Touring with the Mini-BGE

These pages are all about our cooking on the Mini Big Green Egg which we use extensively when driving round Europe – the page will show up to 12 posts – to get the rest – click on ‘PREVIOUS POSTS’ below the thumbnails

Veal Minute Steak

Veal Minute Steak

Well one thing is certain, Italians like veal!  It is so much easier to buy veal in Italy than we have found at home.  This is a real shame as the UK Rose Veal probably has the highest welfare standards 

Update on Octopus

Update on Octopus

Having said that we had only come across grilled octopus once in Tuscany, the very next time we went out to eat – there it was on the menu.

Acciughe alla griglia – grilled anchovy

Acciughe alla griglia – grilled anchovy

When is a sardine not a sardine………..? Out shopping I saw what I thought were some lovely looking fresh sardines – only later when I checked the spelling of Acciughe (also often called Alici) did I realise that the sardines were in fact anchovy!!   I […]

Italian Smoked Turkey Breast

Italian Smoked Turkey Breast

On our wanderings we came across a butcher selling ‘home reared’ turkey and turkey breasts.  Well for 2 of us even a 1kg turkey breast seemed quite a lot of meat and even that was going to be a bit of a ‘tight squeeze’ on […]

Grilled Octopus – Polpo alla griglia

Grilled Octopus – Polpo alla griglia

Grilled Octopus is not something commonly found in the restaurants of Northumberland!  As yet I have only come across it on one occasion in restaurants in Tuscany but perhaps we need to get out more!!  Anyway, octopus has the reputation of being tough and chewy […]

Focaccia and Fougasse on the Mini BGE

Focaccia and Fougasse on the Mini BGE

Although I don’t do a great deal, I do like bread cooked in the Big Green Egg – and bread cooking in the Large BGE is a real pleasure (more of that in future posts).  I had always been told that bread cooking in the […]

Bistecca alla Fiorentina – the remake!

Bistecca alla Fiorentina – the remake!

  Having tried our hand with the local beef (click to see previous post) we thought it time to be a little more authentic and go for a larger piece for this Bistecca alla Fiorentina.  As there were going to be 4 of us a 1.4KG steak did […]

Focaccia rinascere   –   Reborn Focaccia!!

Focaccia rinascere – Reborn Focaccia!!

The bread we have found in Italy certainly goes hard quickly!  Partly the weather and partially the absence of additives in the bread.  You quickly realise why there are so many Italian recipes that include the use of “stale bread”!!   Well here is ours ………. […]

Big Green Egg – Does fish!

Big Green Egg – Does fish!

Wandering around the village on Friday we found that Friday here too was fish day – at the end of the car park there was a man selling fresh fish from his van.  Well this was too good to miss!  So amongst other things we […]

More experiments with Italian veal  – Vitello Tonnato

More experiments with Italian veal – Vitello Tonnato

So our first experiment with the Italian Veal had worked well and so on to the  Vitello Tonnato – As this dish is served cold it can easily be produced 24-48 hours in advance and I think will have some real “mileage” not just here […]

Big Green Egg – experiments with Italian veal

Big Green Egg – experiments with Italian veal

One thing we wanted to experiment with was Vitello Tonnato – a classic Italian dish served cold – this has the advantage that you can prepare in advance and is ready just when you want it.  Our version was going to have a little twist […]

Big Green Egg on Holiday – has a day off!

Big Green Egg on Holiday – has a day off!

Today’s post is short but sweet…. We all deserve a day off and this day was the Big Green Egg’s turn to relax. Rather than firing up the grill, we made a simple salad with apple, tomatoes and cheese. …and it was delicious!