Friday, 4 August 2017


Another long overdue post, this one detailing Dan & Pete's amazing 'Saturday Nght Tail, Tongue and Tripeaway' menu back in March...look at that menu!   

Alternative menu, presented in modern parlance:


First up, these crispy cod tonuges... ("OH MY COD...")

2 lbs fresh cod tongues, washed and dried
1 cup flour, seasoned with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
4 ounces of salt pork cut into small 1/4 inch cubes (scrunchins)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Wash the cod tongues and dry with paper towels. Toss in the seasoned flour until lightly coated. Cook the salt pork in a skillet over a medium heat until the pork pieces are crispy and have released or rendered their fat. Add the vegetable oil to the skillet. Fry the cod tongues over medium-high heat until crispy and golden brown on each side. Eat them plain or dip them in this simple, tangy tarter sauce.

Tarter Sauce

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip), 3 Tbsp of sweet pickle relish, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Prep & serving of said tounges...

 The evening's (at that point) reltviely untouched wine selection...

Don't be put off by this salad

 Spiced Crisp Chicken Livers

    1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken livers (US Wellness sells lovely free range.)
    2/3 cup coconut flour
    1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    1 teaspoon coarse (granulated) garlic powder
    3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    2-4 tablespoons coconut oil

    Salad: pomegranate, fresh lemon and chopped fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, or mint)

 Cut chicken livers into 2-inch pieces and pat dry with paper towels.

In a small bowl, mix flour, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cloves with a fork until blended. Pour the seasoned flour into a large ziplock bag, add the chicken livers, and shake gently until coated evenly.

In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil over medium-high until hot, about 3 minutes. Add about half the chicken livers in a single layer — try to arrange them so they don’t touch. Allow the bottom to brown well and form a crisp crust, about 3-5 minutes. Using tongs, flip the livers, and brown the other side. Set aside to drain on paper towels while you cook the second batch. You may need to add more coconut oil to the pan.

Place the livers on a serving plate and garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs.

These taste their crispy best if you eat them immediately, but since I’m the only person in the house who likes chicken livers, I had a lot to eat as leftovers. They were really tasty re-heated, just not as crisp. I had them three days in a row for breakfast, with a side of leafy greens sautéed with chunks of roasted butternut squash. It was luscious and kept me energized all morning.

Next up was the spectualer...Rigatoni With Sweetbread and Tripe Ragu (!) 

1 cup roughly chopped carrot
1 cup roughly chopped celery
1 cup roughly chopped white onion
3 tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. lamb or veal sweetbreads
Kosher salt
1 lb. honeycomb tripe
1 1⁄4 cups finely chopped guanciale
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 cup white wine
2 cups canned tomato purée
2 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
1 lb. rigatoni
1⁄4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for serving
1⁄2 cup ricotta
1⁄4 cup finely chopped mint
In a food processor, pulse the carrots, celery, and onions until finely chopped. In a 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over low. Add the vegetables, and cook, stirring, until tender and lightly caramelized, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, add the sweetbreads and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the sweetbreads, and then let cool to room temperature. Using a paring knife, remove and discard the outer membrane, and cut the sweetbreads into 1⁄2-inch cubes.
In a large saucepan of cold, salted water, add the tripe and bring to a boil. Drain the tripe and then repeat this process twice, allowing the tripe to sit in the boiling water for 15 minutes after the third time boiling it. Drain the tripe once more, let cool to room temperature, and then cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes.

In a 12-inch skillet, add 1 cup of the guanciale, and then heat over medium-high. Cook, stirring, until golden brown and crisp, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the guanciale to paper towels to drain and return the skillet with its fat to medium heat. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until slightly caramelized, about 1 minute. Add the caramelized vegetables, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the wine, and cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved tripe along with the tomato purée and 1⁄2 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until the tripe is tender, about 2 1⁄2 hours.
Add the sweetbreads and 1⁄2 cup water to the sauce, and cook, stirring, until the sweetbreads break down into the sauce, about 20 minutes. Stir the cooked guanciale back into the sauce, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove the sauce from the heat and let cool to room temperature. (The ragu can be made up to this point and refrigerated for 3 to 5 days or frozen for 3 to 4 weeks.)
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, add the rigatoni and cook until al dente, about 13 minutes. 

Meanwhile, place the remaining 1⁄4 cup guanciale in a 12-inch skillet and then heat over medium-high. Cook, stirring, until the guanciale is caramelized and crisp, about 6 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and the chile flakes, and cook for 1 minute. Using tongs, transfer the rigatoni to the sauce along with 1 cup of pasta water and toss to combine.

In a small bowl, stir the ricotta with the mint, and then divide the ricotta among 4 pasta bowls. Spoon the pasta over the ricotta in each bowl and then top with more pecorino to serve.

Then it was onto the Tail and Head of Ox with Horseradish Mash 


& the wines...

We'e got sometuing special for the next Offal Club, updates to follow...

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Yes. This blog's been a bit too quiet over these last few months. Not acceptable. Really.

So ahead of August's Offal Club we thought it's more than time enough to do an update with the last two sittings. We apologise to our readers & please blame me (Tom) for the general tardiness... 

Anyway, to The Offal...

The Annual Festoffal of 2016 was hosted by Dan and as you'd expect, was truly amazing. 

To kick things of, how about some LAMB HEART JERKY?! 


For the recipe, have a look at this link & obvious enpugh, swap out the beef heart for lamb heart (& remember this jerky was made in Altrinchinham, not Oregon..)

1 Lamb heart (3 pounds, in this case)
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/5 cup soy sauce (call it a scant 1/4 cup if that’s easier; the quantities don’t matter that much.)
  • 1/5 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 decent-sized cloves of garlic, crushed to bits
  • A good sprinkling of fresh coarse-ground pepper
Just mix all the stuff together and put it on the sliced heart in a low flat dish; cover and refrigerate for however long you like, turning the strips over every so often. I left mine in there all day.
Place strips on the dryer trays and dry at 155 F for as long as it takes – the weather and ambient temperature will have something to say about this. This took (early December in Oregon Alrincham) seven and a half hours.

Then next up we had Chilli Oxtail. Oh yes.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 pounds oxtails (Beef)
3 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
1 yellow onion (medium, peeled and diced)
1 medium tomatoes (diced)
2 cups beef stock (Canned)
2 cups water (approximately)
2 tablespoons ground allspice (Freshly, or to taste)
salt (to taste)
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Tabasco Pepper Sauce (to taste)
Place beans in a small saucepan. Add 1 cup of the water, bring to a boil, covered, then turn off the heat. Allow to sit for 1 hour, covered, then drain.

Brown the oxtails well in the oil. Place the oxtails in a 6-quart stove-top casserole. Add the garlic, onion and tomato. Add the beef stock and enough water so it just covers the contents of the pot. Add the allspice, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 3 1/2 hours, adding the drained beans after 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Remove the lid during the last hour of cooking if you want a thicker sauce. Be careful the pot does not dry out. Season with salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce.
Then next up...
    1 pound chicken livers
    Flour for dredging
    1 tablespoon safflower oil
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 shallots, minced
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
    ½ cup heavy cream
    Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped

Dredge the chicken livers in the flour and brown them in the butter and oil. Remove and set aside.

Saute the garlic and shallots for two minutes. Add the cumin and coriander. Return the chicken livers to the pan and add the cream, salt and pepper. 
Garnish with coriander & salad and serve...
Cook until the livers are pink in the center and the sauce has thickened.

Followed by Deer Heart Jaeger Schitzel!

Which inexplicably at the time of going to press,  I can't find a photo of?! 


    1 tablespoon butter
    1⁄4 cup finely minced shallot
    3 cups sliced button mushrooms
    2 1⁄2 cups beef stock
    1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
    1⁄4 teaspoon season salt (I use Lawrys)
    1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
    1⁄2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
    1⁄2 teaspoon salt
    16 ounces boneless venison steak, pounded to 1/4 Inch thick (4 4oz steaks)
    2 eggs, Beaten
    1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
    3 tablespoons canola oil
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 tablespoon minced parsley
    lemon wedge

1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
16 ounces boneless venison steak, pounded to 1/4 Inch thick (4 4oz steaks)
2 eggs, Beaten
1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced parsley
lemon wedge

Gravy prep:
In 2 quart Saucepan melt butter and sautee shallot until transparent. Add mushrooms and stir occasionally until mushrooms are tender.

While mushrooms are sauteeing, in a separate bowl combine stock (cold) and 1/4°C Flour. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a bubble and stir continually until thickened. 

Stir in Seasoned salt and remove from heat and set aside.
 Cutlets prep:

In 3 shallow dishes put 1/3 C flour, seasoned with salt & pepper in one, beaten eggs in another, and breadcrumbs in the last. Dip each pounded cutlet into the flour, then the eggs, then the breadcrumbs.
Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet and cook the steaks 4 to 6 minutes turning once until browned. Remove to paper towels then put on serving platter.
Sprinkle finished steaks with lemon juice and pour gravy over. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

So it may seem we ate a lot on the evening, We did. Loads.

The next main course was...*drum roll*....

Venison Kidney Turbico

8 venison kidneys
8 sausages
500g button mushrooms
500g button onions
1 tbsp flour
500ml chicken stock
1 tbsp tomato purée
Half the kidneys lengthways and remove the cores.
Brown the kidneys and the sausages, thick slice the sausages and set aside
Brown the button mushrooms and onions and stir in the flour
Add the stock and tomato purée and and return the kidneys and sausages to the pan

Simmer for 20 minutes


Phew! Amazing.

Then to conclude...

Pomegranate & Rose Mess



    2 large egg whites
    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup powdered sugar


    ¾ cup crème fraîche
    ½ cup mascarpone
    2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    ½ rose water (optional)
    6 ounces strawberries, hulled, halved if large
    1 pint strawberry or raspberry sorbet
    1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or 1½ tsp. honey
    ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
    1 teaspoon ground sumac
    2 teaspoons dried rose petals (optional)

& lets not forget the wines...

Until the next (late) update, enjoy the receipes...

Monday, 19 September 2016

Chicharron de orejas con chorizo. Mexican cricket salad with tortilla and Mezcal and orange dressing. Rose veal and pork tongue with almonds and grapes, caramelised onions and fennel and mangalitza pork black pudding. Wagyu beef cheek, tail and kidney ale stew with bone marrow dumplings and beetroot and horseradish dauphinoise. Apple and blackberry crumble.

Saturday 17th September 2016

Snack the Pony

OK, so pony did not feature too highly on the menu tonight but we loved the title so much that it had to go in. Tonight's OC had several sources of inspiration: a jar of roasted crickets sent via international delivery by our mexican friend Monica as a follow on to the Mezcal and cricket dust; the crispiest, fluffiest pigs ears ever tasted, served at one of my favourite restaurants (The Rose Garden, West Didsbury); and the discovery of a new source of procurement ( Welsh Wagyu beef offal. Come on, what's not to love?!

Joby, once again proving his fiendishly cunning ability at sourcing top quality edible products, brought the pony.

Chef: Simon

Venue: Simon

Members present: Simon, Jason, Joby, Pete, Dan, Jock, Tom, Steve, Adam.

Un Piece de Petit Cheval

Courtesy of My Brittle Pony.

Chicharron de Orejas.

8 pigs ears blanched for 3 mins, discard water and rinse ears in cold water. Simmer for 4 hours in water with onions, carrots, celery, bouquet garni. Press ears on plate in fridge overnight with weights. Cut into slices and dehydrate till crispy. Deep fry diced chorizo until crispy then remove chorizo and fry ears in batches till puffed.

& here's the CRUNCH...

Cricket tacos with Mezcal and orange dressing.

Dressing: 2 parts Mezcal, 1 part freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 part triple sec. Simmer for 20 mins then allow to cool.
Prepare salad of shredded cabbage, carrot, red onion, kohlrabi. Season with salt, coriander essence and fresh lime juice.
Cut corn tortillas into 10cm circles. Place salad and sprinkle with fresh coriander seeds and dry roasted crickets then drizzle over Mezcal dressing.

Rose veal tongue with almonds and grapes, caramelised onions and fennel and mangalitza pork black pudding.

Blanch tongue for 3 mins then skim and discard water and rinse the tongue in fresh, cold water. Simmer in water, salt, pepper, bouquet garni, carrot, onion, celery, 2 cloves and 6 allspice berries for 3 hours. Remove the tongue and peel as soon as can be handled. Remove any bones. Strain the stock and place the tongue back in it and leave to cool.
Make a quick demi-glace: gently fry 1 rasher of chopped bacon and onion in oil then add flour and allow to brown, add 600ml chicken stock, 1 tsp tomato puree and cook for 20 mins, skimming any oil from the top. Strain.
Deseed 180g white grapes. Heat  20g butter and add 60g shredded almonds and saute to light brown. Add the grapes, season and a few drops of lemon juice and cook for 3 mins. Add the heated demi-glace and 1 tsp tomato puree. Add 1 glass of sherry and reduce by half. Lay the sliced tongue in the pan and reheat gently.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil and add 2 chopped onion and and 4 medium fennel (chopped and cored). Season and caramelise over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and brown (about 20 mins).
Dice the black pudding and heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
Serve the tongue over a bed of onions and fennel with the sauce over the top. Scatter the black pudding around the side.

Wagyu beef cheek, tail and kidney ale stew with bone marrow dumplings and beetroot and horseradish dauphinoise.

Blanch the tail (1Kg) for 3 minutes, skim the top and rinse in clean water. Remove the kidney cores (700g) and brown, then leave in a colander for a few minutes: discard the bitter juices that drain off.  Brown the cheek (450g) and onions and add everything to the pot. Deglaze the pan with ale. Cover with chicken stock and ale (500ml of each), add bouquet garni, 1 tbsp muscovado sugar, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp Worcester sauce, 1 tsp cocoa and cook on low in slow cooker for 9 hours. Skim occasionally.
Remove tail pieces and bouquet garni. Trim meat from tail and return to pan. Discard the bones and bouquet garni. Make a roux then add the liquid from the pot and allow to thicken. Reduce if necessary. Return liquid to pot.
Add 2 parts self-raising flour to one part bone marrow and season. Add mustard powder then slowly add water till can roll into balls. Turn cooker to high, place dumplings on top and cook for further 45 mins.
Thinly slice the beetroot (a mix of golden and purple) in a food processor. Place 250ml cream in a bowl, add freshly grated horseradish and season. Add the beetroot and mix thoroughly. Lay the slices of beetroot in a buttered dish, cover with foil and bake in the oven at 160 deg C for about 60 mins. Press the beetroot down every 20 mins. Remove the foil and return to oven, uncovered at 200 deg C for 10 mins.

Apple and blackberry crumble.

Apples: peel, core and cut into chunks. Place in a saucepan with a little butter, water and sugar and heat on low until soft.
Place 300g plain flour, 250g cubed butter in food processor and pulse until coarse breadcrumbs. Add 70g demarara and 70g caster sugar. Place topping in fridge.
Place fruit (900g each of apples and blackberries) in buttered dish and sprinkle with sugar, 30ml Calvados, 1tsp each of cinnamon and ginger and mix. Cover with crumble. Bake at 200degC for 1 hour. Serve with ice cream and cream.

The Evening's Imbibement:

Quotes of the Night:
Joby, can you split your pony 9 ways?
It's like a pork gobstopper.
Why is yours green and pointy?

Prize of the evening:
Goes to Pete for the best Tom Selleck impression...Ever!

The Offalites Excuses:
I only have 1 sister and she's only 40 once.
Away with the kids that weekend.
Not gonna make it. Sorry. Long story. (Interpretation: I went out last night and stayed up all night and now am a complete wreck...).

And up next:
FestOffal at Dom's???