Archive | October, 2012

Slow Roasted Pork Belly with my Spiced Beetroot Chutney

20 Oct

Wondering how to use my beetroot chutney? Well tonight I made a delicious slow roasted pork belly with crunchy crackling, on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized fennel & onions. The sweet sour flavor of the chutney compliments this rich tender meat and brings another texture to the dish.





For info ( I’ll post the recipe later this week ) and pricing mail or call; 0642297107

Knives & Chopping Boards

20 Oct

What Knives Do I Need for Cooking

There are many kitchen knives available on the market; however, a few good kitchen knives can meet the needs of the ordinary kitchen. Purchasing a block of kitchen knives for cooking is often unnecessary and can be a waste of money. Instead, carefully selecting two or three important kitchen knives can make a great impact in the kitchen.

All individually selected kitchen knives should be stored on a magnetic wall strip or in a universal block, Never in a drawer!!! And Never clean in a dishwasher , wash by hand!!!

So, what are the most important knives to know? I’d say you need four: a chefs knife, a santuku knife, a paring knife and a serrated bread knife.




Chef’s knife

Purchase a good quality chef’s knife first. A chef’s knife can do many things such as chop, dice, slice and mince, which is why it is the most important knife in the kitchen. The slightly curved blade allows for easy cutting, and the weight of the knife allows it to slice through thick or tough foods. Choose a chef’s knife that feels good in the hand and is not too lightweight. The knife should be between 15 and 25cm long to be the most versatile. Additionally, the metal should continue through the handle of the knife, which is called a full tang knife.

Santoku Knife

After finding a chef’s knife, search for a santoku knife. A santoku knife is similar to a chef’s knife; however, it has a wider blade and is thinner in thickness. As a result, it can cut smoothly and more precisely through thick or dense vegetables. Additionally, this knife works well to butterfly boneless chicken breasts and slice foods into fine, narrow pieces. Santoku knives are generally easier to use than chef’s knives because they are made to be well-balanced and precise.

Paring Knife

Measuring in at between 5 and 9cn long, paring knives are short blades with a pointy tip. Despite their dinky size, these versatile pieces of cutlery are an integral part of your cooking arsenal. Paring knives are great tools for scoring, peeling, boning and anything else you that requires a small point with maximum control. Navigating small areas is something you’ll do frequently as a home chef, and the paring knife is made with these tasks in mind.

Serrated Bread Knife

Serrated bread knives are great for cutting anything that’s crusty on the outside and delicate on the inside. Think baguettes, bagels, and pineapples: you want something hard core enough to get through the tougher outer part while not obliterating the lovely fleshy bits. Serrated knives also make quick work of tomatoes and citrus, easily slicing through their Teflon-like skin.

                                                           Chopping Boards

One of the easiest things you can do to insure the long life of your kitchen knives is to use the right kind of cutting board. And believe it or not, even in this age of high-tech materials just about the best substance for your knives to cut and cube on is still wood. Plastic is the other most favored material. (Not any plastic and not any wood.) never ever use Glass, granite, porcelain or any other hard surface as this can damage and blunt your blade

Wooden Boards

Traditionally there are two types of wooden chopping boards; End grain and Flat grain. Wood is attractive and will look good in any kitchen. No matter how much you use them, wooden boards tend to mature over time and will look good for many years.

End grain boards are made up of many square or rectangular batons of wood, bonded together under high pressure. The board is then created by slicing across the grain. This technique leads to attractive boards which won’t warp, are durable, and are kind to your knife edge. At a microscopic level, as a blade is drawn across the surface of the board, the individual wood fibres are able to bend out the way, hence are not damaged. Likewise, as the blade is not cutting through wood fibres it will maintain its edge for longer.

Flat grain boards are generally made up of larger sections of wood, with the grain, as the name implies lying flat. Normally a board will be made up of three or four sections of wood and they often have lovely grain structures. The simple construction means that these boards are usually excellent value for money. Though not quite as durable as end grain boards, flat grain boards with normal domestic use will none the less give many years of service.

Wood is intrinsically hygienic; the natural enzymes that protected the tree when it was alive still do their bit to fight bacteria on the surface of the board. Wooden boards should be cleaned with hot water and a little mild detergent if necessary. Avoid using excessive amounts of detergent, as this will dry the wood out. Over time, the natural oils in the wood will be depleted. To maintain the board in tip top condition and maximize its life it should be periodically treated with wood oil, available from this site. Never leave a wooden board to soak in water or put it in the dishwasher!

Plastic Boards

Plastic has similar properties to wood. It’s tough, yet soft enough not to dull a knife blade. It doesn’t heal up quite as well, and it doesn’t look as good after it’s accumulated hundreds and hundreds of score marks. On the other hand, a plastic board will generally cost a fraction of the price of a wooden one, so it won’t cost as much to replace. It will also be thinner and lighter than your average wood board. And, as an additional bonus, you can throw it in the dishwasher if you choose

Plastic boards come in different colors which you can use as a coding system. Red for raw meats; green for vegetables; etc., etc.—this is what professional kitchens do to help prevent cross-contamination. Another good thing about plastic boards is that unlike wood, they don’t tend to take on as much the flavors of pungent tasting foods like onion and garlic.

There’s one more important thing to mention regarding wood and plastic cutting boards, namely, how to keep them clean and avoid cross contamination wood tends to retain less bacteria than plastic. But if you designate  a chopping board for raw meat only and stick to, then the difference between the two materials becomes negligible.

So pick the type you like the best, or mix it up as I do. Both wood and plastic boards (as long as they’re the right kind of wood and the right kind of plastic) will help keep your knife edges sharp and look good in your kitchen.

If your looking to buy a new set of knives my preference goes out to Global , but that’s my personal choice , there are many great makes out there so choose wisely.

How to cook perfect pasta

15 Oct

One of the best reasons for eating pasta is that, in 15 minutes from start to finish, you can provide yourself with a complete meal. If you want to enjoy cooking and eating pasta at its best, then my advice is to buy good quality. Yes, it does cost more, but we’re not talking about great luxury here; we’re talking about a main meal for two people that might cost 2 euros instead of 1euro. Poor quality pasta often ends up sticky and soggy. So when you buy your pasta, make sure it says pasta di semola di grano duro – durum wheat semolina pasta. A good pasta has a rough texture this helps the sauce stick to it, while the poor quality has the texture smooth..


salt your water. And I mean really salt your water. None of this “pinch” business. Salt amplifies flavor, so allowing pasta to rehydrate in a briney solution will mean that the noodles themselves are properly seasoned, your pasta water should be as salty as seawater. Before the pasta goes in make sure the water is up to a good fierce boil. Add the pasta as quickly as possible and stir it around just once to separate it. If you’re cooking long pasta like spaghetti, push it against the base of the pan and, as you feel it give, keep pushing until it all collapses down into the water.

You don’t need to put a lid on the pan: if it’s really boiling briskly it will come back to the boil in seconds and, if you put a lid on, it will boil over. Put a timer on and give it 10-12 minutes for top-quality pasta, but because this timing varies according to the shape and quality of the pasta, the only real way to tell is to taste it. So do this after 8 minutes, then 9, and 10, and so on. This only applies when you cook a particular brand for the first time. After that you will always know how long it takes. Sometimes you can give it 1 minute’s less boiling and then allow an extra minute’s cooking while you combine it with the sauce.

Have a colander ready in the sink then, as you are draining the water, swirl it around the colander, which will heat it ready for the hot pasta. Don’t drain it too thoroughly: it’s good to have a few drops of moisture still clinging as this prevents the pasta from becoming dry. Place the colander containing the pasta back over the saucepan to catch any drips.

There’s nothing worse than sauce that slips off your spaghetti and ends up in a pile at the bottom of the bowl. How to prevent this? Add 1/ tbl spoons of pasta water to your sauce along with the noodles. The starch that leeches into the water while pasta cooks does a great job of helping a sauce cling to the noodles’ surface.

Finish with fat. Adding a splash of oil, and a handful of shaved cheese into your sauce right before serving, it will help even further bind noodles to their sauce. The fat infusion also amps up flavor, and lends your sauce that luxurious velvety texture that you typically only get at your better Italian restaurants.

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Recipe of the day: Pork meatballs in my Chargrilled Paprika Sauce

10 Oct

Recipe of the day: Pork meatballs in my Chargrilled Paprika Sauce.

Green Tomato Chutney

10 Oct

The tomato season is winding down around here as the days grow shorter. Our tomato plants are loaded with green, unripe tomatoes; this chutney is one way to make excellent use of them.

We love chutney with baked chicken or pork chops. The chutney would work as a relish for hot dogs, a side for crab cakes, or with a little strong cheese on a cracker for an appetizer a glass of red wine wouldn’t would top it all off.

.De tomaat seizoen is afgelopen. Onze tomatenplanten worden geladen met groene, onrijpe tomaten.,deze chutney is een manier om uitstekend gebruik van te maken. Wij houden van chutney met gebakken kip of varkensvlees karbonades. De chutney zou werken als een smaak voor hete honden(hot dogs lol hehehe), een sauce voor krabtaartjes, of met een beetje sterke kaas op een cracker voor om te smullen met een glas rode wijn.

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Recipe of the day: Pork meatballs in my Chargrilled Paprika Sauce

9 Oct

Ingredients: serves 4

450g pork mince

1 small apple , peeled, cored and grated

1 small garlic clove , crushed

25g fresh white breadcrumbs

1 tbsp olive oil

250g pasta of choice , to serve

1 jar of my Chargrilled Paprika Sauce

50g feta cheese


1.Put the pork mince in a bowl and stir in the apple, garlic, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 16 balls, cover and chill for 10 mins.

2.Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and add the meatballs. Cook for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally until they are browned all over.

3. Carefully add the sauce to the meatballs and simmer for 15 mins, until cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions, drain, then divide between serving plates. Top with the meatballs and sauce and crumble the feta cheese allover.

Recipe of the day: Roasted cod wrapped in Parma ham with Sun-Blush Tomatoes

1 Oct


  • 150g of my SuBlushTomatoes
  • 30g fresh basil
  • 75ml oil from the sun-blush tomatos, plus extra for oiling
  • 8 slices Parma ham
  • 4 cod fillets
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the sun-dried tomatoes and basil into a blender or food processor and blend to a paste. Gradually drizzle in the Sun-blush oil to slacken the paste.

  1. Cut out four squares of greaseproof paper, approximately 25cm/10in x 25cm/10in in size, and lay two slices of ham on each piece of paper to overlap.
  2. Spread the sun-dried tomato paste over the Parma ham slices and lay a cod fillet on top of each pair. Roll up the paper around each fillet to make a cigar-shaped parcel and carefully remove the paper from each piece of wrapped cod.
  3. Place the parcels onto a lightly oiled baking tray. Roast for 15-20 minutes until cooked all the way through. Serve at once with a delicious watercress salad , boiled buttered new potatoes or fragrant rice,

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