Month: October 2015

Aubergine / Eggplant Pizzas

This is a really good recipe if you’re on a diet (like me) and trying to lose a bit of weight. Let’s be clear, it’s never going to taste as good as real pizza. However, this recipe makes a pretty

The Engineer’s Guide to Kitchen Thermometers

No self-respecting engineer/cook should be without a thermometer. Whether it be checking the internal temperature of your chicken or tempering chocolate, there are some things which can’t be left up to chance. In the table below we’ll compare some of the

The Engineer’s Guide to Christmas Dinner

Welcome to the ultimate step-by-step guide to Christmas Dinner! Introduction Scope of Delivery Project Plan Bill of Materials Recipes Downloads Introduction Christmas is fast approaching! If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the day but looking for ways to

Brandy Custard

Quick Facts: Servings: 10 Equipment Needed: Saucepan, mixing bowl, wooden spoon and whisk Cooking Method: Stovetop Recipe Source: Ingredients: Ingredients Metric Imperial Brandy 60ml 2fl oz Cornflour 1.5tbs 1.5tbs Cream 185ml 6fl oz Egg Yolks 4 4 Milk 560ml

Food Hack: Brining Meat

Why Brine? Many chefs, including Heston Blumenthal, swear by brining their meat, especially meats that are traditionally dry like turkey. It increases the ‘juiciness’ of the meat and stops it drying out as much in the cooking process. This is

Roast Turkey

Quick Facts: Servings: 8 Equipment Needed: Roasting Dish, Small Saucepan, Temperature probe, Tin Foil Cooking Method: Oven roasting and stovetop Recipe Source: Based on Heston Blumenthal’s recipe: Ingredients Metric Imperial Butter (Unsalted) 200g 0.5lb Carrots (Sliced) 2 2 Leeks (Sliced)

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Quick Facts: Servings: 8 Equipment Needed: Frypan, bowl, Loaf Tin and baking tray Cooking Method: Oven roasting and stove top Source: Ingredients Metric Imperial Apple 1 1 Bacon (Streaky) 10 rashers 10 rashers Breadcrumbs 85g 3oz Celery 1 stick 1

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon

Quick Facts: Servings: 8 Equipment Needed: Roasting dish or large pan Cooking Method(s): Roasting and stovetop Source:  Ingredients Metric Imperial Bacon (diced) 170g 6oz Brussel Sprouts 1.8kg 4lb Chestnuts 1 cup 1 cup Shallots 5 5 Thyme (chopped) 2tbs 2tbs Salt and

Honey-Roasted Carrots and Parnsips

Quick Facts: Servings:8 Equipment Needed: Roasting dish, large bowl and whisk Cooking Method: Oven roasting  Ingredients Ingredients Metric Imperial Carrots 500g 17.6oz Parsnips 500g 17.6oz Olive Oil 2tbs 2tbs Honey 4tbs 4tbs Mustard (Wholegrain) 2tbs 2tbs Temperatures: Preheat Oven Metric

Food Hack: Peel Carrots in Half the Time

Ok, this isn’t going to revolutionise your life, but it will save you a bit of time in the kitchen. For this hack we try to eliminate the wasted movement when peeling carrots and other root vegetables. The video below