Outdoor Cooking

Gannets and Gluttons AKA Food and Drink contains Beer, Cider, Pub and Restaurants reviews. Plus recipes and other chat about nosh and slosh.

  I first saw a Kelly Kettle at a rock festival, I remember being wowed by the simplicity and brilliance of it’s design. I gazed across our groups camp, looking enviously on as the Kettle’s owner boiled water with ease. So what is a Kelly Kettle? To find out the answer we need to travel back in time over a hundred years to the 1890’s to Lough Conn, County Mayo in Ireland, where a young farmer and fisherman called Patrick…

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  Who doesn’t love a Mince Pie at Christmas? I consider every day in December that I don’t consume one, a massive failure. I’m going to share my favourite recipe with you so that you can make your own Ultimate Mince Pie. Mr Kipling, eat your heart out… Mince Pie Ingredients Plain flour (370g) Butter (80g) Lard (80g) Salt (Just a pinch) Water (chilly) Mincemeat (580g) Milk (just a touch) Icing sugar (for decoration) You Will Also Need: 6cm Cutter…

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  So you’ve read about stage one and stage two of Wild Tide’s Home Brew, now find out what happened next… After 10 days the Brubox had finished fermenting and was bubbling at less that one bubble per minute. I took away the water, removed the tube and closed the tap. As I am creating a draught beer, I removed the cap and poured in three teaspoons of lovely white granulated sugar.   The smell from inside the cube was…

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  Sweets were better in the good old days, going into the Happy Shopper with some change to buy some Black Jacks, a Freddo and a Beano was a beautiful thing. If you tried to do that today you’d have a hard time. Shelves are full of celebrity news and lad magazines, I can’t remember the last time I saw a Happy Shopper, and have you even seen the price of Freddo recently? Never mind the double dip recession and…

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  Cold winter’s nights are the time for snuggling inside with some hot, homemade, delicious comfort food. When it comes to this genre of food, apple crumble reigns supreme. I also call this particular recipe Crumble Apple as the emphasis is definitely on the crumble (that is the best bit) and not as much the apple. I started off with a fairly standard Apple Crumble recipe, greedily doubled the amount of crumble and then made a couple other modifications. With…

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  Following on from my first post about stage one of my home brew. I thought I’d update you with how it’s going. After I had left the beer to ferment I went to bed, got up and went to work. When I returned the Brubox had changed… It was no longer stooped to one side, it was now pressurised from the fermentation and was rigid because the CO2 had been released into the cube. Bubbles were coming regularly from…

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  Recently I’ve been becoming more and more interested in Ale, craft beer and brewing in general. I know very little about the brewing process and have been wanting to find out more about what goes into making beer (on a small and large scale). A brewery tour is definitely on the books to get a bit more knowledge on the topic, but I’d thought a great way to learn more about brewing would be to actual brew my own…

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  I love fire. Not in a scary pyromaniac sort of way. Just that basic neanderthal instinct which I think every person has deep down. It’s a great time for fires and outdoor cooking; Autumn, bonfires, dark evenings and fireworks night. I’ve recently decided to treat myself to a few new bits of outdoor cooking gear. I found a great site called Not On The High Street. The items I bought were a Steel Bucket BBQ, a fire cooking utensil…

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  I love Mackerel, it’s one of my biggest pleasures in life. A lonely mackerel made me fall in love with fishing and I’ve spent many a happy summer eve proudly cooking my mackerel catch of the day. Mackerel is a hugely delicious and versatile fish, making it great to experiment with when cooking. Fishcakes are one of my favourite ways to cook it and I’ve tried lots of different recipes; this is the best one I’ve found, albeit with…

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  I’m going on Holiday to the Spainish coast (purposeful typo) on Friday, for 10 days. Now this post isn’t a brag, as my holiday is bittersweet; for in the Cornish town of Falmouth on Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th of October, one of my favourite occasions of the year occurs. Kernow’s largest real ale festival. Organised by CAMRA and held at Princess Pavilions, the festival plays host to over 200 of the finest real ales, ciders and perries……

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