Pulled pork gets a slow cook

“Deep in the heart of Texas”. A song, yes, but also the home to a regional flavour. There are many variances of pulled pork, from smoked to barbecued to slow cooked, all typically using the harder pieces of the pig to cook. You could cook anywhere from a whole pig down to a shoulder. This…

Profiteroles will jazz up your dessert menu

To me, profiteroles are something special. They are light, they have chocolate, they have creme anglaise. If they are made correctly, the crispness of the pastry coupled with the light flavour of the cream dipped in hot chocolate sauce are a luscious climax to any meal. And you can jazz up that rich offering in…

Duck an old favourite to be enjoyed

The other day that I was chatting with a friend while shopping and noticed that duck was on offer. It had been a long time since I enjoyed fresh duck. Sure, I have had crispy duck, Peking duck and other such treats but not the joy of a good home-cooked roast duck. To me simple…

A summer treat for any day

With summer upon us it is always nice to sit outside in the warm evenings take in the last of the days rays and enjoy a sweet dessert. Enjoy this warming dessert with friends and loved ones, or even on your own. Sometimes a summer treat is all that is needed to bring a smile…

Fricassee is not just about left-overs

Sometimes, only sometimes, I feel a little like a rabbit on the go, like the ever-ready bunny, always doing one thing or another. Something, you see, is always happening in the kitchen any time of year, from pastries to pies, cookies to puddings: it’s a non-stop shop. All the preparations of the festive season leave…

Toad-in-the-hole? No, this isn’t the Winnipeg pub!

Some say ‘toad-in-the-hole’ refers to the sausages that peak out from the Yorkshire pudding in this tasty dish. Wikipedia maintains that’s a matter of dispute. With the festive season and its copious amounts of food nearly upon us, how about something a little different – a staple in many homes across the pond that’s not…