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Slow-cooked Ox Cheek & Red Wine Casserole

Slow-cooked Ox Cheek & Red Wine Casserole

An easy winter warmer that is suited to a slow cooker; using a rather under appreciated cut of meat, the humble Ox cheek. It is well worth getting your butcher to put one aside for you.

Classic Beef Wellington

Classic Beef Wellington

The quintessential classic English dish, the Beef Wellington. It’s not an easy dish, but it is worth it, especially when served with a port gravy. 

Pozole

Pozole

Pozole is a typical Mexican soup or stew; and this is our take on the dish, which is a great way to used left over pulled pork. It’s spicy, filling and simple to make.

Basic Biltong

Basic Biltong

Biltong is the perfect healthy high-protein low fat snack, and it is surprisingly easy to make this South African staple at home. Information on our homemade Biltong dryer can be found on our blog. Link Here:

Project Biltong

Project Biltong

Project Biltong A little while ago, I stumbled on a YouTube video showing a South African ex-pat making Biltong at home using simple household items and some ingenuity. As one-half of the ‘Scoff’s Up’ team has an addiction to biltong, and spends a lot of…

Saag Aloo

Saag Aloo

An absolutely ideal side dish for almost any curry. The Saag Aloo (Spinach and Potatoes) is a filling, spicy, spud delight!

Opihr Gin

Opihr Gin

Opihr Gin Country of Origin United Kingdom Distillary G&J Greenal Before we start, let’s address the elephant in the room; how do you pronounce the name? Well according to the official web site, it is pronounced ‘O-peer‘. So now you know! This gin takes its…

Bakewell Gin Cherry & Almond

Bakewell Gin Cherry & Almond

Bakewell Gin Cherry & Almond Country of Origin United Kingdom Distillary Handmade Gin Company, Merseyside Yet another new gin, distilled by the Handmade Gin Company on the Wirral in Merseyside, this gin makes no bones about what flavour it is going for! This gin is…

Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry

Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry

Whitley neill handcrafted dry Country of Origin United Kingdom Distillary Langley Green, West Midlands Another relatively new gin, first introduced in 2007, it was created by Johnny Neill, a fourth-generation descendant of the Greenall Whitley distillers. This fantastic gin has a South African inspiration with…

Tanqueray Sevilla

Tanqueray Sevilla

Flor De Sevilla Country of Origin United Kingdom Distillary Cameronbridge, Fife It is believed that Charles Tanqueray created the recipe for this gin in the 1860s after an expedition to Spain in search of unique botanicals. Despite the age of the recipe, this is a…

Sherry Trifle

Sherry Trifle

The quintessential English pudding, the humble trifle. Simple yet elegant when served in individual jars, this lifts the party classic to classy!

Mixed Spice Shortbread

Mixed Spice Shortbread

The king of biscuits, the humble butter shortbread, but with a seasonal twist. The aroma and taste of the mixed spice make this a fantastic treat for this time of year.

Short Rib Hash

Short Rib Hash

A variation on a northern Chophouse classic, this dish uses short rib rather than corned beef. It is rich and hearty, best served with a good lashing of HP sauce (the acidity cuts through the dish’s richness) and a pint of lager.

Beef Short Rib

Beef Short Rib

Beef short rib is a great cut of beef, but to get that fall-apart fibrous texture, you need to cook it low and slow.  Prep the Beef Massage salt and pepper into the surface of the ribs. Set Up The BGE Add a lump of…

King Prawn Tikka

King Prawn Tikka

A hot and spicy starter, but subtle enough that it doesn’t drown out the flavour of the prawns. The perfect way to start your curry night!

Slow Cooking A Lamb Rogan Josh

Slow Cooking A Lamb Rogan Josh

Another classic curry cooked using the spices from the Curry Legend Spice kit from the Spicery. The Lamb Rogan Josh, cooked for about 6-8 hours in the slow cooker was perfect. The lamb was fall apart soft and the long cooking time ensured the full…

Spider Steak

Spider Steak

To find out about this cut of beef; Click here This cut of meat is amazing. It needs to be cooked simply, nothing fancy, so you get to enjoy the meat flavour. Bring the spider steak up to room temperature and salt with rock salt…

White Chocolate and Irish Cream Fudge

White Chocolate and Irish Cream Fudge

A smooth and decadent treat which is so easy to make with just a hint of Irish Cream.

Spider Steak

Spider Steak

Spider Steak – Crimbo has come early in our household, as I was given a rather nice present from my local butcher (big shout out to Phil Chapman at Chapman’s Butchers!). Passed over the counter to me, with a handshake and a smile, was a…

Naan Bread

Naan Bread

The defacto side dish for almost every curry. This very easy recipe can be cooked in minutes and will lift any curry night!

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark Chocolate Fudge

A rich and decadent treat which is so easy to make and customize with your own mix of nuts and dried fruit.