Beef Pho (my version)

I’ve made a few types of beef pho, and the key seems to be heaps of cheap beef cuts with lots of marrow and other bits and pieces for flavour. This recipe may not be traditional, but it was good to eat. And there was extra to spare and freeze for another time. Before the…

Sweet potato, cabbage, and pecan (creamed) soup

This soup is sweet, nutty, and rich. The final addition of cream just before serving provides a smooth, creamy texture. The flavors are reminiscent of sweet potato pie, but there is no added sugar in this soup. All the sweetness is from the sweet potatoes and onions, offset by the cabbage and pecans. I served…

Hickory smoked pulled pork shoulder with chunky BBQ sauce

I have only had my Texas off-set smoker for a few weeks, and the weekends are the only time I have to devote the time required, so I’m on a learning curve. But having said that, I was very pleased with the outcome. I started with a boneless pork shoulder, skin on and weighing 2…

Easter Chocolate Cream Pie with Strawberries

What a better way to celebrate Easter than with chocolate! This pie is rich and full of dark chocolate flavour, off-set with sweet whipped cream and strawberries. The pastry base is a basic butter crust. I won’t bother with a recipe, as I think I’ve written about it before. The great thing about this time…

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…

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…

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…

Vegetable Bisteeya

This recipe comes from the Gourmet Farmer Deli Book, a cookbook about producing and cooking food the ‘way it used to be’.  Amongst the different recipes for making cheeses, hams, bacon and smoking and curing fish, there are a lot of recipes for great dishes.  This dish looks at first glance a spanakopita, but made…