far

There are a lot of different ways to prepare BBQ pork ribs, and I can’t say which I prefer.  But here is one method, and flavour, which worked well.  The method is simple.  Quick? No.  But simple. Yes. And tasty? Very.  Place the pork ribs in the oven with a range of wonderful ingredients, cook…

American-style spiced brown sugar mini-ham

I wanted to make my own ham for sandwiches, mix with pasta, etc., but didn’t want to make 5 kg (10 lb) that I wouldn’t eat in time!  So I bought a small (1 kg, 2 lb) pork ‘leg steak’, a nice boneless cut from the leg.  I cured the pork in a brown sugar…

Wonderful Ginger leaves

The local asian grocer always has a small amount of fresh greens, herbs and roots, all fresh and some hard to find elsewhere. The girls also like going there because the old chinese woman who owns the place always gives them candies flavoured with lychee, green tea or some other variety! I’ve started picking up…

Super classic chocolate chip cookies

These cookies are so simple, and it doesn’t even matter how well each step is followed.  The important part of a good cookie is the butter/sugar ratio and the final consistency of the dough before cooking. And if all ingredients are mixed! My girls love to help mix the dough, though most of the consuming…