Cajun Spice Mix

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Many pre packaged spice mixes have very exotic sounding names, but they are just various combinations of herbs and spices that are available for, supermarkets or speciality stores. This is a recipe for a mild Cajun spice mix. It’s easily customisable, so if you like your mixes on the hot side just increase the amount of chili flakes. This mix is really versatile and can be added to just about anything.

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Sriracha – Salt, Seasoning & Dry Rub

I like experimenting with different cures, spices and seasonings. I had a new charcuterie project in mind and decided I wanted it to be all sriracha based.

First I made sriracha salt; I recently made wine salt which worked really well (you can get the recipe in one of my previous posts) and then used the salt to make wine salt bresaola. Since the wine salt worked so well I thought I might try to infuse salt with sriracha. I then made the sriracha dry rub and seasoning mix as I was not able to source them, or a suitable alternative, locally.

Sriracha Salt

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 Kumquat Lonza

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Lonza is air-dried cured pork loin; the loin is boneless and can be cured whole with the skin on or removed. It is a very simple curing project and by following a few simple steps it can be ready within 4-6 weeks. Lonza is similar to prosciutto in taste and texture, but unlike prosciutto it doesn’t take a year to prepare. The smaller cut of meat and quicker preparation time means Lonza is essentially a ‘poor mans prosciutto’.
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Truffled Coppa

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I really like supporting local businesses and buying from harvest markets; talking with stallholders and knowing where the produce comes from. I purchased this amazing high quality pork scotch from a family business who breed heritage free range Wessex Saddleback pigs. Langdale Farm. I was able to arrange with the owner the cut of meat I wanted and was able to pick it up at the Launceston Harvest Market.
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Dried ‘Candied’ Fig Chips

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As you will have seen in my last post, I got a huge haul of figs this year! With all of the foraged figs, I thought I might try making dried ‘chips’. I must say they turned out great! They are extremely simple to make; deliciously chewy, sticky and they taste like candy! Be warned, they are very addictive; I cant stop at one. Sufficed to say, these did not last long at my house! Continue reading