Tag: food

September 30, 2011

My first attempt at making Ginger Beer worked exceedingly well. After 5 days in the jar, I bottled up a 1 litre plastic lemonade bottle, which left a glassful for tasting – still, but quite pleasant. After 4 more days, I couldn’t resist any longer,…

September 30, 2011

Tonight, I am playing with a new toy, the ProQ Eco Smoker. This is cold smoking, not hot. The small mazelike device (the ProQ Cold Smoke Generator) is filled with wood dust (“today, I will be mostly using oak”) and set to smoulder with a…

September 12, 2011

I had a good time in Brighton last week, although on my second day there, I slipped in the rain and badly twisted my ankle. However, I spoke to a pharmacist, who suggested I use a diclofenac gel on it; and although it remained swollen…

September 3, 2011

As some of you know, I love making stuff in the kitchen, but I always have problems with pastry – apparently I have “warm hands”. So I think this is a wonderful idea. Ready-baked pastry cases, available by post, in all sorts of varieties –…

August 31, 2011

Doing a quick shop for snacks last week, for a gaming session, I picked up a multipack of crisps. I wanted plain, and I thought that is what I bought. As it happens, we didn’t open them, but I just had one as part of…

August 7, 2011

The Thermapen is a wonderful gadget. A food thermometer that is easy to use, accurate to within 0.4 degrees C in the range -49 to 200, and 1 degree above that (all thermometers come with an individual certificate of calibration). More importantly, their latest probe…

June 22, 2011

The other day, I was in Asda in Peterborough. I don’t normally shop there, but I happened to be parked in their carpark. Anyway, they had some decent joints of pork shoulder. Whereas my local supermarket tends to only have rolled shoulder, these were the…

May 28, 2011

Had 4 of my board gaming buddies around today for an all day session of Android. It’s a wonderful but complex game, set in a “Blade Runner” type world. I was providing lunch, but I wanted something that I could prepare in advance, and require…

May 15, 2011

Yesterday was the first time I used my pellet grill to cater for my board-game group. It was the regular “Second Saturday” meet, and we had 11 people attend. I had planned to do just bangers and burgers, the usual fare, but instead of grilling,…

April 21, 2011

I realised at lunchtime that I had sausagemeat in the fridge that needed to be used up, and I am away for the weekend. So I thought I would have a try at making a fatty. A fatty is a large sausage-like object, made from…

April 21, 2011

I may have mentioned, that while I was in San Francisco, I went on a sourdough hunt. I’ve baked my own version of sourdough before, but to have the genuine article would be wonderful. I wasn’t going to spend too long on it, but I…

April 1, 2011

Was amused to see several large chunks of hand-wrapped parmesan in my supermarket, at half price because they had reached the sell-by date. On reflection, I wish I had bought more than the one wedge now, as it tastes fantastic, and I’ve just read that…