Friday, 16 December 2016

Glasgow Living Part 9 - Dinner at Buck's Bar

So fried chicken… so good that American singers Zac Brown Band wrote a song about liking their chicken fried along with a cold beer on a Friday night.  It wasn’t quite Friday, but my experience at Buck’s on Tuesday night wasn’t far away from the song.

A few weeks ago I got in touch with Buck’s Bar, a recently opened fried chicken joint in town to come in a for a review.    Buck’s is situated on West Regent Street, down a set of stairs and you’re greeted with fried chicken puns on the walls.   A good start.
Buck's Bar Glasgow
Outside Buck's

The bar is fairly sizable, has a stage for live music and a series of big booths which comfortably seat around 6 people. As we were a small party of two, there was plenty of space for us at the table.
The staff were quick to come over and sort us with drinks – Mr WhatClaireDid went for something local from Drygate.  Beer and fried chicken… ultimate man food.   I’m not a big beer ginger so instead went for a pear, ginger and raspberry cocktail which arrived at the table in a little copper cup.  Would happily have taken it home with me afterwards.
Buck's Bar Glasgow

Buck's Bar Glasgow


Don’t be fooled by the small dinner plates… the grub is filling.  I went for the classic of fried chicken and waffles after discovering them in Vegas.  These bad boys were just as good.  It sounds wrong, but it’s SO RIGHT.    My dining partner went for fried chicken with a side of skin on fries and we shared some fried halloumi on the side.  It’s not often I’m beaten by a plate of food, but I just couldn’t quite get to the end.
Buck's Bar Glasgow


Buck’s is also really good value – the chicken and waffles were £8.95.  Sides and extras come in between £2.00 and £3.00 each and if you’ve still got space for it, a dessert will only set you back £3.00 too!   I’m fairly certain that you could easily have a date night for two and leave with change of £30.00.  Food was clearly cooked fresh, as we waited 20 minutes for it to arrive, which is fine by me. I’d rather know someone had the fryer going in the kitchen and not the ping of the microwave.

All in, we enjoyed the Buck’s Bar experience… it’s great for a quick pre-gig meal, or a bit of food and beers with a group of mates after work.
Buck's Bar Glasgow


Also, if you like hot sauce, there’s 50 to choose from.  Just saying.

For more information, visit Buck’s Bar website or their Facebook and Instagram



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Gordon's Gin Gammon

Readers, I’m back in the kitchen again, as Christmas is on approach. I love this time of year.  It's the joy of locking myself in the kitchen for hours, making sauces, trying new things and using cinnamon to my heart's content.  There’s something incredibly enjoyable about the smell of Christmas in the house.  That smell that you can’t quite describe, other than "Christmas".

Anyway, Diageo got in touch a few weeks back, asking if I’d like to get a recipe together for them using one of their iconic spirits.  Being a fan of a good G&T, I went down the gin route with this post.  Whilst a dessert or a cake may have been the obvious choice to include gin, I’ve gone savoury for this recipe.

My Gordon’s gin gammon is a winner throughout winter, not just at Christmas and if you have any left over, it cooks down perfectly in a pea and gammon soup.  The key to this recipe's success is long, slow cooking so don’t rush it! I mean it... don't.  This one had 10 hours on low in the slow cooker.

To find out more on Gordon's check out their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You'll have ample time to do this whilst your gammon cooks away!
Gordons Gin Gammon
Gordon's Gin Gammon


Gordons Gin Gammon         

Ingredients - serves 4 (with sides)

1 small gammon joint (remove all packaging)
75ml Gordon's Gin
1 cup orange juice
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cloves garlic (peeled)
1 thumb sized piece of ginger (peeled)
Pinch of ground cinnamon 
4 star anise
4 bay leaves

Method

  1. Set your slow cooker to low.
  2. Add the gin, orange juice, vegetable stock, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, star anise and bay leaves to the slow cooker.
  3. Before adding the gammon, use a fork to pierce the meat on both sides (this will help the flavour seep through the meat).
  4. Add the gammon to the slow cooker, place the lid on and cook on low for around 9-10 hours, turning the gammon over halfway through cooking.
    Gordons Gin Gammon
  5. Before serving, remove gammon from the slow cooker and rest on a plate for 5 minutes, before proceeding to cut into thin slices. The meat should be tender enough to fall away. 
  6. Serve with roast potatoes, seasonal veg and gravy if desired!
    Gordons Gin Gammon



Disclaimer:  I was sent a bottle of Gordon's Gin to create a recipe.  Any opinions expressed are my own.