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Carnitas Style Pulled Pork

It’s been a while but i’ve decided to update the ol blog, so carnitas is a mexican dish, usually referring to as ‘little meats’, but it’s not the dish we’re doing today, only the meat part of it, basically it’s made buy cooking meats in lard over a couple of hours, pretty the same process as you would use with a confit duck, it’s a really simple method but it terms of flavour, i’d choose it over any other style of pulled pork.

So for this recipe your going to need:

  • Pork Shoulder (around £10’s worth)
  • 4 packets of lard
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon diced
  • sprig of thyme & rosemary each
  • fennel,coriander & cumin seeds
  • salt, pepper & smoked paprika

Step 1: Depending how you bought your meat, i’ve always found it’s better to cut it in half, find a new tall dish to place your meat in

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Step 2: Place in all the ingredients except for the lard in with the meat

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Step 3: Melt the lard in a pan or in the microwave and pour over the meat until it covers the top

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Step 4: Tightly seal the meat with foil and place into the over at 140° for 3 hours

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Step 5: After 3 hours the meat will be cooked until tender and all of the flavours will be infused (and it tastes awesome)

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Step 6: Take the meat out of the lard and you’ll notice that the meat isn’t greasy or wet, this is because the lard helps lock in all the moisture and flavour within the meat so it becomes uber tender, keep the onions, garlic and lemon and mush them up in the meat for some amazing extra flavour

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Step 7: Never ever chuck the lard away, let it cool and place it in a tub and use it again another day, the flavours will only keep building and building, so the meat is yours, do whatever you want with it, i don’t care

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Brioche Buns

So it’s been a while since i’ve updated my blog, thought it would be a great idea to start with something i’m really digging at the moment, brioche seems to be the new ‘in’ bun going around right now, french in style, it’s a very sweet and soft bun that people seems to be going crazy for, myself included so hey, lets give it a go.

Ingredients: 

  • 4 eggs
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 150ml milk
  • 20g salt
  • 15g dry active yeast 
  • 700g bread flour

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Step 1: First off, in the mixer, combine the sugar, eggs, yeast and milk, until the yeast is completely dissolved and gives off a brown hue.

Step 2: Add in the salt and very slowly add in the flour (i suggest using a large spoon), mixing on a low speed, after a while the dough will slowly come together, as seen in the picture below 

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Step 3: When the dough starts to come together, add in the butter and crank the mixer up to a medium speed, continue mixing for 25 minutes until the dough pulls cleanly from the bowl, the dough will have a much more smooth texture, oil a boil, cover it in cling film and place it in a fridge for 2 hours.

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Step 4: Line a tray with grease proof paper, take the dough and make 80g portions, roll them up into a balls and slowly press them down, i would put 6 on a tray so they have enough space each, cover them with cling film and put them in a warm area for another 2 hours 

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Step 5: After the 2 hours, pre heat the oven to 175°, whisk one egg with a little drop of milk and brush over the top of the buns (gives it a nice gloss) optionally add some seeds on top, people usually go for sesame seeds, i much prefer using sun flower seeds but go with what you want, into the oven they go for 15 minutes, take them out, let them cool and you have your first brioche buns, now go make yourself a burger 😉

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Pizza Bites

So i’ve been away from this blog for a while because i’ve actually had a job! working in a local kitchen which is great because i’m learning a lot from a very talented chef but yes, my day off today so i thought i’d try create something new, and that something is the pizza bite! just think of it as a sausage roll but a pizza instead. 

Ingredients: 

  • 250g 00 flour 
  • 1 sachet of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of caster sugar
  • extra virgin olive at the ready
  • mushrooms, smokey bacon, red onion, garlic and parma ham for the stuffing
  • fresh basil
  • dried mixed herbs, salt and pepper
  • WATER! (lukewarm)
  • mozzarella and cheddar cheese (lots)
  • any jared pasta sauce (too lazy to make my own)

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Step 1: First off, i got the mushrooms, garlic, red onion, smokey bacon and parma ham and blitzed it in a food processor, just so i don’t have awful chunky bits, okay.. into the mixer, add in the flour and a pinch of salt, in a jug, fill it up with 400mls of lukewarm water, add in the yeast, sugar and a drop of olive oil (extra virgin), give a stir and leave it for 5 minutes, next slowly (SLOWLY DAM IT) add in the water to the mixer, until the flour comes together into a nice ball shape and continue to let it go for another 10 minutes (the kneading process), give it a dash of olive oil (extra virgin) so it doesn’t stick to the bowl and let it prove for an hour in a warm place, covered with a wet towel. 

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Step 2: That blitzed mixture we created earlier, give it a quick fry and a low heat for five minutes

Step 3: After an hour your dough should have doubled in size, flour a surface and roll it out to about half a centimetre thick, this is a pretty easy process, first cover it in a layer of your chosen tomato sauce, second add on the mixture we created with some fresh basil too, third just demolish it with the cheese (give it a good sprinkle of salt, pepper and mixed herbs) 

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Step 4: Next very carefully roll it up, almost like you would a burrito and just leave it set for 10 minutes, next slice them up into maybe 2 centimetre thick slices and place them onto an oven tray covered in olive oil, preheat your oven to 200° and let them bake for a good 20 minutes. 

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Step 5: After 20 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and let it cool, and there you have your very tasty pizza bites, enjoy!

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Pork Belly, Chorizo & Chickpea Casserole

I had a load of pork belly that needed to be used so i wanted to experiment with some ideas and came across a great recipe for a spanish inspired stew, to be honest, i’m getting bored of british stews nowadays so this one is a welcome break. 

Ingredients:

  • 5 slices of pork belly
  • some chorizo 
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can of tinned tomatoes
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • some fresh rosemary and oregano
  • some fennel seeds
  • 1 large carrot and onion
  • teaspoon of chilli flakes 
  • 2 table spoons of tomato puree 
  • half a lemon

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Step 1: Cut the fat off the pork and slice it into small pieces, put them in the casserole dish and brown the meat, when the meat is browned, take it out and put it into a separate dish but leave the juices, slice up your onion, carrot, chorizo, garlic and herbs and rosemary/oregano and cook them in the pork juices until they are also browned, reintroduce the pork meat and add in the tomato puree and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

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Step 2: Put the can of chopped tomatoes in and an equal measure of water from the can, give it a stir, cover with a lid and put it into the oven at 160° for 1 hours and 45 minutes, 15 minutes before its ready, drain and wash the chickpeas and add them in as well, take it out, let it rest for 10 minutes and enjoy your lovely spanish influenced stew. 

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Chocolate & Peanut-butter Cake

So i’m a sucker for some peanut butter, or anything ‘nutty’ for that matter, i haven’t put a recipe up for a while so i thought i’d experiment with this one, it’s simple to make, just let all the previous cakes i’ve made on here before, i’m all for trying new things. 

Ingredients:

  • 225g self raising flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 255g butter
  • 4 flake bars
  • 3 large tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 large tablespoons of cocoa powder

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Step 1: In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, crack in the eggs and whisk together, cut the pods in half and scrape the vanilla out and add it to the mixture, add in the cocoa powder and peanut butter and combine, next sift in the flour, folding it in, trying to give it as much air as possible.

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Step 2: In a blender I put in 3 flakes and a couple of peanuts until it was a fine crumb like consistency, and add that into the mixture, next line a baking tin with baking paper, using butter to help it stick and pour in half of mixture.

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Step 3: Make a line of peanut butter going through the middle and with the last flake, break it up in press it into the mixture (as in the picture below) gently pour in the rest of the mixture covering it, making sure it evenly spread, give a tap on a flat surface to get any air bubbles out and put it into the oven at 180° for 45 minutes.

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Step 4: Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes, and then it shall be all yours to devour (PEANUT BUTTER TIME!)

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Tomato And Basi Soup

A very simple to make and flavourful soup, it tastes a lot more fresh than just having it out of the can and if you’re willing to wait, then it’s very much worth it, not complex at all. 

Ingredients: 

  • 6 large tomatoes
  • bunch of cheery tomatoes 
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion 
  • 1 vegetable stock
  • handful of basil 
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and oregano 

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Step 1: Cut the large tomatoes in half, peel the garlic cloves, cut the onion in slices, place the cherry tomatoes in and sprinkle half of the basil on, glaze it with some olive oil, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, mix it up and put it into the oven at 180° for 1 hour.

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Step 2: Take the vine of the cheery tomatoes out, and place everything into a blender, including the oregano, add in 250ml’s of vegetable stock, the rest of the basil and blend, next put everything through a strainer to get out all the seed and smoothen it out, reintroduce the vine of the cheery tomatoes back in the smooth mixture and put on a low heat for 10 minutes, serve up with some fresh basil. 

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Coconut Cake

A very simple recipe that can be put together quicker than it actually takes the line the tin, for all you coconut heads out there. 

Ingredients:

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g demerara sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons of baking power
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 150g desiccated coconut
  • 3 eggs

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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°, Very simply combine the butter and two sugars then crack in the 3 eggs and mix, sift in the flour and add in the desiccated coconut and baking power, once combined add in the coconut milk until its a nice smooth consistency

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Step 2: Line your tin with baking paper (butter helps it stick), and pour in the mixture, give it a tap on a hard surface to knock out any air bubbles and make sure its spread even, place it into the oven at 180° for 40 minutes, let it cool and it’s yours to enjoy.

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