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…

Broccoli quesadilla

You can put almost anything in a quesadilla and make it appealing. It is also a great way of making a quick meal when you have limited supplies in the fridge. So I always make sure I have tortillas and cheese on hand. On this occasion the fridge was pretty empty but I had broccoli….

BBQ Lamb ribs

I’ve posted these lamb ribs through Instagram, but just the photo. Here’s the monologue and recipe (and doesn’t include details on the grilled chicken thighs, bottom right of the photo). I’m not sure how common lamb ribs are for people? Personally, I wasn’t properly introduced to lamb until I lived in England, but my indulgence…

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…

Corn and avocado salsa

This was a very quick and easy salsa to make.  Great with corn tortilla chips or used as a filling in quesadillas or tacos.  And also great with beer.  I made a small batch but it can easily be bulked up. Ingredients Fresh corn from 1 cob 1/2 of a brown onion, finely minced 3…

Seafood and smoked pork neck cream chowder

The original recipe was from the Delicious magazine, but altered a bit by what was available and what I thought would taste better!  The result is smoky, rich and creamy, and goes well with crusty bread on a cold day. Ingredients 1 medium brown onion, finely minced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 250 g (1/2…

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…