Party time!

To celebrate my wife’s 40th we held a party, for the first time really, since our kitchen ‘upgrade’ last year.

I took on the challenge of making the food (with the help of our friend Sarah) including the bread and was therefore pretty much at it from 09:00 until the guests began arriving. Never the less, I thoroughly enjoyed it and hopefully it went down well with everyone. And stayed down of course….

Having been on a relatively healthy food spree recently I went for an American theme for the evening – big flavours and plenty of it.

Centre piece was the pulled pork, which I put in the oven 130c for about 8 hours. Low and slow as I believe Heston Blumenthal put it, or maybe someone was trying to insult me, but whatever, it’s a long time. Served up in homemade bread buns, with homemade coleslaw, itself made with homemade mayonnaise it was pretty good. I think you can see why it took me all day now….


I also made corn dogs, which I first tried on a trip to Vegas. Great for parties, but wasn’t sure they were quite so good after keeping in a warm oven for an hour or so.

What else? Burgers on the barbecue of course, some southern part-fried chicken which I started in the fryer and finished in the oven and a chilli using aforementioned Heston Blumenthal’s spiced butter, which I think worked well.

Vic again made a fabulous ganache based cake and we got Helen’s colleague’s wife to knock up some great cup-cakes.

All finished off with a barrel of award winning Workie Ticket (complete with hand pull courtesy of Geoff and Catherine) and Vic’s extensive cocktail range!

A great day, or technically, two days. Salad for week now though.



Well…’s Friday

Having dropped my better half and our friend Nicola in Newcastle for night of gossip and revelry, it was getting late. So tonight, it’s Chinese food and a cold beer at the end of a very long week…..



Rather than just talk about it, I’ve setup a food blog.

This is a blog about food, not me. Not justĀ photo after photo of uninspiring mid-week dinners taken on my phone camera. Although admittedly, there will be moments….EDIT: OK quite a few, this is quite addictive….

I’ll be picking through articles that interest and posting dishes that I have made or enjoyed.

Please visit often and lets get this thing started!