I tried my first sourdough project with my new starter, Sourdough Sam. It was a success in that the muffins were incredible. They had a great taste and texture but I did coward out and used a touch of yeast and will do some things differently next time. Continue reading Sourdough English Muffins, Sourdough Sam’s First Bake
This is a special occasion dinner for She Who Must Be Obeyed and me. It is like smoked salmon but sweet and peppery. I knock most of the peppercorns off before eating. They give a nice flavour to the salmon but that much pepper is hard on a fat old guy’s constitution.
The missus leaves them on but she is tougher than me.
I have posted how I prepared the dish in my smoker at Smoking Meat Forums. The link is:
You can also make it in your barbecue by cooking it over indirect heat with wood chips in a smoker box or soaked and sprinkled over the coals or burners. If you use a barbecue, it will take a lot less time and won’t be as smoky.
You can also make it in the oven by matching the temperatures I used in the smoker. It will still have a nice flavour from the brine, honey and peppers but the lovely smokiness will be missing.
The Old Fat Guy
I have done some work with sourdough breads before but I wasn’t retired at the time. Sourdough requires some extra planning and care so I didn’t really have time before. Now that I have retired I decided to give it a try again. Continue reading Meet Sourdough Sam
We found a 750 gram (2 pound) boneless pork rib roast on sale at our local supermarket. She Who Must Be Obeyed said she wanted roast potatoes with gravy. This raised several problems:
• A pork rib roast has very little fat.
• Roast potatoes require fat to brown up.
• Gravy requires drippings to make a great gravy flavour.
However, considering how much the missus has done for me, the least I could do was fulfill her wishes. Continue reading Pork Roast and Roast Potatoes, How Long Does a Good Meal Take?
My mother would occasionally treat me to a stop at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. I would order Salisbury Steak. In retrospect, it was awful, a bland hunk of formed beef in gravy made out of powder. However, it is a fond memory. Continue reading Salisbury Steak, A Blast From My Past