Each go at the smoker is slowly getting better. This time it is pork ribs (american style) and beef brisket. Each meat had their own marinade, smoked with a mixture of hickory and apple wood, and basted with a home-made BBQ sauce in the final hours. The final cooking time was about 8+ hours. Details…

Pickled chiles

I posted a photo of fermenting chiles a while back on Instagram, and now want to follow up with the recipe and final pics of the product. I am so enjoying these pickled chiles. Almost a bit sweet and sour with a hint of garlic and a finish of good heat. I’ve used the pickle…

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…

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…

Pork neck steak with pineapple coconut sauce

I often braise pork neck to the point that it falls apart, and then pull it with a fork and cook it down more with the braising sauce for ‘pulled pork’.  I decided this time to cut the pork neck in 1 inch (3 cm) steaks (sometimes referred to as pork scotch fillets, which is…

Pork and veal meatballs with curly pasta and parmesan

Each person you speak to will likely have a different recipe for the best meatballs.  I still haven’t found them, and there very well may not be a single best recipe.  I’ve tried beef alone, beef with pancetta, beef with bacon, pork and beef, addition of buttermilk, etc.  All good.  These have pork and veal…

Easter Friday Prawn Ravioli

Not that we’re religious, but we thought to have a meat-free dinner on Easter Friday (forget the bacon we had for breakfast!)…so I picked up some local prawns at the fishmonger, made some pasta ravioli, filled with prawn, and served with a simple tomato sauce.  Once you get the feel for the proper consistency of…

Easter Friday Chocolate Pavlova with vanilla custard and caramel sauce

This recipe is an alternative to one found on Delicious by Katie Quinn Davies, mainly because the original called for spiced pears (which I’m so-so about) and mascarpone (which I didn’t have on hand).  This is a relatively simple (yet time consuming) recipe.  The result is 3 layers of absolute yum. Ingredients Pavlova 1 Tb…

Thai chile hot sauce

I found a recipe for hot sauce that is similar to the way Tabasco makes their hot sauce, except for the 3 years of cask! 1 lb (0.5 kg) Thai chiles, topped2 Tb sea salt1.5 cups white vinegar Purée chile and salt in a food processor, then let cure in a sealed jar for 2…

Simple slow-cooked pasta sauce

Easy easy easy. Sauté 1 Lb (1/2 kg) ground beef with 1 cup diced bacon. Once the beef starts to brown, add in 1 large diced onion. When the onion goes translucent, add in 1/2 head minced garlic. Sauté another 5 minutes and then transfer to a slow cooker. Add in 2 stalks diced celery,…