Slow Cooker Veal Tongue with Bok Choy Pesto

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

Veal, or beef tongue, when done right, is very tender, juicy and delicious. I served it with some homemade bok choy pesto, but you can use other pesto or even salsa verde.
Veal tongue is high in fat, and like other organ meats, it is very nutrient dense (an excellent source of vitamin B12, zinc, iron and selenium). It has a unique, but mild flavour, tastes like muscle meat, fleshy, firm, but so much more tender and succulent. The tongue has a thick, bumpy skin and once cooked, it must be peeled while it's still warm. Don't let the meat cool too much, as the skin will stick.

Bok Choy Arugula Pesto
  • 50 g Pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 Large garlic clove
  • 50 g Arugula
  • 70 g Bok choy, the green leaves only
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp Black rock salt
  • 120-150 ml Olive oil, as needed
  1. In a food processor, combine the toasted pine nuts, garlic, arugula, bok choy leaves, Parmesan, and 1 tsp salt and pulse to blend. With the machine running, pour in the olive oil through the food tube in a slow, steady stream and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  2. Rinse the veal tongue under running water until the water runs clear and there’s no blood. Place veal tongue, onion, broccoli, fennel stalks, bay leaves, juniper berries, and parsley stems in your slow cooker. Generously season with sea salt. Pour in enough water to cover the veal tongue.
  3. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Transfer veal tongue to a work surface and cool slightly. Peel the thick outer layer of skin off the veal tongue while it is still warm.
  4. To serve, cut the veal tongue crosswise into thin slices, and arrange on a platter in a single layer. Spoon the pesto sauce over and top with some fresh herbs, a generous drizzle of olive oil and some crushed red peppercorns. | © 2019 | | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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White Chocolate Cherry Tart

Sunday, July 07, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

Coconut sugar sweetened spelt pastry filled with a decadent creamy filling of white chocolate ganache and cherries in this heavenly dessert. I absolutely adore this egg enriched spelt shortcrust paired with white chocolate and fresh cherries. They go together so well, and taste incredibly delicious. I garnished the tart with lemon thyme and cacao nibs, but you can leave them out or use chocolate chips instead.

  • 250 g White spelt flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 150 g Butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1 Egg, medium and lightly beaten
  • 300 g White chocolate, chopped
  • 100 ml Heavy cream
  • 75 g Butter
  • Cherries
  • Lemon thyme
  • Cacao nibs
  1. Whisk flour, salt and coconut sugar in a bowl. Add butter and rub in with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea-size pieces remaining. Drizzle egg over butter mixture and mix gently with a fork until dough just comes together.
  2. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Form dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm, at least 2 hours.
  3. Take dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften slightly for easy rolling. Roll out the dough between 2 layers of plastic film into an 11-inch circle, then place gently into a 8-9-inch fluted tart pan. Trim the edges of the pastry to fit the tart pan. Cover the tart pan with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Line the frozen crust with baking paper and fill with enough dried beans to cover the bottom and side of the crust.
  5. Bake crust for 15 minutes, remove the parchment and pie weight. Bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  6. For the filling, place the white chocolate, cream, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in 20 second intervals, stirring after each one, until melted and smooth.
  7. Pour the chocolate filling into the tart crust. Garnish with lemon thyme, cherries and cacao nibs when the filling is set. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Saffron Orange Tea Buns with Blackberry Craquelin

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | © 2019 |

The sweet, crisp cracked topping you see on those dinner buns is called craquelin. With just butter, coconut sugar, flour and blackberry powder, this simple dough gives a really great crunchy texture to the buns. You can add different flavourings or colours to the craquelin to create various baked goods.

Blackberry CraquelinDough
  • 50 g Butter at room temperature
  • 20 g Coconut sugar
  • 30 g White sugar
  • 50 g Refined spelt flour
  • 5 g Blackberry powder
  • 300 g Plain flour
  • 6 g Dry active yeast
  • 6 g Salt
  • 30 g Sugar
  • 9 g Saffron orange tea (3 tea bags)
  • 60 g Egg
  • 65 ml Warm milk
  • 80 g Water Roux starter (tangzhong)
  • 50 g Butter, softened
  1. Cream the butter, coconut sugar and white sugar together. Beat in the flour and blackberry powder and beat until the dough to become crumbly. Knead the craquelin and roll it between two pieces of parchment paper until 2mm thick. Chill at least 4 hours or until ready to use.
  2. Place all the dough ingredients, except butter, in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Mix with a dough hook at slow speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to the medium, and continue mixing for 3 minutes until dough is formed. Add butter gradually and knead for about 5 minutes on medium speed until gluten is fully developed, i. e. elastic, smooth, non-sticky and leaves from sides of the mixing bowl.
  3. Turn out the dough and shape into a ball. Lightly grease the mixing bowl. Return the dough ball into the greased mixing bowl. Cover it with a plastic film or a kitchen towel. Leave it in a warm place until dough is double in volume.
  4. Punch the dough down to release the air produced in the proofing process. Divide dough into 6 even portions and round up. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes at the room temperature. Gently press it down to release the air and shape into a round. Place it on a parchment-lined baking tray. Repeat with the rest of dough balls.
  5. Cover the buns with a plastic wrap and proof for 45 minutes until almost double in volume. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
  6. Take craquelin out from the fridge and using a round cookie cutter about the same diameter of the buns, cut out circles of the dough and set them on top of the buns. Bake the buns for 25-28 minutes until the tops browned and cracked. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Turmeric Carrot Honey Muffins with Brazil Nuts

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | © 2019 |

These anti-inflammatory turmeric spelt muffins with carrots are really tasty, healthy and have no refined sugar. They're made with Brazilian nuts, coconut oil, honey and wonderful spices like turmeric and ginger. The reason those muffins are reddish is because the turmeric interacts with the alkaline baking soda to naturally turn these muffins red.

  • 200 g Refined spelt flour
  • 50 g Whole spelt flour
  • 50 g Brazil nuts, ground into meal
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp Black salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • A large pinch of black pepper powder
  • 50 g Coconut sugar
  • 200 g Grated carrots (about 2 cups)
  • 100 g Honey, creamy or clear
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 240 ml Buttermilk
  • 85 ml Coconut oil, melted
  • 18 Brazil nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Grease a 6-hole jumbo muffin pan with coconut oil or line a 12-hole, standard-size muffin pan with paper cases.
  2. Sift flours, ground Brazil nuts, baking soda, baking powder, black salt, ginger and turmeric powder into a bowl. Stir in coconut sugar and grated carrot.
  3. Whisk honey, eggs, buttermilk and melted coconut oil together in a jug. Add honey mixture to flour. Mix until just combined. Do not over-mix or the muffins won't be tender.
  4. Divide the batter among the muffin holes. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of muffin comes out clean. Brush the top with a bit of honey while still warm if you desired. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Crisp Pork Belly

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

This roasted pork belly, inspired by this recipe, is so crisp and delicious, with just sea salt and cumin seeds. The long, slow roasting makes sure the meat is tender and juicy. And near the end of of roasting, the oven temperature is increased for the golden crispy skin.

  • 2 tbsp Beef dripping, melted and cooled
  • 1.2 kg Pork belly with skin
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Whole cumin seeds
  1. Allow the pork belly to sit in the fridge, uncovered, for about 4 hours before you plan to cook it. This will allow the skin to dry out and result it a crispier crackling.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. With a sharp knife, score the pork belly skin at 1cm intervals. Cut through the skin and fat but not into the meat.
  3. Rub the pork all over with sea salt and cumin seeds. Drizzle with beef dripping and rub that in. Place the pork on a rack in a baking pan, skin side up.
  4. Roast for 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Increase the heat to 220C/425F and roast for about 30 minutes until skin is crisp. Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. | © 2019 | | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Grape Seed Flour Banana Bread

Monday, June 03, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

Grape seed flour is obtained from winery by-products (skins, seeds and stems) generated during wine-making. In addition to antioxidants, grape seed flour is a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, healthy fats, protein and fibre. There are several different types of grape seed flour each with a slightly different flavour and colour depending on the grape varietal they were derived from, i.e. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot etc. It is gluten-free and very versatile in the kitchen: as an ingredient in baked goods of all kinds, like bread, pizza or cakes, but also great in yogurt or cereal, or smoothies.

  • 30 g Grape seed flour
  • 70 g Almond flour
  • 180 g Refined spelt flour
  • 5 g Baking powder
  • 7 g Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 80 ml Grape juice
  • 60 g Grapeseed oil
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 60 g Coconut syrup
  • 4 Ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100 g Dried cranberries
  • Sprinkles, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a 10cm x 26cm loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Combine grapeseed flour, almond flour, spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and pinch of salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk grape juice, grape seed oil, eggs, vanilla, coconut syrup and mashed bananas in a separate bowl. Add the liquid mixture to flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan. Smooth the surface. Top with the sprinkles if using. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Set aside in pan for 10 minutes to cool before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Côte de Boeuf with Chimichurri Sauce

Monday, May 27, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

Côte De Boeuf is a steak cut from the rib primal with the rib bone still attached but depending on where you live it will have different names. In French cuisine the same cut also with bone attached is called côte de bœuf, which translates as “beef rib”. In Australia and New Zealand a bone-in rib steak is called a "ribeye". In the USA it is known as a rib steak or cowboy steak. It delivers amazing flavour from all the marbling that runs through it, and makes an ideal sharing steak for a dinner for two. Chimichurri is mainly made from chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, chilli flakes, and red wine vinegar. It's great to use as a condiment for the meat, but can also be used as a marinade.

  • A bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp Oregano
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp Red wine vinegar
  • 25 g Butter,
  • 1 / about 700 g Côte de Boeuf
  • Salt and peppers
  • Arugula
  1. To make the chimichurri, blitz the parsley, oregano, garlic, shallot and chilli flakes in a food process. Add olive oil, the lemon juice, vinegar and some seasoning, and pulse to combine everything to a saucy consistency.
  2. Take Côte de Boeuf ouf of the refrigerator 1- 2 hours before the preparation. Season steak well with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Heat the butter in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the beef for 2 minutes on both sides then cook in the oven for 16 minutes for rare, 20 minutes for medium.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for at least 10 minutes. Slice thickly and serve with the prepared chimichurri sauce over a bed of arugula salad. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Strawberry Streusel Slices

Monday, May 20, 2019 | © 2019 |

It's a spring coffee cake with three delicious layers. On the bottom is a spelt pastry made with Quark (German fresh cheese) and olive oil, sweetened with erythritol (a sugar alcohol that has zero glycemic index and it does not increase the blood sugars), followed by a layer of fresh strawberries, then it's finished with a buttery crunchy streusel. This is an easy and delicious way to enjoy strawberry season.

Topping & StreuselCrust with German Quark and Olive Oil
  • 100 g Refined spelt flour
  • 50 g Erythritol
  • Pinch of black salt
  • 80 g Unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 600 g Fresh strawberries, halved
  • 150 g Quark (German fresh cheese)
  • 70 ml Milk
  • 75 ml Mild olive oil
  • 60 g Erythritol
  • Pinch of black salt
  • 280 g Refined spelt flour
  • 12 g Baking powder
  • 3 / 9 g Strawberry flavoured tea bags
  • 30 g Almond meal
  1. Place spelt, erythritol and salt for the streusel together in a mixing bowl. Add in chopped butter and vanilla extract. Rub everything together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Place all the ingredients for the crust, except 30 grams of almond meal, in a mixing bowl. Beat with a handheld mixer until a smooth dough forms. Press the dough evenly into a 22x26x4cm baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the reserved almond meal over.
  3. Gently press the halved strawberries into the crust and top with the prepared streusel.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Bake the bar in the middle of hot oven for 40 minutes until nicely golden. Remove and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing into bars. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Peanut Butter Poppy Bread

Monday, May 13, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

It's basicall a yeast spelt loaf rolled around with a mixture of crunchy peanut butter, poppy and goji berries. The reason I used poppy seed filling was that I just had some leftover from making cookies a while ago. If you can't find poppy, just use more peanut butter or simply skip it.

  • 180 ml Kefir, room-temperature
  • 1 Large egg, room-temperature
  • 60 g Butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 50 g Red Wheatberries, milled into flour
  • 300 g Refined spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Raw sugar
  • 6 g Active dry yeast
  • Egg wash
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower seeds for the topping
  • 100 g Crunchy peanut butter
  • 100 g Dr. Oetker poppy filling
  • 30 g Dried goji berries, chopped
  1. Add keifr, egg, and melted butter to the pan of the bread machine, then flours, salt, sugar and active dry yeast. Or place them into the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Program the machine for dough cycle, and press Start. When the cycle finishes, remove the dough and place it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out into a rectangle, about 12 by 9 inches. Spread peanut butter over the dough to within one inch of the edges, then top with poppy filling and sprinkle the chopped goji berries evenly over the dough. Roll the dough up tightly on the short side to form into a evenly shaped roll. Place the roll into a 30cm loaf pan lined with baking paper.
  3. Cover it and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in size, about an hour. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Brush the dough with egg wash and sprinkle the sunflower seeds over. Bake the loaf for about 28 minutes until golden brown. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Seedy Keto Burger Buns

Monday, May 06, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

These keto burger buns are nutrient-dense and delicious thanks to the almond flour, seeds, eggs and ghee. If you’re enjoying a low-carb dinner with some juicy burger patties, then these keto buns with tender crumb and crisp crust are perfect. Enjoy them fresh, warm straight out of the oven with a smear of butter. You won't be disappointed. They keep fresh for 3-5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container and freeze really well.

Dry IngredientsWet Ingredients
  • 100 g Blanched almond flour
  • 12 g Psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Black sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 Medium egg whites
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 4 tbsp Boiling water
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients with a whisk. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wood spoon.
  3. Slowly pour in the boiling water and continue mixing. The dough will be quite thick and expand as it absorbs the water.
  4. Grease your hands with a bit of olive oil and shape the dough into 4 balls. Place them on the prepared baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes. Take out and let cool on a wire reach before using. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Kefir Scones with Goji Berries and Beef Tallow

Monday, April 29, 2019 | © 2019 |

A foolproof kefir scone recipe that's made with spelt, beef tallow, goji berries and mildly sweetened with coconut sugar. They are definitely a crowd pleaser and a great healthy tea time treat! Kefir has a natural tart and tangy flavour because it contains lactic acid bacteria, that's said to support digestive health and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines, but buttermilk or yoghurt is just as good for the recipe.

  • 250 g Refined spelt flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • A large pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 100 g Beef tallow (or leaf lard)
  • 50 g Dried goji berries
  • 120 ml Kefir
  • 1 tbsp Black sesame seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coconut sugar in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Add in beef tallow and rub into flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in goji berries.
  3. Make a well in centre. Add in kefir and stir with a fork until dough just comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Use hands to shape into an 18cm round.
  4. Use a sharp knife to score into 8 wedges. Brush with extra kefir. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden and cooked through. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Barberry Buns with Turmeric Date Filling

Monday, April 22, 2019 | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

Take the everyday bread buns to a whole new level by using the homemade turmeric date filling to make this decorative twisted bread. Packed with fruit, nuts and turmeric spice, the whole family will love them. There is truly no scent as amazing as freshly baked warm bread wafting from the oven and nothing else spells home in quite the same delicious way.

Turmeric Date FillingDough
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tbsp Honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp Finely grated orange rind
  • 100 g Almond butter
  • 80 g Honey roasted almonds, chopped
  • 190 ml Buttermilk, room-temperature
  • 20 g Fresh yeast, crumbled
  • 30 g Raw sugar
  • 70 g Butter, melted
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 360 g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 / 7.5 g Strawberry flavoured tea bags
  • 30 g Dried barberries
  1. Place dates, honey, turmeric, orange rind, almond butter, and chopped almonds in a food processor. Process until well combined and mixture forms a thick paste-like consistency.
  2. Combine the buttermilk, fresh yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 10 minutes or until frothy.
  3. Combine the buttermilk mixture, butter and egg yolks in a jug and whisk to combine. Place the flour, salt, tea and dried barberries in the bowl of your stand mixer. Stir to combine and make a well in the centre.
  4. Pour in the milk mixture and mix at low speed until the dough comes together. Increase the speed and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Turn out the dough and shape into a ball. Brush the mixing bowl with a little melted butter to grease. Place dough ball back into the bowl and turn to coat in butter. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and place in a warm, draught-free place to prove for 1-1 1/2 hours or until dough doubles in size.
  6. Punch down the centre of the dough with your fist. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic and has returned to its original size. Divide dough into 6 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball.
  7. Roll each dough out to a disc. Spread some turmeric date filling over the dough, leaving a 1-cm border. Roll up and press edge to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut roll in half lengthwise. With the cut sides facing up, plait the halves together, keep the cut-side up to expose the filling. Roll it into knots, tucking the ends underneath the dough. Place it on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Repeat with the rest of dough balls.
  8. Cover them with a tea cloth or plastic wrap and let them rise in a warm, draught-free place for about 45 min. Brush the buns with a little of egg wash. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Bake the bread for 20-25 minutes until nicely golden brown. | © 2019 | | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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Knusprige Schweinshaxe - German Roasted Pork Knuckle

Monday, April 15, 2019 | © 2019 |

Schweinshaxe, a traditional German specialty and a favorite dish served not only during the Oktoberfest but all year round, is a fork tender and juicy roasted pork knuckle with crispy skin. To make the skin crackle, you can turn on the broiler for the last 5-10 minutes. Traditionally Schweinshaxen are served with potato and sauerkraut, but I prefer roasted asparagus at this time of the year.

  • 1 kg Pork knuckle
  • 2 Onions, peeled and halved
  • 3 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Juniper berries
  • 1/2 tsp Caraway seeds
  • 1 Clove
  • 2-3 tsp Sea salt
  • 10 Crushed peppercorns
  • 600 g Green asparagus, trimmed
  • 100 g Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  1. Well rinse the pork knuckle and place in a large pot. Fill with enough water to cover the pork knuckle. Peel the onions and slice each in half. Crush the garlic cloves. Add them to the pot together with bay leaves, juniper berries, caraway seeds, clove, salt and peppercorns. Bring it to a gentle boil over medium heat. Turn down the heat to slow. Cover and let cook for about 2-3 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F with a roasting pan topped with a wire rack set in the middle of oven. Take out the pork knuckle from the spiced broth and place it on the preheated wire rack.
  3. Roast for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Brush the pork knuckle occasionally with dripping from the roasting pan and if you like splash some beer from time to time. 15 minutes before the pork knuckle is ready, add the trimmed asparagus into the roasting pan and toss with the dripping. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |

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