Sunday lunch, pork belly and seeded roast potatoes

PorkBelly with roast potatoes

It is getting colder outside and I seem to be wanting hip hugging, slow roasted and filling foods. I want the house to be filled with the smell of cooking and teasing my appetite. I usually make Sunday a real foodie day and this week I bought pork belly from P Small & Sons Butchers. … Continue reading

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Pork three ways

Aleppo pepper crusted pork

Summer seems to arrive a little at a time. We have a few hot days and then it goes really cold again, somehow it doesn’t quite get going. I invited some friends for dinner. I wanted to have a barbecue but the forecast was thunder storms and rain. The weather in the UK isn’t great … Continue reading

Pork belly, smoked in the Beast

smoked pork belly

The most fun event of last week was that my neighbour bought a smoker. It is a humdinger of a smoker and we have been plotting what to cook in it ever since he ordered it a couple of months ago. The thing about living on our street is that everyone is super easy going, loves … Continue reading

Baked figs, ravioli and prosecco braised pork belly

As much as I hate to admit this, not long ago I tried to impress someone by cooking a dinner. It all went wrong and it was like I was hit with a temporary blockage of tastebuds and a complete inability to cook things that never failed before. It was so bad I brought out … Continue reading

Pork belly with a crackling moment and dumplings

The past week went by so fast I am not sure what happened to time. The weather turned colder, we even had a few snowflakes but mainly it is the icy winds. It has been clear and there were some lovely long walks on the beach, all wrapped up in my winter gear, a woolly … Continue reading

Pineapple roasted pork belly and sage roasted potatoes

The cold weather has finally arrived and I got my woolly hat and my thick winter jacket out. Somehow it feels like walking around with a friend, the jacket is like a duvet and the woolly hat warm and snug. Each season has it’s comforts. I had some chicken lined up for dinner but after … Continue reading

Sunshine and barbecue, finished with spiced cherries and pineapple

Give me a weekend with half decent weather, no rain and I am happy with even smaller doses of sunshine and I can’t stop thinking about barbecue. This weekend lovely weather and plenty of sunshine was promised and well, do I need to say more?! We loaded up on charcoal, I still haven’t gotten around … Continue reading

Szechuan pepper rubbed, slow roasted pork belly

I had friends coming over for dinner and I wanted to make something special. I know I have mentioned the pork belly before but never with the full recipe. I also did crackling, very naughty but so satisfying! I wanted to get a head start and got up early to go to the butcher. I … Continue reading

Joe’s smoked pork belly with pink peppercorn stuffed portobello mushrooms

Sometimes friends gives you the best surprises. The other week I meet up with a friend over dinner, she had come down from Scotland and her husband Joe, who is also the maker of the smoked cheese I love so much, had sent some pork belly that he cooked the night before. Joe cooks the … Continue reading

Pork belly cooked 3 ways including 11 1/2 hour cooked, prosecco braised pork belly

prosecco glazed pork belly

One of my favorite meats is pork belly. I love crackling and slow cooking. The meat is so lovely and the fat has tons of flavor. I usually make a dry rub and then let it cook low and slow for a couple of hours until cooked through and tender with a crispy, spicy surface. … Continue reading