2012 has been a wonderful year in so many ways. My blog has grown nice and steadily, and I’ve managed to keep to my target of 8 posts a month.
I’ve also made lots of friends through a mutual love of good food, who have shared my journey, and I’ve been able to be inspired and share in their food exploits.
I’d just like to say thank you for reading my witterings, and hope you stay happy and well for 2013. I’ve seen a few people in the blogosphere share their favourite posts from the previous year, and I hope you’ll indulge me in doing the same.
Best Bread Recipe
If you take just one thing from my recipes, please have a go at using this recipe to make your own bread in the New Year, it really is easier than you think to make beautiful bread.
Afternoon Smoked Mutton Shoulder
It may have escaped you that I like to cook large slabs of meat 😉 well this beast of a mutton shoulder tasted wonderful, and goes to show that with the right cooking even the toughest cuts can turn into something delicious.
Smoked Morcilla and Chorizo Fabada
A warming taste of Spanish cooking, with some lovely ingredients available from one of Devons growing Farmers Markets.
Out of this worlds Spider Crab
I’ve been given a great opportunity this year to share some of my recipes with the Readers of Food Mag, the South Wests favourite Food and Drink magazine, trying to encourage people to try something different on the BBQ over the year, and usually something extravagant and fun, these Spider Crabs really got people interested, and I know there’s a few converts out there to Spider Crab.
Hosta shoots wrapped in proscuitto
I love bringing new and exciting ingredients from the garden into the kitchen, these Hosta shoots were a revelation. This year I’m planning on growing even more, not just for their beautiful leaves, but to enjoy cooking with. Consider planting them early this spring to try for yourself.
Mackerel grilled over hot coals.
Things really start hotting up in June for most people the BBQ season is in full swing, as a reminder that cooking outdoors is often at its best with simple fresh food, these mackerel were a real taste of summer, long for the warm summer evenings of 2013. (As long as the summer isn’t as wet as last years)
We really made good use of my homemade Pizza Oven this year in spite of the rain, and had some really good pizza parties. Here was my wonderful sourdough pizza, just about the best I made, here’s to more in 2013.
CountryWoodSmoke Backyard BBQ Pop Up
Good food, lovely foodie friends, a few drinks, what more could you ask for, this was the grand opening of my outdoor dining area, watch out this year for more Backyard BBQ’s, I plan on a couple of events for people who appreciate good smoky food in 2013, watch this space.
Sticky chilli jam glazed crab claws and prawns.
I am very fortunate with my work being in the north of Scotland that I get to play with wonderful ingredients from both ends of the U.K. This dish was inspired by wonderful ingredients sourced in Aberdeenshire.
Dirty Cote de Boeuf
These succulent dirty steaks were part of the recipes for my new book Smoky & the Wood Pit. such a great way to cook a steak, straight onto the coals, caveman style. If you’d like to see how I cooked them, my first video is on youtube here.
Let me know if you’d like to see more videos in 2013.
Willow basket hot smoked side of salmon.
I was fortunate to be given these fish shaped willow baskets by a neighbour, and they just made the most amazing smoking baskets for sides of salmon, they look beautiful too.
Turkey, cranberry and black pudding parcels
Another exciting way of cooking with these wood papers, made for some festive meaty parcels.
I hope you have enjoyed all of the recipes and ideas here on CountryWoodSmoke. There will be lots more to come in 2013.
My big plan for the next year is to do more Food Photography for the BBQ/Outdoor Cooking market, and to continue to work with local producers to help create stunning images of their food, so feel free to contact me if you need any Food Photography for websites/brochures/newsletters.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a smoky 2013.
Remember a BBQ is for life not just the summer……