The Grand Cow Sous-Vide-Off

In the Country they don’t call them cows: cows are just for milk, what we eat are heifers or bullocks (That’s not a rude typo, it’s a kind of cow.) However to those of us who don’t wear wellies to work, they’re cows, and they’re tasty, and in modern Ireland you can buy them in…

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Creating the Perfect Burger

Meat To make perfect burgers your meat has to be right. It needs about 30% fat. If you are cooking sous vide as described below, you could get away with 20% because of the reduced cooking temperature. Therein lies the problem though, any beef mince you buy in a supermarket is going to have a…

Dried Fruit Energy Balls

These energy balls are delicious. The fig and date base is best made in a clean meat mincer for the right texture, and the cocoa liquor buttons (Or cacao nibs) and hazelnut butter round out the flavour perfectly. They are rather sweet and carb-heavy, but sooo good. 150 g oat flour (Or oats ground to flour…

Olive Soap

This soap is made with 52% Virgin Olive Oil, but cannot truly be called a Castile as it also contains Coconut Oil which is a staple of soapmaking. Coconut Oil makes a soap that is hard, cleansing and bubbly whereas the generous measure of Olive Oil lends the necessary creamy and conditioning properties that, in balance,…

Classic Sweet and Sour Sauce

This wonderfully piquant sauce is a healthy version of the classic Chinese staple sweet and sour sauce. It is delicious with crispy baked chicken strips, rice and noodles. Alternatively chill and serve as a dipping sauce.500/600 g tin of pineapple chunks or rings400 ml vegetable stock400 ml white wine vinegar300 ml orange juice100 ml soy…

Home Carbonation Rig

Carbonation in beverages happens by two major means. Champagne, Cava and other beverages using the name Champagne, such as Soviet Champagne and California Champagne undergo two fermentations. In the first fermentation in a vat the yeast present in the grape juice creates alcohol but the resulting CO2 byproduct is allowed to disperse into the air.…

Rum Lime Cocktail

A delicious rum cocktail with ginger and lime for those colder months. 50 ml Black Rum25 ml Contreau3 splashes orange bitters3 splashes Angostura bitters1 tablespoon of ginger juice1 tablespoon of lime juiceIceSparkling water or Ginger Beer at preference to fill glassSprig of mint.Make the ginger and lime juice by passing them through a masticating juicer…