Spices!!!!! Make the world of difference in your meat cooking? Throughout my cooking journey, I have always been fascinated by the availability and the diversity of both ground and whole spices so readily available. What attracts me to them are the huge variety available from all over the world. With such a variety at our…

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A mortar and pestle may be heavy and bulky but, from one meat enthusiast to another, I strongly advise you to have one. It will last because it does not rely on mechanics nor fads. It is a timeless piece of equipment with a timeless function. Part of the skill and knowledge to cooking red…

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Being a passionate lover of red meat, I wanted to use this opportunity to journey with you beyond learning to cook meat to perfection. We buy our beef, take it home, cook it for a few or for many, and enjoy. Let’s look at this further: Sustainability is what the beef industry and the beef…

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If COVID has made things complicated, then why don’t you simplify? We all need to eat dinners and sometimes we just don’t have the time nor the inclination to cook up something really substantial even though we want it. We may take the trouble to go to a restaurant for a good quality steak and,…

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What is great about it is that it is simple with very few ingredients. I love the caraway component in the process. Marinated Pork Belly Ingredients 1kg/2.2lbs pork belly (ask your butcher to score the rind) 1–2 tbsp oil (to sear the rind) Marinade ingredients 1 tbsp oil 2 tsp salt 2 tsp caraway seeds…

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One of the stand outs for pork over the other land animals is the rind. Why? Because this is where the crackling comes from. As per my book Your Meat Mate here are 5 terrific steps you can take to make sure you’ve got the best crackling for your pork belly before you follow a…

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In previous posts I have written about the cooking of tough cuts versus cooking of tender cuts. The general rule is that tough cuts, having a high level of connective tissue, are naturally flavourful and need long and slow cooking to achieve doneness. However once minced the connective tissue has been broken down and you…

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I have always mentioned in Your Meat Mate that cooking meat to perfection requires a high heat to brown and caramelise the exterior followed by a low heat to gently cook the interior. To achieve that high heat blast do not overcrowd your pan, grill plate or roasting tray no matter how tempting that may…

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I have mentioned in previous blogs that a lot of the good work being done to your meat is actually being done in your absence. Your job is simply to know what is going on while you are leaving the meat alone when you don’t have to do anything other than focus your time on…

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Not all meat recipes are full proof. There is that slight chance that they may miss some vital steps. Please bear in mind the following when you next follow a meat recipe:   Take away that chill For best results ensure that the meat is not straight out of the fridge. Bring it close to…

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