Sausage rolls are an absolute favourite of ours. And these pork and apple ones are the best. I have really lovely memories of buying these as a treat for my eldest son and I when we lived in York in the UK when he was a wee toddler. The place I rented was right next to the York railway station and we just loved the train sounds. My son was a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine; we had all the videos (yes, you heard me right…) and I loved listening to Ringo read the stories to the model trains jiggling about on their sets. I have Thomas to thank for teaching my son his colours, his numbers and the joy of reading. Every Saturday, we would go for a walk to the station, and he’d get his jollies looking at all the trains (I’m so cheap). Sometimes, I would lash out and take him to the National Railway Museum, where you can see the replica of Stephenson’s Rocket. I was always way more impressed with the Chinese Engine at the museum. If you have never been there and you are visiting York, You Must Go! Now my eldest is 16 and he still loves pork and apple sausage rolls and will never admit to liking trains. Making sausage rolls from scratch sounds a bit tedious, but it’s not at all. I love how you can change things around, play with the flavours. Sometimes I make these with pork, pear and blue cheese, sometimes chicken mince and sage… I tend to avoid lean mince for sausage rolls, as they tend to be drier. Higher fat content = juicier sausage rolls. Here comes the recipe…. Continue reading
Wonton is a delicious light meal for any time of the year. Soft flavoursome parcels of prawn and pork in a light chicken broth! What’s not to love about that? I have to admit, I was (and am still not) confident to share my wonton with anyone with a family history of eating wonton. It seems that every family has their own recipe and insist that anything else is just not the real deal. I’m happy to admit that I am not a connoisseur of wonton, but I know what I like. And I really like these!
Making wonton from scratch is a little time consuming, there’s the soup stock and then there’s folding all those little parcels (and I would definitely recommend using store-bought wrappers!). You could also easily use a store-bought chicken stock, but this is easy to make and makes a lovely, clear, fresh soup for the wontons. As for all that folding – I find it quite relaxing and if you can enlist a bit of help from the kids, then it can be quite fun. Continue reading
Bún chả is one of the most delicious and fresh Vietnamese meals you can eat. Grilled pork, rice noodles, loads of greens and a bowl of dipping sauce with pickled carrots and green papaya. As with most Vietnamese street food, its pretty easy to put together, but there are lots of ingredients and it takes a bit of time in preparation. But it’s worth it, so don’t skimp on anything! Continue reading
When I mention to friends or people at work that I am making pulled pork in a slow cooker using coke, the reaction is generally and general disbelief. Equally: “how do you cook with coke?” and “how could you cook with coke??” Cooking pulled pork with coke makes so much sense to me, the coke is all caramel, acid and sweetness – everything you need for sweet tender pork. I don’t know what it says about me, but the first time I heard about pulled pork and coke I thought ‘I HAVE to try that!’ Continue reading
There’s nothing like the smell of roasting pork. Add a heap of spicy flavours like paprika and fennel seeds and it takes you away to another place. With winter banging on our doors, the need for easy, slow cooking comfort food is high. I love how this meal fills the house with a warm spicy aroma.