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bio website bigspud.co.uk
location England, United Kingdom
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A complete geek who loves food and cooking, and blogging about stuff I've made.

By day I've been a support monkey, a project manager, web designer, web admin and a lot more. At night I play a lot of games and cook a lot of food.

I've had recipes approved by Jamie Oliver, and Heston Blumenthal reads my blog. My food blog lives at http://bigspud.co.uk

I also train and consult on Microsoft Office applications. We run the UK's widest schedule of MS Office training. Find out more at http://www.microsofttraining.net


Mar
20
answered best way to infuse flavour into boiled potatoes
Sep
7
awarded  Yearling
Nov
27
comment Can tomato paste be substituted for tomato purée?
As a Brit on holiday in Florida, I got one hell of a weird look when I asked the waitress for tomato sauce on my burger.
Nov
27
comment Why did my brown beef stock end up yellow?
Giorgio Locatelli recommends smearing tomato puree on the bones before roasting for his stocks, which should intensify the sweetness.
Sep
7
awarded  Yearling
Apr
12
answered How can I make my homemade potato wedges crispy?
Apr
12
accepted Properties of a good paella pan
Apr
12
comment Properties of a good paella pan
Thanks for the answer. With @toloco's corroborating it seems the dimples are an historic tradition. I quite like Felicity Cloake's series, but I find some recipes them less authoritative and thorough than others.
Apr
8
asked Properties of a good paella pan
Dec
7
comment Which Jamie Oliver Cookbook
To be snarky, almost every Jamie book has a pizza recipe in. Jamie at Home has the greatest variety, but you'll find one in 30 Min Meals, Kitchen, Does... and almost all the others.
Nov
14
comment Is it possible to make onion Bhajis without a deep fryer?
@dassouki You could but the mix would probably go dry before the outside crisped up. Still tasty but not perfect - a bit like baking scotch eggs instead of frying them.
Nov
14
comment In my new mixer, my bread dough gets wrapped around the kneading hook. What should I do?
I have a little rubber bung that goes where the attachment is inserted, this prevents the dough climbing the hook. Don't suppose it came with one of those?
Sep
22
comment Sourcing Veal bacon
I've never come across veal bacon but is it not practical for a chef such as yourself to buy in veal loin steaks and cure it yourself?
Sep
22
revised Can an American substitute for garam masala be made?
added 7 characters in body
Sep
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
21
answered Can an American substitute for garam masala be made?
Sep
8
awarded  Yearling
Jun
20
comment How should I boil green beans to keep them crisp?
There are two things that get commonly referred to as "green beans" in the UK: the 4" - 6" pencil-thick things, and the fat, flat, bumpy things with broad bean-like things in. I think that's where this confusion has come from.
May
9
comment Which spice gives brown colour to Indian curry?
While garam masalas and cumin lend brown colouring to the sauce, don't forget that browning the onions well has an effect on the final colour too.
Apr
25
comment What is direct heat?
I would guess direct; like me it sounds like you're from the UK - where these terms are completely alien. I'd only heard these terms from reading American BBQ manuals.