Jack Daniels & Coke Barbecue Baked Beans

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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

Slow Cooked BBQ Leg Of Lamb With Rosemary & Mustard Crust


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Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Lamb Served

A rare free weekend at home meant I had the chance to roll out the Mac’s ProQ™ Excel 20 and give it the time it deserves with a lovely leg of lamb.

The Excel 20 is very versatile and in addition to being a grill and a smoker, it’s easy to replicate the cooking style of very expensive (and trendy) steam ovens which produce beautifully moist roasts of meat.

Here’s what I did… Continue reading Slow Cooked BBQ Leg Of Lamb With Rosemary & Mustard Crust

Chana Aloo

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Now, when my friend Jon asked me if I would add a post on his blog site I was a little scared, if I’m honest. I’ve never blogged before and as far as my culinary skills go, well, let’s just say I might get a quarter star one day, if I’m lucky. However, the reason I wanted to do it is because I really want to show other people that exciting, exotic dishes do not have to be complicated and scary and they can turn out pretty yummy too! Continue reading Chana Aloo

Buying Smoked Back Bacon From Elizabeth Hurley

A couple of weeks ago I happened to be mooching around Cirencester farmer’s market. It’s not a regular haunt despite only being ten mins away from home as the award winning Stroud market is generally so much better in every respect. That was until Cirencester pulled out their secret weapon. … More Buying Smoked Back Bacon From Elizabeth Hurley

Coming Soon – A Week At Cooking School in Tuscany

Our roving reporter Beth jets off to sumptuous Tuscany on saturday for a week at the award winning Torre Del Tartufo cookery school. She’ll be posting daily reports and photos of her trip and hopefully we’ll get a few authentic hints and tips along the way. Keep checking back for … More Coming Soon – A Week At Cooking School in Tuscany

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Home Made Enchillada Sauce – So Easy You HAVE To Laugh!

I love to eat good Mexican food but to be honest, the Cotswolds is not famed for it’s enchilladas or guacamole. I’ve tried all manner of shop and deli bought packet and jar sauces to cook up at home but even the better ones have left me disappointed. A little … More Home Made Enchillada Sauce – So Easy You HAVE To Laugh!

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Lovely Fish Parcels With Shredded Leeks, Carrots & Fennel

Such a quick and easy dish to knock up. Step 1 – Buy good fish. Any chunky white fish will do – haddock, pollack, cod etc. I work a couple  of doors down from Mitch Tonks‘ new restaurant and fishmongers, Rockfish, in Bristol and rate them very highly. Get your … More Lovely Fish Parcels With Shredded Leeks, Carrots & Fennel

Vote For Me in Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award!!! (pleeease!)

I’ve been nominated in the Dorset Cereals Little Blog awards – please do vote for me by  clicking here or by clicking the little image over there on the left hand side. It will only take you 5 seconds! For your efforts, not only will you receive my undying gratitude … More Vote For Me in Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award!!! (pleeease!)