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Yearly Archives: 2018

Black Friday – Anova Sous Vide

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November 21, 2018

For foodies out there. I’ve been watching the Amazon Black Friday sales for sous vide kit, cos I thought it is just the kind of thing they would have. And as of now, they do. They have the Bluetooth model, which they have listed with a RRP of £119, but regularly sells for £99;...
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Coffee: Brown Bear – Breakfast Blend

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November 12, 2018

At the moment, about half the coffee I am drinking is the Revelation blend from Union I wrote of earlier, and the other half are different blends I am getting through my subscription with The Coffee Roasters. But before I signed up with them, I’d made a couple of random purchases, not quite knowing...
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Experiment with BBQ Lamb

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September 15, 2018

I’ve just been on holiday, and of course I took my Davy Crockett grill with me. After a few days out and about, I decided to spend a day at the cottage we were renting, and cook some simple BBQ. I smoked some burgers for our lunch, and put on a small pork shoulder,...
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Coffee: A Revelation.

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September 5, 2018

For the past month or so, I have been experimenting with coffee, following a purchase of a bean to cup machine. I must catch up sometime soon with the story of the machine and how I have gone from someone who hated coffee to someone who quite likes it. Anyway, for now I am...
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Simple BBQ Automation

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August 31, 2018

A while back I refitted my larger Traeger pellet grill with a new home-built controller. Unlike my earlier attempt, which was only semi-successful, this is not trying to control the pellet feed (and thus the heat/smoke mix) by temperature control. At its heart is a simple 5 quid timer device, which allows you to...
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Cold Smoking Again

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May 28, 2018

I became aware that many people use the CSG in a normal BBQ, and decided to give it a try. But I never did. I use a pellet grill, which would be switched off during this process (we are talking COLD smoking). The cardboard box was a vertical arrangement with ventilation by the tray...
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Adventures with coffee

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May 25, 2018

I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but I do like the odd cup. Up to about 15 years ago, I didn’t drink it at all. I really disliked the taste as a drink, which was odd, as coffee flavour in a cake I loved. Then I realised that it wasn’t necessarily coffee I...
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BBQ Cleanup

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April 19, 2018

Finally got around to the great BBQ spring cleanup. A simple enough job, but between illness and the weather, I hadn’t managed it. Both grills currently have their manky parts in oven shelf cleaning bags, and will be that way overnight; then I need to give them a good hose and scrape. Meanwhile the...
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Firebox BBQ Pizza Oven

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March 18, 2018

While at the garden centre on Friday, I picked up a Firebox BBQ Pizza Oven for some silly money. Normal price is about 80 quid, which is what the garden centre was selling them for. But they had a couple with badly crushed boxes, that were selling them off for less than half of...
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Naked Ham: Not terrible, but not ham

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March 17, 2018

People are worried about nitrites in food. By “people”, I mean article-writing doctors, and tabloid newspapers. It’s become a fairly repeated thing that the presence of nitrites in foods such as bacon, ham and pastrami can lead to an increased risk of cancer. This isn’t just an old wives’ tale – there has been...
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