Tenderising Pork Brine

This is the equivalent to buttermilk chicken. I always think pork chops can be a little bit stringy and slightly chewy. I don’t like eating pork pink so this is such a good way to keep the pork nice and moist without worrying about cooking it too much. You can put any aromatics in it….

Crispy Calamari with A Salt and Pepper Polenta Batter

I always order calamari when I’m out as long as it’s fresh. My favourite bits are the tentacles. It has to be a really crispy batter and have a good amount of seasoning. They key is for the oil to be smoking and to literally cook it for a max of 2 minutes. These were…

Twice Cooked Sticky and Tender Chinese Pork Belly

What’s not to like about this recipe, soft tender pork meat it’s caramelised crispy fat bits and a delicious sauce that the rice can soak up. I’m not keen on the chewy skin on pork belly in Chinese recipes as it isn’t cooked like crispy crackling. Removing it still leaves a fat layer that you…

Amazing Octopus with Chorizo, Potatoes, Lemon and Capers Recipe

Oh my where do I begin with this amazing recipe. We often eat and really enjoy octopus out in tapas restaurants and abroad. So I was at the fishmongers and there were these 2 octopus and I couldn’t resist. I read if you freeze them it helps with the tenderising process so that’s what I…

Melt in the Mouth Asian Brisket Recipe

This was so yummy and extremely tender. The asian flavours worked so well and baking it made it so sticky and sweet. The sauce you get is so moorish and tasted so good over the rice. The brisket just melts in your mouth and the aromas while it was cooking made my tummy rumble ….

Beef and Carrot Stew with an Asian Twist Recipe

As the weather got a little chillier we thought we would have a stew but I fancied a lighter flavour and saw a Vietnamese stew recipe and thought it was a great idea. It worked really well and the Asian flavours added such a nice flavour. We used heirloom carrots and had it as a…

Whole Duck Braised in Orange Juice and Star Anise Recipe

We absolutely love this Rick Stein recipe, the duck comes out so tender and you get a gorgeous fragrant sweet and sour sauce. We serve ours with rice so we can soak up all those wonderful flavour’s. The kitchen smell’s gorgeous as this cooks too, it reminds me a little of Bali. This dish also…