The smokey meat feast

I’m not sure whether I have the time to describe everything involved in preparing and cooking the food for this party. 20, half are kids. But I’ll give the highlights and hopefully I’ll get to the specific details of each dish. Photos are below, but here are the highlights (unfortunately there are not photos of…

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…

Braised chicken with mixed vegetables

Simple and effective. Roasted Maryland chicken cuts (leg and extended thigh, with skin) in a mixture of great vegetables, served with mashed potatoes. In an oven proof deep dish on the stove, brown the chicken, set aside, and then sauté the vegetables accordingly. Add the wine, reduce the liquid by half, then add the tomatoes…

Pork banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwich)

These sandwiches using vietnamese baguettes seem to be the latest craze in Melbourne.  The vietnamese baguette is essentially a french baguette that is made with a bit of rice flour so it is lighter on the inside and crunchier on the outside.  There are a range of options, but I made the ‘traditional’ version.  …

Grilled chicken wraps with avocado, pineapple and corn salsa

Belinda cooked last night (I grilled the chicken though). The girls love wraps. It’s such an easy way to squeeze all sorts of goodness into one bite! 3 chicken breast fillets, dry rubbed with 1 Tb ground cumin 1 Tb smoked paprika salt and black pepper to taste For the salsa, mix together 1 avocado,…