Hello my lovely readers, I’m grateful for all the support and feedback I get from you all when I share my recipes and pictures, but occasionally I ask for you to give something back, and the time has come around once more for the Food Magazine Reader Awards 2014.
I would be incredibly grateful if you have enjoyed what I do, if you could take a moment to nominate my blog CountryWoodSmoke.com in the Food Blogger category. There are some other great categories in the awards with some great businesses, chefs that deserve our support.
The initial stage is to be nominated, and then the finalists will be named and can be voted for. Please follow the link below to vote
I’m up against some stiff competition this year, and so would really value your support.
P.S. if it helps you to decide to vote here’s a subtle reminder of what I do 😉
One of the rising stars of Cornwalls food movement is Ben Prior down in Marazion in the shadow of St Michaels Mount. Ben’s Cornish Kitchen is a revelation of good simple taste. Winner of Food Magazines Best Restaurant in the SW this was one place I was really looking forward to visiting on a recent family holiday to Cornwall.
A beautiful classy interior sets you off feeling relaxed, families are more than welcome, which is wonderful as our kids love great food and sometimes miss out.
I went for Ben’s Mini BBQ consisting of a great little slider (mini burger) one of my favourite sticky short ribs which had a wonderful blend of spices and was cooked perfectly, Spicey pig croquettes, celeriac slaw, fries and salad, and glass of Inkspot red wine. A really stunning fine dining BBQ experience. The lunch menu was great, with a pan roasted fillet of hake that my wife enjoyed, and a simple spider crab pasta for £6.
As a treat I enjoyed a Vanilla Panna Cotta with honeycomb, and a berry and rhubarb compote. Simply stunning.
A wonderful restaurant that is a must visit when headed down to sunny Cornwall.
This has to be one of my all time favourite recipes, it transported me instantly to Spains sunny shores, cooking Paella on a BBQ adds a wonderful authentic smoky depth of flavour that works so well, and BBQing the chicken adds so much extra flavour to the finished dish.
Please head on over to Food Magazine and my Smoky and the Wood Pit Blog for the recipe here.
BBQ season is kicking in, and the smell and taste of good home cooked BBQ food gets seriously addictive. I love to give it a local twist, and pork shoulder braised in cider is truly a wonderful match, the only thing I could do was to smoke it with some chunks of apple wood pruned from the apple trees in my garden. The pork was a wonderful shoulder from Pitmans Farm.
My recipe is over on the Food Magazine blogs, some great blogs on their site, including this one for Cider Braised Pulled Pork.
Have a great BBQ season.
I’ve just shared my Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia recipe over on my Smoky and the Wood Pit blog this would go really well with some cold cuts, cheeses and chutney at this time of year.
I also have some very exciting news to share with you all shortly…….
Beef ribs, tender, smoky, braised in double chocolate stout and smothered in rich BBQ sauce. Oh yes, these ribs are a revelation.
Here’s my recipe for smoked chocolate stout beef ribs.
It’s been a very exciting time for me recently I’ve started posting on the Food Mag website as Smoky and the Wood Pit a series of monthly posts on BBQ and smoking, to get people into making the most out of their BBQ. For me it’s a great chance to show people what is possible, and have some fun too.
I’ve posted this month on Oak Plank Roast Sirloin a great way of cooking for a crowd.
Last months was the classic Beer Can Chicken.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed cooking them.