Apparently 80% of Italy’s fish is caught off the 800km coastline of Puglia and judging by the local fish markets and restaurants I would say one of the most popular would be Orata, or as we know them better the gilt head sea-bream. This box of Orata arrived onto the … More Orata in Puglia
This makes a refreshing change from the usual creamy slaw. It replaces the white cabbage for fennel and also uses a touch of lime juice to give it a zingy, citrussy lift and cut through the sticky and sometimes fatty BBQ food. A mandolin is pretty essential for this. You … More Fennel, Apple & Lime Coleslaw
I brewed a batch of Woodstock Pale Ale this afternoon having made a few tweaks to the recipe I used last week. It’s a 20L batch of beer that I start off in a big stock pot. I bring the water up to temperature and then dunk the malted … More Woodstock Pale Ale
Here’s a great way to cook a whole chicken on the BBQ that takes a fraction of the time of roasting in the kitchen oven. It also overcomes the problem of the chicken being such an irregular shape often meaning the breast meat is overcooked by the time the leg … More Santa Maria Style BBQ Spatchcock Chicken
I’m mixing up two different cooking methods with the lamb. First it gets a solid couple of hours on the Big Green Egg set up to cook indirectly at around 140-150C. I started it off with one handful of hickory and maple woodchips to give it a subtle smoky … More Whole Lamb Shoulder With Babybacks On The Side
The Pugliese are not huge lovers of lamb. Walk into any local village macelleria (butchers) and the counter will be well stocked with beef, pork, poulty and horse. Oh, they’ll have lamb, but for some reason it’s one of those things you have to ask for with a nod and … More Half a Lamb In A Wood Fired Pizza Oven
Monkfish is superb on the grill,which ever way you choose to prepare it. It holds up to stong flavours well so you can use BBQ rubs or powerful spices with it and it is meaty enough to sear at a hight temperature to develop a lovely crust. The monkfish tails … More Monkfish & Chorizo Kebabs
I love asparagus, and surely there’s no better way to cook it than slinging some on the grill? Continue reading Grilled Asparagus
If you have a mandolin, you can make up this salad in minutes. Looks fabulous, absolutley PACKED with goodness to boost the immune system. A terrific lunch on its own or great served with fish or chicken as a side dish. It’s based on a cucumber recipe I saw in … More Ultimate Salad to Boost The System!
First of all – sorry about the photo. The beans were half eaten before I’d even fetched my camera so this is a quick camera phone shot.
One of my best friends is a huge JD and Coke fan and I came up with this recipe when she visited recently. I’d cooked bourbon BBQ baked beans before and figured the coke would give it a neat twist. It works really well – the flavours of the JD and Coke just melt down into the background and give terrific depth of flavour. Of course all the alcohol disappears within seconds so perfectly fine for kids too. It’s really quick to prepare and very low maintenance once the cooking process starts.
I cooked these on my BBQ smoker underneath a few slabs of spare ribs that were slow smoking. Continue reading Jack Daniels & Coke Barbecue Baked Beans