The Cooking/Baking Thread

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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by Don Sholeone » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:32 pm

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The most basic rub is a mix of salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, garlic and onion and then something with heat like cayenne.

Whilst your smoking, I'd also recommend making some smoked salt to use later on in a dry rub.
Im smoking on beech and I went for salt, pepper, hot paprika, sugar, sage, thyme and a little bit of celery salt, also spatchcocked the chicken and I'm leaving it to marinade over night in the rub, also made a spiced butter from the rub to put under the skin.

This is all just a test run really to see how my smoker performs, I'm more than ready for a disaster but hopefully it will be a successful experiment lol
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Post by Micky Quim » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:42 pm

Be careful with the amount of smoking chips you add, less is more, particularly with white meat. Bigger joints can take it but a chicken can easily become a horrid cigar

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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by Don Sholeone » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:42 am

Had afew teething problems getting the coals to stay lit, think i need to pop a few more air holes in, bu i made some temporary adjustments ( left the lid slightly offset lol) and the coals seem to be burning fine, the chicken seems to be cooking nicely too, so fingers crossed ill have a nice smoked chicken in 2 - 3 hours
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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by Don Sholeone » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:22 pm

The test run was a success!, just need to tweak my smoker with more air holes and add a thermometer

the chicken was amazing, the rub worked out perfect and the amount of smoke was spot on too, also made a bbq glaze from the leftover rub and used to keep the chicken from drying out, <love>

served it with a simple leaf salad with cherry tomatos, cheddar and a honey and mustard dressing.


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Post by Bodacious Benny » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:06 am

In the south of France, staying at a villa so 4/5 nights we're here we're cooking on the BBQ but had one night out on Saturday. Went to a Local seafood restaurant and got sea bass which served 2 and was cooked encased in salt. Probably the nicest fish that I've had, but it was €80! I don't care how nice it is, no piece of fish is worth €80 <laugh>

The whole bill between 3 of us was €180 which included a bottle of wine and a cocktail each, so overall €60pp for a meal out in a harbour restaurant isn't too bad I suppose. Still tho, €80 <laugh>
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Post by overseasTOON » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:59 pm

Mother in law is down this weekend so all the family are coming round for lunch on Sunday.

Doing a Scallop with roasted Shallot puree as a starter, Braised Venison shanks served with an Oxford sauce, Whiskey infused green beans with smoked bacon, Celeriac and potato mash and finishing off with a rum infused roasted pineapple parfait.

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Post by Bodacious Benny » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:03 pm

I'd just go the the Toby Carvery and save yourself the hassle.
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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by overseasTOON » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:40 pm

Bodacious Benny wrote:
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I'd just go the the Toby Carvery and save yourself the hassle.
MiniOT does love a Toby Carvery but I've never actually been to one :)

Her grandfather takes her to them all the time.

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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by Micky Quim » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:49 pm

overseasTOON wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:40 pm
Bodacious Benny wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:03 pm
I'd just go the the Toby Carvery and save yourself the hassle.
MiniOT does love a Toby Carvery but I've never actually been to one :)

Her grandfather takes her to them all the time.
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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by Bodacious Benny » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:54 pm

Micky Quim wrote:
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MiniOT does love a Toby Carvery but I've never actually been to one :)

Her grandfather takes her to them all the time.
Toby Carvery's are s***. They definitely cannot beat cooking yourself
Some are s***. Some are actually quite decent.
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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

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Bodacious Benny wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:54 pm
Micky Quim wrote:
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Toby Carvery's are s***. They definitely cannot beat cooking yourself
Some are s***. Some are actually quite decent.
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Post by Micky Quim » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:16 pm

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Post by Colback's Orange Tufts » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:55 pm

The wife is now on maternity leave and is baking/cooking loads. Its great, although I'm gonna pile the weight on.

She also bought a dehydrator to make jerky, doubt she ever will!
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Post by Bodacious Benny » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:07 pm

I had some turkey jerky at work today that someone brought back from the US. Was surprisingly nice.
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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by overseasTOON » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:04 am

Burning through my remaining annual leave so cooking a few ideas that I haven't had a chance to work on for quite a few months.

Playing with a creamy black eyed bean sauce to serve with some Cajun spiced chicken escalopes and sauteed mushrooms.

Had a load of game, offal and bones delivered today so making a game raviolo with a bone marrow and red wine/cranberry jus and serving them with offal croquettes.

Also kicking off a trial of mince pie flavoured gin. Trying to replicate the buttery pastry using a mix of toasted nuts.

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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by lassassinblanc » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:11 am

overseasTOON wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:04 am
Burning through my remaining annual leave so cooking a few ideas that I haven't had a chance to work on for quite a few months.

Playing with a creamy black eyed bean sauce to serve with some Cajun spiced chicken escalopes and sauteed mushrooms.

Had a load of game, offal and bones delivered today so making a game raviolo with a bone marrow and red wine/cranberry jus and serving them with offal croquettes.

Also kicking off a trial of mince pie flavoured gin. Trying to replicate the buttery pastry using a mix of toasted nuts.
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Re: The Cooking/Baking Thread

Post by lassassinblanc » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:14 am

The missus made serinakaker and krumkaker last night <love> (She is Norwegian btw)
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