As you might imagine, I don’t have a lot of new things in my kitchen this month. I do have one big thing new though – a Bradley Smoker. I’ve been perving on Steve Cylka’s website, The Black Peppercorn and he raved about his smoker. I’ve wanted one for ages but couldn’t justify the price.
Then there was my back problem that went wrongly diagnosed for years and I decided I needed a present for enduring all of that so I bought the smoker and made the most incredible pulled pork. I didn’t photograph it but I should have.
My son wrote a post for me a few years ago about smoking pork butts for pulled pork. He chastised me then for making bbq pork in a slow cooker because there’s no bark. I didn’t know what ‘bark’ was back then. It’s the crunchy outer layer that’s gone crunchy from the rub and mop sauce and tastes delightfully smoky.
I wouldn’t have entered my pork in a contest but for my first time, I was really pleased with it.
It’s Joan’s birthday today. She’s John’s mother and has advanced dementia but she loves cake so I made this carrot and apple cake with brown sugar cream cheese icing.
I was watching TV and I saw someone roast a whole pumpkin filled with partially cooked rice, sultanas, chopped dried apricots, spices, butter and honey. I had a pumpkin sitting on the counter and decided to give it a try. I had no recipe so I went by intuition. It was really good. If you slice it into wedges, it opens like a flower.
I’m sure there’s a name for this and a recipe so if you have one, let me know?
Finally, here’s a photo of Charlie when he was a puppy. He was great at cleaning windows.
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