What is… a jus?

Jus, refers to the juices that are given up by meat during cooking. To make it, skim fats and enhance with wine or port, rosemary and redcurrant jelly for lamb dishes. Try brandy, star anise, orange segments or mango and freshly squeezed orange juice with duck. Calvados and bramley apple work with pork and goose. […]

Roast Chicken

I am an advocate of brining, this does not have to be a complicated process, or a chemistry practical. Dissolve 150g of salt and 150g sugar in a small saucepan of water over a low heat. When the solids have dissolved, stir it into approximately 2 litres of cold water. Prick the chicken all over […]

Sunday roasts… Pork

Pork For roasting, leg slices well, shoulder is good for pulling and shredding, and belly is great for pressing. I use the same method for all three, the only changes are timing and temperature. Choose a joint with a good layer of rind, make sure that it is scored. Pre heat the oven to the […]

Sunday roasts… Beef

  There are 2 methods that I use, which make for either a blushing pink, rare roasted joint of sirloin or forerib, or slow cooked, fall apart, pulled beef such as brisket. In both cases, an essential step is to sear the meat. Take the meat out of the fridge 2 hours before cooking. Put […]

Let’s talk about… Prawn cocktail

Prawn cocktail is a great starter for dinner parties, or for light lunches and suppers as the main attraction. Use whichever prawns you prefer. My choice is cold water Atlantic prawns. Fresh is best. If you must use frozen, defrost them overnight in the fridge, in the bag they came in. Never rinse them to […]

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