Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake

  This layer chocolate coffee flavoured cake is the ultimate treat for a chocoholic who loves coffee also. Just bring home a double espresso shot and save some. It cuts the sweetness and when stacking three rich chocolate sponges and lathering on some luxurious chocolate coffee buttercream and top with a sprinkling of grated chocolate and a finely smashed coffee bean shards. Ingredients Needed; For the cake: 150g cocoa powder 600ml boiling water 360g butter, softened 600g caster sugar 2tsp espresso coffee   6 eggs, room temperature 360g self raising flour 2tsp baking...
Beef Brisket Smoked Low and Slow

Beef Brisket Smoked Low and Slow

Momma! Gotta luv the low and slow beef brisket.   No matter if you slice it or pull it or even sauce it up big time. The all time BBQ favourite is a nice marbled hunk of beef brisket. My friend Kerry chopped down a few century cherry trees in his back yard that were damaged in a wind storm and stored the wood for the last 3 years to dry. We used few of the larger chunks and turned them into charcoal to use for higher heat cooking requirements. Made a great fire heat source with even temperatures in the BBQ. The smaller branches matured perfectly and during...
Beef Beef Gravy

Beef Beef Gravy

All good roast beef roast deserve a great gravy. This beautiful marbled hunk of prime rib will be sitting pretty on the plate smothered in a tasty au jus! I started with roasting some of the beef fat trim added to two meaty beef bones for …one hour at 400 degrees. I removed the rendered down beef fat and held it for my Yorkshire pudding’s and some to add to the roast later. Then after about another hour I added some celery, carrots, onions, garlic with some bay leafs and pepper corns. Make sure that you season and toss the mixture to coat with all the juicy...
Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

As I explore the available food sources I am always looking for tasty cheese. Ever since the large corporate food giants took over most all the family run independent cheese makers I find that a lot of the cheeses taste very mainstream using sodium baths to cure and help along the process too promote fast aging. Good favourable cheese takes a hand’s on technique and knowledge that only a respectable cheese master would understand. A machine can not duplicate the small batch personal senses and the human touch. In my store I would sell lots of artisan cheeses and even some...
Dungeness Crab Cakes

Dungeness Crab Cakes

I like to go to the market when looking for some good fresh seafood and the Asian markets here on the coast sure do have a lot of good bargains when the Dungeness supply is plentiful. The Dungeness Crabs are coming in at $10.50 a pound and are fresh caught and shucked of their meat if you wait around. It sure saves doing it at home sure makes a nice treat. Cracked cold crab claws are most delish but I like tasty crab cakes more. Once you have your supply make sure the rest of the ingredients are fresh. Let’s start with; 1 lb fresh shucked crab meat picked over for any...